Two Years Ago…

Today’s our second wedding anniversary.  Two years ago we joined hands and committed to spending the rest of our lives together in front of our family, friends and community. Today that seems so very far away. I want to be back in that moment. I want to be in love and elated. I want our happiness back. Every day gets a little better. We’re working on it. But good god is it hard.

I’ve been working on our wedding album on Shutterfly.com for the past couple days. It really was the most elegant, beautiful and fun wedding I’ve ever been to. Our guests still tell us that it was the best wedding ever. Since I have never posted wedding photos, and since they are so present in my mind, here are many highlights that many people haven’t seen.

We were married on a brisk yet sunny day at a beautiful reception hall called The Colony Club right in downtown Detroit behind the Fox Theater. In it’s previous incarnations it was a ladies club, a police officer training center and a library. That’s right, the library was housed where the ballroom is now. And about 38 years ago (give or take) a young engineering student set his sights on one of the reference librarians. That student was my father, that librarian, my mother. And so it came to be that we were married in the exact same room where my mother and father met. And to say my dad’s presence was felt that day is an understatement.

So together with 200 of our closest friends and family, and with our dear friend Sterling doing the honor of performing the ceremony, we took our vows and agreed to spend our lives together. We are incredibly blessed by the people in our tribe. They came from Arizona, Florida, D.C., Chicago, Canada, Mississippi, South & North Carolina, New Orleans, Maryland, New Jersey, Cleveland and all over the state of Michigan.

The ceremony was short but sweet, the cocktail hour was swinging (thanks to Gino Fanelli’s Red Hot Sugar Daddies), the dinner was delicious and the reception was full of drinks and dancing. It was an absolutely amazing spectacular wanna-do-it-all-over-again kind of day. One we will forever remember fondly…

 With Mom & Sisters
 With Mom
 A little help from Jef
 The Aisle
 The Tables
 Loved this hair piece from Etsy
 The loveliest bouquet
 Perfect staircase
 My Dad ‘walked’ with me down the aisle
 Perfect place to hide a cocktail
 The synth ties the guys wore
 Centerpiece
 Picture of my Mom & Dad’s wedding 
 Head table all aglow
 Winter tree centerpieces
 Cutting the cake
 And choking
 A kiss
 Michael during his brother’s toast
 Cheers!
 Two of my oldest and dearest Niki & Robyn 
 My sisters Erin, Jilnar and Tracey
 Michael has known these guys since 3rd grade. But Amie & Kate – my girls!
 Pete, Radfan, Nicole, Rajin, Mike & Steve. The Fun Table
 Marta & Iesha. Lovely ladies
 Our first dance 
 Dancing with my brother to ‘Dance with my Father’
 My gorgeous sisters
 Michael’s sister & brother Jilnar and Andre
 Oops! Did I do that?
 Frozen in time
 The Hustle
The Debbke 
 The cutest girl in the room – my cousin Milan
 One of my bestest friends Jen sharing a laugh
 Love me some Natalie
I gave the toast at Kristyn’s wedding and made her cry
so she returned the favor. In a good way. 

Capture the Everyday: In My Room

This week’s theme is ‘A Feature You Love About Your Home’. Considering there’s not a lot I’m loving about our rental, and that we have been house hunting for our first home, this was a hard one. There is one room though that usually makes me feel good. I say usually cause lately I haven’t been getting much sleep. But our bedroom is calm, cozy and has some designer edge thanks to the collage of vintage frames above the bed. Each one of the frames holds a black and white image that I captured in either Spain or Italy, while traveling with my husband. So each image brings back a moment, a feeling, a smell, a taste or an emotion. My sister helped me hang them, cause without her insistence I wouldn’t have a single piece of art on any of our walls. When I look at these photos, while making the bed (almost) every morning, I feel a connection to the world and have a sense that it is just right there at my fingertips.

Wanna see some other fav features? It’s like taking a virtual home tour! Or want to link up? Check it out by clicking on the button below:

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What I Can’t Live Without

I’m so excited to participate in the first Capture the Everyday linky hosted by the genius Melissa over at Adventuroo.

Capture the Everyday from Adventuroo

Today’s challenge? Something you can’t live without.

There are many many things I can’t live without. I like things. Like my baby girl. Can’t even imagine what life would be without her.

My husband. I’d like to think I can’t live without him. But let’s be honest. I’d survive.

Coffee. I probably should have taken a picture of my coffee. And Italian Sweet Cream creamer. But I survived 9 months without it.

My iPhone. Oh sweet baby Jesus. Can BARELY live without. It’s true. But it’s SO not photogenic.

But you know what I really can’t live without? For the past 12 months I have almost exclusively lived in this black nursing tank from Target.

Yea, that’s right lived in. To be fair there are about three or four of these in rotation. Rarely is the day that goes by and one of these is not worn. They have made breastfeeding (especially in public) almost too easy. 
Worn under any shirt your new mom pouch is covered and your boob just pops right out. So convenient. So necessary. So indispensable. Thank you Target for hooking me on another quality product. 
If you want to see more of things people Can’t Live Without or link up your own life-affirming object head over to Adventuroo!