November 30, 2009

Digging for gold

This past Thanksgiving was my very first dia de accion de gracias ever, and it was awesome! Not just because of the amount of food we ate (Yes! I am a big food lover) but because we celebrated this holiday at our wedding venue, aka Mr Poodle’s grandparents’ ranch. :)


We got to hang out with the family and cook loads of food, and we also got to take care of some logistics for the wedding.

The first thing on our list was to pick out our ceremony location. From the moment we decided the kind of chapel we wanted, we discussed different locations, keeping in mind how our guest will be getting there, because there’s a little creek between the main building and the fields we first picked for the ceremony. Thankfully, Mr Poodle’s dad came to the rescue with a perfect plan so we can use whatever place we want to. smile036 He rocks!

So, after driving the golf cart all over the ranch, we finally picked…

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Earlier that day, Mr Poodle, Curly and I drove to the exact spot and tried (with a lot of imagination) to create a picture in our minds of how our ceremony site will look.

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I know it is kind of hard to imagine now, because it’s basically a piece of land with nothing on it!
It felt so good to cross one of the things we had on our to-do list off! And we were ready to move on to the next one: our reception site!

The best place to get a visual of all of the potential sites was from above!

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We talked about all the possible reception areas and what we could use, depending on the weather.
So, after choosing a plan A and a plan B reception site, we headed to a place I’ve been eyeing for long time.

As I shared before, the ranch was really different before the Big ’94 Fire. It was way greener and it had a beautiful wood barn; now it’s more desert-y and the wood barn was replaced with a metal one. All of the cars and big metal machines that were burned in that fire were piled on the road to the fields, and even though it is definitely not a playground area, it could be a really cool area for a session of pics.

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We also thought about using the old houses, the caboose, or the wagon for some cool pics, so we definitely have to talk to our photographers to see what could have more potential.

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We felt really good about all the planning we did that day, so it was time for us to go and have pure childish fun and to relax!


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We jumped on the trampoline like we were 7-year-old kids again. It was SO MUCH FUN and the perfect way to release all of our wedding planning tension.
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I got the chance to play around with FMIL B while we set up the camera…

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… to take family pictures while the turkey was being cooked!

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It was definitely a very cool first Thanksgiving!

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It was pretty hard to get a visual of the reception and ceremony site, especially because we will be the first ones to do something like that on Mr. Poodle’s grandparents’ ranch. Years ago Mr. Poodle’s aunt and uncle had a second wedding celebration there, since they got married far away from most of their family. But, the celebration was outside of the barn that burned down. The place is so different now, so our imaginations  had to do most of the work.

I know there are a lot of brides that do not have the opportunity to see their venues “dressed up” for celebrations. What are you doing to get a better picture of how you want your venue to look for your wedding? I thought about Photoshopping a montage with pictures, but maybe you all have other ideas

November 24, 2009

The Poodles make it legal: This is it!!

So after running all over the beach, feeling like a superstar couple, because we were being chased by paparazzi (aka Groomsman, and family members) We gave all of the leis away to our guest and got ready to start with the ceremony :)



{ Image by Groomsman Scott J - Our leis modeled by FMIL}


That morning right before we left, Mr Poodle told me his mom wanted to talk to me, I was a little nervous but I rush her house. Since I had my  New and Blue =The dress (witch was more tourqueis than blue, but I didn't mind) she said before I should not worry for the borrow or old because she had the perfect idea.

 She had this little cute box for me when I open it I saw this:


{ Image by Mimi}

The ring belong to FMIL Grandma, it was her engagement ring. When Mr. Poodle's parents got married FMIL's mom gave her the same little box with the ring and a note on the inside, she used the exact same box and wrote me a note on the back of hers, I started crying the minute I read it... it was so sweet and I'm really happy I got to wear it on this day :) and use it again as my borrow and old for the April wedding.


We all gather together, and our friend and ordain minister Carl started the ceremony :)


{ Image by Groomsman Scott J }


I can not really remember all of his words, and I was so nervous that I forgot to let my bouquet go! I hold on to it every single second.



{ Image by Groomsman Scott J}

... and I laugh for like half of the ceremony, just because I was so nervous. But at the same time I'm really happy I we got to practice with this ceremony so that way I dont mess up our ceremony in April :)



{ Image by Groomsman Scott J}

Once we got to the vows I was a lot more calm and i got to enjoy all of Mr. poodle's words.


{ Image by Groomsman Scott J}

... it was really awesome to be there looking him on the eyes knowing that we are going to be together for good.


{ Image by Groomsman Will Carlson }

... But when my time came to repeat the vows, even tho I did pretty good most of the time by the end our minister got a little nervous and started to talk really fast and I GOT LOST!
I could not remember what he just said so I ask him to repeat, and since I didn't get it the second time either I just said "Everything he said..." 


{ Image by Groomsman Scott J}


I felt so dumb...  but it end up being the highlight of our ceremony and FMIL's favorite moment ever LOL

So after everyone stop lauging we moved to the sand ceremony.


