Always a Bridesmaid [Family Wedding]

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Even after all of the prep, the early morning, the two hours spent doing my hair and makeup, and a few sleepless nights filled with nightmares of being late for the wedding, not shaving my armpits, and even getting into a fight with the other bridesmaids, watching my cousin marry one of my best friends brought me to tears. In fairness, weddings tend to bring out my sentimental side, no matter how hard I try to disguise it, you’ll find me weeping at the head table, or trying to blend in behind the crowd watching the father-daughter dance. I can’t help it, I’m a sucker for love, new love, old love, family love, I can’t get enough of it.


Last year I would have said “I’m not getting married. Ever,” but yesterday as I danced with the love of my life, I thought someday, someday I’d like to be your wife. I’m still not for traditional weddings but one day when things fall into place I would love to be surrounded by my closest family and friends and say I do to the only man who accepts everything that I am.

“I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.”
― Marilyn Monroe

Congratulations to my cousin and one of my best friends in the whole-wide-world. Wishing you nothing but love and happiness, forever and always. Thank you for letting me be part of your special day ❤

– Vanessa



Girls weekend

Headed up to a cottage tonight for the entire weekend to celebrate my bestie’s stagette. I cannot wait for some tanning on the dock, girl-talk, a few drinks, and some intense relaxation! I’m using this weekend to unplug from my thoughts (and hopefully my phone) and simply enjoy everything that cottaging has to offer. I’m looking forward sleeping in, lounging in my sweats, reading, and not having to think so much about a schedule or which jobs I should be applying for next. Wait, that sounds a lot like what I’ve been doing since leaving the pizza place and freelancing a bit… oh well, might as well enjoy it while I can!


Back to Life – Back to Reality.

Family Time, Just for Fun, Lifestyle/Personal


The thing about vacations is that they end as abruptly as they begin. One minute you’re packing, the next you’re lying on the beach – sweating like a pig, and seemingly the next minute you’re on the flight back home. You get a week to spend your time however you choose. You get a week with forty family members and about thirty new people you are welcoming into your family. Your life is literally on hold – well your REAL life anyways. Any problems you have, any decisions or choices that you’ve been afraid to make – they all melt away for a week.

Sometimes that is all your body, mind, and soul really need – a break. I’m not so foolish as to think that something amazing was going on while I was away, that I would come back and my life would be in order, that I would have all of the answers to my future right in front of me – but a girl can dream can’t she?

Although I went away solely for my sister’s wedding, I think this vacation was great for me as well. It gave me time to relax, to think, and to reflect on a lot of things. Now it’s time to get back to real life, to a routine, a schedule, and to look for a new job/ start a career. But before I jump the gun here, I’d like to share with you a few moments from my sister’s wedding.

Welcome to paradise!

Don’t forget your hat!

As you can see, I didn’t take very many photos – in fact I was barely on my cell phone, blog, Twitter, or Facebook and it was wonderful. It felt amazing to NOT be updating my status every five seconds and actually TALKING to people – ya know that prehistoric form of communication? Yeah, I think I much prefer it to the cell phone.

I was a ball of nerves on the day of the wedding but thankfully the day ran smoothly. My sister was the most beautiful bride and my brother-in-law looked happier than I had ever seen him. Although it was the hottest day of the vacation, it was also the most exciting one. I am lucky to have such an amazing family and immensely proud of my sister and her husband. Congratulations once again you two – cannot wait until you get back from the Honeymoon! Thanks again to everyone that attended the wedding – it was an amazing and unforgettable week <3!
Now it’s back to life – back to reality.
Thank goodness for memories.
Love Always
Vanessa Xo