Our Mini Moon: San Francisco

My husband and I went on a mini-moon to San Francisco recently! San Francisco is interesting because there are so many different neighborhoods with totally different vibes within very close distance of one another (this frank & funny article kinda sums it up). 

First up, we had to satisfy our seafood cravings so we headed to Fisherman's Wharf. We ate steamed clams at Lou's while we waited for a table to open up at Scoma's. Luckily, the table at Scoma's opened up as soon as we grabbed the check for Lou's! At Scoma's, I had a lobster bisque, seared tuna, and tiramisu & my husband had the clam chowder, seared scallops, and brownies with vanilla ice cream. Yum! 

The next day, we ventured out to the California Academy of Sciences! We actually really wanted to go to their Thursday NightLife {learn mixology at the aquarium with the DJ playing? Don't mind if we do!}, but we missed it. It was still loads of fun during the day but it was so crowded.

Claude, the albino alligator! He was so still, I thought he was a marble sculpture at first. 
As part of the skull exhibit, we came across this display of various dog skulls based on their breed. They didn't have a beagle skull, but we're guessing Lou's skull would be about the same size as a jack russell terrier, the small one on the top center row.

On another day, we trekked out to Haight Street. Our main focus was to visit Loved to Death, a store that is featured on Oddities San Francisco on the Science Channel:)

We also went on a brief walking tour around the Financial District. We learned quite a few interesting facts, like how historians have been able to locate ships from the 1800s still buried deep underground. Those ships were used by early settlers, but were abandoned due to the Gold Rush.

We also learned that San Francisco's historic buildings have strict codes. If there is a proposal to make an addition to an existing historic building, the addition must be distinctly different (e.g. round columns versus rectangular columns, etc.) and it must not touch the existing building. The reason is so that it can easily be distinguished in case the addition needs to be demolished, and the original building must remain untouched. 
So back in the 60's these homes were apparently made for a low-income household. Fast forward to today-- a small studio room has been listed for approximately $3K a month! A 2 bedroom rental here can cost you about $5~$6K a month, supposedly! 

We had a lovely time, but our hearts belong to L.A. There's no place like home. I hope you all enjoy your weekend!


We Do: The Reception, part 3

Did you enjoy the 4th of July weekend? I did -- I really needed that break! Life's been pretty hectic for me lately, and I just needed some time to unwind. The husband & I enjoyed going to the dog park, going to our favorite lighthouse, and relaxing in general.

Posts about our wedding should be coming to an end soon. In case you missed it, I'm continuing from We Do: The Reception part 1 and part 2. Today I'm going to focus on the fun stuff we had goin' on at our wedding -- like the bouquet toss, cake cutting, s'mores, etc.

Bouquet toss {by the way...I changed out of my bridal dress after our first dance! Right after we were engaged, I had envisioned that we would have a very small wedding at a courthouse and this is the dress I planned to wear for the big day. It hung neatly in my closet for over a year and I decided the week before our wedding that it would make a special appearance on the big day. I bought it at a vintage shop in Los Angeles. Oh, and fun fact: my friend is carrying Louie as part of the "single ladies" crew. Can you spot her?}:

So we have a funny story about our cake cutting experience. We never really paid attention to other couples cutting the cake {usually there are always photographers swarming the couple at this time}, so when it came time to cutting our own, we didn't know where to cut. We asked the coordinator and our photographer next to us where we should cut, but I guess they couldn't hear us...So we said, "Oh well! Let's just cut into the first tier." {oops} Haha. I guess we should've known better. We took the first tier home with us and it's in the freezer now for our first year anniversary, but it's been partially cut already.

S'mores station:

We also had some brave people on the dance floor! Needless to say, I have two left feet so I did not partake in this activity, haha. Dancing for me is only reserved in the dark, preferably alone.

We had the wedding of our dreams thanks to our friends and family. It was a day full of smiles and laughter. Love you, mean it! xo.


We Do: The Reception, part 2

Continued from We Do: The Reception, part 1.

While the reception area was being set up nicely for us, the Mr, Louie, and I enjoyed some quality alone time on a horse carriage ride.

