The first wedding of 2010! I have been looking forward to blogging Jennifer & Mike’s wedding for quite awhile now! I finally got the go ahead after their wedding was featured this morning on Southern Weddings as the Southern Wedding of the Week! Thank you so much to the girls over at SWS for featuring Jennifer and Mike’s wedding!

I was so excited for Jen and Mike’s wedding..not only because I adore them both but for a number of other reasons! Firstly, it was going to be the first time that I got to work with my very good friends Angel from Events of Love & Splendor and Kristin from The Treasured Petal TOGETHER! I’ve worked with Angel on several occasions as well as Kristin but never the three of us together. We’ve all been buddies for so long were so giddy with excitement when we found out we’d all be working together.

Jennifer and Mike had their gorgeous “Southern Winter” inspired wedding at The Ritz Carlton in Laguna Niguel! We were blessed with such a beautiful day considering it had been raining for days and days and didn’t stop raining until the MORNING of the wedding. I’m sure you can imagine how I was feeling when I woke up that morning to still see water on the ground! My fear was soon dissipated when I left home that morning to see the sun shining bright!

The entire day was pure perfection thanks to Angel, her lovely assistant/sister Anna and Kristin, and the lovely people at The Ritz Carlton..especially Eryin Choi who took time out of her busy schedule to show me all the great picture taking spots! Jen & Mike were not only thrilled with how beautiful their wedding day was but also to be married to each other and have the people they love close to them. I couldn’t help but notice how adoringly Jen looked at Mike..and the few times when Mike would speak and mention of how happy he was, he couldn’t help but shed a tear..or two :-)

Jen & Mike..thanks for being so amazing!! You are just perfect for each other and I’m truly blessed to have been a part of your wedding day! Cheers to a lifetime of happiness, love, and tears (happy tears!)

Jennifer’s Ulla Maija dress was to die for!

Jen’s bridemaids looked amazing in their Vera Wang navy blue dresses!

Kristin did an amazing job on the florals..as always!!

Love this pic! The light shining through the church was magnificent!

How adorable is Jen?

My idea of the perfect getaway car..a Mini Cooper!

The Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel had such beautiful grounds!

Angel did such an amazing job on the placecard arrangement!

How adorable are these birdies from Ann Wood?

Check out the snow! It’s actually fake snow but look & feels real!

LOL..this picture cracks me up! Jen’s sister surprised her with this gem she found in Jen’s closet..the night before the wedding! The picture is of Scott Weinger (DJ’s boyfriend on Full House)..Jen had a HUGE girlhood crush on him :-)

I adore this shot! It gives me warm fuzzies :-)

Sharon: What a FABULOUS wedding to start off 2010!!!  Love the wintery details, florals and most of all the love you captured between the bride and groom.  Great job Trista! February 24, 2010 12:47 pm

angel swanson: trista -- i LOOOVE you & i loooove working with you!!!  <3  these images are truly stunning and i seriously get teary looking at them.  what a beautiful day; you captured it perfectly!!! February 20, 2010 12:45 pm

punam bean: So much joy! You totally captured it!! February 19, 2010 12:01 pm

Marissa Rodriguez: Trista, your work is always gorgeous! LOVE the light in the church! February 19, 2010 7:27 am

kristin brancaleone: btw, dj´s boyfriend was a TOTAL hottie.  wasn´t he the voice of alladin, too?  xoxo February 19, 2010 5:45 am

kristin brancaleone: yay!  you captured all the perfect moments.  love you! February 19, 2010 5:44 am

My Favorite Things!

February.05.2010 | Misc

I love the beginning of the year. Wedding season won’t start for another few months which gives me time to reboot, refresh, and rejuvenate myself..mentally, spiritually, and physically. That’s right..I’ve rededicated myself to taking better care of myself on the inside and the outside. I started going to Bootcamp and I have to say I’m feeling better already! 2010 is my year to be the best that I can be and I’m going to stick to it!

