“Confessions Of A Future Bride” | Post 19

Helloooooooo Peeps!! It’s time for another entry in my blog series!

This week Rachel and I thought it would be cool to hear from the Fiance’ himself!!! So Rachel went ahead and set up a mini speed round of questions. Here are his responses!!

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How did you know I was “The One”? 
 -“Because you told me you were.”
When did you know you wanted to marry me?
-“That one time that you made me bacon and eggs and the bacon was super gooey, just how I like it.. And I was like ‘Oh Man!”
For real when did you know…
-“I really don’t know..”
Did you have any ideas in mind about the thing you wanted to get me?
-“Yes, because you told me what you wanted.”
How did you decide on the ring?
-“I got help from Erica.”
What was the planning process behind asking me the big question?
I couldn’t get an answer out of him for this question…
What are you looking forward to the most about the wedding?
-“Beer.”
{Then after a little bit of harassing from me :)..}
-“Marrying my best friend.”
Awwwww.. I know he was just trying to say something to get me off his back.. And it worked :)

Aren’t they a trip???!!! I can’t get enough of them!

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“Confessions Of A Future Bride” | Post 18

Happy Hump Day Everyone! I just want to take the opportunity to THANK YOU all for following along! The feedback that we’ve been getting back has been great! Rachel and I appreciate all of your support.

As a photographer, I have to keep up with the latest trends of photos while setting ourselves apart. We are constantly brainstorming and coming up with new ways to stay current and creative. As Heidi Klum would say, “One day your in and the next day your out!” Well I don’t want to be “out.” I just want to grow to the next level.

Rachel and I are always discussing the next step for our business. We would love to eventually grow a team of photographers while also tapping into the world of cinematography. {Again, this is all discussions.} But nonetheless, it’s a goal and as with any goal, you have to try and take a step towards it. With our most recent blog series going on, we are constantly thinking of topics that our readers would want to read. I talked with Rachel about documenting the day that she and her fiancé, Art, go to do her bridal registry (as I have been doing with anything else that involves wedding planning). But this time, I wanted to do something a little different and creative. I decided to film it rather than just taking pictures. I was just curious to see what I could do. And after doing it now, I cannot wait to do more!!! It was soo much fun!

So as we continue to Post 18 of our “Confessions of a Future Bride” and hear Rachel’s experience of getting her bridal registry together, I’d like for you to take a look at 3.5 min video that I put together! Remember to be kind, as it was my first time but I’m kind of happy with it!!!!

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“Who doesn’t look forward to completing their registry?! I mean come on… Walking around a store of your choice scanning everything you would love to have in your life!! That’s every girl’s dream, isn’t it?!
My dream definitely came true.. For those of you who know me, know without a doubt what my favorite store is.. TARGET!! Ahhhh!! I love Target :) I would say about 90% of my wardrobe and household items come from Target. So of course Target was my first place to register! And Oh My Goodness, did I love it! Arthur took a while to get into it.. But he began to have fun with it too :) I was the picker and Arthur was the scanner.. Of course Arthur had to sneak a few things on the registry as well {Like the Batman shower curtain..} We spent about two hours going through Target..
We then went to Bed, Bath & Beyond.. Honestly, I’m not a huge fan of the store.. But I feel like everyone registers at Bed, Bath & Beyond :) When Arthur and I went, we spent about 45 minutes walking throughout the store.. And I have to say, I still was not thrilled with it.. I mean.. It was no Target :)
I had a blast completing our registry.. One more thing to check off the list.. It is a little intimidating though coming home, checking out the registry and seeing that our wedding is less than 150 days away!! I am super excited for the festivities to come.. Including my bridal shower.. And I am doing my best not to weasel information out of anyone :)”

~ The Future Mrs. Bongiorno

Sooo??? What did y’all think? Isn’t Arthur hilarious??!!

