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April 7

A Lovely Workshop with Elizabeth Messina ( Part 2 )

So much more eye candy from Elizabeth Messina’s A Lovely Workshop that we wanted to share with you, that we couldn’t contain it in one blog post. In case you missed the first post, you can read it right here. What a beautiful creative collaboration of so many amazing artists.

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The Great Romance
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Michele Beckwith
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Allie Lindsey Photography
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Jessi Field
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Allie Lindsey Photography
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Jessi Field and Say Bre Photography

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Maru Photography

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Britt Elizabeth Photography

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Allie Lindsey Photography

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Qiqi Huang
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Sarah Reeves
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Michele Beckwith
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The Great Romance
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Allie Lindsey Photography and Michele Beckwith
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Say Bre Photography

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Britt Elizabeth Photography

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Michele Beckwith
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The Great Romance
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Michele Beckwith

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Shalynne Imaging

Part 3 is coming right up…

CREDITS: event planner MINDY WEISS // design & florals MINDY RICE // calligrapher MAYBELLE IMASA - STUKULS // patisserie & Martha Stewart food editor ELIZABETH COLLING // location SUNSTONE VILLA // hair & makeup ERIN SKIPLEY // hair & makeup CHRISTINA BURNS // album company KATIE of ARTIFACT UPRISING // couture bridal gowns CLAIRE PETTIBONE // vintage rentals JENI MAUS of FOUND // paper goods & design RACHELLE of WILEY VALENTINE // table settings & dishwear JASON MURAKAWA of SMALL MASTERPIECE // chocolate DELYSIA // food & catering THE BAKERS TABLE // album company VELVET RAPTOR // film & cameras FUJI FILM // linens LA TAVOLA // photo lab IMAGE SOURCE // accommodations FESS PARKER INN

categories Coral, Cream, FRESH VENDOR, Fashion & Accessories, INSPIRATION, LUCIA'S JOURNAL, Orange, Peach, Pink, RUSTIC WEDDING, WEDDING FASHION

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March 11

Paying it Forward With Love

It’s not about us, it’s about we. It’s not about me, it’s about you. It’s about all of us. That’s what we’re all here for, to help, uplift and empower each other. Without those elements, this world would be so desolate. And that’s not the type of world I want to live in.

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I really can’t believe that today marks 3 years since the devastation that’s happened in Japan. I can still remember the evening while I was working really late at night, and seeing it happen live. I couldn’t believe my eyes. My heart sank because I felt so helpless not being to help them. My eyes were brimming with tears, because I felt their fear and sadness. A few days later, I was struck with an inspiration to create something that I was hoping could help out. But I was discouraged by my own thoughts, thinking, “That’s so crazy. I’m crazy to think I can raise any money.” But I’m grateful for friendships like Henny’s and Lydia’s that gave me courage and confidence that anything is possible. They reminded me again that, yes, it’s not about us. It was about them! Japan needed our help and it wasn’t our time to sit on our asses, give in to our fears and not do anything. And just like that For Japan With Love was born. Little did I know how powerful the idea was. When you receive a letter from someone all the way in Japan thanking us, you know you have made a deep impact.

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With a “we, you, us” mentality we were able to raise over $70,000. That number still gives me goosebumps. But really it wasn’t us that made it happen, it was everyone. Seeing the power of social media and the community is amazing. If we could do this all the time, just imagine how the world would be. Let’s continue to remember this day, for the lives lost, the lives that were saved, and the lives that our little community was able to help. I truly believe in the power that every little bit helps. But always remember, if we don’t have love in all that we do, it’s just a show. When you pay it forward, with Love, then WE can change the face of the world.

xo,
Lucia

categories LUCIA'S JOURNAL

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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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