Where Are They Now? {Celeste + Brandon}

You might remember Celeste + Brandon from this blog post a couple weeks ago. You know, the love so gorgeous and devoted this blogger was crying over it? Their wedding, which was last October, tugged at our heartstrings in a really special way. Yes, yes — we do love all married and engaged couples, but something about Celeste + Brandon’s celebration inspired us.

Which is why we decided to catch up with them! We love when our local vendors share special days with us, but…We’ve always wondered how the beautiful couples from our posts fair after the whirlwind of a wedding day settles down. Now we don’t have to! Celeste + Brandon motivated us to reach out to our local couples and ask: Where Are You Now? 

 

Where Are They Now? {Celeste + Brandon}

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Wedding Photo: Kayla Kitts Photography

 

I will never forget the day we met. We met at a baseball game in the town I was attending college. He happened to show up too and there wasn’t a huge crowd. So we sat by each other in the warm March day. I was there to watch the cute guys, he was there for the baseball. I pretended to understand what was happening and he probably knew that I had no clue! But he stuck around until the end of the game with me, even though I had felt my legs burning in the sunshine, I didn’t want to part with him yet. I asked him over to play with my dog and my dog immediately loved him. That’s when I knew he was different. He made me laugh and feel beautiful from the moment we met. I’ll never forget the feeling of butterflies and couldn’t stop smiling. It was worth the sunburn!

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Celeste and Brandon have cozied right up to life as a married couple. In the spirit of equality and love, so clearly seen in their wedding day, they split the day-to-day responsibilities of their lives together right down the middle. {Taking turns cooking and doing the dishes, with Celeste usually doing the laundry, and Brandon usually taking out the trash.} Full of respect for each other!

For the fun stuff: every day feels like a celebration now that they’re married! But still, getting out of the routine is healthy. Their favorite married-life tradition is going out on the town together a few times a month. Sometimes just to a movie — what matters is getting dressed up, getting out, and getting to enjoy each other’s company!

Celeste and Brandon made a fun trip up to Colorado recently, for a wedding nonetheless! “It was so fun to watch others tie the knot and be so happy on their big day. We reminisced of our own big day and loved just being able to be together to enjoy this amazing adventure with others!!” Celeste says. 

No major life changes have ricocheted through their life together yet, but emphasis on yet. They’re moving to a different state soon, and buying their first house together! New Mexico will be sad to see them go, but we’re grateful to have had them here this long.

Thank you to you both for sharing your wedding day, post-vows life, and for spreading love wherever you go!

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Engagement Photo: Cristy Cross Photography

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A Love That Feels Like Home: Celeste + Brandon’s Real Wedding

Maybe it’s the precious details of Celeste + Brandon’s elegant wedding day, maybe it’s the simple way spring ushers all things out of dormancy, or maybe a combination of both. I’m not quite sure, but something about this specific union of love, of all the beautiful and awe-inspiring weddings we’ve seen through Perfect Wedding Guide, has me in tearing up. {Seriously.}

Revisiting this incredible day vicariously through Kayla Kitts Photography‘s lens and highly trained eye, especially during this time of year, is an absolute treat. The delicate vibrancy of Celeste’s wedding gown is reminiscent of new spring blossoms, and yet there is a familiarity surrounding Celeste + Brandon’s devotion to each that comforts one as does the end of winter.

I’m not alone in my adoration of this particular wedding, either. Kayla, despite her years of experience with so many beautiful couples, was choked up during their ceremony as well.

Time has passed, but I can still hear Celeste saying in her vows, “This may seem like the start of a new journey, but to me…it feels like coming home.”  My heart almost burst, and the lump came to my throat quickly as I held back tears.  When you’re marrying your soul mate, your best friend, it’s home.  She couldn’t have said it better.

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And then, of course, Hotel Albuquerque lent itself to the day so well. Delightful pops of turquoise and lavender framed Celeste + Brandon as they celebrated the beginning of the rest of their lives together in one of Albuquerque’s most wonderful and accommodating venues, and in the company of their loved ones and the local vendors they collaborated with.

Words can only go so far as to describe their celebration though, so we’re eternally grateful to Kayla for sharing this wedding with us. Her photography always encapsulates invaluable moments so well, and this wedding was no exception.

