Tag Archives: Weddings

This Weekend, A Wedding, and A New Blog

19 Aug

I’m so glad it’s Friday!  Granted, I don’t work in the traditional sense, but I structure my week as if it were.  So, by the time Friday rolls around, I’m ready to relax with Dr. B.  As I type, I’m sitting under the hairdryer, which I absolutely cannot stand!  Do you know how long it takes locs to dry.  I normally let them air dry throughout the day, but I have a lot of things to get done today, and the last thing I want to think about is a head full of damp hair.   It want it look really nice for my brother-in-laws wedding!

He and his fiance are Buddhist, so the wedding will be a traditional Buddhist ceremony.  I’m expecting it to be visually picturesque, hopefully something like this

and this

Lastly, I started a new blog called The UpTown Atelier!  I wanted a home where I could share my off-the-grid home decorating ideas, inspiration, and DIY.  Atelier is pronounced At-Ti-Ya…it kinds rhymes with ALL Day 🙂  An Atelier is a French term for an artist’s studio or workshop. We live uptown of Downtown Orlando…hence the name The UpTown Atelier.  I was reaching huh? 🙂  Anyhoo, stop over and say hi!  Today I posted some before and after pics of my Dorothy Draper inspired entertainment center.

How are you going to enjoy this weekend?

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The Pastor Used an iPad

20 Sep

Me and Dr. B waiting for the ceremony to start

Dr. B and I attended a beautiful outdoor wedding this weekend at the Royal Links golf course.  I was admittedly a “little” astounded that someone would have a Wedding in September in Florida at 5:30.  Especially given the fact that Florida is still HOT in September.  But, being a recent bride, and knowing all the criticisms that you have to deal with when planning a wedding, I kept my opinion under wraps.  When we arrived at the venue we were given bottles of water, and large white umbrellas while we waited for the ceremony to start.

The pastor conduting the ceremony with his iPad

Everything was going great, I wasn’t too hot, the ceremony started on time.  But, please someone tell me why did the pastor used an iPad to conduct the ceremony? I have an iPad, I’m an #AppleFanGirl, Steve Jobs can do no wrong, life is better with a iPhone, but I have to draw the line at the pastor conducting a wedding ceremony with a iPad.  Just, No, No, No.  He couldn’t just read off of a notecard?  He had to be a showoff…*you fancy huh* 🙂 The main problem that I had with him using the iPad was that, had the iPad in one hand and the microphone in the other, and he was trying to do a balancing act (not good).  He looked uncomfortable 😦

Am I overreacting, what do you think yes or no to the pastor using an iPad for a wedding ceremony?

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Oh What A Beautiful Day!

13 Aug

...just a random picture of me being silly! (but it does look like I'm in Oklahoma with my homeboys)

Oh what a beautiful morning!

Oh what a beautiful day!

I gotta beautiful feeling!

Everything’s going my way!

I’m totally feeling the lyrics from the play Oklahoma.  It’s been a great day, Actually it’s been a great week.

My hubby’s blood pressure has dropped 20 points in one month!  Woohoo!  All my hard work (eg. loading him up on supplements, green tea, meatless Mondays, biking, etc) has paid off.  I’m so excited, that he is now in the normal range 120/80.  I recently blogged about keeping him healthy, since his high blood pressure has been a worrisome topic for me.  I aim to keep him a round for a while 🙂

Second, I went to buy a new pair of running shoes (looong-over due) and the running store, The Track Shack, had 20% off of everything in the store! *yes..does fist pump*  I was able to get a new pair of Adidas Supernova Adapt (my favorite) that are normally $95, for $75!

Third,  I’m two weeks away from the end of my statistics class, which means I’m one step closer to my PhD.  I initially blogged about not liking statistics.  I still don’t like it, but I’m kind of “getting” it now.  I don’t have to ask Dr. B for much help anymore. 🙂  I have a final project and a final test to go!

Lastly, A good friend of ours, George, is turning 40 this weekend, and Dr. B and I are going to help him Get ready for the big pool party.  He recently

George at our wedding reception

broke up with his girlfriend *good riddance* so we are pitching in to give him a hand.  I blogged about all the help George gave us for our wedding reception, so I’m more than hype and ready to help him out!  Plus, I can make sure that the party is up to my standards off the chain 🙂

PS.  I’m alive and well, and I have the most wonderful husband in the world.  But, I gotta hide him, cuz they raping everybody out here! (shout out to Antoine Dodson!)

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BED INTRUDER SONG!!!, posted with vodpod


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We Did it Our Way!

16 Jul

Dr. B with a big drink in his hand!

DIY card box and wishing tree table

Our wedding reception took place two weeks after our *fabulous* Las Vegas wedding(check out our wedding video Dr. B produced)!  Early on in the wedding planning process we decided we wanted our reception to have an informal, party-like atmosphere, with a fun theme.  We decided to go with a Caribbean theme so our guests could feast on the flavors of the Caribbean, and we could hire a steel drum player(I’m a big fan of island music).  To add to the Caribbean vibe we held the reception in our back yeard in a big white tent. In addition we used small pop-up tents for the food, wedding favors, and gift table, and the kids area (which we named Kid’s Caribe Cafe).

