Three More Days!

I’m not going to lie, ever since it hit seven days it reminds me of the movie The Ring. That’s weird, I know.

Anyway, we couldn’t be more excited (or busy for that matter)! Amidst the wedding prep I’m also moving all of my stuff into the apartment. It’s true when they say that you don’t know how much stuff you have until you move. Sweet mother of Jesus! I’ve never seen so many shoes and purses in my life! With that said, stay tuned for an announcement for our upcoming clothes swap — post wedding, of course.

So we’ve been busy bees even working until the late hours of the night. Hence the lack of blogging. Huge fail, I know but I didn’t expect to work this week! But duty calls.

Anyway, the point of this post is that
we wanted to drop a few lines to let you all know that we are going to be streaming the wedding LIVE! It’s going to begin at 3pm EST and you can find our live stream at JulietandBen.com

It’ll be extremely easy to get to, it’ll be on our homepage and it’ll stream from the moment the ceremony begins until it ends.

I’m not going to lie, it feels a bit “Royal Wedding-esque” but despite that, Ben and I both feel the need to have a live stream to be able to share this special moment with those who aren’t able to attend, but especially for our families all around the world including Bolivia, Peru, Puerto Rico, and across the U.S.

We are so grateful to have such a technologically advanced society that we are able to share this special moment, live, with all of you guys! :)

We love you all and we are so excited for it to be Saturday already!!!!!

Xo,
J.

Don’t forget to RSVP!

To those of you who have received your invitations, please make sure you RSVP! We’re about 3 weeks away and it would be a shame if you weren’t accounted for just because you didn’t rsvp! :) If you haven’t received your invitation (and I’ve asked you for your address) just send me a quick text or email and I’ll be sure to check up on it.

 

Looking forward to seeing you all!!!!

 

Xo,

J.

What to Wear

Wedding Guest Looks

 

So I know that many of you have been texting me because you don’t know what to wear…well here is the answer! Shopstyle has put together a collection of outfits to make going to a wedding a lot easier! Hope this helps you all :) Make sure you click on the link so it can give you more options.

Xo,

J.

Wedding Updates!

Sorry we haven’t been keeping you all updated with everything that has been going on. We’ve just been so busy with work and other things going on that the wedding has been kind of put on the back burner. In a way it’s a huge blessing to even be able to say that since weddings tend to get ridiculously crazy the month before, but it’s been pretty calm and we are both so grateful for that especially since a wedding is just one day, what’s important is our relationships with each other and those we love :)

Ok so here’s the lowdown.

- We FINALLY figured out our flower situation. Seriously though, flowers are crazy expensive, I think the wedding industry is secretly conspiring against us because it just doesn’t make sense why flowers (which DIE after a few days) cost so much! It’s funny because we met a random person at the flower place and he was telling us that he remembers back in 1978 when peonies were $.25 a stem (versus their whopping $4 a stem). Mind blowing, right!? Anyway, we figured out a solution that worked for us and we are extremely blessed not to be spending as much as your average wedding. Praise Jesus!

- We bought Ben’s wedding band! Wooo!!!! He’s really excited cause it’s simple but classy…just like him :)
Anyway, we figured we couldn’t really afford another G ($1,000) just for me to have TWO rings on my finger so we will do without the traditional wedding band and stick to only sporting the engagement ring, which is fine by me since I love staring at how sparkly it is :D

- I FINALLY got around to printing my thank you cards for those of you who so graciously presented me with a gift during my fabulous bridal shower. So expect those soon!

- We mailed out our invites!!!!!!! This was at the top of our list of important things to get done and we are so thrilled that you’ll be seeing them soon!

- We got an APP!!!! It’s super cool and we couldn’t be more thrilled about it. Shout out to our dear friends at Appy Couple who specially designed our app to match our website. Props you guys, you really came through and we truly love it so much!

- We booked our honeymoon!!!! I must say that we totally went from essentially not having a honeymoon to having a pretty ballin 6 day vacay. We’ll be spending sometime in Texas, Mexico and possibly NYC…God willing! We’d like to give a special thank you to our dear amazing cousin Isa for her wonderful gift. We love you so much Isa, you’re such a huge blessing to our lives.

