I just need some encouraging words today. And a cookie. Join me if you’d like.

Always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and twice as beautiful as you’d ever imagined.


Jenna @ Heartcarry Press - August 24, 2011 - 1:19 am

Hope you enjoyed your cookie :) I love this quote. Keep doing what you’re doing Colleen- you ARE all of those things!

Cris of Kiss My Tulle - August 24, 2011 - 2:00 am

How’s this? DO IT (or no cookies for you!). ;)

Laurel G - August 24, 2011 - 2:26 am

hope your cookie was yummy!

Bree [capitolromance] - August 24, 2011 - 3:15 pm

i really hope the cookie you had looked just like that … yum … and i TOTALLY had a cookie this morning too – so feeling your mood :) whatever is on your mind – know you can conquer it!

The Perfect Palette - August 24, 2011 - 3:23 pm

mmm, that cookie looks like it’s full of oooy gooey goodness :)

jacin {lovely little details} - August 24, 2011 - 7:44 pm

love this. and that cookie is not helping my “healthy eating” kick :)

Real Wedding | Chrisalen & Saul

I have another beautiful wedding for you guys today, from Jessica Velarde, the talent behind the contest for free wedding photography that you can still enter! I happen to know today’s lovely couple in real life, and they are sweet as pie, and very clearly crazy about each other. Chrisalen shared with me a bit about their love story, and about the music they chose for their wedding day. Very sweet stuff.

From Chrisalen: Saul and I first met each other as Junior in High School and really became great friends. Due to Calvary Chapel High School being so small (our class was twenty students total), it was kind of hard not to know each other. As we got closer as friends, we realized that there was something more to us then friendship so we began a year of courting that included countless family dinners, birthday parties, and movie nights. Eventually, after we graduated, we began to start dating outside of the family events on our own.
Bridal Entrance Song: Clair De Lune  The importance of it is that while in high school, the girls and I would talk about Saul with a code name “Ocean” from “Ocean’s 11” Saul and I hung out a lot as friends before courting so when I started having more feelings for him, I had to figure out how to talk about him with others without him suspecting. Since there was a Saul as part of the casino heist team, we dubbed him “Ocean” because of the movie. At the end of “Ocean’s 11”, the song that is playing in the background as they are watching the fountain show is Clair De Lune. After Saul figured out his code name, it was only natural that Clair De Lune became our song.
The proposal: Two years after  we began dating seriously, on New Year’s Eve 2008, Saul flew out to Germany to spend New Year’s Eve with my family and me. My parents had planned to take us to Paris for the New Year’s Eiffel Tower light show that occurred at Midnight. Ever since I was two, it had been my dream to visit Paris, France and to see the Eiffel Tower. I had huge posters all over my room of the Tower and countless tourist books on what to see in France in my room. So when we arrived we caught the last elevator ride to the second landing for the night on the Tower and two minutes before the clock struck midnight, Saul got down on one knee and purposed and as the lights began to twinkle in the background, I said “yes”. Fast forward to December 2010 and we were saying our “I do’s”
Mr & Mrs. Exit from the Church: “Love Story” by Taylor Swift This song really exemplifies our relationship from the very beginning. We started off young in high school and ended up getting married five years later with a baby on the way.
Reception Party Entrance: “Let’s Get It Started” by Black Eyed Peas – One of my favorite party songs of all time
Cake Cutting Song: “Grow Old With You” by Adam Sandler Probably one of the sweetest songs that Saul and I both still sing to each other.
First Dance Song: “Marry Me” by Train
Send Off Song: “At Last” by Etta Jones – After dating all through high school, beginning as Juniors and now into our adulthood, we both found this song very fitting as we left the reception as finally saying “at last” we are now married as husband and wife in front of our friends, family and God.
Church- Sanctuary Bible Church (Pastor Grant Bridges)
Flowers – Saul’s Aunt Karen
Make-Up – Lisa Marie Griggs, Mary Kay
Hair – Venus Salon, Monterey CA
Dress – Aria Bridal, San Diego CA
Reception Area – Officer’s Ballroom, La Mesa Community Center Monterey, CA
Photographer – Jessica Valarde
DJ – John Upshaw, DJ Mix N’ Spin Co.
Congratulations Chrisalen and Saul on your lovely wedding day and your beautiful baby girl!!
Krissy - Make Believe'N - August 23, 2011 - 12:49 am

Great choices!! I’m a softy for Train’s song….sigh.