Would any of you like to take a peek into Rachel’s registry and send her something special??? She’s registered at:

  • Target – 1.) Click on Find 2.) Enter her first & last name “Rachel Freitas” She should be the only one that pops up – located in Wallkill, NY
  • Bed Bath & Beyond – 1.) Under “Find” enter her first & last name as well as the State “Rachel Freitas” New York. She should be the only one that pops up.
  • Both Registries show her wedding date of 6.24.2016 and getting married to Arthur Bongiorno!

IS THERE ANYTHING THAT YOU WOULD ADD TO HER REGISTRY? IS SHE MISSING SOMETHING? COMMENT BELOW

Thanks for reading and watching!! ;-)

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“Confessions Of A Future Bride” | Post 17

If you are new to the blog and are just following along, here’s what you missed:

Rachel, my business partner/assistant/second shooter, recently got engaged and with us being photographers, thought it would be cool document her whole wedding planning process. Not only to keep these memories but to maybe help out one of our readers who may be a future bride as well as get suggestions from you guys. Here are the past posts that you’ve missed.

  1. Post 1 ~ We got a glimpse of how Rachel and her fiancé, Arthur met! It’s an adorable story including some very young pictures of them.
  2. Post 2 ~ We got to hear the story of how Arthur proposed in Bermuda! Check out that post to see her ring! It’s beautiful!
  3. Post 3 ~ Rachel said YES TO THE DRESS!! Check it out to see her experience at David’s Bridal!
  4. Venues! Venues! Venues! Post 4 | Post 5 | Post 6 | are her weeks in search for the perfect venue! And in Post 7 you get to hear the place that she chose!!!
  5. Post 8 ~ We are back at Davids Bridal picking out the Bridesmaids Dresses as well as seeing who she chose to stand up there with her on the big day!!
  6. Post 9Post 10Post 11Post 12Post 13, and Post 14 ~This is where Rachel introduces her bridesmaids and tells us the background stories of how she knows them. There are some pretty funny moments and awesome pictures!
  7. Post 15 ~ Engagement Pictures!!!! Here, we get to see Rachel’s engagement session. I also give some tips on how to make the most of your engagement session.
  8. Post 16 ~ All about the “Save The Dates.”

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“When thinking about wedding vendors, there are a few who are top priority for me.. First and foremost is obviously photography :) next on my list is the DJ.. It is hard to pick out a DJ because 1) There are so many DJs and 2) How do you know how good a DJ is if you have never seen them in action?! Lucky for me I’m a wedding photographer and I encounter many different DJs throughout the year. Erica and I have worked with so many great DJs!! But I have to say, there is one in particular who stood out to me!
First let me describe a little bit of what I want.. Dancing, dancing and more dancing.. Like lots of dancing. For those who have seen Erica and I photographing a wedding, we have to dance.. We can’t help it! So at my wedding, I want to dance the entire time. People say I’m crazy when I say this but.. No slow songs! 
Except maybe during dinner.. But even then I want to be dancing in my seat! Some examples of slow songs I want to hear are: Aaliyah- One In A Million, K-Ci & JoJo- All My Life, Ne-Yo- Sexy Love.

I love late 90’s/early 2000’s music :) And I am going to bring that right into the dancing music! I’m talking about some Biggie- Mo Money Mo Problems & Juicy, Montell Jordan- This Is How We Do It.. 

 

Now I need a DJ who can keep me dancing the whole time! Honestly, I had my DJ picked out before I was even engaged :) I have to go with Right on Cue Productions with DJ Erick Santana! Every time we work together at a wedding he amazes me! I know a good DJ when I am attending a wedding as a photographer and I can’t help but belt out the songs during dinner! Love, love, love Erick Santana! He has a knack for mixing/blending {Clearly I am not a DJ and I definitely do not know the correct terms :)  } songs. Erick makes sure everyone is up and dancing.. There is never an empty dance floor when Erick is at a wedding.. How could I go with anyone but Right on Cue Productions?!”

