Pictures, pictures, pictures!

Posted in Bridezilla at 4:27 pm by Nora

Julio and I got a taste of what it will be like on wedding day with all of the pictures. We took pictures for our engagement photo on Tuesday and it was a lot of pictures! It was fun even with the change in location, mosquitos biting my sweet North Carolina skin and trekking through the palms to get the perfect shot! Julio thought I was a bit Bridezilla-like in the beginning. Our photographer suggested a spot to take pictures so I said ok, knowing it was a park but not much else. We didn’t have a particular spot we wanted so we took his suggestion. When we got there, it was the same spot our friends had done their engagement photo, so I really didn’t want to do the same thing. Julio was like, don’t worry about it, but I really didn’t want to do it there. So, I asked the photographer if we could go somewhere else and still have enough light. The photographer didn’t seem to mind too much, but I’m sure he was talking a little Bridezilla crap in his car on the way to the new spot! I haven’t had too many crazy Bride moments, so I’m allowed a few when I actually know what I want!

We ended up at a beautiful little spot in Coral Gables with plenty of light so I can’t wait to see the pics! He kept telling Julio to smile more - I think I was having more fun than he was!!

Another little tidbit - I figured out who’s going to do my hair and makeup for our wedding day! A friend of ours from down here recommended a woman so I took her advice. I got my hair and makeup done on Monday afternoon to show her what I liked and didn’t like and she did such an awesome job. I’m really excited! She’s coming to the hotel where I’m getting ready so I will feel very pampered on July 15!!

 PS Here’s a recent picture of me and Baxter:)   DSC00067.JPG                 


The kids…..

Posted in All the details at 12:38 am by Julio & Nora

…of the wedding include two flower girls and a stud ring bearer.

Julio and Tiffanie     Goddaughter Tiffanie     Little cousins

Tiffanie is Julio’s god-daughter, the daughter of Julio’s cousin Ivan.

Matt, Beth and Jada     Jada

Jada is the daughter of Matt and Beth. Matt is one of Julio’s groomsmen and Jada will be 3 on June 20!!

Ben & Nate     Ben     Nora and Ben

Ben is Nora’s god-son and is the cutest boy on earth!! Ben is Nate and Fatima’s son and he is going to look adorable in his little tux!


Dress fitting time!

Posted in Miami Style at 10:54 am by Nora

I had my dress fitting last week - on Monday, my first day in Miami. Can you tell I was trying to get that checked off my list? I went to the David’s Bridal in Coral Gables and did my first fitting. I definitely wasn’t in St. Louis anymore b/c I had to break out my broken Espanol to talk to the alterations woman. I knew how to tell her when the wedding was, quince de julio, and that mi novio is from Peru so yo hablo un piquito Espanol. We understood each other enough to fit the dress, figure out the cost and when I would do the second fitting. She was very nice but it made me wish my spanish class I took in St. Louis had been a little better! Emil said he’d help me learn Spanish - his parents said he’s the best of the 3 brothers at Spanish so we need to get started on that before I go for my second fitting on June 21!

We mailed the invitations-did you get one?!

Posted in All the details at 10:46 am by Julio & Nora

We mailed the wedding invitations the week of May 22, so everyone should have gotten theirs by now. If you got a save the date card, you should have received an invitation!! Please let us know if you didn’t so we can send you one. Remember to send us the RSVP card so we know you’re coming and what you want to eat! We want everyone to come so we want to make sure you got the invitation!! It’s getting close!!


Finally in Miami!

Posted in 5 months apart at 11:33 pm by Nora

So, we’re finally both in Miami!! Sunday we made it to the Pardaves and we’re here! It was quite the trip from St. Louis…started out with us leaving Chesterfield about 3 hours later than we planned. Julio flew into St. Louis on Wednesday night to help me pack and make the drive. I hadn’t done much packing yet unfortunately b/c of other important things to get done like mailing out the invitations!! So, we had a lot to do. We ended up selling or giving away almost all of our furniture which was great not to have to throw it away. We didn’t get a U-haul b/c we didn’t want to keep much of our stuff since we’re living with the Pardaves for a while. And, to make it more fun, I worked Friday til 12 (I know, I’m insane, but it was my last day). Anyway, we left around 730, ended up making it only to Nashville (instead of Chatanooga or Atlanta like we planned if we’d left earlier!!!). It turned out perfect b/c we stayed with my friend Kat’s family instead of a hotel! It was so much fun- homemade breakfast, dairy queen blizzards and a friend for Baxter! As we were leaving, Kevin called Julio to tell him the Florida chiropractic scores were posted, so of course we went back inside to check online and JULIO IS A DOCTOR IN FLORIDA NOW!!! He passed all his tests!!! So awesome!

