Wednesday, November 30

#11 Lingerie Shower ♥

Meu Chá de Lingerie!
Enquanto estava no Brasil para o meu casamento parte 1, minhas madrinhas e amigas sugeriram um chá de lingerie e eu amei a ideia já que as lingeries dos Estados Unidos não são tão bonitas como são as do Brasil :)
Ele aconteceu na casa da Tali, uma das madrinhas, mas só a Kéti também estava lá porque as outras 2 madrinhas, Dani e Lê não puderam participar. Nós tivemos 6 convidadas, a Ana, a Amanda, a Jamily, a Pri, a Debora e a Dalva... e bem no finalzinho a Bruna chegou!
Eu segui o mesmo roteiro do meu chá de cozinha... Então tivemos o primeiro jogo que foi eu tentar adivinhar quem eram as minhas 4 madrinhas olhando no painel que a Tali fez com as fotos delas de quando eram bebês! Lógico que eu errei e tive que pagar castigos haha
O segundo jogo foi pra saber quem me conhecia melhor (quer tentar jogar? as perguntas estão aqui ao lado!). A madrinha Kéti ganhou e não ficou satisfeita com o prêmio: se sentar ao meu lado até o fim do chá! hahaha
O terceiro jogo foi o "Ele disse, Ela disse"... a Kéti fez 10 perguntas para o Mike antes do chá começar e depois as fez para mim durante o jogo, como algumas respostas foram diferentes, tive que pagar mais castigos! #dançagatinha
O quarto jogo foi "O que tem no seu celular?" A Amanda fez mais pontos e ganhou uma prenda!
O quinto jogo foi o nosso preferido, o "Vestido de Noiva de Papel Higiênico". A Tali foi a modelo do grupo 1: Pri, Debora e Dalva e foram se preparar na cozinha. O grupo 2 ficou na sala com a Kéti de modelo, e a Ana, Amanda e Jamily fizeram um vestido para ela! Elas não ficaram lindas? Foi muito difícil ser a jurada, tanto que eu tive que pedir ajuda...
grupo 1
grupo 2
Ao Caio, lógico! Meu amigo que já nem tinha ajudado muito no dia anterior... Brigada de novo por toda a sua ajuda! :*
A vencedora foi a Tali!!! E o grupo 1 todo ganhou prenda! Depois foi a vez de jogar o sapinho para as amigas e adivinha quem pegou? A Ana! Que já está noiva e namora há muitos anos #agoravaiamiga
Então nós fomos tirar uma foto para o porta retrato que minhas convidadas beijaram de batom e fomos abrir meus lindos presentes com a brincadeira do bingo. A Pri bingou primeiro e ganhou uma prenda! Meninas, amo vocês e não sei nem como agradecer... pela presença, pelas lingeries, pelas receitas, pelas fotos, pelos recadinhos, (por terem vestido rosa!), pela amizade!!! #obrigada
I'd like to use this post to also thank to my internship teachers who became my friends and made me a very surprising surprise on my last day before I left to Brazil!
So many things happened on my very short trip to Brazil, my Lingerie Shower, my Wedding, and, a day trip to Rio!
Nós também gostaríamos de ter fotos antes do casamento, as famosas "pré-wedding"... Então pedimos ao nosso fotógrafo para ir com a gente para o RJ e ele foi! Nosso ensaio ficou maravilhoso assim como aquela cidade é! E a família do Mike pode conhecer esse cartão postal do Brasil e a minha família pode passear um pouquinho fora de SP...

