So, its my birthday! Here’s a Life Update

Hello all,

How has 2018 been treating you guys so far? I’m hoping well!

While I’m not one for New Years resolutions, I do like to reflect and calibrate around my birthday. Lucky for me, I am a January baby, so it kinda lines up neatly for me. New year and new age within 30 days of each other makes January the perfect contemplative month for me.

I kinda miss the days when I was just a kid and all my birthday meant some cake and presents. But at the same time, I do find great satisfaction in looking back on the last year of my life and evaluating everything. I like seeing how I’ve grown, what were missed opportunities (in hindsight), and think about if I want to continue on my current trajectory.

While there were many things that happened in 2017, I gotta say there was one main life event that just stood head and shoulders above the rest that I would love to share with you.

I got married! ๐Ÿ’

I didn’t make too big of a fuss on social media about this, but if you’re friends with me on FB you might have caught a few statuses referencing a wedding. I probably didn’t make a huge fuss on social media because most of the planning was done by me without the help of a bridal party, so I just felt too busy (and maybe a bit tired of wedding stuff) to post about it haha. Although I totally didn’t do it all myself, Shout out to my parents thought! They also helped a ton with this event.

Anyways, since that was probably the highlight of my 2017/last year of life, I thought I would share some photos with you all.

*Warning: Picture heavy*

Getting Ready:

Theย big day was on September 16, 2017, which was our 7th anniversary as a couple.

We wanted something small, we didn’t have groomsmen or bridesmaids. I got ready in my room with family stopping by while I was getting my hair done by my friend and beloved hairstylist. If you’ve seen my silver and my blue hair, here is the man responsible.

At my husbands encouragement, I did my own makeup for the big event. I was super nervous about it all, but my husband reassured me that I could do it. In fact, he said he really wanted to see my makeup on our day since he never liked any Sephora, MAC, or Nordstrom makeover done on me ever.

But I think I pulled it off. Maybe it wasn’t perfect, but I was very happy with the outcome.

The photographer we worked with was amazing. He captured a lot of the details of our wedding perfectly, which makes me insane happy since we worked so dang hard on putting it all together!

The Details

Here’s a little peak at the outside of my invitations. The theme was a rustic romantic woods vibe. I used a wood texture envelope and used red wax to hand press seals to each invite.

Details for my attire.

I was originally going to adhere to tradition and go with white shoes, but I knew if they were white I would never wear them again. Plus, my favorite color for shoes and clothes is black, so these shoes were a tribute to myself

My dress and cathedral veil!

The Ballroom & Details

I’m especially proud of the table centerpieces, these were designed by me and brought to life by my parents. If any of you are in California, you might remember those nasty storms we had at the end of 2016 and beginning of 2017 that knocked down a ton of trees.

My centerpiece are partially made from the reclaimed wood from that damage. My parents and I made vases, candle holders, and the table numbers from the debris in their neighborhood. The wooden rounds were purchased from Craigslist’s.

Here is our sweetheart table!

My mom and I visited a local nursery for the flowers. I purchased fairy lights (and the light up roses and the wooden heart confetti) off of Ali express. After we settled on an arrangement, my mom and family put together the flowers the day before the wedding.

I was honestly so proud with how they turned out!

We really lit up the ballroom, we had lights everywhere. They were in the arrangement, under the tables, in the ceiling, and against the walls. I really wanted to capture a rustic feeling with the a sense of romance with twinkling lights that could mimic stars andย  fireflies. A sort of different fairy tale if you will ๐Ÿ˜‰

For our cake we went with simple white with flowers placed by the florist who put together my bouquet set upon a wine barrel decorated with more light up roses.

The Ceremony & Portraitsย 

Our wedding took place in the Santa Cruz mountains with an amazing view of the area, the day was actually clear enough where we could see the ocean in the distance!

We had our ceremony at 6pm because we really wanted capture that golden hour in our photos. Plus we wanted our guests to enjoy the spectacular view during the cocktail hour before the official reception indoors.

Did I mention I loved our photographer?

I feel like he really captured our event really well in a way that we can forever look back on and justย feel everything all over again. Like these last two are some of my personal favorites.

In the one above, its right before the ceremony after our first look. We’re resting together before the chaos of the rest of the day.

And this one, it has such a ‘closing time’ vibe to it. The guests have moved on to the ballroom, the sun is setting, and everything is still out, but we’re still there enjoying each other’s presence.

So yeah, that was my 2017 and the major event since my last birthday.

Much of my inactivity in 2017 was due to the planning of all this. I got engaged in September of 2016 and since we wanted to wed on our 7th anniversary, it was an aggressive timeline. The added responsibilities on top of our daily ones really took a lot out of us. The last few months of my inactivity of 2017 were due to a camera malfunction that destroyed my memory card..

But 2018 is a new year and I am excited to get back into the swing of things!

If you actually read all the down to here, I sincerely thank you for letting me share all of this with you! <3

So much love,

LittleNuclearReactor

38 thoughts on “So, its my birthday! Here’s a Life Update

  1. What amazing pictures of your very special day. You were a beautiful bride and you picked out fabulous flowers and centerpieces for your wedding. I hope your life together is as wonderful as your wedding.

    • That is very cool! Its a very nice venue with a pretty view. I feel lucky to have snagged it for the date we wanted!

  2. Your pictures are beautiful! And the wedding looks like it turned out so beautiful, as well. All that hard work and planning definitely looks like it paid off. Happy Birthday ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Oh man…I really wish I remembered! I know I did a light pink as a base and stamped a lace design from MoYou London (Bridal plate, very appropriate) with a pinky white Color Club polish. I actually did a whole post before my wedding about me trying to find a nice nude pink for my skin tone, didn’t mention it was for my bridal nails..but that’s what it was for ๐Ÿ™‚

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