We made it to Gainesville at around 7 which we were trying to get there by 5 for Christie’s vet school graduation party but we made it and got to go out with everyone! It was so much fun to see everyone and it was definitely worth the crazy packing and rushing out of St. Louis! Crazy, fun time!!

momma buck, me, nora, artie, buck & christie   w/ christie & jessica   we getting crazy!

Nora & Christie   Christie, artie, stacey   artie & nora

We all (Nora, Julio and Baxter) made it to Miami on Sunday with the car packed to the top (with my wedding dress in a garmet bag laying on top of all of the boxes!) and 12 boxes of clothes and stuff being mailed to us. It’s wonderful to finally be here and be together and be able to get settled. Now I can focus on all the fun wedding details we have left (43 days!!!) And a job will come along at some point:)

Oh, and when we began our trip we thought we were going to be without air conditioning…2 of us and a crazy dog without AC! But, it ended up working for the entire trip thankfully b/c it was the hottest weekend of the year and we would have been so miserable. But, someone was looking out for us and it worked and we had such a fun time with everyone at Christie’s party!! AND JULIO’S A DOCTOR IN FLORIDA!!!!!



Posted in All the details at 7:23 pm by Julio & Nora


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So much going on!

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:00 pm by Nora

I know I haven’t written in quite a while, but life has been keeping me on my toes! I have a huge event this Saturday for work - our Auction, which is our biggest fundraiser for the school. It’s the main reason I’m still working at Churchill and still in St. Louis, not Florida. It’s been quite an experience b/c it’s so much work! It’s been fun and it’s what I enjoy but it’s taken a lot of extra early mornings, late evenings and weekend workdays. I’ve been trying to balance it all with wedding to do’s but I think I’m doing good. The invitations will be going out in the next week or so which is very exciting!! I worked with a parent at my school on the invites and I love how they turned out!

My last day at work is May 26 and then I’m headed to Miami finally to be with Julio!!! We are excited to start our lives together down there!!!



Posted in All the details at 12:07 am by Julio & Nora

Sorry it’s been awhile since last we wrote. We’ve been very busy this past month…..Nora has been working on the invitations and I’ve been studying my brains out for the Florida boards. Nora’s about done w/ the invitations and should be sent out in the next couple weeks. I’m taking the big practical exam this friday up in Tampa (wish me luck). Last week, we attended Crown & Kate’s wedding in Charlotte…it was a lovely ceremony & reception (Crown, thanks for the personalized mug..I’m sure it will be in good use next wknd:) Hope all is well w/ everyone. Here are some pics from the wedding:

Hoffman's & me   Crown & Nora   Kate & Nora   Nora & me


Hotel Info

Posted in All the details, Miami Style at 11:36 pm by Julio & Nora

Here are the two hotels we reserved for the wedding. It is under Pardave/Conroy wedding July 14-16, 2006. Miami International Airport is the closest airport to Coral Gables (7 mi). Ft. Lauderdale Airport is also an option (might be cheaper) but a little farther (30 mi).


Biltmore Hotel

The Biltmore Hotel is a beautiful, historic hotel. It is located closest (walking distance) to the church and reception. The group rate is $159/night. For reservations call 1-800-727-1926 or 305-445-1926 under PARDAVE WEDDING.

Holiday Inn

Holiday Inn UM

Holiday Inn Coral Gables University of Miami is on South Dixie Hwy (US 1). There are many restaurants, malls, and stores located nearby. It’s minutes from the church and reception. The group rate is $79/night. Guests can call 1-800-HOLIDAY or 305-667-5611 for reservations and provide the code PCW.


Coconut Grove is a 5 min drive, Downtown is 10 min, & South Beach is 15 min away. There are many attractions for everyone. Here are a list of attractions near the hotels

  • Coconut Grove/CocoWalk (2mi)
  • Vizcaya (3mi)
  • Miami Seaquarium (3mi)
  • Venetian Pool (2mi)
  • Museum of Science (2mi)
  • Streets of Mayfair (2mi)
  • Metro Zoo (8mi)
  • Shops at Sunset Place-Mall (0.5mi)
  • Theaters (AMC/IMAX) (0.5mi)
  • Mayfair Shops (2mi)
  • Fairchild Gardens (1.5mi)
  • Bayside Market Place (6mi)
  • Actors Playhouse & Coconut Grove Playhouse (2mi)
  • Dadeland Mall (3mi)


4 year anniversary:)

Posted in 5 months apart at 10:39 pm by Nora

March 26 was our 4 year anniversary!! We weren’t together on our special day, but I got the sweetest card and the most beautiful earrings and necklace from Julio! He always does just the right thing:) We haven’t been together for many of our anniversaries b/c we always seem to be in different states, but we have many, many more to look forward to together!

It’s hard being apart, but only 21 days til we see each other in Charlotte for Crown and Kate’s wedding! We’re both in the wedding and we get to see some of our friends from Logan so it will be lots of fun! Can’t wait!


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