Smile #265 – Say Yes in 5 Days

This almost 2 years long project, AKA the wedding, is coming to a conclusion.  All the planning and DIY-ing will now be on display at our dream venue for all to share.  It feels a bit surreal.  All this work for this magical day.

However, even with all this time, there are still little things we forgot until the last minute.  Such as, a tie clip for the groom.  I am not well versed in men’s apparel, particularly formal style.  A tie clip never crossed my mind until a few nights ago over causal conversation with my dad.

Bubble checked off his last groom duty of ordering donuts.  I am having my final dress fitting with Mom tonight.  Then we just need to pack our bags and goooo!

 

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Smile #261 – Say Yes in 30 Days

Time is narrowing.  Given the amount of time Bubble and I have allocated for our wedding, the whole planning process has been mostly stressed free.  We have booked all our vendors a year ago.  In between, we might have exchanged one or two emails.  But once we hit that 30 day mark is the day has come to empty our bank account.  Ouch!

As we fork our money over, Bubble and I are excited about the day.  Having all our closest friends and family gathered in under one roof to enjoy each other’s company is just wonderful!

…And we are also overdue for our vacation so that Honeymoon is much, much needed.  🙂

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Say Yes to 100 Days

Breathe…

Breathe…

Breathe.

Today marks the 100 days until our wedding!

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In exactly 100 days, Bubble and I will be standing at the altar with our closest friends and family gather together.  We will watch all our planning come to life!

We.  Can’t.  Wait!  

Happy to report, most of our projects have been finalized.  We have accumulated so much decorations.  Gladly take any storage boxes or cardboard boxes if you have them!

The focus for the next 25 days are:

  • Send out invitations – Maybe I’ll share a sneak peek of the final version
  • Finalize all DIY projects
  • Bachelorette Mystery Trip
  • Engagement Photoshoot

Stay tuned!

Smile #245 – Say Yes to Cake Tasting

Agree or disagree, cake is THE reason why people come to weddings.  It is the focal point of the wedding, aside from the bride, of course.  (Sorry not sorry, grooms)  Cake cutting is a classic wedding moment, up there with the first kiss and first dance.

What could be better than sitting down with a cake consultant and sample different cake flavors.  It is basically a dream comes true.  Bubble can attest to that.

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Let’s pig out!

This past weekend, Bubble and I scheduled a cake consultation and tasting at Publix Bakery.  Publix offers an incredible number of flavors and varieties.

We can customize any type of cake with any type of icing and any fillings.  The combination is endless!  We asked to sample three flavors – Marble with a raspberry filling and buttercream icing, vanilla cake with lemon icing and buttercream icing, and red velvet cake with cream cheese filling and cream cheese icing.

Wow oh wow, we had not expect them to actually bake us a cake of each flavor.  We thought it would be a slice or small bite size.  Oh no no no, it was a full 8in cake.  And Publix accidentally made an extra cake.  This one is red velvet with raspberry fillings and cream cheese icing.  Our pants are getting tighter as we speak.

Our consultant, Laura, served us a slice of each cake.  Bubble thought the red velvet was very smooth.  I liked the tartness from the lemon icing.  After sampling all the flavors, Bubble and I both agreed marble with a raspberry filling and buttercream icing is the best.  The frosting was not overwhelmingly sweet and it complemented the marble well.  Plus the chocolate and vanilla twirl looked gorgeous on the plate.

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We flipped through Publix’s catalogue of cakes.  All the cakes look way too pretty to consume.  Laura explained the cake can be decorated to match our wedding colors and we can also bring in designs from Pinterest.

When we started to discuss the cost, to our surprise, wedding cake doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Well, at least at Publix.  I had read that wedding cake can cost some serious dough.  Publix’s cakes are fairly priced.  As a way of cutting down cost, Laura suggested the option of having a nice cake for photo purpose and supplement with a sheet cake.

Overall, this was a tasty learning experience.  We get to eat and learn about cakes.  It can’t get better than that.  We thank Laura for her time and she helped packed up all four cakes.  We have a quite a bit of designing to do, but the imminent task is …how to get rid of all these cakes!

Smile #218 – Us the Duo

Through their Vine’s six second video clip of top hit covers, Us the Duo has amassed millions of followers across the globe.  They have toured with Oprah and Pentatonix and have performed live on Good Morning America.  For the first time, the talented and adorable duo, Michael and Carissa Alvarado, are headlining their own solo tour.  They are traveling around the nation.

Bubble has been a fan since those good ol’ Legends’ concert nights.  It has been years since we went to Michael’s concert at App.  We were excited to see they will be stopping in Charlotte.  I have been binging on their music on Spotify.

Before the doors were open, eagered fans already lined up outside of The Underground.  A room of 600 people stood waiting patiently for the night of music to begin.  Bubble and I were surprised at how intimate the venue was.  It was a nice sized room with seating on one side for VIP.  We found a spot with a clear view of the stage, even for fun sized people, aka me.

The night opened with songwriter and singer, Hailey Knox.  She began her music career on YouTube with unique acoustic covers of pop songs.  This is her second tour, first one with Charlie Puth last fall and now with Us the Duo.  She sang songs from her newest EP – Awkward.  Her songs are catchy and lyrics are relatable.

She came down to meet the guest after her performance.


Next up, Us the Duo.  The crowd roared in excitement.  The duo began with their  2014 pop song medley.  The pair wanted to show the audience, “where it all started.”  They used to jam in their living room.  What better way of bringing fans together than showing them their actual living room sofa and a standing lamp.


Carissa’s vocal and Michael’s multi-instrumental play, they were unstoppable.  They sang songs from their older collection and their latest Public EP.  In between their original songs, they also played covered of Sway and Build Their Me Up Buttercup.  Their acapella rendition of Meghan Trainor and John Legend’s hit song Like I’m Gonna Lose You capture complete attention from the room.

In between songs, they joked and teased.  Their love was contagious.   They set up a Q&A session where fans can ask any questions.  One fan asked for love advice.  Carissa joked to put toilet paper roll back in the roll instead of leaving it on top.

 

The night ended with their wedding vows song – No Matter Where You Are.  Of course, the audience wouldn’t let them leave that easily.  All the chanting brought them back on stage for one last song – Medley of 2016.

Bubble and I both enjoyed the concert.  Carissa and Michael’s performance definitely satisfied every expectation.