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February 2015

Zoe's Thoughts

Weekend Thought – Do Something Different

February 28, 2015
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I suggest that over the weekend, do something different with yours truly that you both have not done before.

Here’s an idea.

A great way to spend quality time is to take a Cooking Class together.  Why not?  It doesn’t matter what level of expertise you are in cooking… it applies to all novices and connoisseurs.

There are creative ways in joining a cooking class: whether you can hire an instructor for in-house class or attend a session at a nearby cooking school.

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Inspirations

The Most Dramatic Bride and Groom Moments

February 26, 2015
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Brides would agree. That long march from the end of the aisle to the altar is one of the most dramatic moments in a wedding and probably, the longest walk in a woman’s life.

It’s not about trying your best not to trip while inside your beautiful veil or thinking how to hold your gorgeous bouquet properly. It’s that feeling when you arrive at the altar, face to face with your groom, and imagining the rest of your lives together.

Next to the bridal march, other emotional moments according to photographers happen during the exchanging of vows and the  most awaited parents’ speech at the reception. The first and last dance are among our favorites too.

Here are the most emotional bride and groom moments compiled.

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Zoe's Thoughts

Love Language #1: Quality of Time

February 25, 2015
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For those who have been following my blog, you would be familiar with the Love Languages I’ll be chatting about on this topic.  For those who are new to Zoe’s Thoughts, please read my previous post on “What Happens When Couples Get Married?”  It refers to the Five Love Languages – the first of five is Quality of Time.

There are many reasons why marriages stay fresh or begin to sour – which 75% result to divorces. As I’ve shared with you; I’ve always dreamed of having a love story or marriage just like my mom and dad’s.  It may sound unrealistic to many because they genuinely have a Happily Ever After fairytale despite my father passing many years ago.  Their love still exists and continues to stay strong even in spirit.

So, I’m going to use my parent’s love story as a test.  Let’s examine the first love language: Quality of Time.

Yes, it’s true – they do spend Quality Time together and made it a point to do so not just for special occasions – but daily – and I’m not exaggerating! They made sure to carve out an hour or so of their time to “talk” – most often at night, in their bedroom, by the floor-to-ceiling glass window, overlooking the lake.  My brother and I respected their private time.  They made it a staple of their night.

Now that my father has passed –my mom still spends quality time by visiting him at the crematorium weekly.  She would stay there for a few minutes, looks at my dad’s picture, professes her love quietly, and then leave.  That’s her Sunday routine.

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Yours Truly, Zoe

Another Love Bites the Dust

February 23, 2015
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Dear Yours Truly Readers,

Four years ago, Chad and I were neighbors with a wonderful and loving couple at our old apartment.  They were a perfect fit.  Leah and Noah were envied by many couples, young or old alike. They have their act together – great careers, good-hearted people, well-liked by many.  Yesterday, I found out that they got divorce.  I couldn’t imagine them separated.  They were a great team.  Yet now, they contributed to the statistic of 75% divorced population.  I was very sad and quite frankly sick to my stomach.  I’m still in shock and couldn’t believe it.  I, of course, shared the devastating news to Chad.  He felt the same and was incredibly surprised.

It makes me wonder why it is so easy for couples to give up on their marriage.  We often hear the saying, “The grass is (or not) greener on the other side.” But, then again, if you’re in a marriage that doesn’t give you the happiness you believed would or could bring – why agonize?  Others would say, “it’s part of marriage – you power through it.”

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Grooms

Groom Inspirations from the Oscars and the Grammys

February 22, 2015
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We saw “Birdman” took flight at earliers’s Academy Awards as it won the night’s top prize – Best Picture – along with three other Oscars, dislodging fierce competitors “Boyhood” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel”. Its director, producer and also writer Alejandro Gonzales Iñarritu also won Best Director.

But before the golden statues were awarded inside the Dolby Theater, the competition for the night’s best dressed started hours earlier at the red carpet. The women paraded in mostly shades of red but the night was not really all about the ladies. Our dashing silver screen Prince Charmings came in couture too. Just imagine you were with them while walking down the aisle on your wedding day... sweet!

