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Wedding Wednesday – Children of the Wedding Party

Hello! It’s Wednesday. We are moving in to our house finally this weekend!

Today I want to share how I got my adorable nieces & nephews involved in our wedding celebration.

I have always loved kids & babies. However, they can be unpredictable. I knew what I was getting myself in to with 2 2-year-old flower girls & a 4-year-old ring bearer!

I figured that whatever the kids decided to do – or not do- during the ceremony would be adorable.

My ring bearer was my cousin’s son, J.

Mrs. Dessert Monster Ring Bearer

The flower girls were my brother’s daughter, L, & my cousin’s daughter, S. My cousin made the outfits! My mom made the baskets & ring bearer pillow 🙂

Mrs. Dessert Monster Flower Girls

J was so excited for the job, but then he got shy. (Thank goodness he didn’t have the real rings)

Mrs. Dessert Monster Ring Bearer

So when mom helped him walk down the aisle…

Mrs. Dessert Monster Ring Bearer

S got a little upset.

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Mrs. Dessert Monster Flower Girl

But eventually she made it, with a little help.

Mrs. Dessert Monster Flower Girl

L was a different story. She loves attention & did a great job going down the aisle. Neither one of the girls tossed the paper hearts I had cut out, though.

Mrs. Dessert Monster Flower Girl

BONUS KID: My cousin’s husband read Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 during the ceremony. He brought their littlest, baby P, up with him.

Mrs. Dessert Monster Kids

I love that my cousin’s whole family participated!

Mrs. Dessert Monster

 I was not aware of any of the crying, or anything else really, that went on. I was focused solely on my groom & the holiness of the ceremony.

All in all, I would say that the children did great!


See y’all next week!

Wedding Wednesday – Our Christmas Wedding Cake (& Mustang Grooms Cake!)

Happy Wednesday! The work week is half over & Memorial Day weekend is coming!

Today I wanted to share our wedding cake with y’all.

Our venue included the cake & gave us 2 vendors to choose from. We went with Edible Creations. They have an awesome selection of flavors & their cake decorating is amazing, too! We chose Vanilla Rum & South Florida Red Velvet – it’s red velvet with a hint of key lime!

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This is the picture I got from Pinterest & showed the cake decorator.

Christmas Wedding Cake - Mrs. Dessert Monster

This is the cake we got.

So much better than we could have ever expected! The cake itself is pretty simple, but the Christmas decorations put it over the top!

Christmas Red Wedding Cake Topper

I bought a ceramic cake topper & personalized it a bit by painted the red accents.

Christmas Red Wedding Cake

We were very excited to cut into it, as you can see.

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We had a no cake smashing rule. He thought about it, though.

Christmas Wedding Cake - Mrs. Dessert Monster

I didn’t even think about it.


BONUS: Groom’s cake!

Christmas Red Wedding Mustang Grooms Cake

My husband knew he was getting one, but the design was a surprise to him. He loved it!


See you next Wednesday for more wedding fun!

Mrs. Home Owner!

I’ve got some really exciting news:

My husband & I bought our first house!

We just closed on it Friday & are painting/renovating/moving over the next couple of weeks.

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Can you tell we are excited???

The house doesn’t need too much work; we are basically just customizing it to our taste.

When we first found out that our offer had been accepted I said to my husband, “think of all the blog material I’ll have!”

Friday we mostly just sat in our new house & celebrated.

Mrs. Dessert Monster

We pulled out the glasses from our wedding & popped some champagne!

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Our realtor, who goes to our church, gave us that cute smiley face planter 🙂

Our friends were a big help to us over the weekend with painting & other tasks.

It's a Wonderful Life House Warming Gift - Mrs. Dessert Monster

Beth & David gave us a sweet house warming present, inspired by the movie It’s A Wonderful Life.

We are still in awe of how much are blessed.

We are extremely thankful to God for his blessings on our lives, & we hope to fill our new home with his presence.

Wedding Wednesday – Sand Ceremony

It’s Wednesday! I am very much looking forward to Friday, but Wednesday will do for now.

I’m enjoying getting to share with y’all some of my wedding details. It’s very different talking about it after it’s happened, as opposed to before when I had this panicked ‘I’ve-only-got-x-weeks-left-omg’ look on my face.

Today I want to share about our sand ceremony.

Sand Ceremony Red Beach Wedding Mrs. Dessert Monster

When you look up wedding ceremony traditions, all kinds of suggestions pop up. I knew I wanted to do something, but I definitely did not want to do a unity candle. Sorry, but me & fire do not mix very well. All I could picture was my hair, my dress, the altar, the pastor, the flowers, etc. catching on fire. NO THANKS!

My BFOTB (best friend of the bride) Frank suggested a sand ceremony, mentioning that it would be extra special since my husband proposed to me at the beach. He also suggested that we use beach sand for it. I loved the idea!

Sand ceremony kits online & at stores like Michael’s are expensive, $50+ for 3 jars. That’s a little ridiculous! With Frank’s help – he was the best during my whole crazy wedding planning – I bought 3 Italian water bottles instead.

Sand Ceremony Red Beach Wedding Mrs. Dessert Monster

They were perfect because 1) my husband is Italian, & 2) it cost me about $12.

During pre-marital counseling, our pastor told us that if we didn’t add any personal touches to the ceremony, it’d be about 15 minutes long. That’s no fun! I’m glad we did the sand ceremony. Our pastor shared with everyone that part of the sand was from Ft. Lauderdale beach, where we had our first date & where we got engaged. (The red sand was from Hobby Lobby 🙂 )

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I love the meaning behind the sand ceremony. Once combined, the 2 different colors of sand can never be separated. That’s why my husband gave the bottle a good shake once we were done!