Monday, October 31

#10 Bridal Shower ♥

On Saturday, Oct 22nd...
I had my Bridal Shower! It is a gift-giving party held for a bride-to-be in anticipation of her wedding.
In Brazil we call it as "Chá de Cozinha", the gifts are usually Bed Bath n' Table which means that they're not for the bride's personal use, but for her house and her married life.
I rented the clubhouse of the condominium where I live and we started the shower at noon. As the guests arrived, they were receiving a plastic ring from my Flower Girl, Delilah, as part of one of our games. Then, each guest dropped off their recipes they brought me for my cookbook to my Jr. Bridesmaids, Tina and Jennifer, where they were also leaving notes for Mike and I to open on our 1st anniversary and grabbing a sign to take a picture with me!
After everybody ate their sandwiches (thanks to guest Ethel), salad (thanks to guest Florence) and fruits (thanks to guest Nancy), my Maid of Honor started our 1st game, "Meet Team Bride".
My team has so many girls and Andressa asked each of them to give her a picture of them from when they were babies... and I had to guess who were who!!! For each wrong guess I had to pick with my toes one plastic ring from a bucket filled with ice! And I had to do it so many times because it was super hard to find out how each girl looked like when they were babies!
The 2nd game was much easier, "How well do you know the bride?". I gave to each guest a form with a few questions about me and whoever scored higher would sit next to me on the Special Guest seat for the rest of the shower. Guess who won it...
My Flower Girl Delilah! She really is my BFF:)
The 3rd game was called "He said, She said". Alice asked Mike some questions such as "who said I love you first?" before the shower. She had his answers. Then, she asked me the same questions to see if my answers would be the same as his. All the guests also participated holding a tiara for if the answer was "Gisella" and a mustache for if the answer was "Mike". I was blindfolded so I couldn't see the guests answers before I answered.
At the end, we could say that we know each other well since more than half of the questions were the same. But because I did have some different answers, I had to put on lipstick and go kiss a picture of Mike hung on the wall.
The goal was for me to kiss his lips, but because I kissed his chin instead, Andressa didn't give me a chocolate...
The 4th game was "What's on your phone?". The Bridesmaid Lauren handed the guests a list with things they should have on their phones in order to score points. The guest with the higher score would win a nice prize. My friend Marva won!
The 5th game was called "Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Challenge" and it was my favorite! 
We divided the guests into 5 groups and each Bridesmaid was the model of each group. The guests had to make them a wedding dress made of toilet paper and guess who were the judges?
Us! Tina, Jennifer, Delilah and I. It was very difficult to pick our favorite one since the guests worked very hard in all of the dresses... They all looked incredible beautiful!
Take a look at them:
But we needed a winner... So, by eliminations, the winner was the Bridesmaid Adrianna from the group of my babysitter friends Nona, Deborah, Nube and Marva! They four won a bag of popcorn that said "He Popped the Question!".
We all enjoyed our dessert, the delicious cupcakes (thanks to guest Leah) while I was enjoying bubble gum when opening my gifts... Ok, I'll explain. It was time for the 6th game, "Bridal Bingo", and I had to guess which guest gave the gift I was about to open. Every time I was wrong, I had to add a piece of gum in my mouth... at the end, it was almost impossible to chew (or talk!). Nona bingo first and won!
I love all my gifts, thank you to all my guests, your presence was even more appreciated! But it wasn't over just yet...
Remember I said my Flower Girl gave a plastic ring to each guest when they arrived? Well, the game was "Put a ring on it". If a guest said the words "Bride" or "Wedding" other guests who heard it could steal that person's ring... At the end of the shower, the guest with more rings would win a prize and guess who won it? Delilah!!! Because she knew well her own game, she was very aware of the people who were saying the 2 words, so she got 10 rings and a prize!
I had the BEST time and I could not have done any of this without the help of my TEAM! And a special thanks to my guest Talita, who was on FaceTime with my Mom during the shower ♥ Thank you girls!!!
Lauren, Alice, Andressa, me!, Sandra, Adrianna, Jennifer, Delilah and Tina!
My Bachelorette Party!
That same day, I mean, night... I celebrated with some of my friends my "last night as a single lady". My Maid of Honor Andressa was responsible of driving me back home since I was allowed to drink that night! Lol
These girls stayed after the bridal shower and we got ready together. Of course we went to New York City and of course I chose LAVO, my favorite nightclub in the world! We had a game for the night, a dare-to-do-list and whoever win it, the prize was a dollar from all the other girls. Checkout the crazy list:
Andressa making sure I WAS drinking!
There we met four other girls and we planned to wear black! It was a very fun night but I can't really say much because "what happens in a bachelorette party, stays in the bachelorette party!" haha I can say that the winner was Sirlei!!! hahaha
I don't really remember how we got back home or of me taking this "after" picture but I know I had a great time and hope you all girls had too! :)
The next day, Sunday, I went to Central Park with the girls who slept over... the winner Sirlei and her friend Sabrine, both from DC area... Lika from Philly/Ohio and Nuara and Bianca from my area! There I took my Fall picture, the last one of the year to complete my "same spot seasonal picture":) the only one I look very tired!
My Bridesmaid Kristen could not make it to my Bridal Shower because it was parent visit day at her college, NYU. So, since she lives in the city, she met me a week later for one of my wedding dress fittings! 
"The Kristen" in front of Kleinfeld

Friday, September 30

#9 Dear Guests ♥

Queridos Convidados
madrinha Talita
Agora que vocês já estão com os convites em mãos - aliás, gostaria de comentar que ficava muito feliz toda vez em que um de vocês me enviava uma mensagem no Whatsapp com uma foto mostrando que havia (finalmente) chego! (e também elogiando a ideia dele ser um marcador de páginas! obrigada!) -  Com pouco mais de 50 dias para o nosso Casamento parte 1, chegou a hora de atualizar nossos convidados sobre as preparações e últimos detalhes...
madrinha Keti
Está tudo praticamente pronto! Fechamos a decoração com o Vladimir Seneme, a iluminação & som com o Red Light, foto & video com o Sidney Cruz e meu dia de noiva (com mãe e madrinhas) será com a equipe do Glow Cabelos.
madrinha Danielle
Agora, uma coisa que vocês me perguntaram: sobre o Traje! Como o casamento será a noite, às 20h, o traje será social, ou seja, formal e sofisticado :)
Para as mulheres:
Um look clássico... com vestido na altura do joelho (cocktail dress), o sapato deve ser de salto alto, a bolsa modelo clutch ou carteira e maquiagem elaborada!
Para os homens:
Camisa e calça social (ou sarja, não jeans), o uso da gravata pode ser dispensável e o terno (de preferência escuro) é recomendável!
madrinha Leticia
Gostaria de pedir que todos os convidados estejam sentados na capela às 19:45h. Sei que será uma sexta-feira, mas por favor, tentem se programar para chegar na Helvétia às 19:30h! A missa terá uma duração de 45 minutos e logo após, vocês serão direcionados ao salão social, onde encontrarão suas mesas e o cocktail acontecerá (entre 21h e 22h), nesse período os noivos e padrinhos não estarão presentes (sessão de fotos). Às 22h o DJ irá anunciar a entrada dos padrinhos & madrinhas e a chegada dos noivos! Então, o jantar será servido. Logo após, teremos um momento para os votos, as primeiras danças e aí a festa começará:) Perto da meia-noite, cortaremos o bolo, eu jogo o buquê e a festa vai continuar até às 2h da manhã - estejam preparados!!!

