My August Wedding, and Mini-Getaway

It’s been a couple weeks since I truly sat and wrote the goings-on in my life. August has been quite busy, and here’s why:

Wedding!
I finally married the love of my life! It’s been 3 years in the making, and Andy & I feel so blessed that our close friends and family got to share our day with us!

There were stressors of course: some unexpected departures, and last -minute meltdowns (a lot for my 4yr old niece to handle), but my wedding coordinator Anita was a life-saver in guiding me towards patience. I’m so thankful to have hired a wedding coordinator to manage last-minute details (and peace of mind)!

Pics: My lovely friend Jane took the ceremony pic, while my other friend Melinda Prather took the reception pic (plus the cover photo)! Thank you so much!

Mini-Getaway
A couple days after the wedding, Andy and I traveled to Pittsburgh, PA. Since we’re saving up for a extended honeymoon next year, we set aside a couple days to relax and enjoy Pittsburgh for a few days:

Grandview Overlook
We visited the Grandview Avenue Overlook, which has gorgeous views of Pittsburgh and its three rivers. It’s equally breathtaking by day as well! We also went on the Duquesne Incline, but I forgot to take pics!


All the Animals!
We visited The Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, where we took the tram to tour the area before enjoying specific sites. My favorite was saying hello to our Polar Bear and Tiger friends!

Go Bucs!
I’m a passionate Mets fan, but I also love me a good Pirates game! Although the Pirates are having a rough season, I still couldn’t wait to check out one of their games, in such a beautiful venue.
And– wouldn’t you know it– they won that night!

Andy took this stunning photo of the ballpark!

‘The Great One’
On our last day in Pittsburgh, we toured The Clemente Museum. Our tour guide Vince gave a wonderful description of Clemente’s professional and personal life. Being Puerto Rican myself, I grew up listening to family stories of Clemente’s lifelong service to Puerto Rico, and passion as a ball player.

So that was my August in a nutshell! Now begins my name-changing process, which I hope won’t be too painful, like the rumors say!

Bookish Note:
I did read this month, which I will post in my wrap-up entry
. I have some exciting news to share!

December 29, 2018: Wedding Colors/Flower Girls

My David’s Bridal color swatches shipped out today. I’m looking forward to their arrival…I need to discover which shade of yellow could work with the purple I selected for my color scheme. This yellow shade will be paired with the other color in the reception area.

Next year will be a busy one, since the wedding will now be eight months away. I need to search for flower girl dress ideas, for when Ana and Nadia go for their outfits. I’m hoping for the best.

December 26, 2018: Growing Up/Coordinating

The free time passes by so quickly! It seemed like Friday was only a few hours ago, and now I’m up at 5am once more, readying myself for work. I did have a relaxing time with relatives and reading. Ana is growing so quickly! She’s even talking more clearly, the ‘child-like’ sound of her speech fading away. I felt a bit wistful whenever I heard her speak. Her mom is still convinced that she bears no resemblance to her. I see Ana’s recent smiling photos, and a younger version of Brittany still looks back at me. It makes me laugh.

One thing I need to do is arrange a time for Brittany and Joyce (the other bridesmaid in my wedding) to get together and coordinate. I don’t necessarily think of minute details, aside from dressing in the color I gave them. Everyone else is concerned about matching outfits though. So the three of us can meet, and they can work out that detail. If Brittany can pin down a time to meet up.

December 21, 2018: Appointments and Sharings

Thursday was such a hectic time for me after I left work. I didn’t think that was possible, but it was. I finally had a medical appointment that did so many tests, and I need to follow up next month. It was all necessary, yet I was taken aback at how much I needed to take care of. I meet with the doctor again at the end of next month.

Afterward, Andy and I met up with the deacon to discuss marriage preperation. We only have one more meeting coming up, then we meet up with the priest giving the wedding. That one will be a couple months before the wedding. This meeting was also emotional, but this one dealt with communication. It was all a good experience, a lot was discussed.

December 10, 2018: Reading Progress/Wedding Tasks

I’ve made some progress in Liane Moriarty’s ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’. So far, it seems like the ‘wellness resort’ that Frances and the other participants are staying at is certainly not what it seems! The multiple- perspective voice in the story keeps the momentum going also. I’m hoping to keep my reading pace going this week.

I also want to add on to my wedding registry this week. I wanted to head to a store yesterday to add items, but time passed too quickly, and I never got around to going. Thankfully I can look around online for the things Andy and I need. I also need to search for ‘just right’ shoes for my wedding. A small heel would be what I need, nothing too high.

November 29, 2018: Thursday Thoughts

The days are getting colder…not that much to be inside all the time, but a chill is definitely in the air. I’m taking advantage of all the seasonable days I have. Winter will be here before we know it.

I got in contact with my cousin yesterday, to see if we can get together to find shoes for my wedding. It’s so impossible to get in touch with her for anything, but she and her daughter will be in the wedding, so I would like for her to be involved in some way. I will see what transpires.

October 22, 2018: 300 Days

This morning I began looking through the ‘Together for Life’ readings we need to select for the wedding next year. At first glance it feels overwhelming. So many passages to choose from! Some feeling too lengthy, too short, or too limiting. As I spent more time searching, my mind settled somewhat. The readings all were meaningful, I just need to find the ones that will apply to mine and Andy’s big day. The book details the entire service, so I found myself imagining our day as I’m reading each phase of the ceremony. It made me feel a little excited!

There are so many other details that I now need to worry about, such as florals and aesthetics. And finding a way to include my mom in the ceremony. Knowing that she’s no longer here, yet having her with us.

It will soon be August before I know it, and I want my wedding to be a memorable experience.

September 27, 2018: Thursday Thoughts

I picked up my wedding dress today. Since there’s still some time before my wedding, I need to store it at home for a while before taking it to get altered. I didn’t expect to have so much time to wait before alterations. Really glad that the dress search is done with though.

Tomorrow after work Andy and I are going to spend time with good friends ftom Pennsylvania. There’s a birthday celebration taking place, and it will be so much fun to gather and catch up.

September 16, 2018: Coming to Terms

Truly thankful that I had a good night’s sleep. While I know that it’s still the weekend, of course I would get a decent night’s sleep, it actually has been difficult. For the past couple weeks, I’ve been waking up several times during the night. I could not get to sleep, and it was frustrating.

I live through work struggles and life struggles day by day, but last night my thoughts on all these difficulties came crashing in on me at once. Handling a wedding, while working a job with limited pay, stresses me out to no end. I agonize and overanalyze, but I came to a realization that this is the lesson I need to work through right now.

Does it mean that life will automatically get easier? It’s up to how I travel through my life path at this point. Coming to terms with my difficulties, while blending my passions, may be the key to living a more peaceful life.

September 1, 2018: Summer Ending, and Dress Shopping

It’s amazing that summer is flying by so quickly! Only a couple weeks before Autumn is upon us. When I was a teacher in the public/private schools (with summers off), I enjoyed Labor Day trips to Wildwood with Andy. It was so lovely to enjoy the last days off before the year began. Now that I’m working year round, the days become one in the same, so it’s quite a surprise that September is here. We will enjoy that Wildwood time off soon enough.

So far I began September on the right foot. I went shopping for my wedding dress this afternoon. When my appointment was over, I found the dress I needed! I had a very good friend accompany me for advice and support. Having that extra person was very helpful to decide what would be more flattering, and what wouldn’t work out. I now need to worry about shoes with heels. I haven’t worn heels in years, but the occasion calls for it. 🙂