Caritza & GT’s Baby Shower (Welcome Baby Mila!)

Good Evening! Hoping everyone took some time to slow down and enjoy this amazing weekend. It was totally awesome if you ask me. I loved every second of it!

I am so happy to take this time to post a very special event that took place early June. Cartiza and GT’s babyshower! While baby Mila has already made her grand entrance into the world and has already stolen everyone’s heart, I want to show the photos of the babyshower, especially because it was such a special time and such a wonderful celebration. From the moment we found out that Cari and GT were expecting, the last nine months have been full of joy and crazy anticipation to have Mila with us. I love how happy my friends are and they are already the most wonderful parents. It is a joy to see them, as a family of three (plus their fur-kids), sharing their experiences of the first few days as new parents. While it does sound scary and OhmyGodIdon’tknowifI’llevergetthere! it makes me look forward to someday growing my family as well. Yes, I have a serious case of baby fever haha! They are too adorable for words!

To plan the babyshower, we thankfully had Gabriel join the “Planning Committee” and he helped us get insight of what Cari was secretly Pinning hehe. We really wanted to make this super especial for them and we hoped (and kinda went a little crazy) that it would be something Cari would love and always remember. Caritza is super especial to us and we just felt she deserved the prettiest, most loving and fun babyshower to celebrate this stage in her life along with Gabriel. And I just want to say that Gabriel is the most patient and nicest guy (in world?) ever! I’m pretty sure my friends and I drove him crazy with the constant texting and E-mailing asking questions and changing things around. So thanks Gaby for keeping your cool with us crazy girls! : )

I also want to give a HUGE thanks to everyone who was involved in helping us make this day as wonderful as it was. As always I am blown away by my awesome talented friends. There were many elements in the shower that were made at home which, in my opinion, makes it the more especial! SO THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

 


See, baby fever! ; )

 

Congratulations Cari and Gaby! We are so happy and cannot wait to keep sharing especial moments and building new memories with your beautiful family! We love you!

 

Especial thanks to the following wonderful amazing ever-talented people:

Venue: Dar 525 (nicest and friendliest individuals ever! Note: this place has beautiful light!) | Desserts: M.Y. Dulce Delight, Loren Arias, Michelle Marcial, Dar 525 (the dessert table was the prettiest all thanks to your hard work!) | Cari’s hair & makeup: Europa Hair Design (Cari looked absolutely stunning, thank you!) | Hand Drawn Fingerprint Tree: LiWedding (this was the perfect touch for the guests to leave their “signature”, thank you! | Flower Arrangements: Shemilla Subance ( I cannot thank you enough for the amazing job you did in putting together all those arrangements. You are amazing! Mariel – thanks so much for your helping hand and introducing us to Shemilla :)) | Planning Committee – Aaisha, Ines, Ileana & Gaby: (we did it! high five for making it happen, love you all dearly!)

 

Sophie’s Birth Story

For a very long time I wished to photograph a birth. It was an idea that became a dream of mine. At one point it was such a scary idea, even to imagine that moment right before birth I would have said, no no. No way! That scary idea changed a couple of years ago and I really hoped that an expecting couple would allow me in the privacy of this moment, that really only belongs to them, to let me document that time. I am so thankful that last October my wish came to a reality when Tania, Ariel’s long time friend, asked me to photograph the birth of her third child. Unbeknownst to her that in my heart it was a dream and such an honor and I happily agreed to be there. I knew that my photographs wouldn’t be perfect, that I would get super emotional and my hands would shake as I press the shutter each time. Birth is powerful and magnificent and really, such a miracle to witness. To experience. I couldn’t bear the emotions as the doctor lovingly handed their perfect little girl… and even witnessing Tania, having given birth twice before, it was all new and wonderful and completely and totally out of this world.

Tania and Robert’s baby girl is now 6 months old… a bundle of absolute beauty just waiting to be kissed and hugged. I cannot thank them enough for letting me try with the bit of skills that I possess to somehow give justice to what this moment meant for them… and for me.

The birth of Sophie…



My favorite shoot up to date! Thank you Tania and Robert for this gift!

xoxo – J

#friendsmoon: Incredible Thailand

I remember there was one day (of the many) where sweat was just running down our faces, arms and legs. It was just so hot that it felt unbearable, but here I am reminiscing about our awesome #friendsmoon from last May. I am home right now, with a cold, bundled up in a sweatshirt wishing for one day of 100+ degree weather, very much like a day in Thailand, because that’s what you do, you know, every single winter when you just about had it with it.

Ariel and I decided to not go to our honeymoon right after our wedding back in 2012 and opted for a big trip later in the following year. It was a great decision because for a long time Ariel had been dying to go to Thailand so we were able to really plan for it and it turns out that Caritza and Gaby were also planning a trip and even better we got Ines and Aaisha to join us as well (hence the #friendsmoon). It was an adventure packed trip, we travelled to Bangkok, Ayuttaya, Sukhothai, Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai. We visited many temples, saw beautiful animals, ate delicious (and extremely spicy) Thai food, and got to interact with many amazing people. It was seriously an unforgettable trip, one that I’ll never forget and hope that I get to visit it again as there’s just so much more left to see.

So if you’re feeling like me right now, with a cold and just tired of the frigid temperatures (and have about 11 minutes to spare) won’t you join me to admire how beautiful this country is? I kissed a baby tiger and that alone melts my heart… I’m feeling warm and fuzzy already ; )

Here’s the whole compilation of my favorite images from the trip. I very much wish to be there right now… Thailand I miss you!