MESA 1
MESA 3
MESA 5
MESA 7
  1. Gisella
  2. Michael
  3. Marli
  4. Donna
  5. Rodrigo
  6. Daniel
  7. Anthony
  8. Andrew
  1. Iracema
  2. Ralfo
  3. Helaine
  4. Matheus
  5. Reginaldo
  6. Toshico
  7. Erika*
  8. Bianca*
  1. Marlene
  2. Osvaldo
  3. Winnie
  4. Teofanes
  5. Juçara
  6. Elvio
  7. Milenne*
  8. Brian*
  1. Bruna
  2. Márcio
  3. Guilherme*
  4. Priscila
  5. Tiago
  6. Paula
  7. Guilherme
  8. Amanda
MESA 2
MESA 4
MESA 6
MESA 8
  1. Letícia
  2. Keti
  3. Talita
  4. Klenilson
  5. Danielle
  6. Vitor
  7. Ana Paula
  8. Kurt
  1. Thaís
  2. Eduardo
  3. Maria
  4. João*
  5. Mirtes
  6. Daniel
  7. Allana
  8. Enzo*
  1. Ivete
  2. Ondina
  3. Cris
  4. Márcia
  5. Eliete
  6. Extra
  7. Extra
  8. Extra
  1. Amanda B
  2. Jamily
  3. Arthur*
  4. Paula
  5. Dalva
  6. Debora
  7. Caio
  8. Andrea

Obrigada à todos que já confirmaram presença:) O último dia para confirmar será dia 11/11, ok?! 

Também quero agradecer a compreensão sobre os presentes... Sei que vocês tem um carinho grande por nós ^^ e gostariam de nos presentear com algo que nos fizéssemos lembrar da pessoa. Infelizmente, com a distância (e bagagens - tenho que levar meu vestido!) fica difícil transportar objetos. Alguns de vocês sugeriram lista eletrônica, mas nem todos tem acesso à cartão de crédito internacional... Então, a forma mais conveniente foi sugerir o que é feito por aqui - cartões monetários:) Uma forma de vocês estarem contribuindo para a nossa Lua de Mel!!! Que aliás, finalmente nos decidimos para onde vamos: Cancun, Mexico
De 19 à 24 de Dezembro :)

You read it right, Mike and I will spend our honeymoon in the caribbean right after our Wedding part 2!
Our formal invitations have arrived, and Donna and I are addressing them, so you will probably be getting it in a couple of weeks:)
Mike is hosting over 150 guests so, we haven't come up with a floor plan yet, however, my 40 guests have their tables already:


TABLE 1
TABLE 3
TABLE 5
TABLE 9
  1. Leah
  2. Eric
  3. Asher
  4. Delilah
  5. Livia
  6. Noa
  7. Ethel
  8. Gary
  9. Nancy
  10. Manny
  1. Carol Ann
  2. Thomas
  3. Kristen
  4. Lauren
  5. Matthew
  6. Jennifer
  7. Jack
  8. Marie Ann
  9. Norma
  10. James
  1. Andressa
  2. Michael
  3. Alice
  4. Aaron
  5. Deborah
  6. Matthew
  7. Talita
  8. David
  9. Bruna
  10. Carlos
  1. Juçara
  2. Elvio
  3. Antonia
  4. Celia
  5. Cristiane
  6. Sibele
  7. Florence
  8. Nube
  9. Marva
  10. Nona

Let's talk about the wedding reception attire: FORMAL
She should wear: cocktail-length dress
He should wear: formal dark suit

Sorry, we're not registered at any store, but we will have a card box on our sweetheart table S2
I'm also having a Bridal Shower on Oct 22nd, so if you're a woman and would like to join, please let me or Donna know!

On the wedding day, our photographer will take pictures of us with our bridal party at Central Park (we're praying so it won't snow!). Then, we will see everyone at 6pm for cocktail hour... But it will be at 7pm when Mike and I will be entering the ballroom greeting our guests with our First Dance!
Let's make the rest a surprise:)

Thanks*-*