I can't recall the details of our conversations while we were on the carriage ride, but I remember feeling relieved, extremely happy, a bit tired, excited, grateful...really, so many different emotions! It was a very romantic way to spend our first moments as husband and wife together. Louie remained calm the entire time too :)


P.S. Hope you all have a nice July 4th! It'll be our 2 month anniversary tomorrow.


We Do: The Reception, part 1

I hope you aren't getting bored with these wedding posts...because more is on the way, haha! Today I'm going to cover some of the details from our reception.

The reception has always been and always will be my favorite part of a wedding (any wedding). It's when you get to wine & dine with friends and let loose {amirite?!}. I'll get to the fun photos in a later post, but today it's all about the details. The reception is where most of my DIY items were finally revealed to family and friends. It took a lot of time & effort, but every single DIY project was SO worth it, in my opinion!

Guestbook poster: ordered on etsy
"Please Sign" & welcome board: calligraphy by my bestie/maid of honor

DIY: Find Your Seat banner, escort tags & pinwheel magnets {handcrafted by yours, truly}

DIY: our initials wrapped in yarn {handcrafted by the Mr. & Mrs.}

DIY: Pomdelions made with yarn & yarn wrapped jars {handcrafted by yours, truly}

Boba Fett art ("Come to the dark side, we have cookies"): purchased on etsy
Cookie Bar sign: calligraphy by my bestie/maid of honor

My biggest advice to future brides and/or grooms if you plan to go the DIY route is to come up with a realistic plan, budget, and timeline, and stick with it! A little bit of OCD will come out from the DIY bride, and it's totally fine! Use it in your favor. In the beginning stages of our wedding planning, I jotted down all of the ideas that I wanted to incorporate into our wedding -- color scheme, props, overall feeling, etc. Next I asked my then-fiance for his input, and once I got the "Sure, sounds nice" comment, I made a to-do list with all of the various DIY projects that I wanted to make, along with the required materials and rough budget per project, and a general deadline to make them. If I realized that I didn't have the skills, materials, or the time to create something, I moved on to the next project or decided to ask for professional help. Etsy is full of creative folks that will more than likely be happy to customize their art for you {I love Etsy}! For example, we had our guestbook poster customized via an etsy seller.We wanted to incorporate a few Star Wars related items into our wedding since it fell on May 4th ("May the fourth be with you!"), so we depended on wonderful illustrators for such items. My maid of honor aka bestie is also very talented so I asked for her help with the calligraphy of some signs too. Oh, and cookies! I couldn't imagine stressing out over baking hundreds of cookies the night before our wedding so we had the help from a professional bakery :)


We Do; The Ceremony, part 3

Continued from We Do: The Ceremony, part 1 and part 2.

A marriage makes two fractional lives a whole;It gives two purposeless lives a work and doubles the strength of each to perform it;It gives two questioning natures a reason for living; and something to live for.It will give a new gladness to the sunshine;A new fragrance to the flowers;A new beauty to the earth;And a new mystery to life. 

- Mark Twain

I've always preferred weddings that incorporate at least one surprise for the guests. Our surprise for the guests was the horse carriage ride {the venue is so awesome that they provide this for the bride & groom!}. While the rest of the bridal party walked down the aisle, my parents and I sat in the carriage at the top of the venue. Originally, my mom did not want to walk me down the aisle {she had never heard of both the mom & dad walking the bride down the aisle}, but I had to keep reminding her she is just as important as my father, and that it would mean the world to me if they both walked me down the aisle. It took a lot of convincing, but I think she was happy of the end result. I know I was!

Our ceremony was short and sweet, maybe around 15 minutes. My maid of honor told me later that it was the shortest ceremony she ever witnessed to this date {lol}. I know for a lot of brides and grooms, the ceremony is probably the most important aspect of the wedding, and it is typically much longer. For us, we knew we wanted a concise and straight-to-the-point ceremony without us having to stand at the stage for an extended time. Plus, we couldn't wait to be announced as the new Mr. & Mrs.!