Thailand Slideshow from julia azcona on Vimeo.

xoxo Julia

A Look Back at 2013

Hello hello, happy 2014! I love 2014 already! I’m so looking forward to the next few months.

We spent New Year’s exhausted on the couch from helping my mother move. We painted, cleaned, etc. but as tired as I felt I am beyond happy that my mom is in a more comfortable space. Also, I watched Ariel move a loveseat all by him sexy self and boy, that man… het gets things done! haha! The holidays were pretty quiet around here, except for that one Saturday we had an ugly sweater party… that was fun.

As it has been my case this entire year, I’ve been terrible at keeping up with this blog and since I don’t have any material ready for posting right now, I decided to do one of these questionnaire things like the MySpace days, remember those? But hey being as corny as it is, it kinda makes you think back on what you have done in the past 12 months. Some things I really had to think about… time flies and how easy it is to forget the good times, right? Well, here’s my little interview with myself about myself : )

1. What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before?

I rode an elephant, kissed a baby tiger, held a snake (ew!), photographed a birth–that was awesome!

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions and will you make any for next year?

I remember I started a 28 Before 29 List, but i can’t remember where or what I wrote except for getting my license and that did not happen.  I know. I know.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

I had two friends who gave birth to beautiful babies and many others as per my Facebook feed… keep those babies coming ya’ll!

4. Did anyone close to you die?

My uncle about a month ago. Great man.

5. What countries did you visit?

I visited Thailand for our Friends Moon and Haiti just recently on an amazing adventure with some really awesome medical people:)

6. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?

I want to make more time for photography, to be more creative and get out there more and shoot the things that challenge me… I want more of that.

7. What dates from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory and why?

I just think May was a great month… I’ll always remember May 2013– our honeymoon and a special wedding happened.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Well, said visit to Haiti above was an achievement for me. I was able to raise funds to cover the expenses for the trip in very little time considering the amount of time i had to plan for it… to say that I am extremely grateful to everyone who supported me is an understatement. It was a life changing trip, one that I’ll never forget.

9. What was your biggest failure?

I set a goal to read 20 books this year and was only able to read 10. You know that saying, “so many books so little time”? Well, yeah, very true!

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Oh no thank goodness!

11. What was the best thing you bought?

A 1 Year Anniversary photo shoot. I love the photos so much, I have them framed throughout the house and Carmen was just so awesome and I’ll forever cherish these images. It is a tradition I’m hoping to keep each year.:D

12. Where did most of your money go?

Bills and some unnecessary things that sadly I cannot remember at the moment.

13. What did you get really excited about?

so many things! but especially finding out that Caritza is having a baby… best news ever! Can’t wait for that little one to come into this world in June!

14. What song will always remind you of 2013?

Get Lucky ; )

15. Compared to this time last year, are you happier or sadder? Thinner or fatter? Richer or poorer?

Happier, fatter, poorer. Let’s focus on the happy, Okay? ; )

16. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Early last summer I started going for runs at the park. At first it was a struggle, but I kept at it, you know, and just like that I was loving the struggle. I loved it, but then I stopped for whatever reason. It’s that thing that once you stop it is really really hard to get back on track, making excuses like the weather is horrible or something. This year I’m not going to do that. I’m running!

17. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Spending so much money on said unnecessary things. Things I cannot remember what they are at the moment. Also, worrying too much. I worry a lot.

18. How did you spend Christmas?

Happily at home. I cooked a small dinner for my family and I think it was the best dinner i’ve cooked. ever!I’m very proud I finally braved up and roasted some pork shoulder!

19. What was your favorite TV program?

Girls. Love that show!

20. What were your favorite books of the year? 

Oh i have a post coming up soon about the books i read in 2013. My two favorite of the year are Where’d you go Bernadette and Me Before you. Love!

21. What was your favorite music from this year?

hehe i loved pop music this year–I am usually in my own world listening to singer/songwriters– this year i was just like, eh let’s put Spotify’s top list.  I enjoyed most of the songs there. Especially Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines, Miley Cyrus’ We Can’t Stop and Get Lucky by Daft Punk. I was in a dancing mood pretty often ; )

22. What were your favorite films of the year?

I feel like I’ll forever have a teenager’s heart haha! I really loved Pitch Perfect I even listened to the soundtrack for days!

23. What did you do on your birthday and how old were you?

I was 29 and Ariel surprised me with inviting everyone over and had my sweet mother in law cook up a delicious meal. It was awesome!

24. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

I really really wanted to join a softball team and was really sad it didn’t happen. Instead I joined a kickball team but it wasn’t equally satisfying. Boo!

25. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013?

I personally think it was terrible. Pinterest’s Fashion boards have me conflicted about my fashion choices ; )

26. What kept you sane?

Ariel. Although, most time you’ll find me blaming him for my insanity, he’s the only one that keeps me sane.

27. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013.

I’ll use this quote I love: “Everything you want is on the other side of fear” – can’t remember who said this, but I constantly have to remind myself to move out of my way…

Welcome 2014! Let’s Do This!

xoxo – Julia

Photo by Carmen Santorelli

Pumpkin Everything

 

A few weeks ago Cari and Gabriel had a little gathering at their house for brunch so that we can get together and have fun carving pumpkins. After all, that’s what Fall is all about… everything pumpkin! It was a lot of fun, although I need to note for next year that i need more heavy duty tools and not use my kitchen knives. Everyone did an amazing job with their pumpkin work. I was very concentrated with my dias de los muertos design, but i really think nothing tops Michelle’s Minion. It was perfect! Good job girl! I love Fall!

Thank you Cari and Gabriel for the amazing time!

 

xoxo – J

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