It was the middle of the 8th inning of the final day of the 2010 baseball season. We were up 8-3 against the Yankees at Fenway Park. We heard the announcer come on the loud speakers and tell us it was Fan Appreciation Day and to line up to walk the bases after the game. "Wait, what?! We were really going to get to walk on the field?" Jesse was freaking out. One of his childhood dreams and bucket list items was about to come true. After the Red Sox beat the Yankees, we ran around trying to find people lining up. "Where do we go? We can't miss this!" And then there was a mass of people! Then we were on the field, touching the Green Monster, running from first base to second to third and finally to home plate. We took so many pictures to commemorate this amazing opportunity. That day was one of Jesse's best days ever and we will never forget it. Go Sox!
I am always up for doing something out of the ordinary and Vino's Picasso definitely fits into that category, but not only that, it is SUPER fun! It's a fun, casual painting "class" where you bring your own bottle of wine. They also have tasty wine you can purchase by the glass or bottle at the shop. You can also browse and purchase great art by local artists in the starving artist gallery . In 2012 the owner of Vino's Picasso, Mercedes Price Harry, was honored as one of the top Forty Under 40 by the Gulf Coast Business Review.
A couple weeks ago I went to a painting class with my sister-in-law and mom-in-law and we all had a great time. It was their first and my second time painting with acrylics and our paintings came out so much better than we expected! The class is perfect for beginners since it is very relaxed and the paintings are open to interpretation. My mother-in-law decided to paint a little baby fish in her painting, which came out so cute! Everything is provided and ready for you when you arrive: apron, canvas, easel, paint, brushes, water, paper towels, etc. They even have a corkscrew and plastic cups for you to enjoy your bottle of wine! The instructors are really fun and stress that they are there to help us and will get you more paint any time. And you can get up and get whatever else you want at any time.
This place makes a great date night or ladies night out idea. Vino's Picasso has now begun offering off-site classes around Cape Coral and Fort Myers a few evenings a month. And you can reserve the studio for a private event like a birthday or celebration. It is worth visiting, so go check out the website and the calendar to see what paintings are coming up. I know I will be going back, hopefully soon!
As I was planning our wedding, everyone told me how fast my wedding day would go and that we needed to remember to take time to just enjoy ourselves in the moment. I heard it so many times that I was prepared for the day to fly by. It certainly went quickly, but it definitely wasn't as fast as I expected. I was relaxed, excited, and SO happy the whole day. There are of course parts of the day I barely remember, but on the other hand, so many great moments seem to last forever. I love that!
Our wedding day was amazing! A few things didn't go according to plan (like the officiant calling me Veronica) and even a few things I would change in retrospect. But those quirks just made it even more memorable and perfect. I could not have imagined a better day. Being surrounded by our family and closest friends while we pledged our lives to one another was by far our best moment so far. We are so grateful for all of the love, help, and support that was shown to us by so many people leading up to and during our wedding. We will never forget it.
This past Sunday, Jesse and I celebrated six months of marriage. Today I just wanted to share a few of my favorite moments from the day along with some amazing images from Jessica Lorren Organic Photography. Having her capture my day was the perfect choice and I am thrilled with the results. I am so thankful! All of the photos below are by Jessica Lorren.
1. First look with my dad - I had seen this done online and I knew I wanted to do the same. Besides my mom and sister, nobody had seen or even heard about my dress. I wanted it to be a big surprise. After a fun day getting ready with my mom, sister, and sister-in-law, I was so excited to show my dad what I looked like. I knew he wouldn't cry, but his expressions were still the best.
2. Walking down the aisle with my dad towards Jesse - We didn't do a first look because we had both been dreaming of that moment. I walked down the aisle to "Canon in D" by Pachelbel and as soon as my dad and I started walking, I started crying. I knew it would happen since I am a cry baby. And I remember feeling a big crocodile tear roll down my cheek as we turned to walk on the grass down the aisle. Later I also find out that as soon as Jesse saw me, he put his hand on his heart and said "Damn!" Not a bad reaction. :) After the ceremony, everyone told me that I made them start crying too.
3. Our first kiss - The whole ceremony was amazing. This part did seem to fly by but I think we were just so excited to be getting married! Finally! But the true icing on the cake was our first kiss. It was not planned and as we turned around to face each other, Jesse whispered, "I'm going to dip you" and he did.
4. Time alone - After the ceremony, and after the formal family pictures, Jessica took us away from the action and we just enjoyed our first few minutes as Mr. And Mrs. We were so happy and you can see it in our photos. This truly was a highlight for me, which I didn't expect. I hadn't even really planned on having this time. Jessica is just such a pro.
5. Cutting the cake - Why hadn't anyone talked about practicing this before? We had no idea what we were doing, haha. Jesse picked up the knife and was about the start cutting the top layer (which we were freezing for our one year), but I directed him down to the bottom layer. It was silly and fun. Also I had no idea I had given Jesse such an enormous piece of cake until I saw the video and pictures. Oops!
6. Dancing with our loved ones - I love dancing on a normal day, so I really love dancing at weddings. I also love that we had a small wedding and we were able to see and talk to everyone and still have time for dancing. Pretty much everybody got up and danced at some point in the evening.
There were so many other special moments from the day including the fantastic speeches that were given in our honor and all of the special dances! Plus the photos from our bride and groom portrait session on the beach are stunning. So, there is definitely more to come.