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hey there! I'm monica 

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I am such a sucker for fairy-tale endings, especially real-life ones. I was not disappointed with the wedding of Prince William and Princess Catherine this weekend. Ahhh, such history and tradition, beautiful people and loads of money spent!
Engagement photo on THE wedding program
Didn’t you just love her Alexander McQueen dress? It {quietly} screamed “royalty”.
I loved the lace detailing on the bodice that was timeless, but still looked modern.
One of my favorite elements were the huge trees Kate requested to have brought in to Westminster Abbey. She apparently loves the outdoors and wanted to bring that feeling indoors. With a $83,000 price tag, why not?
REGAL RIDE   photo | Royal Wedding, Kate Middleton, Prince William
What fairytale doesn’t involve a 4-horsedrawn carriage?
THE KISS   photo | Royal Wedding, Kate Middleton, Prince William
Wasn’t it ridiculous that the press made such a big deal out of their two public kisses?
Catherine Middleton Wears Second Wedding Dress | Royal Wedding, Kate Middleton
I wish I could have changed into another fabulous dress for my reception. Welcome to the big leagues, Princess Catherine.
Just for kicks, we thought we’d share a few pictures from our days spent as a princess:
Kev and I were married almost 7 years ago, and it seems like just yesterday. I am thankful that my dress was very simple and timeless, however, I wish I had picked a dress that was a little more unique.
In my opinion my wedding day was perfect, and I really did love being the center of attention (my husband is rolling his eyes right about now). I wouldn’t really change a thing (except that my wedding pics are not in digital form, so I had to scan these! Hence, the grainyness…)
Eric and I will be married 10 years in just a few months… (I hope you’re saving for a Caribbean trip babe!) Now, when Jess mentioned posting some of our wedding pictures my simple response was, “NO!”… Let me explain… I LOVED my wedding day and I felt great the day of, however a few weeks later when we got the pictures back (which were taken by a faithful blog reader, that did a great job-especially in the pre-digital age) I was so bummed to see that my make-up lady had used a powder that reflected against the flash in every-single-picture.  Months of tanning, all to look like the Bride of Chuckie in every picture.  So, when I asked Eric today if he knew where our wedding pictures were, he actually said, “Do we even have wedding pictures anymore?”  So, only because I’m a dedicated blogger, you’re getting one picture…
Now, pictures and joking aside, I loved a few specific things about our wedding…. It was in PA and I was from MA, but SO many family and friends made the trip to be there for us.  I had the best wedding party ever and I love the people that were part of our special day.  I will also never, ever forget our DJ and the funny stories that go along with her. And finally, I might change about 95% of my wedding because it’s been 10 years and I didn’t even know what my taste was like back then, but one thing I wouldn’t change is marrying my very best friend. Cheesy, I know, but sometimes it’s okay to be sap city when it comes to the amazing, handsome guy that’s absolutely perfect for me.
So, did you watch the Big Event? Tell us what you thought!

The comments +

  1. Becky says:

    You are too hard on yourself Monica! You looked beautiful!

  2. Lauren says:

    I DID watch the Big event. I had a BIG party at my house. We DVR’d the wedding and then a bunch of girls came over Friday night. It was SO FUN. I love her elegant, classy taste. A fun, historic event to watch! Loved her dress. I actually thought her sister looked SO BEAUTIFUL too. WOW.

  3. Christina says:

    OK, so I tried not to get sucked into the royal wedding…but I couldn’t help myself 🙂

    HEY – I found you guys from Stories from A-Z…I live and work in Montgomery County!!! I am now following you guys…I feel like I do now know ANY “neighbor” bloggers!!! 🙂

  4. Thanks for using our picture – the one showing the trees, although we took it for the icons!
    Nice blog and you looked just as pretty on your wedding day! 🙂

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