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~The Future Mrs. Bongiorno

DJ Erick Santana

 Right On Cue Productions 

Email: rightoncueproductions@gmail.com | Phone  845.728.2150

Erica ~ I did want to make mention that he was actually my wedding DJ 9 years ago!!!!  hahaha Anyhow…do you all have any songs that we could add to Rachel’s playlist at her wedding?? What do you all like to hear??

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“Confessions Of A Future Bride” | Post 16

If you are new to the blog and are just following along, here’s what you missed:

Rachel, my business partner/assistant/second shooter, recently got engaged and being photographers, thought it would be cool document her whole wedding planning process. Not only to keep these memories but to maybe help out one of our readers who may be a future bride as well as get suggestions from you guys. Here are the past posts that you’ve missed.

  1. Post 1 ~ We got a glimpse of how Rachel and her fiancé, Arthur met! It’s an adorable story including some very young pictures of them.
  2. Post 2 ~ We got to hear the story of how Arthur proposed in Bermuda! Check out that post to see her ring! It’s beautiful!
  3. Post 3 ~ Rachel said YES TO THE DRESS!! Check it out to see her experience at David’s Bridal!
  4. Post 4 | Post 5 | Post 6 | are her weeks in search for the perfect venue! And in Post 7 you get to hear the place that she chose!!!
  5. Post 8 ~ We are back at Davids Bridal picking out the Bridesmaids Dresses as well as seeing who she chose to stand up there with her on the big day!!
  6. Post 9Post 10Post 11Post 12Post 13, and Post 14 ~This is where Rachel introduces her bridesmaids and tells us the background stories of how she knows them. There are some pretty funny moments and awesome pictures!
  7. Post 15 ~ Here, we get to see Rachel’s engagement session. I also give some tips on how to make the most of your engagement session.

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Today’s post is all about the “Save the Dates!”

“So I knew I wanted to send out Save the Dates, but I really was not sure what I wanted…
After receiving our engagement photos {completed by the amazing EricaLee Photography} I knew that I wanted a Save the Date with one of the pictures. From here Pinterest was my best friend :) The majority of the Save the Dates that I liked were pretty similar.. Vertical, Face to Face…

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Lucky for me, my wonderful fiancé is pretty skilled with the computer :) Since Arthur was going to be the one designing them, I let him pick which one he liked best and go about designing.. I had to choose the photo though of course :) I looked through the entire set of engagement photos about 25 times {Literally.. I liked so many of them, how could I choose just one to send out to the world?!} Since I couldn’t decide on my own, I needed some reinforcements. So I sat down with my awesome coworkers and asked them their opinion.. We decided on a phenomenal photo {How could it be anything but}

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When Arthur finally sent me the finished product.. I loved it more than I would have imagined!”
~The Future Mrs. Bongiorno

What do y’all think of Rachel’s “Save the Date??”

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“Confessions Of A Future Bride” | Post 15

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!!! How was everyone’s holiday??! I hope well. We continue this blog series with a post that I adore!

Rachel’s engagement session.

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It was an honor photographing my sister-in-law’s engagement session. Truly a day that I will never forget. In this post, I [Erica] will give some tips or suggestions to brides out there on how to make the most of your engagement session.

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Why do an engagement session?? I like to think of the engagement session as a practice run of what to expect before the big day! It’s a day where both you and your significant other, as well as the photographer, get to see how you all work together. If I had a dollar for every time a couple has mentioned that they don’t photograph well, or that my boyfriend is silly and doesn’t know how to take nice picture, etc., I would be rich! My couples get to see how I direct them in order to get those fun loving pictures that I capture. Another reason why you should do an engagement session is that it’s an opportunity to get pictures as a couple.

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Location: The perfect location is actually the location where you both would go out on a Saturday afternoon or night. It should be a place representing what you like to do. Don’t worry about picking out the most scenic location because I can make a parking garage look spectacular. I have photographed in couples homes because they wanted to celebrate buying their first home. I’ve photographed at a park playing basketball since my couple loved basketball. I’ve even photographed at a mall. I always say, keep it true to you!

