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November 15

For The Philippines With Love From Us

Dear Philippines,

Earlier this morning, I was pacing back and forth, trying to figure out what to write to you. I deleted this letter again and again. After so many rewrites, I decided to just write from the heart. It’s what I know best. I’d usually write a wedding blog, but today it needs to go beyond weddings. It’s about love and the love for my neighbor. As I scroll through images of what happened to the people in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan, I can’t help but see my husband and his family in them. I’m not Filipina, but my extended Filipino family have always treated me as their own because I look like one of them. My love for their people is just as great as if we were blood. The other day, a Filipino friend called me to say, ‘Thank you! Thank you for what you’re doing For Philippines with Love.” And I couldn’t hold back the tears. One part of me was crying for them. But a bigger part of me was crying because it’s really the other way around - I wanted to say, “Thank you for letting me help you! It’s my honor to serve your people,” but tears just came down. I hope that I’m doing enough to help! From donating a portion from our print magazine, to creating a website so we can raise money to send them emergency shelter and life saving supplies, I hope and pray that we are doing enough. But I’m reminded of the words of my favorite teacher and soon to be Saint, Mother Theresa, “It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into the giving.” And knowing that slows down my tears. They are far from us, but I can hear their cries. I can’t imagine what they’re going though, and I don’t think I could understand the pains. But I do understand the pain of losing someone you love. It hurts. And it’s painful. My heart is heavy for them. On my knees, I pray to God everyday that He gives them strength to heal their pain, I pray that He feeds their hunger, I pray that He helps them find their loved ones, and I pray He comforts them when they have lost everything. I pray to God that our outpouring of love today, from across the internet and blogsphere on this Bloggers Day of Silence sends a message to them that we hear them and they are not alone. MAHAL KITA!

With love from me,
Lucia

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categories BEHIND THE SCENES, BLOG LOVE, LUCIA'S JOURNAL

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November 5

Utterly Engaged is launching a PRINT ISSUE!

After publishing 25 online issues for the past 4 years, Utterly Engaged is finally taking the leap to offer print edition of their wedding magazine. That’s right! They’re taking issue no. 26 off your screen now into your hands! In this twenty-sixth issue they will be speaking matters of the heart - HEART TO HEART.

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The print edition is not going to be your average wedding magazine. They want you to tear off the pages that speak to you and put up on your wall, share it with your girlfriends, make notes on it, use it as inspiration for your big day and ever after.

Issue No. 26 is their most gorgeous issue yet, featuring the work of Elizabeth Messina, Kurt Boomer, Jen Huang, Jon Duenas, Laura Gordon, Kelly Sauer, Saipua, Amy Osaba, Claire La Faye, Holly Stalder and so much more. They will also be featuring the Best of Weddings and Designs from the first ever Utterly Engaged Design Award, honoring creative designs in weddings all over the world. You’ll also see your favorite wedding bloggers share their 2014 top trend predictions for weddings. You definitely won’t want to miss this issue!

Get your hands on a copy and pre-order yours today!

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If you’re a big fan and follower of Utterly Engaged, they’ve also got a special something for you! If you order the Deluxe option, you’ll not only get the print and digital edition of the magazine, they’ll also throw in a limited edition signature tote designed specifically for Utterly Engaged readers and a surprise swag! Show your UE love and pre-order yours here.

Of course, if you’d still like to enjoy the magazine on your phone or tablet, they’ve included the digital edition with every purchase of print edition. Or if you just want to order the digital edition, you can get it here.

And for ONE WEEK ONLY, we’re running a special introductory promo and you can take $5 off your purchase of print or deluxe pre-order! Just type in the discount code INTROSALE. We are super thrilled that you can finally experience the beautiful spreads in print and hope that you’ll love flipping through the issue even more.

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categories BARN WEDDING, BEHIND THE SCENES, BLOG LOVE, Classic Wedding, REAL WEDDINGS, TOOLS & RESOURCES, Vintage Wedding

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April 1

A Picnic for Two at a Sunny Orange Grove in California

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Imagine this. Escaping the city with your sweetie for a secret picnic made for two underneath sunny orange trees, reading a good book together over sweets and soda. Oh how lovely would that be!

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We’re in love with this styled engagement session by Gerald of Gerald Carvalho Photography and Eileen Chiu of Enchanting Events at a sunny orange grove in California. The colors, location and picnic idea are perfect for Spring!

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Photography: Gerald Carvalho Photography / Coordination & Model casting: Enchanting Events / Hair + Makeup: Skyla Arts: Makeup | Hair | Skincare / Floral Design: Pretty in Pink Events-Chic Designs / Cake, desserts: La Vie Douce Design / Models: Garett Knight and Emmalee Froehlich / Venue: Orange Grove, Sillicon Valley

categories BLOG LOVE, COLOR PALETTES, FRESH VENDOR, INSPIRATION, LOOKS FOR LESS, WEDDING CAKES, WEDDING DECOR, WEDDING FLOWERS, WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY, WEDDING PLANNERS & DESIGNERS

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