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our engagement party planning is on full speed, so in honor of this special day, here is a special edition of etsy finds / engagement party:

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Je t’aime Banner

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OMBRE Feather Boutonniere in Ivory, Blush, Grey and Coral with Brass Feather

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Hand Painted Flower Garland Cake Topper

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Lollipop Fringe Lantern in Pink Ombre and Gold Sparkle

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Wine Country, Custom Wedding Invitation

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Pink Flowers Collar, Peach, Wedding Flower Collar Necklace, Blush, Wedding Collar Necklace, Wedding Accessories, Bridesmaid , Flower Girl

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pink flower bridal wreath, bridal headpiece, blush pink hair circlet – EVER AFTER – flower girl, head wreath, garden wedding

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4.5′ Fabric Party Garland: Sherbet

it was rather painful to wait to finally announce our engagement to our friends and loved ones. we waited about two weeks! i had in mind what I wanted to do, though. and when i have a plan, i stick to it. while we were in spain,we phoned our family and told them the news!

i also purchased a bunch of madrid postcards, stamps and other stationery! i’m sending a few of our favorite pictures to the printer. never mind. i spent nights sorting through gorgeous designs of engagement announcements online, however, i decided that a custom portrait of us as a family, our first illustrated portrait was a much better idea, it was special! we are starting here a tradition of getting our family portrait done during very special moments of our lives!

i researched various artists who do this type of work and fell completely in love with my little buffalo. lisa is extremely talented and she worked with us to get a portrait that reflected our personality and i just love it!

vanessawe also purchased the cutest paper bags, washi tapes, stamps, colorful paper for confetti and ribbons and finally, after weeks of working on this, we sent out last week the announcement to friends and family in the US, brazil, spain, eveywhere! the best experience was to roam through El Rastro, the largest flea market in spain, searching for vintage spanish stamps, postcards and envelopes!

 

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now: on to planning our engagement party. it will be a party not to be missed, we are a lot of fun!

new jersey, be prepared!

 

this is the last installment from our engagement photo shoot series! we had so much fun together on this day! i’m so glad we did this and i’m so glad we met jesus and got to work with him!

0338_vanessa-bret_130429as you can see, we ended up going to all B.’s favorite spots in town: the retiro park {where we got engaged}, the plaza mayor and the mercado san miguel!

this is a gorgeous hip market, that has wonderful vendors selling incredible food and drinks!

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0202_vanessa-bret_130429a little more from our engagement photo shoot. our photographer didn’t know the meaning Plaza Mayor has for us. stopping here was natural, organic. but, before our trip, B. would tell me all these stories of him hanging out at Plaza Mayor! it was one of his favorite spots in Madrid and he spent a lot of time there and he thought of it as a special place!

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It’s Friday!

What a crazy week, hun? I was sure it was Wednesday when I woke up this morning! B. is back home and all is well! I missed him so much! The best thing about when one of us is traveling is that when we are finally reunited, it’s all beautiful and romantic and we spend a lot of time dating each other! 🙂

The very good news this week {besides a lot of progress with our engagement planning} was that I finally was able to get into a very productive routine! Last year, before I went to Brazil, I had this fantastic routine, it was working really well. I divided my days between all I have to accomplish: work around the house, gym, time for myself, work and time for us as a couple. Then I went to Brazil, spent too much time there and came back with it all screwed up!

It took me almost a year to perfect my routine again. And, for people who work from home, like me, this is key to have discipline and get everything done. Otherwise, it’s 10am and you found a cool movie on HBO and you are lying around watching it and twitting about how much you love vince vaungh.  {this, by the way, can totally happen, it just needs to be in the block of time called “me time”}

So, that makes me happy! Order and progress makes me happy! I’m a freak!

For this weekend, I’m going to be working on our bedroom, trying to finalize all the changes we made to it!

IMG_5409^^this is our new feature wall in the bedroom!

 

I gotta say, out home feels so good this summer, open, bright, with a lot of plants and de-cluttered! I think I accomplished something here!

I have a list of things to do:

1. photograph all the new pieces for the etsy store;

2. finish organizing the bedroom;

3. mail all the engagement announcements {finally, they arrive tomorrow};

4. blog;

5. finalize the wedding website;

6. start preparing and packing for my NYC trip {more on that later};

Have you seen our blog/wedding website yet? I gotta say, I’m kind of in love with it. Not that’s perfect, but it’s us and that’s so good! Plus, I can go crazy with all the posts I want to write over there, and leave this space here feeling normal! 🙂

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Have a wonderful weekend! Enjoy the beautiful weather!

