Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Wow Wow Weddings Post #3: Joel & Lauren July 14, 2013

So here is my 3rd Wow Wow Weddings Post!!
I have been so busy actually creating, cooking, & crafting to keep up with my wedding posts, since I have in fact been to way too many weddings over the past 3 years...

This wedding was a bit interesting because Avi and I didn't really know any of the people attending.
I grew up with Joel, the groom, and have known him since kindergarten.  We lost touch when I moved in the 3rd grade, and we didn't reconnect again until the invention of Facebook around 2008 or so.  It was crazy that we were able to pick right back up where we left off.  I really treasure our friendship, and am happy that we are able to be in each other's lives not only as children, but also as adults. 
I felt honored to be invited to his special day!  

So I didn't really get my outfit together until just a few days before the wedding.  I had my friend Marie come with me to help me find a cute summery dress.  We went in a few stores, and then finally went into Macy's and I found this cute little Peach & Salmony colored 1950s vintage looking housewife dress with some patterns.  I loved how the straps wrapped around the neck and formed a criss cross around my back. I loved that this dress had a built in bra so I did not have to worry about finding one to suit the odd back.  The shoes could have not been more perfect for this dress, we went to MJM which was right next door to Macy's.  I usually never find shoes my size in there.  Originally, I had my mind set on finding some white shoes, but then these caught my eye as I was making one last round around the store before leaving.  I tried them on and they were PERFECT! Matched perfectly, and fit perfectly. It was meant to be! I accessorized with cute white pearl necklace, some coral and peach colored bangles, peach dangly earrings from Target, and a white snap clutch.  Avi also wore a peach colored tie with a light paisley pattern to accent my colors.  We always roll to a wedding in style :-) 

Here is the outside of the church... 
I took some pictures inside, but I was kinda far from all the action, and my camera kept going blurry.
Below are Avi & I waiting for the Newlyweds to exit the church after the ceremony...

The Bridesmaids & Flower Girl are in their positions, and their bubbles are ready! 

Here are the Newlyweds!!!

The crowd applauses and bubbles float up into the air!
It was such a beautiful day! 

Lauren's veil and train were so elegant and beautiful! 

Everyone helping the bride get up the steps with her long train!

I also didn't take too many pictures at the reception, but it was BEAUTIFUL!
Cocktail hour was great, they also had signature cocktails in honor of both the bride & groom

Joeljitos which were a mint mojito, and a Laurentini which were peach martinis...
I did try both, and they were both delicious!

Below is a poached pear salad over baby spinach and dried cranberries & almonds

Avi & I enjoyed ourselves despite not knowing many people there. 
I must say that whoever we sat next to both during cocktail hour & dinner were very nice and personable!  It was nice to meet some new people!

We had fun dancing the night away, and even more fun walking around during the Venetian Table dessert hour.  It was an Italian/Cuban wedding, and they are never complete without the Venetian Table. There was a light show and everything!!

Avi and I were seated at a table that was against a canvassed wall which on the other side of it was the pre-cocktail hour lounge area.  When the fire show was going on, on the dancefloor, to our surprise, as we turned around toward our table, the whole wall had opened up and before our very eyes, there were lavish tables filled with little tarts, cakes, fruit, chocolate fountains, cotton candy, carnival style popcorn, different types of fudge, fresh waffles,  ice cream, you name it , the treat was there! It was just an amazing dessert hour, but by that time we were STUFFED, so we settled for a few little tartlets, & some fresh berries...

Everything was so gorgeous & elegant, the food was delicious, the hall was beautiful...
And it couldn't have been a more gorgeous day! 
One more Congratulations to the happy couple!
To Joel & Lauren

Friday, July 26, 2013

Tuna Macaroni Salad

How are you all this afternoon? 
By the way...