- We decided on our cake flavors! It’s going to be delicious…get exciteddddd!

That’s all we have for now. We have some other things lined up to share too, but we have to keep the mystery alive! Haha.

Love you all! Only thirty-some days to go!!!!

Xo,
J.

What did the stamp say to the envelope?

Answer: I’ve become attached to you.

Genius. Anywho, we just received this little guy in the mail yesterday and we’re beyond excited to share! :D Of course I had to create a make shift blur using paint…what can I say, I’m not an avid “windows” user.

J&B StampJ&B Stamp 2


Aren’t they just the cutest though! I must admit that we’ve really taken a liking to this logo! If any of you are interested in making a stamp of your own feel free to check out their etsy shop here! We’re extremely excited about our new stamp especially since it came a few days short of our big move. Yay for progress.
Xo,
J.

 

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Wedding Updates!

So the wedding process has definitely improved since we first began. Things are moving along quite smoothly, and I’m proud to announce that there haven’t been any meltdowns thus far. Success!

Here are a couple of things we’d like to share with you all:

  • We have something suuuuppppeeeerrr special we’ve been eager to post up, but we won’t be able to until we finish it completely (that’s my bad… I ran into a bit of writer’s block). So stay tuned!
  • We booked our venue! Yay! We are so excited since it happened so unexpectedly. God has really blessed us :)
  • Ben will be moving into our new home in just a couple of days! (HOW EXCITING!) So, naturally, we’re looking for boxes and what not to help pack all of our stuff away!
  • I went for my first fitting and my dress was absolutely PERFECT! I’m so excited for you all to see it! Don’t worry, I’ll look better than this…
  • I would also like to give another shout out to our AMAZING families who have been such an amazing support throughout all of this. We really could not do this without you guys. Thank you so much for your patience, love and support!

We will have some more updates soon, so make sure you check back with us again this week! Only 74 days to go!

Xo,

J.

We’re in Relevant Magazine!

…Well sort of! Lol more like our picture was used for this article…close enough :-)

 

Here’s the link, but be sure to read the article because it’s AWESOME — a must read for all couples!

www.relevantmagazine.com

 

Here’s an excerpt:

“Forget about learning how to argue better, analyzing your early childhood, making grand romantic gestures, or experimenting with new sexual positions. Instead, recognize and admit that you are emotionally attached and dependent on your partner … for nurturing, soothing, and protection. Adult attachments may be more reciprocal and less centered on physical contact, but the nature of the emotional bond is the same. [We should] focus on creating and strengthening this emotional bond and by identifying and transforming the key moments that foster an adult loving relationship: being open, attuned, and responsive to each other.”

 

Thanks Kristin P. for the heads up! ;-)

 

Xo,

J.

Love Lessons at 90

This weekend I had the distinct pleasure of celebrating Ben’s grandfather’s (also known as my BFF) 90th birthday. Yes, you read it correctly, he is officially 10 years away from being 100. To put it simply, he is one of the sweetest old fellas I know and filled with so much life, joy and wisdom. It was an honor for us both to be able to share that moment with him and the entire Velazquez family. Abuelo, to me (and I’m sure Ben would also agree) has always been the best example of unconditional love, and not just to his wife, but to his whole family. Listening to his brothers recount the vivid and heartwarming memories they have of him, only furthered my suspicions. Abuelo is an undercover lover. And in every sense of the word. He just loves people and loves being there for people. His love extends even beyond this life. Since his wife passed away a few years ago, Abuelo has never let a day go by without taking her flowers. If that isn’t a testament of true, deep, life changing love, I don’t know what is. This is what every man should strive to be like. Yes, he can be a bit of a funny guy sometimes (those of you who know him know EXACTLY what I’m talking about) but inside his heart is pure gold. I am so glad that I have him in my life and it is a blessing to know that my future husband comes from a line of such great men. It is refreshing to see a type of love that never dies.

