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Our Wedding: The Cakes were AWESOME!


Today is pretty sweet, even for Friday the 13th. It’s the first day where I felt like our house started to feel like HOME. We’re slowly moving into our home, we had the carpets cleaned, I’ve been mopping floors, and this weekend we move the big furniture. After this weekend, we’ll start actually LIVING there! Woo hoo!

As a Happy Friday celebration, I wanted to share our awesome and amazing wedding cakes! These photos were taken by our rad photographer, Travis Hoehne.


For our main wedding cake, I knew I wanted something a little different. When our cake designer told me she could make it any color, I knew I wanted the blue! I know, I’m totally blue obsessed, it’s the color in my branding, soon to be the color of my office, it’s everywhere for me…I’m drawn to it. Since Cent and I met as interns at Walt Disney World, we weaved in some Disney touches into our wedding. Jen’s Cakes was SOOOO awesome and easy to work with. Not only do they make beautiful cakes, they are also DELICIOUS. And if you read this blog, you know I LOVE cake.


Our lovely floral designer Karen of Huckleberry Karen Designs hooked our cake up with pretty flowers.


On my last trip to Disneyland with my family, I saw this Lenox cake topper. It was the perfect way to tie in some Disney. My mom was able to find us one on eBay. Thanks Mom!

So in the planning stages, I had heard and read about “Grooms’ Cakes”, which is a Southern Tradition. While Cent has lived all over (his dad was in the Army), his family is from the South. My Granddaddy (my mom’s dad) was born and raised in Georgia. To celebrate them, we wanted to include some Southern traditions.


I forget how I originally found these custom cake toppers, it was probably through one of the awesome wedding blogs out there. Cent is a huge video gamer. He’s had every Nintendo system, the Sega Dreamcast, the three generations of Playstations. The Wii is the first system I can actually play on well, so it was game on when I found these. Paul Pape is the genius designer behind these Mii Cake Toppers. He hand crafts these. When I asked if he could add Mickey ears, he was game. (The hats are removable!)


When I asked Jen’s Cakes if she could make a Super Nintendo cake with Super Mario World game (Cent’s favorite game), she didn’t blink an eye. She took the idea and ran. And produced AMAZING results!


I have to thank our amazing vendors again for all their AWESOME work!

Jen’s Cakes
(408) 293.2253
1053 Lincoln Ave. Suite 100
San Jose, CA 95125

Huckleberry Karen Designs
(415) 290.4312

Paul Pape Designs

Travis Hoehne Photography

Happy Friday!


Our Wedding: The Photobooth = Major Fun!


Yay! We have our wedding photos once again. First, we thought our photos were lost by the US Postal Service. Then, we went to visit my in-laws in Savannah, and we forgot the disc on their desk. Thankfully, Cent’s brother, Courtney sent them back to us. So yay! They are back in possession AND it’s time to blog about our wedding. Our awesomely fun, totally personal, and all-around best time ever, if I do say so myself.

So for a little fun, I thought I’d start with our photobooth. I knew that this was something I wanted to do. I had seen wedding photobooths on the wedding blog circuit and to meet our wedding’s vision of FUN, knew that this would do the trick. And our venue, Castlewood Country Club had the perfect little nook in the back of the room to set it up. When I asked our awesome photographer, Travis, if he could set one up, he was totally on board. And it was so so so fun. Did I mention FUN?

First: my bridesmaids, Maggie, Elana, Krystle and Liz

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With me and my sister, Stephanie.

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My girls + guy  from UCSD.

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Mes amis francais from our study abroad program in Lyon, France.

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Us with Cent’s friends and his brother Courtney from Georgia Southern University.

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My ballet teachers and their hubbies! Click here to check out my Ballet Studio, Ballet Petit.

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My BFF Europa girls who also went to UCSD. Click here for their mini photo shoot in San Francisco.

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My BFF Maggie. We’ve known each other since we were 8. That’s almost 20 years! This photo basically sums up our friendship.

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My awesome parents.

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More college friends!

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Cent’s high school friends. Richmond Hill High School Class of ’01!

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Me and my sister and my cousins. My cousin Mercy is an amazing singer living it up in Brooklyn. Check out her website.

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My parents, grandmother, great-aunt, aunts, and uncles, with a cousin or two.

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My UCSD homies! Pretty amazing we crammed everyone into this shot!

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All photos by Travis Hoehne.

So if you were wondering, wedding photo booths are totally awesome! And so much fun. Especially when you bust out the props and sunglasses and boas!