Wardrobe: Wear comfortable clothes that you like and make you feel good. Where clothes with complimentary colors. One should be in a pattern while the other can wear a bright color. Accessorize and don’t forget to paint your nails. And guys should wear pants with pockets.

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Engagement sessions are a lot of fun! You can expect to laugh a lot with me if I’m photographing your engagement session. You can expect that at some point I’m going to do a happy dance! You can expect me acting out what I would like for you to do with my assistant Rachel! That’s always fun to see.

 

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If you have any questions – write them below in the comments!

Isn't her ring gorgeous??!!

Isn’t her ring gorgeous??!!

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“Confessions Of A Future Bride” | Post 14

If you are new to the blog and are just following along, here’s what you missed:

Rachel, my business partner/assistant/second shooter, recently got engaged and being photographers, thought it would be cool document her whole wedding planning process. Not only to keep these memories but to maybe help out one of our readers who may be a future bride as well as get suggestions from you guys. Here are the past posts that you’ve missed.

  1. Post 1 ~ We got a glimpse of how Rachel and her fiancé, Arthur met! It’s an adorable story including some very young pictures of them.
  2. Post 2 ~ We got to hear the story of how Arthur proposed in Bermuda! Check out that post to see her ring! It’s beautiful!
  3. Post 3 ~ Rachel said YES TO THE DRESS!! Check it out to see her experience at David’s Bridal!
  4. Post 4 | Post 5 | Post 6 | are her weeks in search for the perfect venue! And in Post 7 you get to hear the place that she chose!!!
  5. Post 8 ~ We are back at Davids Bridal picking out the Bridesmaids Dresses as well as seeing who she chose to stand up there with her on the big day!!
  6. Post 9, Post 10, Post 11, Post 12, and Post 13 ~This is where Rachel introduces her bridesmaids and tells us the background stories of how she knows them. There are some pretty funny moments and awesome pictures! Today she ends with her final bridesmaid -ME!
“Last, but certainly not least, in the bridesmaid series is my sister {in-law}, Erica. Erica isn’t my sister-in-law, she is simply my sister. 

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Erica and my brother, David, begin dating when {I believe} I was in eighth grade. I remember meeting Erica outside of my middle school. I don’t know when or how it happened, but Erica and I became inseparable. My freshman year and Erica’s senior year of high school, we were both at Valley Central together. We arranged our schedules to have lunch and a few electives together.. Like our parenting class.. And in parenting, Erica and I became mothers to our little baby chick, Nevaeh.. I just have to let you guys know that Erica picked the name {That was her favorite name at the time.. I will not embarrass myself and tell you what my favorite name was :)} 

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When David and Erica became engaged, Erica asked me to be her Maid of Honor. At sixteen years old, I stood beside two of my best friends as they were wed.. And Erica officially became part of the Freitas Family {Lucky girl :)  } But as I recall, in my speech I said something along the lines of ..Erica today you officially become part of our family, but you were already a part of our family.. And it’s true, when asked I say I have three sisters {There is no need to include the in-law part}

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So let’s fast forward a few years to Erica deciding to begin a photography business. I told Erica to show me her ways and I’ll join her in the adventure.. We heard from people that it’s not good to go into business with friends and family, that it can cause problems and be very tricky.. But I couldn’t imagine it any other way. Erica and I provide the perfect balance to each other and have so much fun while working together. 

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Erica, you are the yin to my yang: my sister, a best friend and my business partner. I have to thank David for falling in love you with on the school bus and bringing you into my life :) Here’s to many, many more adventures together as both our families and business grow! Love you more than words can say!”

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~The Future Mrs. Bongiorno

We have some great post coming up so make sure to come back every Wednesday!!!!

Next weeks post is her engagement session! We will be giving tips on how to have a fun an engagement session, what can you expect from your photographers and what to wear!

We are also going to be bringing on the Future Husband for his viewpoint on how this whole wedding planning process is going. We will get to see how he came to choose THE RING and what he’s looking forward to for the big day!