Our sand ceremony was also the perfect time for the organist to play the hymn When Love is Found/ The Gift of Love. They’re the same tune, but the words to When Love is Found are so sweet & capture the ups & downs of life. I get emotional every time I hear the tune.

“Praise God for love, praise God for life,
in age or youth, in husband, wife.
Lift up your hearts. Let love be fed
through death and life in broken bread.”


Thanks for joining me for Wedding Wednesday!

Cuba & The Florida Everglades

One of the things that first attracted me to the church I currently attend is that there is a sister church in Cuba. I didn’t even know this was allowed in Cuba until I started attending PUMC. I have visited Cuba twice, & have a heart for the people of my parents’ motherland.

I’ve become very involved with our sister church Iglesia Hefziba in Consolacion del sur, Pinar del Rio. PUMC visited Iglesia Hefziba in January, & then invited the Pastor to come visit us here in the US. Thankfully, he was granted both his exit visa from Cuba & his tourist visa here in the US. He arrived last week, & stayed with my husband & me for 2 nights before going to another family’s home.

It has been a lot of fun showing him new things. Pastor Oscar has been to the US before, over 10 years ago, but there are so many differences between life in Cuba & life in the US. For example, in our house he had waffles (of course my husband made him waffles) for the first time ever. He loved them!

This past weekend we took him to the most Florida place of all Florida. No, not Disney World.

The Everglades.

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Obligatory tourist Everglades photo!

We had a lot of fun! Our friends Beth & David came with us.

Everglades Mrs. Dessert Monster

It had been like 15 years since I was on an air boat.

Everglades Air Boat Mrs. Dessert Monster

We saw alligators & lots of other animals.

Everglades Alligator Mrs. Dessert Monster

Pastor Oscar’s favorite part was when the air boat went fast. Those things can get to over 50 mph!

After the air boat ride we saw a gator wrestling show. This guy is crazy, but hilarious. He’s from the show Gator Boys on Animal Planet.

Everglades Gator Boys Mrs. Dessert Monster

It was a really fun day.

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My husband has been so great with Pastor Oscar. He was a very gracious host & he’s more motivated now to work on his Spanish! I cannot express enough how grateful I am to have such a wonderful man to call my husband.

I’m really glad that Pastor Oscar is enjoying his time here, but I can’t help thinking about the fact that he has to return to Cuba soon. He runs his church out of his home because building churches is illegal in Cuba. Beef is illegal in Cuba. The internet is mostly illegal in Cuba. Pastor Oscar tells me that flying the Cuban flag is illegal for private citizens in Cuba.

Cuba breaks my heart. My mom was 6 months pregnant with me when she & my dad came to the US. I am one of the lucky ones to be born in this country. I didn’t do anything except have parents who were lucky enough to immigrate here. I still have family members in Cuba that aren’t so lucky.

The good news is that we all have a God who answers prayers & sent his son to save his people. Please pray for Cuba with me.

Wedding Wednesday – Taking Pictures Together Before The Ceremony Without Peeking!

I cannot believe that my wedding was over 4 months ago. I mean, I feel like I’ve been married a lot longer than that, but the wedding itself feels like yesterday! Last week I finally got around to posting a gallery of some of my wedding pictures. In April – 4 months later! I had that post sitting in my drafts pile for months. This year is going by crazy fast, y’all (I’m trying out this whole y’all thing. So far, so good.)

So instead of trying to rush to get all of my wedding thoughts out of the way like I’m on some time crunch, I thought I’d start a new weekly segment: Wedding Wednesday. I’m very excited! I feel like I rushed through my wedding stationery post. So instead of writing an epic on the various details of my wedding, I will break it up & have fun with these posts!

This week’s installment of Wedding Wednesday (the first one!) is on taking pictures together before the ceremony – without peeking!

Taking Pictures Together Before The Wedding Ceremony

My husband & I are pretty traditional people, & we took the tradition of the groom not seeing the bride before the wedding seriously! Not for any superstitious reasons, but for the wow moment of when we would first see each other at the church. I had an album on my phone with wedding dress pictures that specifically said on it DO NOT LOOK – WEDDING DRESS PICTURES. My husband was very good about the whole thing. He wanted the moment to be special probably even more than I did, so he wasn’t really tempted to peek.

After seeing pictures of grooms’ reactions to seeing their brides, I was even more convinced that I didn’t want to do a ‘first look’. However, I had also seen pictures all over Pinterest of couples spending a few moments together before the ceremony without seeing each other. I fell in love with the idea! How cool would it be to spend a few minutes together before the ceremony? I knew I was going to make this happen somehow. I had seen a couple of different versions; on either side of a door, both wearing blindfolds, etc.

The night of our rehearsal dinner when I checked into the hotel where we’d be getting ready, I noticed the partition between the beds & the couch/sink area. This was perfect!

The morning of our wedding, once everyone was dressed & the photographers were there, my husband’s best man blindfolded him & brought him over to my room. I was standing behind the partition, & once he was in position we grabbed each other’s hand & the blindfold was removed.

I loved this moment! It was great to hear the nervous excitement in his voice. It was so sweet to have a moment to ‘check in’ with each other. I got to tell him how grateful I am to God for giving him to me.

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Side note: I JUST noticed that my husband isn’t wearing his glasses in these pics. Yay! We were kinda bummed that we didn’t get any of him sans-glasses. But I guess we did!

So we had our special moment & pictures, then dashed away to the church to get married.

I got another special picture I was hoping for; the look on his face when he first saw me coming down the aisle.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed the first installment of Wedding Wednesday! Stay tuned for more 🙂