Getting to the Altar

102 wedding photos added to the media section

May 27th, 2011 Comments Off on 102 wedding photos added to the media section

By David Bonilla

In case you have not seen them yet, we added 102 of our wedding pictures taken by Snider Photo and Design.

You can find the pictures in our media section.

For those of you that were not able to get a good look at all of the pictures in our guestbook, we added those photos as well. All of those were taken by my sister, Linda Bonilla. She did a great job.

The first of our wedding photographs

March 5th, 2011 § 3 comments

By David Bonilla

Valerie and I were so excited to see some of the sample photographs from our wedding. We were so happy with our photographer and how at ease he made us feel that day. The pictures that we have seen so far have exceeded our expectations. We highly recommend Snider Photography and Design if you are looking for a photographer yourself. Thank you so much to Theresa Shlimanoff of Hustle and Bustle, our amazing and brilliant wedding planner, for recommending Snider Photography.

Here are just a few samples of the photos from our wedding. More to come.

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Our honeymoon in St. Lucia and a rescue at sea

March 5th, 2011 § 1 comment

By David Bonilla

Well, our wedding and honeymoon are done and while we had so much fun spending all of that time together, it is so nice to be back in Los Angeles and home.

St. Lucia was beautiful and we enjoyed exploring the island. Of course our trip included things like snorkeling and other excursions, but the part I think we loved the most was the all-inclusive resort. I can’t imagine traveling to another Caribbean island any other way. All of our food and drinks were included so we could eat as much as we wanted. And boy, did we eat! We’re not talking simple burgers and sandwiches here people, we are talking about 5-star (in our minds anyways) restaurants. Our favorite was The Pitans Restaurant which served Caribbean cuisine. It was by far our favorite. Every meal we had there was amazingly satisfying. Their surf and turf included one of the best steaks I had ever had. » Read the rest of this entry «

What a wonderful day!

February 22nd, 2011 § 1 comment

By Valerie Gonzales

We are sitting at the Miami International Airport waiting to begin our honeymoon!! The last few hours we have reflected on Sunday and all the wonderful compliments and well wishes from all our family and friends. We had a great time on our wedding day, and it was only because we shared it with all our favorite people.

Now, as we set off on our journey together, David and I will keep the vows we took in our hearts. With your continued prayers, we will have a successful marriage. Love you all!!

Here we go!

February 20th, 2011 Comments Off on Here we go!

By Valerie Gonzales

We are off to get married! Can’t wait to see you all there. We are well rested and excited.

Tip: Leave yourself plenty of time on Sunday

February 16th, 2011 § 1 comment

By David Bonilla

This is not really applicable for most of my family who will not be traveling past downtown LA on Sunday to get to the wedding location at the Altadena Town and Country Club, but mostly for our family and friends that live south of downtown LA.

As it turns out, Sunday is the NBA All-Star game and the game will be held at Staples Center in Los Angeles just off of the 110 freeway. Due to this, there is a strong possibility that you will encounter a good deal of traffic so we recommend that you leave early on Sunday to travel to the wedding and leave yourself a cushion to get there.

Remember, the wedding ceremony will start at 3pm.

Rain rain go away…

February 11th, 2011 § 2 comments

By David Bonilla

Yesterday, early weather reports for February 20 called for a 60% chance of rain. Val was getting a little worried about this, as we do not want to make our guests uncomfortable and do not want to deal with the hassle of moving the wedding indoors. However, today, the early forecasts have changed a bit and it looks like the storm has been pushed up. Hopefully is stays this way. Really, this is the best scenario because if it rains prior, that will make the sky so clear and the location has the great view of the mountains that I grew up with.

However, it may still be a bit chilly. So you may want to dress warmly for the ceremony portion. The reception will be indoors. It’s funny that the early forecasts call for colder weather on a day with “Plenty of Sun” than the days with rain.

Crossing our fingers for clear skies

February 7th, 2011 Comments Off on Crossing our fingers for clear skies

By David Bonilla

Valerie just emailed me to tell me that, which does forecasts as far out as 10 days, says there will be rain in Altadena on February 16. As you know, this is just 4 days before our wedding. So cross your fingers that this either does not happen or happens on time and does not last long.

If it rains, we will need to move the whole thing indoors. Of course, I would be perfectly happy with rain a day or two ahead of the wedding. That means the mountains view would be very clear. But ON the wedding date is a no-no.

The Home Stretch

February 1st, 2011 Comments Off on The Home Stretch

By Valerie Gonzales

Nineteen days, how did we get here so quickly? As the days race by, I am ever grateful for David’s love, support and patience. He has made this entire journey easier for me. It is clear to see I found the perfect man to marry!

Flowers are selected, tuxes picked, dress getting bustled, and vendors standing by. Venue is ready for us, and still as beautiful as I remembered it. I can’t wait for all our guests to see this place. I can’t believe that the next time I will be there is on my wedding day.

While I am looking forward to the happy days ahead, I’d like to ask you all for some prayers as well. My uncle Bobby is in the hospital, in serious condition. Please pray for him, my family, and all the doctors and nurses working around the clock to keep him with us. He is such a giving man, and I hope to hear more of his jokes in the future.

In sickness, and in health

January 12th, 2011 Comments Off on In sickness, and in health

By Valerie Gonzales

Over the last week, David and I have practiced one of out vows…caring for each other in sickness!! David is on the path to recovering from his bad cold, and I am in the thick of it. My problem is that I’m not a good napper, so just sitting put is boring! But, David is the best, bringing me juice and tissues despite him not being 100% yet. I am just glad we got sick now than closer to the wedding! With 39 days left, we are ready to recover and start tackling a few projects to get everything ready for the big day!