Fun Day – The Ciccarellis | Capitola, California

We used to live in San Jose, CA and one of our favorite places to visit was this tiny beach town on the coast called Capitola. When we flew to California for Amanda & Dan’s wedding we were able to revisit our favorite beach the night before their celebration for some waves and fresh sea air.

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These small houses are all connected and each painted a different bright color. So cute!

(We did some of our favorite “senior picture poses”.)

Erik thought this was funny. I didn’t, but I took the picture for him anyway.

Apparently Erik is a much higher jumper than I am.

Love Capitola, hope to be back again!

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Amanda & Dan | California Wedding

Amanda and Dan (now known as the Robbins!) are one of the sweetest couples!  One of the best things about them is that they are both kind and sweet and really fun to be around. Amanda is the giggly, girly, big energy one in the relationship whereas Dan is the more calm, solid, you can count on him guy. Together they make the best pair, complementing each other and having a relationship full of love.

Their wedding was brilliant, a perfect 75 degree California sunny day at Seascape Golf Club. Amanda walked down the aisle with her grandfather to Dan’s calm, solid gaze where she couldn’t help but have a fit of giggles upon seeing him waiting for her. Not sure we’ve ever seen someone smile and laugh as much during a ceremony as Amanda – it truly made the event joyous! The reception was set up early in large by Amanda’s mom, Kathy, who enlisted her friend Jenny and husband Dave to help. It turned out beautiful with accents of purple littering the room. Four different flavors of cupcakes were piled high next to the candy table plus a bride & groom cake for the couple’s first bite. Even though Amanda specifically told him NO, Dan couldn’t help but smash a piece in her face…which could be some of our favorite pictures, great retaliation Amanda! The new couple danced the night away with friends and family crowding the dance floor in celebration. What an amazing day of celebration!

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Seascape Golf Club

Florist: Gavita Flora

Hair Stylist: Jacqueline Olimpio

Makeup Artist: Priscilla Francine

The laughter below is because the ring bearer, Mason, was licking his pillow all the way down the aisle!

 

Amanda & Dan, may you always find sweet moments to show each other your love, drowning out the crowds and craziness that may surround you.

~ Erik & Marissa

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12 in 12 Books – The Ciccarellis | Seattle Reading Challenge

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Why wait until the new year to start a resolution? I’ve decided to challenge myself to a 12 in 12, meaning I will read 12 books in 12 months. Now, I’m actually a very avid reader and that is not really a challenge for me, but the tricky part will be that Erik picked out the books and they are not my usual fiction “just for fun”, feel-good books (which I admittedly will still be reading).  They are all business related & non-fiction.

Here’s what happened. One night in September I told Erik I needed one of his “boring textbooks” (which is how I referred to his business books) because I was having a hard time sleeping and wanted to read something that could put me out in about 2 pages. He handed me a book called You, Inc. and I thought, “great! Off to sleep I go!” In reality what happened was I instantly liked the book and wanted to read several chapters before I was tired enough for sleep! Yes, the opposite of what I intended happened, but I was instantly apologetic to Erik and thrilled that I liked the book! I thought about all the times Erik had told me to read something he was reading and how I was concerned it wasn’t my usual go-to book. After finishing the You Inc. last weekend I told Erik that I was going to challenge myself to read at least 12 of the books he was always raving about. Each month I will start a new one and write a quick post about it here!

Here’s the list: (starting from September with the top book pictured below and already finished!)

You, Inc. by Harry Beckwith and Christine K. Clifford

The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss

Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman

The E Myth Revisited by Michael E. Gerber

The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing by Al Ries & Jack Trout

Rework by Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson

The Success Principles by Jack Canfield

Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

The Compassionate Samurai by Brian Klemmer

Awaken the Giant Within by Anthony Robbins

The Nordstrom Way to Customer Service Excellence by Robert Spector and Patrick McCarthy

 

Julie Marks - Strengths Finder 2.0 is more of a quiz… but still very interesting as it starts to dissect you and creates a learning plan.

Then go back and take it again in 6 months to see if/how you changed

Enjoy!

Julie

cicc1186 - Great! Cannot wait to read it and then reread 6 months later! Thanks Jewels!

Skylar Houk - RAD!… Way of the Peaceful Warrior is a swan dive into the sparkling, sunset-lit ocean of eternity (and one of my favorites of all time!). It will wink at you with the eye of the cosmos!

cicc1186 - Thanks Sky! I’m super excited, already loving the first 2 books and can’t wait to get to Peaceful Warrior! I’ll loan you some of these if you haven’t already read them, just let me know!

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Stuck on a Floating Bridge – SR 520 | Seattle/Bellevue

While making the drive across the SR 520 bridge from Seattle to Bellevue we saw a sign that read “bridge closed for 30 minutes”. Yowzerz, no fun. Apparently everyone else on the bridge was accustomed to this situation. People started getting out of their cars. Being the risk takers we are, we decided to get out and enjoy the last day of September. The weather was beautiful and Mt. Rainer was towering in the background. In a span of two minutes there were at least 60 people walking between cars enjoying the sunshine. So, being photographers, the first thing we decided to do was snap some photos of our bridge experience. I figured, when would there ever be another time that I could lay on a highway and take a photo. That’s of course every boy’s dream….

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Marissa trying to contact our Bellevue client to let them know we’re stuck.

I guess we couldn’t complain about the view…

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Dahlias – Volunteer Park | Seattle

Sometimes the most unexpected things are the best. Marissa and I had some free time in the city and got caught wandering around Volunteer Park. There really isn’t a feeling that compares to being in the midst of nature with coconut ice-cream from Graters while sitting on the couch watching a movie…woops, a little off track. Daydreaming about ice cream again:)

Seriously though, we really enjoyed ourselves at the park while watching ultimate frisbee and making our way through the green houses with an unbelievable collection of cacti. Right before we were about to leave we stumbled upon an absolutely majestic collection of Dahlias. We could not stop taking photos. We had duel cameras firing away. iPhones galore snapping photos of these amazing looking flowers that seemed to be individually hand crafted just for this day. Enjoy this collection of randomly stumbled upon Dahlias in Volunteer Park.

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