Star Wars Wedding || Laura & Jose || Feb. 21.2015

Last weekend we jetted over to Austin, Tx for a couple days to attend my cousin Laura’s wedding. Her and her now husband got engaged about a year and a half ago and both love Star Wars so thought that there would be no better way to celebrate their big day! They encouraged all guests to dress up and made hand held masks of characters from Star Wars for those that didn’t dress in costume.

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Laura wore: Princess Leia ceremonial gown: Episode IV which was handmade by her now sister inlaw, Jose was Han Solo ceremonial outfit: Episode IV, the bridesmaids: Motee Senate Gown: Episode III and the groomsmen were Storm Troopers, the best man Chewbacca.


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The parents of the couple shared blessings over them before the ceremony started…







It was a gorgeous day outside… 70 degrees…no rain in sight and you could truly see the love these two have for each other.


Laura, Erica (her daughter Mila) and Antonio – Cisneros Siblings


The Cisneros Family with Mr & Mrs. Espinoza

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Bobby was Darth Vadar, my dad a Senator and I was dressed as Aayla Secura (she was on the Jedi Council)

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Above I am with my cousin Amy’s (dressed as a Storm Trooper) daughter Rylie who was the flower girl.

Cordie went as the Inquisitor from the Dark Side…

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My Uncle John and his granddaughter Rylie.

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The Jedi Knights all together…. Uncle John, John Carson and Michael.

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Reception Entertainment :)

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We had so much fun at this wedding and we were happy to get to spend some time with our family in Texas! There was great BBQ, lots of dancing and laughing and we couldn’t be more happy for Laura and Jose’s future together!


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some may think celebrating LOVE or relationships through the holiday Valentine’s Day is cheesy or overrated… but I say do what you WANT. Celebrate LOVE on a ‘consumer’ holiday if you want too.. There is no harm in showing your love for another.. EVER!

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For our ‘love’ celebrations (which started a week early) we each took time out to do what the other person would want to do/appreciate… We got couple massages together… ate at a great restaurant.. on a Saturday morning we had donuts, starbucks and watched cartoons together…hit up Cordie’s fav place to find books we both can read and enjoy (Goodwill – 10 books for 2 dollars – you can’t beat that).. the next day we went to the golf course and played a round of golf (I am the designated caddy)…

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Cordie was out to impress me as he played… these three shots below were all from the fairway one from through the trees (in the picture below after I challenged him asking if he could make it to the green) and landed RIGHT next to the red pin. :) Yes, I was impressed.

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…fast forward to the end of the next week I made homemade chocolate cookies, received beautiful roses…on Valentines’ morning we got up – exchanged our cards <3… made some biscuits, eggs and bacon… had a nice cup of coffee before trekking out to another part of Jacksonville…for a little Saturday adventure..

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we walked 4+ miles through a beautiful reserve…taking in the beauty around us and just being outside… discussing our dreams and goals… it was wonderful… I love my husband, and I know he loves me.

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…but its not just about what we did/do for each other… but that as we grow and are learning (yes there is still lots to learn in our third year of marriage… seriously…if you are married you know) together how to love each other and ourselves – life is a celebration of LOVE… we are each making our own choices to get up early, eat a little bit better, exercise more and taking time out to have real talks (without a phone or computer near by) each week.. communication.. I tell ya it really is so important in any type of relationship.

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Happy Valentines’ Day or LOVE month as we say around here… :)

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We have been reflecting a lot lately on communication and recently came to the conclusion that the following ‘response/noise’: MMMMMMhmmmmmm is a few things when voiced

One: Frustrating that an actual word can’t be used to respond to the statement/there are more polite ways of acknowledging one is listening.

Two: Is the person actually listening or just making noise to pretend like they are hearing you…

Three: Its as if the person thinks they are better than you by saying MMMMhmmmm that they already knew what you were telling them… so why say it at all? Rather than saying , “Oh really, thats cool or nice or great” but instead the laziness or lack of interest is an annoying gurgle from their throat: MMMMMMMM HMMMMMMM

Four: Yes, mmhmm is used appropriately (we believe) no more than 1-2 times in ANY conversation whether its the phone, facetime or in person.. but more than that it sounds snotty if its used more than that in a conversing with someone.