Today I wanted to share a simple recipe with all of you...
My mom has been making this since I was little, and it is a nice quick meal you can just throw together if you have these basic ingredients:

1 lb of elbow macaroni
1 can of strained tuna
A few stalks of washed celery
Half an onion
2 or 3 Hardboiled Eggs
Fresh Parsley
Salt & Pepper

So the steps to making this yummy dish are pretty easy!!

First you cook your pound of pasta, and strain it!
Rinse with water to prevent from sticking, and throw it in a large mixing bowl!
Let that cool a bit while we prep our other ingredients...

Also while your pasta is cooking, you can also hard boil your eggs as well! 
2 or 3 should do just the trick for a pound of pasta!
Once your eggs are done, it should make it easier to get the shells off if you shock them in cold water and leave them in that for a few minutes while you're prepping your veggies in the next step!

I guess that would make them SHELLSHOCKED! AAHAHAH!

Ok as you awkwardly brush off my horribly corny joke, take a look at this next step!

Next wash your celery, and unpeel your onion!
Chop them up, dice them up finely if you'd like, or if you like your veggies chunkier that's fine too!
It's all what YOU prefer!

Once all of your veggies are chopped, go back and take your "shellshocked" eggies out of the water!
Give them a peeling and rinse them to get the remaining shell bits off...

Now chop your eggs into nice sized chunks, and open your can of tuna!

Now you are going to add your Onion, Celery, Eggs, & Tuna to the pasta in your large mixing bowl...
Add mayonnaise until you are happy with the consistency...
Stir it all together!!

Now it's time to go out to your garden if you have one, and pick some *FRESH PARSLEY* 
or you can just buy some parsley from the store!

Now go to your magickal spice rack and grab your paprika for another little splash of color!!

Now wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes...
But feel free to taste along the way to make sure the flavors are exactly how you want them!


Enjoy a whole bowl of this as your whole lunch 
Have as just a side with some BBQ'd meats or grilled veggies!!!

Try it out and add your own ingredients as well!!
Feel free to add diced green bell peppers or even black olives! 


Thursday, July 25, 2013

My Weekend: A Headcold + Garden Spells & Cupcakes = ALL BETTER! :-)

I just wanted to tell you a little bit about my weekend!
I had come down with a little head cold and couldn't bring myself to do anything but snuggle up and pick up one of the many books on my MAGICKAL BOOKCASE!

I had started reading "Garden Spells" by Sarah Addison Allen, awhile ago, and last time I tried reading it, I got halfway through it, and then life got in the way as usual! So I just never got around to finishing it.  I just got the urge to pick it up and give it another go.  I remembered a lot of things from it, but I started from the beginning anyway and I finally finished it TODAY after 4 days! 


It's one of those books that I can only hope they will make a movie out of...
I had a really fun time picturing the characters in my head as I was reading it.
Here is what I came up with, feel free to disagree but these are just MY personal casting choices:

Claire - Ginnifer Goodwin
Sydney- Isla Fisher
Bay - Mia Hays 
Evanelle - Judi Dench
Emma - Carrie Underwood 
Hunter John - Paul Walker
Ariel - Faith Hill 
Tyler - James Franco
Henry - Toby Maguire
Lester - Scott Wilson
Fred- Chad Lowe
James -  Michael C Hall 
David - Alfred Molina

I just loved getting lost in this quaint little enchanted world! 
All the talk of herbs & gardens really made me want to be out around the natural elements!

The bumble bees bury themselves in the mint flowers!
The minty sweet smell captivates them,  they don't even seem to mind that I got up too close to take a picture!

There is magic surrounding the fairy pond ...
Can you see it!?!? It's all around!!

The book made me want to grow a mischeivious apple tree!!
Could you IMAGINE a tree who's fruit gave you crystal visions of the biggest event in your life, when taking a bite!?!

Not quite an apple tree, but here is an ever growing fig tree!

These garden tomatoes are starting to ripen on the vine!
These were grown from seeds given to us by my grandmother!
She is an expert tomato gardener, the love in the seeds she gave us seemed to nurture our garden with abundance this year! Can't wait to eat one!

