4 years fly by…

…so we make sure to spend it with people we love, doing things we love, and eating cake.

4 years ago today (5.7.11) we said our own vows, on the beach, listening to the waves. We spent a week in Mexico with people we love celebrating our love. We watched the sunset from our bride and groom table as we ate traditional Mexican cuisine and toasted with the best of people.

Our cake wasn’t sweet, nor were we able to fly any home for our 1 year anniversary, but we’ll never forget how we smeared icing on each others’ noses and laughed and laughed and laughed some more. We would repeat this happy night, and these amazing moments, a million times again if we could.

Cheers to love, marriage, and cake (hopefully sweeter and not eaten in 85 degree weather)! ~Erik & Marissa

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Harjit & Jit | Seattle Waterfront Engagement

This couple oozes love.

Their story began simply with a photo (which sounds perfect to us!). Harjit first saw Jit in an instagram photo with some mutual friends. He also happened to be her sister’s neighbor so he began to learn about Harjit. Their curiosity in each other led to talking, which led to more talking and finally a first date in downtown Seattle. Everything about this couple screams in love, from their bubbly laughter and jokes with each other to how Harjit’s smile lights up way brighter when she looks at Jit.

Thank you Harjit & Jit for letting us be a part of your journey towards marriage together. We are so happy for you! ~Erik & Marissa

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Italy | The Ciccarellis

We honestly feel that travel makes us better people. When you get the opportunity to learn about others, a new way of life, see history with your own eyes, and get out of your comfort zone there is no doubt you grow as a person.

Our big adventure this year was to Italy (we’ve been dreaming about this place for about 4 years and finally had the funds and opportunity to take the plunge). The food alone made this trip bolt to the top of our favorites list, but we cannot omit the fact that life there was just peaceful, full of old world charm, and a moment in our lives we will never forget.

The first stop: Venice

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Our first Italian espresso…

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Stop 2: Vernazza, Cinque Terre

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Stop 3: Florence

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What’s missing? (answer: skyscrapers) Seeing an entire ancient city was incredible.

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This photo of The David doesn’t do it justice. You have to see this in person to realize it’s magnificence.

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Do you see all those tiny people at the top? We hiked the hundreds of stairs between two domes to see that view too!

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Stop 4: Siena

Although we barely took any photos, Siena gave us both the best authentic feeling of Italy as we walked the tiny cobbled streets, sunbathed in the square with students and locals, and attended a street fair as it became dark. We would return here again and again if we could, pure heaven.

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Stop 5: Rome

The Vatican

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Inside St. Peter’s at the Vatican was packed with statues, gold, artwork, and people. One of the most impressive churches we’ve ever seen hands down.

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The Vatican from atop the dome of St. Peter’s.

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Where the animals and trainers roamed during the years of battles in the colosseum. It was pitch dark with the floor on top, not to mention no air ventilation.

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The Pantheon, one of our favorite spots of the entire trip. There’s something about this area of Rome that’s hard to describe. The food, the energy and wonderful people watching.

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Just a basic sandwich we would have for lunch. Meat, cheese, tomato and bread. Sooooo good. Yes, we bought a selfie stick with two days remaining on our trip.

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Ciao, until next time Italy.

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Thanks for reading about our adventure! ~ The Ciccarellis

 

 

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Rachel & Andres | Backyard Wedding in the Woods

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Rachel stepped out into the backyard, which was surrounded by giant trees and the chirps of birds, ready to marry the love of her life. She was glimmering from head to toe, sunlight dancing off the hundreds of sequins decorating her dress. Andres waited for his glowing bride and must have been thinking about everything they were thankful for: their gorgeous wedding day, their baby boy arriving soon, and finally being together after meeting in Chile, falling in love, and holding onto their long distance relationship. This was a day of celebration!

We were so thankful to be a part of it all. Thank you Rachel & Andres, you two have such happy times ahead! ~Erik & Marissa

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Lisa Henry - so pretty

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