Today I am SUPER thankful that the talented Carolyn Jones invited me to work with her designing a beautiful Country shoot with the fabulous photographer Patricia Dash.  A very giving group of people came to my rescue to make things happen… when you are not with me my knees give out.  I am so honored to work with such an amazing group of people… the rest will follow… very soon…  YEEEHAW!!!

I looooove celebrating my birthday!  I don’t know why.  Maybe because as a child, my birthday was not celebrated.  And now as an adult, it’s all up to me, I can do something about it.  So I do.  I celebrate it!  Just like a child.  The child inside of me that refuses to come out.

The focus, yes the focus is all on me!  Celebrating the mark of another year of life is absolutely beautiful and I am blessed to have all this unselfish friends that allow it to be all about me!  An excuse for a self present, maybe a new dress or of course new shoes!  Here comes the cards, wishes, gifts and at times a cruises!  Yes, that’s how the celebration went down last year.. in a cruise with the most amazing women I know.  We partied like rock stars… It was a sight to be seen… we rocked the boat more than a few times!

But this birthday is very different from preceding ones!  This time is not about me.  Believe it or not.  This time is about friendships!  I may lack many things… but in the department of friendships I can honestly say, I am blessed above and beyond what I can ask, think or even imagine.  Let me just say that when God was distributing friends, I must have been the first in line, cause I really got the best pick!

God is so faithful and amazing!  I could not be who I am without you guys.  You mean the world to me!  You guys know me more than anybody.  You are like family.  Thank you for all the years you have supported me and loved me.  Oh… how I love the way you love me through it all.  The good the bad and the ugly!

“Lourdes, thank you for being who you are!  We have been through so much together… you have overlooked so much. You are a true sister.  Claudia, I have no words to express how blessed I am by your friendship!  Thank you for taking up the role of a mother in my life… you know I need that more times that I am willing to admit. My love for you goes deep.  Ayo,  thank you for loving me when I am nice and no so nice.  I love you and love the way you love me.  You are there for me at whatever time, 3, 4, 5 o’clock in the morning.  Girl… you rock my world!  Carolyn, your words of wisdom always arrive at the right timing.  I looovee our conversations about politics and end times.  Thank you for your kindness and gentleness.  I am so proud to call you my friend.  Adri!  Thank you for your love and teaching me how beautiful humility looks… you wear it so strikingly!  We have so much in common, it’s crazy, we were destined to be sisters.  Isha, you are the best roommate a girl can ask for!  Thank you for sharing your life with me and bringing youth and laughter to my life.  I admire you Dr. Kothari!  Kelli, my faithful friend, you know the true meaning of friendship, and you show it… always!  Thank you for receiving me with open arms.  I love you, Mao and Dani.  Individually and together.  Your friendship beautifies my life.  Ivette, I am so blessed you are in my life.  You are a gift from above.  God orchestrated it so perfectly.  Thank you for your partnership and love.  I can’t wait to see what our future holds for us.”  then we raised our mimosas in the name of friendship.

And over tea, cucumber sandwiches, fruits, quiches, biscuits and singing celebrated our friendship making memories to last a lifetime, that of course… involved some dancing.

Here are some of the details we got to enjoy…

Photographed beautifully by Ivette Francolla  

Yesterday, I found myself singing I am so excited… and I just can’t hide it… I’m about to lose control and I think I like it”, while dancing on one leg!  Lucky me, I was home alone with my blinds closed and my neighbors did not witness my outburst.  Yes, I sing and dance when I am very excited about something!!!

See, I have a vision and a dream to plan and design breathtaking weddings.  And my favorite ones are outdoors.  Little did I know, there is an AMAZING photographer in my neck of the woods and she is shooting just my type of weddings.  She has developed an incredible eye in such a short time in her career.  I just know, I found someone that speaks my language and understands what it takes to make it happen.  Her willingness to guide me with the experience she has gained is very humbling and overwhelming, my heart is filled with gratitude.

I found myself drooling over this stunning outdoor wedding inspirational shoot she put together with one striking couple and a breathtaking vintage theme.  This is not the typical gorgeous California wedding, but our very own South Florida Summer Garden Wedding and I am so inspired.  I simply can’t wait for the moment where photos like these will represent my work… and when that day comes, you can count on some dancing and out of tune singing involved.  Then, I could care less if my blinds are wide open.

The best thing about living in Florida is the outdoor lifestyle… we have some of the most beautiful sceneries.  Other than the hot summer days, our weather is perfect for any outdoor event and I adore garden weddings, in fact I am hoping that they will be my niche!!! 

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