Why don’t you create your own Hollywood fairy tale by picking some inspirations from these gorgeous actors and music men for your handsome groom. Aside from the Oscars looks, we also added great fashion ideas from the Grammys red carpet. I’m sure your man does not mind looking like an award winner!

Not only are these style ideas perfect for grooms, your man can also choose the following looks for your big anniversary dinner or on a random romantic date night. Ladies, get ready to be swooned!

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Chat Soon by Chad

First Year Challenges

February 21, 2015
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While you’re planning a wedding, it seems like the excitement builds a little more each day.  And when the big day comes, nothing can top the feeling of declaring your love for your partner in front of your family and closest friends.

You might think that the first year of marriage will be like an extended honeymoon full of love and sweetness.  And it can be, but for some couples, it presents a lot of “first”, including the first time you’re together every single day, and that can present some challenges.

Before marriage, you may think you know everything about your partner:  what food they like, what activities they enjoy, and their preferred method of “chilling”.  However, in year 1 you’ll really get to know who your partner really is.

This is when you’ll find out how they respond to adversity.  How organized (or dis-organized) they are at home.  Sometimes silly things like how they make the bed, organize the bathroom, or simply how they wash dishes can lead to some ‘challenges’. Ever had a roommate who was your polar opposite in managing a home?   It can happen with your life partner too.

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Zoe's Thoughts

Your Parents or Me?

February 20, 2015
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In a marriage, couples have 2 different philosophies about their relationships with in-laws:

  • When you get married to yours truly, you are also married to his parents; therefore it’s important to love and care for them as if they are your own parents. It is also important that you get along with them.

OR

  • When you get married to yours truly, his parents are a part of his life; but, they shouldn’t affect your relationship whether they like you or not. Having a loving and caring relationship is good but not important as long as you’re with yours truly.

In more than a handful of instances, wives who are not in peaceful terms with their in-laws place husbands in an awkward position by having them choose: Your Parents or Me?

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Contest

Contest Update – Share The Love Story Top 6

February 18, 2015
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Most of us are just so excited to fall in love. And when we do, we are so excited to share it to the world.

This is why we started our online contest Share The Love Story in December last year to go back to the core of making wedding albums – to make an heirloom of the most romantic love stories for it to be shared to the next generations.

By February 2015, we received 16 beautiful entries vying for the top spot as the most read love story here on the blog. The number 1 story shall win a custom and professionally- made wedding album each!

We are still counting reads/ visits on the individual pages until February 27,2015. To give you an update, however, here are the top 6 based on their share of the unique visits (1 count for 1 device only) from February 2 to 18.

For stories who are not in the top 6, you still have 9 days to let your friends know about it by sharing your links on social media. We have a very close contest and the ranking can still change. Good luck to all the 16 participants! 🙂

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Yours Truly, Zoe

Budget for Baby

February 17, 2015
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Dear Yours Truly Readers,

OK… I asked about your opinion from my previous blog, “Set in Your Own Ways” about starting a family.

My girlfriend delivered her 3rd baby last October 2014.  I was finally able to talk to her for a good length of time (uninterrupted, mind you!).  Unfortunately, her 3rd baby is colicky – so finding time to talk has been a challenge.

In the course of our conversation, I heard her husband say in the background, “I can’t believe Sammy (the new baby) used a ton of diapers this week…GOSH!  I need a second job to pay for her diapers!”

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Inspirations

Your Favorite Celebrities On Valentine’s Day

February 16, 2015
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Yours Truly Wedding Albums is excited to hear your romantic stories on how you spent Valentine’s Day. We just hope every great memories were captured by your heart and in photographs.

Your favorite celebrities had an awesome Heart’s Day too. We searched all over Instagram for celebrity romantic posts to keep us all inspired even after V-day. Anyway, aren’t we all told that we can make every day a Valentine’s Day?

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