Rex Yu Photography

Our friend and photographer, Rex Yu, has his website up and running so if you are interested in having a professional photographer for a special occasion like we did for our engagement....he is a must!  We have received so many compliments for the photos and we have him to thank for it.  Check out his website at http://www.rexyuphotography.com/

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Bridal Brunch

Two days ago, I gathered my dearest girlfriends and cousin for brunch to pop them the question...."Will you be my bridesmaid?" and lucky for me, they all said "Oui oui!" Macaron trinket boxes with "oui oui" wire rings  We even video chatted with Jenny all the way from South Carolina! It may have taken me months to gather these twelve

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Cooking with Rich and Cat: Fresh Ravioli

Though fresh pasta is better than any dry pasta, the work to obtain the thin sheets can be quite exhausting on Rich who has to use the squeaky hand crank of the pasta machine.  To remedy this issue, Rich purchased the Kitchenaid Pasta Attachment to make our lives easier.  Not only did it save his hands from injury, it also

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My Favorite French Movies

As promised, here is a list of my top ten favorite french movies.  I know many are weary of foreign films as it means having to to read subtitles but I recommend all of you to embrace the French culture and expose yourself to the French language if you're coming to France with us :] 1. Amélie (and anything with

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Cooking with Rich and Cat: Viet Edition

As much as I enjoy cooking a variety of dishes from different cultures, it always comes back to my roots.  Vietnamese cuisine is my favorite because it encompasses savory flavors from meats/seafood and freshness of herbs.  Though it is not the easiest to prepare because of the abundance of ingredients required (which usually mean long drives to Orange County for

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Engagement Photos

We had a great time running around Union Station taking photos with Rex, Destiny, and John.  This was our first professional photo shoot, and I had no idea how difficult looking natural could be!  My day started with getting to Sara Gasparotto’s house at 6am to get my hair and makeup done.  I couldn’t be happier with how the look

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40 Books That Will Make You Want To Visit France

I stumbled upon a BuzzFeed post titled 40 Books That Will Make You Want To Visit France and wanted to share with you some of my favorites.  As an avid reader, I love the escapes of a good book.  With the upcoming trip, why not lead your imagination to a place you will actually visit? And don't forget the Astérix

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L’Histoire de la Proposition de Mariage

While practicing our reading skills in French class last week, Omar wrote out a story for my classmate and I to read....not just any story, OUR story (specifically the proposal) from his perspective!  For our French friends, I thought it would be nice to post it here so they could read about it too in their native tongue. (Merci Katia

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Happy Pi Day!

We have had several people ask, "Why did you choose that date?" so here is the abridged explanation on the pre-anniversary!  Rich and I were indecisive of the location of our wedding but figured a Spring or Autumn wedding would be beautiful anywhere.  However, poor Rich would have been hit with a double-whammy for gift-giving in Fall (my birthday is

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Cooking with Rich and Cat: Fresh Pasta

One of our favorite things to do is eating interesting and delicious foods.  However, good food can be expensive so we realize cooking at home makes it cost-effective and fun!  We have been working on our fresh pasta game but kneading by hand and a rolling pin to get the dough paper-thin is difficult.  Thanks to Rich's Mom, Shari, we

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