Monday, April 29, 2013

Perfect Weekend

this weekend was truly amazing! aside from the utter lack of sleep i couldn't have asked for a better time. this weekend was foxfield (the best non holiday day of the year!) and everyone was in town!
for those who dint know what foxfield is, it is a steeplechase held in central virginia. all uva students, charlottesvillians (now a word), and southerns alike come for this epic event. 

it's a day of cornhole, beer, amazing food and great friends! i posted some pictures from the days festivities on the fun times page! check it out!

love of my life = best friend

our awesome custom plot koozies!

can't wait for next year! already counting down the days!


Wednesday, April 24, 2013


pretty sure i have the best fiance ever! i was texting him while working saying how hungry i was and he replies saying... "enjoy the feast!"

 a "diiiing...dooooong" later and boom!

wings over charlottesville is at my house!

so full!

a very blessed and full tummied (now a word) girl!


Sunday, April 21, 2013


i love date nights. it's funny i was never the type of girl that really enjoyed the whole concept of dating or going on dates, but i must say i love going on dates with EM.
he makes me smile with everything he says and does. like tonight, we went to Fry's Spring Station and two tables down from us there was a couple with their baby. at one point i just caught him staring and smiling. that made me fall more in love with him.

prosciutto and arugula pizza with a great glass of pinot grigio
now EM and i are working on our pre-cana online course. though we vary in our religious beliefs i truly hope that this will help us grow even closer together.
have any of you married someone of a different faith or someone who doesn't have a religious belief? how did it work out? 

i know by the grace of God and Mama Mary all will be well. i simply need to learn to trust God's plan for my life and now that if i place my hopes, fears and doubts in His hands, what is supposed to be will be.


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Diving Head First

exciting moment today. i (well EM) bought me my first one piece bathing suit since i was 12. mind blowing!
EM is an amazing swimmer, which is totally attractive, but he has been asking for me to start swimming with him. 
now i can swim. i grew up in florida. what child raised in florida doesn't know how to swim? though unlike him i cant swim like a fish. he is so great and i love watching him swim, it truly makes me happy to watch him do something he so greatly enjoys.

so partially because i  need a workout that doesn't involve severe impact on my knee, but mostly because i want to do something with EM that makes him happy, i have decided to take the plunge (no pun intended).

im excited to go for our first swim. we shall see how it goes!

on a wedding note! today i will finish addressing all of our invitations! through many many maaany font trials, i have picked one and have given it a little added flair. once they are all done i will show you :) 

less than 2 months! 


Saturday, April 13, 2013


i say this often, yet only because it is very true, but i am so incredibly blessed to have a man by my side that loves me for who i am, and supports me in all that i do. i have never had someone who is so willing to make sacrifices for me, for us and for our future.

having this insight, which is one that you can really only truly obtain when in a similar situation, i have come to see how important it is to be treated like a princess.

not a princess in a spoiled, get everything you want way. rather in the way that every girl deserves her very own prince charming. now people have a very specific mental picture when they imagine, a princess and prince charming.

they think, that she is the aforementioned spoiled brat, and then prince charming is a giant wimp who is only useful for his good looks.

well they are all wrong! every girl is a princess. we are all the daughters of the Lord and King above, which makes us princesses. and in being the daughters of the Almighty, we are entitled to being treated as such. we deserve every ounce of respect, honour and dignity known to man.

in the same way that we are all princesses, all men are princes. a prince defends and stands up for what is just. he comes to the rescue of those who are unable to rescue themselves.

we as women often time forget how we are supposed to be treated. we tell ourselves that we cannot find any better, or that it is somehow our fault that people don't show us the respect we deserve.
too many times we put up with attitudes that do not reflect the sense of dignity deserved.

women have fought so hard to be considered equals, yet women will allow themselves to live by double standards.

we forget how precious of a gift each one of us are to the world and to each other. this is why i thank God everyday that i found my prince charming.


Monday, April 8, 2013

so in love

i have the most amazing fiance!

that being said, i have been wanting this simple diamond band to stack with my wedding band and engagement ring; but as things have it with EM being in school and both of us saving for this wedding, it was a gift i was not expecting anytime soon.

the other night was our 11 month anniversary. and i'm sure you are all thinking, you've only been together for 11 months?! (we have been friends for 5 years...not thaaaat crazy)

but hey, what can i say, when you know you know.

so we are out for dinner at my favorite place, where else but Bang! (funny enough a bachelorette party was next to us) and we are having the most amazing time! the food is always phenomenal, but so was the conversation. just spending time with EM makes me so purely and blissfully happy.

he was saying how bad he felt that he couldn't get me anything for our anniversary, but i wouldn't have even expected anything, i was perfectly happy with the fact that we were able to have a date night.

we leave dinner and head to his apartment, where we start watching our new addiction, Nikita, when he tells me to close my eyes. soon after he tells me to open them. i look down and there it is. on my knee there is a little red box.

at first i simply picked up the box and didn't open it. i was so stunned and surprised that there was something to begin with. i open the box, and there it is. the ring i wanted. so perfectly thin (just how i wanted it) and shiny!

he wanted to wait until our 1 year anniversary next month, but even he couldn't wait to give it to me.

i still can't believe he did what he did! i am so truly blessed! and am so incredibly thankful to have this man in my life!

so that was saturday; sunday morning we went to mass at the church where we are getting married! it was beautiful and EM loved it! which i'm so happy about! it was such a nice day out! the first warm day in quite some time! 

on our way home EM suggested we go wine tasting. smart boy! so we spent the afternoon at one of my favorite vineyards, Blenheim. had a great wine tasting followed by an amazing glass of chardonnay with some yummy snacks.

this weekend was so relaxing and simply perfect! honestly wished it would never end!

Xo  Martina

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

southern bride blogger

so excited to be added to the southern wedding magazine bridal blogger page! it's a great site and great magazine! it's so lovely to see what other beautiful brides have done to make their special days unique and memorable!

75 days!!

Xo  Martina

Monday, April 1, 2013


this weekend was amazing! EM and i went to the Easter vigil on saturday night, and it was absolutely beautiful! 
though longer than most masses i loved every minute of it! i was able to witness those entering the church for the first time, and it was truly an amazing experience, and to make it even better i was blessed to share it with the most amazing man i know!

then sunday was just as wonderful! we had brunch at my house, with the family (got EM addicted to homemade bread and salami!). then spent the rest of the day simply relaxing and napping. 

later that evening, a perfect dinner!

it was a quiet and yet an amazing weekend in every way! it is only a shame that it's already over. 

however on a different note...mamma and i started the 30 day shred today...check out burnin' to see what happened!

Xo  Martina
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