If I made some flower petal wine, 
Do you think I would be able to fix broken relationships, or see in the dark?
What kind of powers do you think these bright pink petals would have?
They are so playful and cheery! 

All of this gardening is making me so 

How about this delectable treat?!?!?

Avi had a sweet tooth on the way home from our little field trip to Chester where we went in the little consignment shops with unique art and handmade crafts.  We also had a nice sushi dinner which was so yummy! The stinging wasabi helped to clear my sinuses just a bit with my head cold! 

It was also his sister's 14th birthday, so it was the perfect idea to stop at a local bakery for some enchanted cupcakes!! 

I just had to have the blue one!

Avi settled for the orange one! 
We gave his sister the pink one, my mom the yellow one, his mom took the white one, 
and there was just one chocolate left standing!


What a SUGAR HIGH!!!
We finished off our confections with a nice glass of iced water 
with fresh mint from the garden!! 

It is getting late now, 
Time to blow out the candles & lanterns 
and get ready for another day!

Garden Spells inspired me so much!

And did I mention, 
After reading the magical book & satisfying my sweet tooth 
(plus many bowls of soup, dollops of wasabi, TBSPns of Vicks Daytime, and vitamin/supplements later), 
I actually feel MUCH BETTER!! 
It may have been allergies, whatever it was, I'm glad it's 

I cannot wait to pick up SAA's other book 

Thanks for reading!
Till next time..

Tuesday, July 23, 2013


Welcome to La Boheme Magique's 
"Wow Wow Weddings!" 

I started this new page after realizing just how many weddings I have been to over the past couple years... I think it's around the 7 or 8 mark which is A LOT!! Yikes!! 

I wanted to showcase some of the different ways people display their love for one another on their special day.  All of the weddings that I cover in my blog posts are of close friends and family.

Do you have your own special wedding story that you would like to share, whether it was your own, or one that you were in, or one of a friend, or even an acquaintance?
If you would like to join in on the fun, please click the button above to take you to the

And follow the directions!
See you on the other side ;-)

My Past "Wow Wow Weddings!" Posts

More coming soon!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Wow Wow Weddings! Post #2: Mike & Leyna June 30, 2012

Hello Lovelies!

So here is my 2nd "Wow Wow Weddings!" Post...
It recently occurred to me that I have been to about 7 weddings or so in the past 2 or 3 years, and each one was just as special as the next...

The wedding I am featuring today is my band, Stelladeora's drummer Mike and his now wife, Leyna.
It was really surprising, but not surprising to Avi and I that we got invited, because at the time, we had only known Mike for a short year, but at the same time we had gotta super tight in that year... 
By the time the wedding rolled around, it felt like we had known the couple,

It was great to be a part of their special day!

They had their wedding down the shore in New Jersey at a cute little chapel that looked like something out of a storybook!!

The thing that stood out the most about this church was that there was no air conditioning and it was very hot inside!! But it was a beautiful ceremony nonetheless!!
Here is Avi and I waiting anxiously for the ceremony to begin!


Doesn't Leyna look BEAUTIFUL?!?
Just look at the magic all around her as she enters the room!

As Mike & Leyna recited their vows, you could feel the magic all around!!
It was a fairytale ending, their

The crowd waits anxiously outside for the newlyweds to make their grand exit from the picturesque chapel! 

Magic is in the air!


Bubbles carry well wishes of their future life together,
off into the sky!


Their limo awaits their departure from the crowd, to take them to the much anticipated reception!

Upon entering the hall, guests were greeted and encouraged to find their place cards for their tables...

Pen & Paper was also displayed upon the entrance table where guests were encouraged to leave 
advice & wishes for the Bride & Groom...

         Cocktail Hour Commences 
and many a Sing A Long took place on the dance floor!
The food was delicious & the ceremony was loaded with fun, complete with a memory photo booth! 


It was a


 Thank You for reading!