I don’t know about you..but when I’m not feeling 100% about my body, I tend to let everything else slide. In my 20′s when I was feeling my best, you can bet that I wore makeup, did my hair, and dressed fashionably. Now that my body isn’t like it used to be, my hair is looking blah, I only wear makeup once in a blue moon, and my clothes..don’t even let me talk about that! It’s a good day if I’m not wearing sweatpants and a mismatching top!

Well, that is going to change..NOW! I’ve ALWAYS loved fashion..always always ALWAYS! Even when I didn’t feel like buying new clothes because I swore that I was going to lose 20 pounds and wouldn’t be able to fit them. Anytime I would feel that shopping itch, I would always buy shoes because 1. they make me happy 2. they will fit no matter how much I weigh :-) But not anymore..now that I’m dedicated to losing the weight that I’ve been wanting to lose for the past 5 years..that’s right 5 YEARS, my wardrobe is in desperate need of an overhaul!

I’ve had a lot of fun cyber shopping and found quite a few things that I absolutely adore..mainly dresses! I love dresses and If I could wear a dress every day, I would! However, that would be super boring of me to do that so I won’t :-)

Here are some of my favorites..let me know which one is yours! Also, if you have favorites shopping sites that you think I would like, please leave a comment and let me know! I’m always looking for places to get unique and cute clothes!

I forgot where I found this dress but I absolutely ADORE it! So much so that I’m thinking of contacting one of the fab dress makers on Etsy to make one for me!

Since I didn’t know the designer of the dress above, I tried to find something similar. I found the lovely dress below at Bergdorf Goodman..now if I just had a couple of thousand dollars lying around, I might just buy it ;-)

I’m pretty sure I found this dress on This Is Glamorous..I love it! Although I think this dress would only look good on someone who was 6ft tall :-)

I adore this outfit..cute, chic, and fun!

I found the next few dresses on EDressMe. They are from Kirribilla and are adorable in every way…if I could get all of them I would! I can’t though so I just got the one below :-) I love it SO MUCH! Pencil skirts are my absolute favorite!

How precious is this??

The next few dresses are from a fab designer on Etsy..check out reddoll by tm!

Love this lilac dress..the black belt is the perfect touch!

this dress is to DIE for..I’m not quite sure I can pull it off now that I’m in my 30′s but damn..it’s cute!

Okay..so this dress is like 20 inches too short..lol! But, if you pair it with some black tights, you’re good to go! Better yet, if it was knee length and had a pencil skirt instead of the ruffle bottom, it would be oh-so-chic!

I hope you liked the first installment of “My Favorite Things”..I’m not quite sure it will be a permanent fixture on my blog but I definitely will be posting more things that I love, things that inspire me, and things that make me happy! Have a great weekend everybody!

Camilla Photography: Love all of those!   February 12, 2010 3:06 am

Trista Lerit: A happa shopping trip sounds divine!! February 10, 2010 1:22 am

Catherine: OMG, I feel the same!  I definitely weigh more now than I did 5 years ago and want to lose 15-20 lbs.  My logic about buying clothes was the same, but I started buying a little here and there and it made me try harder at this weight.  In doing so, I am more aware of my body and I feel more motivated lose the weight!   High five for joining boot camp.  I want to join one, but I can´t do it early in the mornings. Anyway, I like the following websites www.shopruche.com www.lulus.com www.lovemaegan.com - I love Megan´s style www.anthroholic.blogspot.com - if you love Anthro February 7, 2010 10:52 am

angel swanson: love love love all these dresses!  i am such a dress girl.  :)  next time the hapa trio reunites, should we make it a shopping date??  ;-) February 5, 2010 3:30 am

joyful weddings & events: I cannot event stand how darling those Kiribilla dresses are! Seriously- I am dying. I wish I had a bunch of extra money laying around :) February 5, 2010 3:02 am

kristin brancaleone: love this post!  the bergdorf goodman number is my favorite of all!  i´m sure doug would buy that for you for Valentine´s Day if you asked him ;) February 5, 2010 2:34 am