And we will put that important question to rest –> “If Erica isn’t photographing their wedding, then WHO IS??!!” HAHA

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“Confessions Of A Future Bride” | Post 13

Hey Friends!!! Happy Wednesday!! It’s been awesome getting to know Rachel’s bridal party, hasn’t it? I feel like when choosing the people in your bridal party, it has to be with people that you have a history with! When Rachel and I photograph the wedding, we love asking our couples how they met the people in their bridal party. It’s always fun to hear the background story.

Let’s take a look at another one of Rachel’s bridesmaids:

“Samantha and I met in college.. We were long lost sisters from opposite sides of the river. We quickly realized how similar our interests and lives in general were.
Sam and I both began Mount Saint Mary College in the Fall of 2007. We were both majoring in Math going for Elementary Education. We also shared the same advisor.
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We met in GenEd.. I’m sure no one here knows what GenEd is.. It was a {really unnecessary} class that Mount Saint Mary’s had attempted with our year being the guinea pigs {I am pretty sure it failed the following year}. BUT.. I have to thank GenEd for introducing me to My Samantha :)  

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Sam and I slowly became inseparable. We decided that we should take all of the classes together that we could.. And that is exactly what we did.. We would even visit our advisor together :) We were able to schedule almost every single class together every semester. Our teachers knew us as a pair. There was no Samantha without Rachel and no Rachel without Samantha. Always sitting next to each other, always side by side. Always whispering to/giggling with each other and in turn ending up volunteering ourselves for whatever task was at hand by doing so.

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I could not have survived college without Sam.. I could not survive today without Sam.

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Sam, I miss seeing you every day like we did in college, but I am so glad that we have been able to stay so close still to this day.. Four years after college has ended. You have seen mine and Arthur’s relationship grow from one year into nine years later and now you will stand beside me on my wedding day. I cannot wait to continue to share milestones with each other.. Samantha and Rachel, Rachel and Samantha.”
~ The Future Mrs. Bongiorno

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“Confessions Of A Future Bride” | Post 12

Happy #weddingwednesday!!! We took last week off to enjoy the Thanksgiving Holiday but we are back at it today!! How was everybody’s Thanksgiving?!

“We are half way through my bridesmaid introductions.. Three down, three to go!
Up this week is my Soon-To-Be Sister-In-Law, Lauren. Lauren is my Arturo’s big sister, his only sister. Lauren and Arthur are two years apart, so they have their own whole host of stories about each other.. But mine and Lauren’s story begins nine years ago when Arthur and I started dating..
Lauren {Along with probably every family member of mine and Arthur’s} has been harassing Art to marry me for the past few years.. So of course I love her dearly! I was just looking back at some former Facebook posts between Lauren, Arthur and I and mannyyy of them contained Lauren in one way or another asking Art what the heck was taking him so long.

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Certainly there are other reasons that I love Lauren :) 
Lauren is my confidant at all of the Bongiorno family parties. We have spent many, many Christmas parties sitting on the couch at Aunt Cheryl’s with it only taking a face to convey an entire conversation. Lauren is the perfect person to help me to pick on Arthur.. We are probably the two who have to most ammo on him :) {Sorry Art, Love you babe :)  } 
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Best of all, Lauren is helping to {Again} make me my most favorite thing on the earth.. An Auntie!! This time I will be an Auntie x2, when Lauren brings my new nephews into this world!!

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Lauren, the card I got you for your baby shower read “You got this! I have your back!” And it’s true, {Arthur and} I will ALWAYS be there for you.. As I’m sure you would say the same to us.. Love ya girl :)
And just for fun, here is a throwback of Lauren and Arthur!”

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~The Future Mrs. Bongiorno

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“Confessions Of A Future Bride” | Post 11

On to the next bridesmaids…

This week is an introduction to another bridesmaid… My cousin, my BFF growing up, my built in playmate.. Amy.