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Venue  |  Hotel Albuquerque
Coordinator  |  Found Hearts Event Planning
Dress  |  Melissa Sweet by David’s Bridal
Hair + Makeup  |  C. Johnson Makeup
Florist  |  Eco Flower
Shoes  |  Blue by Betsey Johnson
Rings  |  Zales
Suit  |  Men’s Wearhouse
Officiant  |  Kelly Atkin with Amor Ceremonies
Cake  |  Cake Fetish
DJ  |  Too Hot to Stop

 

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{Guest Post: Mary Pepper} Healthy Relationships 101 pt I

Have you ever wondered how some couples manage to keep their relationship going strong year after year? How do they make it through the valleys and peaks of being together? Let us take the time to explore the couple journey: the joys and beauty of spring time; the sunny, inspiring openness of summer; the abundance of changes in autumn, and the silent, dark nights of the winter season.

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Research has identified 8 important traits that couples have in their lifelong, enduring marriage or relationship:

1. Ability to change and adapt to new situations. People change, relationships change- having flexibility helps the relationship stay strong.

2. Commitment and permanence. Commitment to the marriage/relationship as well as to each other is an expectation that the relationship will endure and that divorce/separation is not an option.

3. Trust. Expectation of fidelity in all areas, being absolutely faithful to one another.

4. An awareness that not every difference or difficulty can be resolved.

5. A sharing of some basic values, beliefs and interests.

6. Balance of dependencies. Mutual dependence in the relationship that does not compromise one’s sense of individuality.

7. Good communication skills. Being able to share thoughts and feelings, discuss problems together and listen to the other person’s point of view, and being able to talk problems out.

8. Social support structures. Involvement and participation with one’s family and with the community’s support systems. (Parker, 2001)

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How can we strengthen our relationship and hold hands so that we can be together through the seasons of our love? Which of these traits do you have in your relationship? Which ones do you want to work on and develop in your relationship?

During this season of your relationship, take the time to explore the depths of your special love for one another. Grow and develop in deeper waters as you continue with your journey of love and commitment through the seasons of life. Click on http://www.smartmarriages.com to find a relationship program in your community. It is a great time of the year to make your relationship a priority!

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Source: Mary Pepper, guest blogger, www.HealthyRelationships101.com

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Healthy Relationships 101 offers educational programs for dating, engaged and married couples which will enhance, enrich and strengthen their relationship. Couples will learn about Effective Communication Skills, Conflict Resolution Strategies, Managing Finances, Healthy Intimacy, Personality Traits and Stress Management. The programs provide couples with the opportunity to discover their relationship strengths and growth areas. By analyzing, evaluating and applying some new strategies, skills and techniques, a couple’s relationship can become stronger, healthier and revitalized. Invest your time and energy into taking care of your special relationship! For the rest of your life, your investment will pay off in dividends.

For more on everything wedding and wedding planning visit PerfectWeddingGuide.com.

Choose the right minister

It’s important to choose the right minister for your wedding.  You want to make sure that your ceremony reflects your relationship, personalities, and spirituality.  Marriage Makers does just that!  They have a wonderful staff, offer pre-marital counseling, and customize your ceremony that can also incorporate hands-small-300dpichildren.  They have recently opened up an office and meeting space off of Griegos and 4th street for your convenience and to offer a quiet place for you to consult with your officiant.  Also check out their new E-book, “Thoughts Before Marriage” authored by Bill Howden (your local wedding officiant).  “Thoughts Before Marriage” is a look at the forces in our culture which are driving the divorce rate to alarming levels — 65% for marriages less than three years old.

Photo credit: Kyle Zimmerman Photography

Fireproof the movie

I went to the movies last night with my husband to see the movie Fireproof.  What a great movie!  Even though there are no major actors/actresses except for Kirk Cameron, it had a nice mix of action, funny moments, and happy tear-jerker moments.  This movie can show you what being a loving, faithful, and dedicated spouse is all about.  Since you may be engaged and ready to take that next step with marriage, I would strongly recommend you seeing this movie so you can have the inspiration to start your marriage off right and healthy from the get go.  If you’ve seen it, let me know your thoughts!