This weekend I learned a lot of things. Among them was my appreciation for this dear, sweet old man, but another was a bit more unexpected. God always has this funny way of surrounding me with people who are just filled with the crisp knowledge of experience. A dear mentor, and close friend of the Velazquez family really made the word love real for me after we spoke on friday. Every time I get the chance of speaking with her I am just amazed with everything she says. Her perception of the world and of people in general is so amazing to me and I love hearing the advice she so kindly extends to me every time she’s around. That night we laughed and joked about many things, but the thing that stood out most in my mind is her sheer dedication to her husband. She spoke to me about marriage and family and it just really gave my heart so much peace to speak with her. And although I’ve known her for a short while in comparison to my husband to be, she really holds a special place in my heart.  I thank God so much for her and for the special blessing of her friendship. This weekend I was just extremely blessed by the words of so many amazing woman and I am so grateful to be able to call them my family. It’s amazing how God uses every single person around you to teach you, and it’s wonderful to be able to look up to wonderful couples and look forward to the beauty of being married. I can’t wait to be married to such an amazing man, and to be officially part of his loving family. I encourage all recently engaged/newlyweds to take a moment and seek/listen to the advice of older and wiser couples, it’s always great to see life from a different angle and you never know when that small piece of advice will come in handy. Cherish your loved ones, but especially those who have ridden down that long winding path called life.

 

Xo,

J.

How to Enjoy the Blessing of Having Friends Who are Engaged

Growing up I was really into the show “Friends.”  I loved the idea of having my best friends at such a close proximity, so the show really appealed to me. I, too, had two girl best friends who oddly enough resembled the characters on the show. One of my favorite episodes was when Monica and Chandler got engaged. Monica was so excited because she was finally going to have her dream wedding. And as luck would have it she runs into Rachel…who just happened to be making out with her on again off again boyfriend (who also happened to be Monica’s brother), Ross.


Here’s the clip: Friends – Rachel Steals Monica’s Thunder (you can fast forward to 2:50 if you’re impatient and don’t appreciate good television)



I can’t tell you how many times my best friend, Mouriel and I have quoted this episode. Thankfully, we’re always extremely careful about stealing each other’s thunder, hahaha.

But I’m sure we’ve all felt the same way Monica does, on different occasions. To be honest, I thought I was going to flip out like Monica did in that episode when everyone around me started getting engaged right after I did. But thank GOD I didn’t….ok so maybe I did. Many of you know me so well that I couldn’t pull that one past you, haha.

To be entirely honest, initially I did flip out just a tad because I’ve been waiting for this moment for NINE YEARS (give a girl a break, that’s a long time!), so I wanted to enjoy this moment by myself and be selfish, blah blah blah. But God showed me how terribly wrong I was, and just how much of a blessing it was to be able to share this moment with my friends! It’s such a beautiful thing to be engaged at the same time as those around you. You can to share your joys, stresses, and even share resources to make the task of wedding planning even easier! But above all else, you can strength your bond with your friends. I am so grateful that God smacked me back into reality and changed my view on this whole situation. YES it would’ve been cool to be the only engaged couple in the world, but let’s stop being crazy and be realistic…it’s totally impossible and definitely not as fun! And to be honest, I like this better. It’s awesome to be able to talk “wedding” with my friends that are engaged, it’s almost like sharing the load in a way and it always helps to know that you aren’t alone (and that you aren’t totally insane for taking 4 months to decide on your final decor for your reception).

All in all, I thank God so much for putting all these amazing people around me during this very sweet time in our lives. I know I’m not perfect, nor do I pretend to be so it’s nice to come here and candidly share with you all of my experiences. But if there’s any advice I could give it would be:  Enjoy it! This process is WAY too awesome to worry about if other people are getting engaged too. Not just that but EVERY wedding is different because it is composed of two DIFFERENT people who love each other. At the end of the day what matters is that you love each other and that God is the center of your marriage (and of your life for that matter)! Hope this helps you as much as it helped me.

 

Also, HAPPY EASTER! Isn’t it awesome that we can celebrate the biggest demonstration of LOVE of all time?! I think so. :-)

 

Xo,

J.