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Amy and I grew up together {We are just three months apart}… We were a foursome growing up… Me and my brother- David and Amy and her brother- Paul. We were always together and always finding some way to get into trouble. We spent hours upon hours in Amy and Paul’s basement playing hide and go seek in the dark, laser-tag, and any other games we made up along the way. Any game we played, it was always us girls against the boys. With the boys being four years older than us, of course it was never a fair fight… But I think Amy would agree with me that the boys helped us to be the strong, athletic, tom-boys that we turned in to during our early tween years.

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Amy and I had sleep over after sleep over… Sometimes going on for weeks on end over the summers. When we played house, I was the mom. When we played school, I was the teacher. I was always the bossy one, always the take charge one… But let someone else try to boss Amy around or be mean to Amy, and they would have to deal with me :)

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Now, Amy and I work together. That means that we get to see each other EVERY DAY! We get to drink our morning coffee together and have our lunch together. We are a pair, a tag team… You don’t see one without the other. And after seeing each other for eight hours a day, we still chose to spend time together outside of work.

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Amy, you were my first best friend… More like a sister than a cousin. We have been there for each other through thick and thin. You were there when Art and I got engaged and I can’t wait for you to stand beside me when I get married. Love you more than you can imagine!

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~The Future Mrs. Bongiorno

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“Confessions of a Future Bride” | Post 10

Hello Peeps! Happy Wednesday and Happy Veterans Days!

It’s time for another #weddingwednesdays post from our Rachel. If your new to this mini series I will try to catch you up on what’s been going on. Rachel, my assistant/second shooter, recently got engaged and being photographers, thought it would be cool document her whole wedding planning process. Not only to keep these memories but to maybe help out one of our readers who may be a future bride as well as get suggestions from you guys. This is week 10 of our posts and we just want to say THANKS for following along.

Here are the past posts that you’ve missed if you are just starting to follow:

  1. Post 1 ~ We got a glimpse of how Rachel and her fiancé, Arthur met! It’s an adorable story including some very young pictures of them.
  2. Post 2 ~ We got to hear the story of how Arthur proposed in Bermuda! Check out that post to see her ring! It’s beautiful!
  3. Post 3 ~ Rachel said YES TO THE DRESS!! Check it out to see her experience at David’s Bridal!
  4. Post 4 | Post 5 | Post 6 | are her weeks in search for the perfect venue! And in Post 7 you get to hear the place that she chose!!!
  5. Post 8 ~ We are back at Davids Bridal picking out the Bridesmaids Dresses as well as seeing who she chose to stand up there with her on the big day!!
  6. Post 9 ~ She introduces her girls beginning with her Maid-of-Honor & Big Sis, Karen!

Today we go on to the next bridesmaids!

“This week is dedicated to another bridesmaid, my little, baby sister, Rebekah, also known as Becky, Little Nerd, Ellen…

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Becky is the youngest of the siblings. She had to grow up with two older sisters and one older brother.. Of course that means she had to put up with much more torturing than one person should ever have to :) We {And when I say we, I mean mostly my two older siblings of course :)  } taught Becky so many things she should not have known as a child.. Mostly rap lyrics.. Any time someone said “Stop!” Becky would of course say “Shut em down, open up shop.” Too funny!!

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I still can’t wrap my head around the fact that Becky is now an adult and not a little girl.. For many, many years, we would insist that Becky was still six years old. Just as I had shared a bedroom with Karen, I also at one point shared a room with Becky.. And that is how I still picture her, as a little girl, a my-size Barbie for me growing up. 

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I still to this day remember how excited I was when my mom told me she was pregnant {My mom says I asked for proof that she was actually pregnant. I don’t remember that.. but I wouldn’t put it past six year old me}. I hoped and wished that it was a girl so that I could share a room with her {My brother also hoped and wished it was a girl so he wouldn’t have to be the one to share his bedroom}, and there isn’t one second that I could imagine my life without my little, baby sister.

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Becky, even though I may have bossed you around a bit {And possibly still do at times :)  }, I hope you know that I couldn’t possibly love you more than I do…”

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~The Future Mrs. Bongiorno

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