{ Image by Groomsman Will Carlson }



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{ Image by Groomsman Scott J }


We listen carefully to all of the words and got ready for the best part of all!



{ Image by Groomsman Scott J }


... the minister said "I now pronounce you Husband and Wife..."



{ Image by Groomsman Scott J }


"... you might kiss the bride!"


{ Image by Groomsman Will Carlson}


{ Image by Groomsman Scott J }

Ohh so excited!  - because we did not exchanged rings on this ceremony (We are saving all that for April) we decided to exchange carabiners, that both of us engraved with cute messages.


{ Image by Groomsman Scott J }


So after we seal our sand jar we were ready for hugs and more pictures!


{ Image by Groomsman Scott J }


Here with my new family! :) Mr Poodle's Parents


{ Image by Groomsman Scott J }

Our witness for the legal ceremony


{ Image by Groomsman Will Carlson }

Mr. Poodle's aunt, uncle and mom


{ Image by Groomsman Will Carlson }

Mr. poodle's grandma Mimi, what's wrong with me and the poses?


{ Image by Groomsman Will Carlson }

A group shot with all of our guest


{ Image by Groomsman Scott J }


And we are ready to go have something to eat!


{ Image by Mimi }

but before that a little shot of our married faces :)



{ Image by Groomsman Scott J }

after the ceremony we all went to Fratello for some Italian food, witch was pretty awesome.


{ Image by Mr. Poodle}

And after finding this:


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... all over Mr. Poodle's truck, we headed back home :)

I was an amazing day that both of us will always remember, and even tho it was not our actual wedding it felt like a cool rehearsal day, because now we know things we don't have to do and faces we have to avoid LOL

Our legal ceremony was so much fun, it was kind of crazy to see how something that it was supposed to be so just a four people kind of thing, evolved to our beach legal ceremony :)

And just to let you know even tho we are legally married, this ceremony was just to complete our Visa Papers. The April Wedding will be the one we will celebrate as our anniversary so that's why I will be Miss Poodle until then.


Want to read the whole story?

The Poodles Make it Legal: Pre-Ceremony Pictures
The Poodles Make It Legal: Crafting and more crafting
The Poodles Make It Legal: Unexpected Gifts
The Poodles Make It Legal: The Dress
The Poodles Make It Legal: The Plan

November 19, 2009

The Poodles make it legal: Pre-ceremony Pictures

So after the last minute crafting, we finally made it to the beach :) We unpack all of our things, met with our friends and family and rush to the shore to have fun the Groomsman's cameras!

They said I could have all of their pictures if I let them have Mr. Poodle one weekend a month (Gosh they are so funny! ) and because I agreed... Here some of the pics!!


{ Image by RimRunnerPhoto, aka Groomsman Scott }



{ Image by RimRunnerPhoto, aka Groomsman Scott }

it was funny that I had to use one of my bouquet pins to attach Mr. Poodle's bout so each time I hug him or lean on him to hard, he got a pinch from the bout hehe



{ Image by RimRunnerPhoto, aka Groomsman Scott }


{ Image by Will Carlson aka Groomsman W}



{ Image by RimRunnerPhoto, aka Groomsman Scott }



{ Image by RimRunnerPhoto, aka Groomsman Scott }

FMIL B wrote our names on the sand so we could have cute cute pics :)


{ Image by RimRunnerPhoto, aka Groomsman Scott }



{ Image by RimRunnerPhoto, aka Groomsman Scott }


And of course I had to show some of the really goofy pics we are used to take


{ Image by RimRunnerPhoto, aka Groomsman Scott }

Ninja Bride got in to me for a few of my pics!


{ Image by RimRunnerPhoto, aka Groomsman Scott }



{ Image by Will Carlson aka Groomsman W}

The only one of my Bridesmaids that could be there was K, so we had our portraits...


{ Image by RimRunnerPhoto, aka Groomsman Scott }

... and played COOL on our way from the parking lot.


{ Image by Will Carlson aka Groomsman W}

Both our Photographers and Groomsman had their portraits with Mr. Poodle too! Pictures taken by Bridesmaid K and I


{ Image by RimRunnerPhoto, aka Groomsman Scott }



{ Image by RimRunnerPhoto, aka Groomsman Scott }

Well before the negotiations for the pictures the Groomsman wanted to have Mr. Poodle all for themselves, but I gave a really good fight.


{ Image by RimRunnerPhoto, aka Groomsman Scott }



{ Image by RimRunnerPhoto, aka Groomsman Scott }

After all of the pictures and the arrival of our last guest we set everything in place to start with the ceremony!!


{ Image by Will Carlson aka Groomsman W}

We had so much fun with the pictures, it definitely help us calm the nerves :) We were ready to start!
So stay tuned for the next post :) Our legal ceremony!


Want to catch up on our story?

The Poodles Make It Legal: Crafting and more crafting
The Poodles Make It Legal: Unexpected Gifts
The Poodles Make It Legal: The Dress
The Poodles Make It Legal: The Plan
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