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_5494last week, B. went home to NJ and he brought with him a little gift for our families. in a very cute, key-shaped, gold flash drive we saved all the pictures from our trip and from our engagement shoot and sent it to them with a cool, colorful garland, in polka dot envelopes!

i just had so much fun to put this little gift together, and I know how much our mom’s loved looking at our pictures! it was a pleasure to share with them the memories of the best days of our lives!

this is how the little package turned out:

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B. was kind enough to write his vision of our engagement! it was so funny reading it, I’m going to share it here with you! but, bear in mind, this is his side of the story and I see things very differently! 🙂

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AN ENGAGEMENT STORY, by Bret Shugrue

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“It’s hard to surprise someone when they’ve been walking around the house wearing their engagement ring before you even leave for Spain, tell you the date it should happen which was our 4 year anniversary and asked for it to be early so she doesn’t  have to stress out about getting engaged all day. When I thought about this a few weeks before our engagement it seemed insane, because it was. So I decided to just roll with it and propose in a place I deemed worthy no matter the time of day, all I knew was that if I thought I found the spot I couldn’t allow myself to argue my way into finding a better spot. As we walked to the prettiest part of Retiro Park in Spain I decided this was the spot, with one look at the photos later how was I going to find a better setting? I reached into my bag while Vanessa was speaking with her cousin and quietly untied the ribbon on the box and reached in without looking and the ring wasn’t there. I panicked, though quietly, Vanessa told me not to be so crazy a few days before we left and untie the nice ribbon she made, she told me not to be paranoid. Well in those few seconds I wanted to kill her for not letting me check something so simple, but alas after 20 more seconds of feverishly searching the front of my bag very, very subtly so she wouldn’t notice I found it. Whew
Next I needed an opportunity that felt alone despite this being in public, we did have her cousin Fabio with us which was great since I knew we’d have photos but I needed to ditch him for a few seconds so it could just be us, Vanessa chose to take a photo fairly far away with me, below a higher part of the park. It was my chance, I fiddled with my left pocket one last time ( i always put important things in my left pocket) to make sure the ring I slipped into there was in fact still there and it was, the 10 minutes it was in my pocket I checked it so much people must have thought I was an exhibitionist creep. After a few photos when Vanessa turned away to look at some other piece of beauty in the park I dropped to my knee and grabbed her hand. After saying something about our life and how much we’ve done together (moved to Denver, started a business, grew it into a successful business that is growing rapidly, became healthier people, became better people, etc)  I said, “Quer casar comigo?” which is will you marry me in Portuguese. She cried what appeared to be moisturizer, I’ve never seen cream stream out of someone’s eyes before (without it being rated for adults),  she forgot to answer for a bit, said yes and then to my surprise two random women in Madrid started applauding and were taking photos the entire time.
We walked thorough the park after that, had a celebratory beer, rented some bikes and rode them around the park for the next hour happily engaged.”
the pictures of my beautiful ring were taken during our engagement shoot, by spanish photographer, jesus caballero, from white dress photo!

0401_vanessa-bret_130429this blue tile that shows is in the pictures is a little porcelain box I purchased in Escorial especially to hold my ring, when I’m not using it, at home! Escorial was one of B.’s favorite things we did in Europe, so it feels so special to have something from that beautiful country town holding my ring!

 

 

IMG_5439Happy Friday, peeps!

 

B. is away in NYC, celebrating his mom’s graduation and his father’s birthday while I’m home, holding the fort {ha! i’m totally partying alone here!} and i miss him! I always do! even do it’s nice to take a vacation from him, I miss him!

this week I worked a lot on our engagement announcements and he have a little progress! by the time this things is ready, I’ll have to send the invitations for the party out! but, I’ve made a lot of decisions and progress and I can’t wait to share with you!

for now, I’d like to show you a new product we have now at Baby Sunny’s Leggings: confetti! we totally love confetti and love celebrating with them! my home constantly look like a mess, there is always confetti everywhere!

now, to celebrate the launch of our confetti in our little etsy store, we will be sending a little bag of confetti to all our family and friends, soon, with our engagement announcement so they can celebrate with us – even though there is this distance thing, you know…

and how cute are these dotted tissue paper? so colorful, so happy! we are loving it!

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