Melina - August 23, 2011 - 2:38 am

I love the lighting of the photos done in the church! So soft and pretty!

Jessica@TWB - August 23, 2011 - 8:18 pm

Yay! After finding Jessica through your blog, I’ve become a big fan of hers.

Laura - August 24, 2011 - 12:37 am

Beautiful photos! A very lovely wedding :)

Bree [capitolromance] - August 24, 2011 - 3:40 pm

you had me at bridesmaids in chucks! what a fun wedding and LOVE all the song choices! the couple obviously had “big-time party” in mind when planning this wedding!

Giveaway Winner!

Drumroll please…

The winner of the giveaway for 100 postcards from UPrinting.com is….

Entry #26! Kimberly D!!! (Who, I’m excited to share, will be using them for her save the dates!) Congratulations Kimberly! We will be in contact soon.

Thank you to everyone who entered! We will hopefully have more great giveaways soon!

And, of course, if you haven’t already, check out our contest for free wedding photography!!

Kimberley D - August 20, 2011 - 9:02 pm

Once again, thank you so much!

Stephanie Elizabeth {Fab You Bliss} - August 22, 2011 - 4:33 pm

Congratulations Kimberly D!

Real Wedding | Cass & Phil

Ok, I know I mention it all the time, but in case you’re brand new to the site today, we have this amazing little contest going on. Actually it’s kind of a big deal. It’s for FREE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY. I don’t know that I can emphasize enough how incredible that prize is. So, to emphasize my point, I’ve been featuring some seriously gorgeous weddings shot by the photographer doing the giveaway, Jessica Velarde. You can see the previous features here, here and here. Here is another wedding that will blow your mind with it’s beauty. Engaged folks: You could be getting images like this , for FREE. If that’s not amazing, I don’t know what is.

Cass & Phil’s stunning affair was also featured on Engaged and Inspired.

Come back later today to find out who wins the postcard giveaway!! If you haven’t entered yet, it closes at noon today!

Bree [capitolromance] - August 19, 2011 - 5:01 pm

woooow, beautiful wedding & beautiful images ~ i wish i could enter the contest :)

Stephanie Elizabeth {Fab You Bliss} - August 19, 2011 - 7:06 pm

Beautiful photography! There’s going to be one lucky & happy winner!!!

Isabelle - August 19, 2011 - 11:22 pm

Very beautiful!

Jessica [Shimmer+Silk] - August 22, 2011 - 3:42 pm

Such a gorgeous wedding!

Sandra Downie @ thewhitelibrary.com - August 22, 2011 - 4:07 pm

Beautiful wedding and couple!

Things I Love | Travel

Last week I shared my love for travel and a few of the places I’ve been. This week’s installment includes a few of the top places on my travel wish list. I’m keeping it to Europe for now, perhaps in the future I’ll include other areas of the world that I long to explore. For now, here are 3 places on the top of my list: Ireland, Greece, and Italy.

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Kristen Steele Photography - August 18, 2011 - 1:36 pm

Absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE Italy. One of my favorite places on this earth! Let me know when you go, I have a list of my favorite Italian adventures! :) xoxo, Kristen!

jacin {lovely little details} - August 18, 2011 - 3:57 pm

italy is #1 on my list right now!

alicia@Charitywedding - August 18, 2011 - 9:32 pm

Greece ranks HIGH on my list. But so do about all of these places!

Alexandra {Heart Love Weddings} - August 19, 2011 - 2:24 am

Count me in! On all counts! :)

Melina - August 19, 2011 - 3:18 am

I love that you mentioned Greece and Italy. Italy has always been a place I dreamed of since I was a kid. And for Greece, on our honeymoon, my hubby and I said we would have a second honeymoon someday and we agreed on Santorini. I love those buildings with the blue tops! I’m definitely going to be saving up so I can travel the world!

Kismet - August 19, 2011 - 2:05 pm

My priority list would be Ireland, Greece and Italy like you listed. It’s so hard to sit still when there are so many places to visit!