Great friends!

It started to rain so we partied harder!

Afterwards, we had so many comments from friends and family alluding to the fact that we probably “saved lots of money”…wow ..if that were only true!  Yes, we had a very small destination wedding in Las Vegas. Yes, the reception was in our back yard, but, no!  It was not “cheaper” by any means.  We hired tons of help: three photographers, invitations, hair dresser, makeup artist, reception coordinator, 2 bartenders, 3 servers, caterer, and steel drum player (who charged more than the cost of the tent), and if you have ever gone to Vegas you know that it’s not a cheap trip by any means.  But, what I can say is we did it our way, and we paid cash for every. single. thing. *pumps fist in the air*  We had the wedding of our dreams and a reception of a life time, and to top it off we were surrounded by friends and family that support, love, and care for us.

Hugs, hugs, and more hugs 🙂

The reception seemed to fly by…I felt like I was floating.  It was such a wonderful feeling to let go, and enjoy the day that we worked so hard to plan.  All I can remember was tons of hugging, great music, fabulous food, and awesome drinks (yep, I in every picture I have a drink in my hand).

Without further ado…here’s are our reception pictures on Flickr…enjoy!

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How to Give Away a Wedding Dress?

24 Jun

I started reading A Practical Wedding (APW) when I first became engaged back in February.   For those of you who are engaged, would like to be engaged, in love, newlywed, married, or you like pure unadulterated writing about love life and marriage, then you should definitely read Meg’s blog. One of the things that I was awe-struck by was the fact that many of APW’s readers come back after getting married, and give their wedding dresses away to a lucky reader (How cool is that?).

I’ve been toying with the idea since purchasing , my second wedding dress back in April (click here to read my Wedding Dress Woes post). Before I started this blog I figured I would offer both of my dresses to APW, but now that I have my own blog, I want to offer them one of my readers But, I’m not sure how I should go about it. Should I have a contest, let readers vote, etc… Readers, I need help!  how should I give away my wedding dress to a reader of my blog?

Wedding dress #1 (never worn)

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My Wedding Vows

23 Jun

I love the smile on Dr. B's face!

During our wedding ceremony Dr. B and I read our own vows, and recited the traditional vows.  We both felt it was important to be able to freely express our love for

Reading my vows to Dr. B

each other, while at the same time keeping with hundreds of years of wedding tradition.  When we made the decision to write our vows, I was excited!  After reading so much wedding porn, I had romanticized ideas swirling through my head.  That is until I actually sat down to write them a month before our wedding.  I  got scared and stressed.  I realized I had never written down my feelings for my husband-to-be.  I consider myself a “good” writer, and words come naturally to me.  But, it’s something about writing the words that will seal a life-long union, that makes the process a little overwhelming.  I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to clearly capture the essence of my love for Dr. B.  I was also afraid that I would sound like a bad greeting card(and embarrass myself).  For inspiration and guidance I searched the Internet for love poems, bible scriptures, blogs, and read articles on how to write your wedding vows.  It took several sleepless nights but, I think I did a pretty good job.

I guess I’m posting my vows because every morning I wake up besides my wonderful, generous, kind, patient, intelligent, gentle, understanding….Husband!  How’s that for a reason to post your vows for the world to see 🙂  So, here they are my wedding vows…

No one tells you when your young, what no one seems to understand, is that the best thing you can do is find the person that makes you want to be the best you possible.

The one person that does not complete you, but complements you, enhances you. Makes you shine your brightest next to them.

You, Bernard, are that person for me. I love you not only for who you are, but for who I am when I’m with you.

In the time that I have known you, I have found myself through my heart because of you.

YOU, love, ME for exactly who I am.  You, with genuine loving patience, has peeled away my many layers, and spoken directly to my soul.  Those walls I have built came tumbling down…they didn’t even put up a fight, they didn’t even make a sound.

My soul has come alive because of my love for you.   In the Song of Solomon it says, “It was but a little that I passed from them, but I found him whom my soul loveth: I held him, and would not let him go.” Bernard, I promise I will hold on tight and not let you go.

Because, Paul D., you are my best thing.  You love me when I am unlikeable.  You see the small child in me and, the divine potential in me. You are the man of my dreams, the man of my hopes, and the man of my desires.

I Natasha, take you, Bernard, to be my husband. With the greatest joy I come into my new life with you. Today I am reminded of James 1:17 which says, “Every good thing bestowed and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.”

Besides the gift of salvation, you are the most precious gift God has given me. I know that along with the new joys God has given me, I face new responsibilities that I cannot fulfill in my own strength.

But by God’s grace and power working within me, I desire to be trustworthy as your wife, to serve and love you in all circumstances, to obey you, to allow God to use you to build His qualities in me, as long as God give us life on this earth. I praise God continually for you, Bernard, and for your love and friendship.

Dear readers, did you or did you not write your own vows, and why?  Please share your wedding vow stories.


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