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,
I am a huge fan of alternative bridal shows because it brings a fresh take on weddings. One of the first alternative bridal show that appeared when I was planning my wedding was the NotWedding. The NotWedding is an alternative bridal show in the form of a fake wedding. Where engaged couples attend as “wedding guests” to enjoy an emotional ceremony, a tasty dinner and a dance-party reception while truly experiencing the wedding vendors in action. Well we’re lucky to have an engagement session of a real couple, Jonathan and Natasha, who were a part of this years NotWedding in New York. The photographer, Jessica Oh and her team of wedding pros were inspired by the novel, The Great Gatsby and wanted to tell a modern story of two lovers stealing away to be alone together in hustle and bustle of the world’s greatest city. So they chose New York’s beloved Highline Park for it’s minimalism and urban charm to get that modern twist on this classic novel. I think you’re going to love the styling, design, fashion and florals in the engagement session as much as we do! If you have never been to an alternative bridal show I highly recommend it! You won’t regret it. xo, Lucia
Location: Highline Park
Styling: Jessica Olivero
Heels: Vintage, DIY
Headpiece: Hushed Commotion
Bouquet: Lindsay Rae Designs
Save The Date: And Here We Are
Makeup Artist: Dana Marie
Last week, we had the pleasure of being invited to BHLDN’s store opening in Beverly Hills which will officially debut for the public on July 10th! After opening their storefronts in Houston and Chicago, it’s time for the West Coast brides to get a taste of BHLDN in person. Here’s a little preview of what we got to experience below and view more on our Facebook. We can’t wait for the the official opening in July!
So thankful to have our intern Sara instagram and our dear friend Connie for joining us on the fun to capture the event.
We were greeted with smiling faces from the BHLDN team, desserts from Sweet and Saucy Shop, delicious bites from Heirloom LA, and of course spinning on the ones and twos was The Flashdance.
How rad is this orange chair just happily sitting perfectly in the mix of plain white chairs? What a great idea for a wedding! Don’t be afraid to mix things up.
It was great to see a few of our favorite wedding and fashion blogger / friends there too. I spy Mara of M Loves M, Jen of Ban.do, Bri of Design Love Fest in these pictures. So much fun to see everyone’s unique style in one place.
The fashion show was divine! Their gowns are just as gorgeous in person.
BHLDN, we’re so happy you’re making a home here in Sunny California. You’re going to love it here!
If you are curious to see more pictures from this lovely event photographed by Connie Lyu, join us on Facebook.