You want MORE? Click HERE for a full slideshow of our wedding photobooth pictures!

This is definitely something that I offer for your wedding day wish list. Imagine the possibilities! Your wedding should be filled with fun and glee. Yes, GLEE.



And….we’re Married!


Hello blog world, I have returned from a fantastic reason for a mini-hiatus: our wedding and honeymoon!

It. was. fantastic.

I don’t think I could have asked for a better day. Ever.

I set out to plan our wedding a a couple of goals: Make it fun. Make it personal. Make it memorable. And I think we hit all three goals with full force!!

Our wedding day would not have gone as smoothly and effortlessly as it did without our amazing crew of vendors, who I must thank for all their hard work!

Our photographer: Travis Hoehne

Travis, in a word, AMAZING. His team of Charlton and Lindsey, AMAZING. His nonstop and unmatchable energy kept the party going. He was so easy to work with and all the guests couldn’t stop complimenting how awesome he was. Travis also set up a photo booth, and it was SWEET! I say this is the best way to get photos with guests without having to do the obligatory cheesy table shots that I know photographers *love* to take. I know that I, along with all of my guests, are sitting at the edges of our seats, ready to see the photo explosion!

Me, my sister, and my cousins working the photo booth. (Thanks Auntie Terry for the photo)

Our cake diva: Jen’s Cakes

Our cakes were FANTASTIC. Not only in style but in taste too. Delicious. And yes, cakes. Jen made us a Groom’s cake to my specs – a Super Nintendo system just for Cent! As you may know, I’m kind of a cake buff. Ok, who am I kidding, I’m cake obsessed! I’m so glad that we booked with Jen’s Cakes because she did a FABULOUS job and I enjoyed every bite!

Check out our EPIC Groom’s cake (thanks to David for the photo):

And our beautiful cake! (Thanks Charlene/Dianne for the photo!)

Our fantabulous florist: Huckleberry Karen Designs

The day of the wedding, Karen twittered that she had surprise for me. I had no idea what it could be. Well, let me just say that Karen is a miracle worker. We had our one and only initial meeting back in January. We had exchanged emails to confirm details, and she is wonderful to work with. So easy to communicate with and make changes. Anyway, the big day rolls around and we arrive at the church. Karen says she wants to deliver my bouquet to me personally.

She says, “Now what kind of flowers did you really want for your bouquet?”

“Peonies?!” I asked shyly.

She pulls the bouquet from behind her back. And there they were. Peonies. In the middle of July. See I told you she was a miracle worker. Thank you Karen!

She also pulled together some wonderfully fantastic centerpieces, which I wish I had had more time to check out and enjoy. They were lovely from some of the photos I saw from friends and family.

Our coordinator extraordinaire: Laura Saldana of Pink Petals Event Design

One of the best investments hands down to keep sane on your wedding day. Even if you are planning the wedding yourself, as I did, I’m so glad we decided to hire a day-of coordinator. After a few briefings, I passed the reigns to Laura and she took care of everything! She asked me all the questions and reminded me of things I had forgotten or overlooked. She brought pins for the money dance and pens for the guestbook. She was a lifesaver for sure. And I didn’t have to worry about anything the day of. I had so much fun!!

Our Make Up Artist: Yolanda Thayer of Prima Donna Makeover

Yolanda was our first vendor to arrive on the big day. She arrived at my parents’ home at 7:3oam. I’m no early riser, but I think the excitement didn’t let me sleep in. Yolanda worked her magic on us and it was great working with her. She stayed with us through the ceremony and came to the reception site to do touch ups before the reception started. Thank you Yolanda for beautifying all of us!

Our DJ: Mark Haggerty of Denon & Doyle Entertainment

Mark made our night. He kept the flow going and everyone dancing. I mean EVERYONE. I haven’t been to that many weddings, but I have never seen as many people as were at our wedding DANCING. Usually people are shy about dancing, but not at our wedding! He played all the songs Cent and I had personally requested (sadly he didn’t get to one song my sister and friend had requested sorry girls!) Everyone danced until the very last song. My father-in-law was getting ready to leave (all of Cent’s family had to catch a 6am flight Sunday morning), but when Mark played “Flashlight” by Parliament, he rushed to the dancefloor and waved his phone like a lighter. Awesome!

Here’s me in the middle (Thanks David for the photo!)

Thank you to everyone who traveled near and far to share our wedding day with us. I can’t say enough how much it meant to both of us.

And now, in case you didn’t know, I’m in Dallas, where Cent and I will set up our home base. I’m excited for big things coming to my photo business!

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