Monday, March 26, 2012

I got HITCHED!! My Wedding story...

Los Angeles is definitely a challenging city to date. Especially if your in your 30's, still live at home, and have a young daughter. So one crisp night in 2009 when my best friend Sky and her niece Ashley walked into "Jones" (pizza pub) in Hollywood, I never imagined I would meet "The One."

It was early in LA standards (around 8pm) and I ordered a beer as I listened to an old man read tarot cards and attempt to use his skills to impress us. Then I saw Jeff and his friend walk through the door and I whispered to Sky and Ashely, "he's cute!" They approached the bar but didn't even look at us. Bummer!

They ordered their drinks and proceeded to turn their backs to us. "I guess he's not interested," I told Sky.
Low and behold, Ashley played cupid, but instead of using a traditional bow and arrow, she used her fingers to pinch Jeff in the butt. He turned around, and Ashley pointed at me, "she did it." I turned beet red as I was extremely embarrassed. Jeff and I started talking and the rest is history. Im glad Ashley made the first move so to speak, as both Jeff and I are shy around new people and neither of us would have been brave enough to approach each other. Good work Cupid!

Three years, a trip to Hawaii, Costa Rica, the Maldives, Colorado, and Vegas later, Jeff invited me to yet another romantic stop: Malibu.

As we approached the restaurant where he made reservations he suddenly stopped the car on the side of the road. He has always loved the beach so, although I was itching for a proposal, I didn't want to jinx anything by making assumptions. As we walked towards the water on this dark, pleasant night, he went down on one knee and asked me to become his wife. I said yes.
Malibu Beach 

The Sunset Restaurant in Malibu
We went to dinner at The Sunset Restaurant in Malibu where he had reservations. I already felt like I was in a romantic movie when low-and behold, Pretty Woman herself (Julia Roberts) and her husband and three children walked in and sat at the table right next to us. As I observed her family dynamic I realized that family, your husband your kids, are the best thing life can give you. She's a mega superstar, but that night she was a wife, and a doting mother to her kids that kept getting out of their seats to sit on her lap and ask her a questions like "what kind of vegetable is this mommy?" I've seen her in interviews and I have even interviewed her myself, and I could tell that in this role she was the most herself. She often talks about her kids and husband in her interviews. And now, I was about to embark on a new adventure in my life, as a wife, and hopefully soon as a mother (again).

So now, the wedding. Who, what, where, when????

I love him. He loves me. We want to do this as soon as possible so I can move in,  lay down roots, and see if our DNA can combine to create another human being with a little bit of both of  our genetic makeup  (I don't like to play house if you want me, marry me.)

The L.A. court house it is. I brought a witness, he brought a witness. I pulled a dress from my closet that I had bought at Ross a few years ago (never imagining it would become my wedding dress!), and exchanged vows in front of a snappy Judge.

There, Im a wife! Im married to my best friend and the man I love... We do plan on doing a one-year-anniversary "re-newing" of our vows ceremony next year where we can invite friends and family, and hopefully celebrate other blessings to come....

That is my wedding story. It may not have been lavish, but it was the most romantic moment of my life, and in that day, it was only us that mattered.


  1. Congrats you lucky's to happiness for a lifetime!

  2. felicidades, Naibe. Tu relato me llego al alma. :) Tienes todo lo que siempre quisiste. Ahora si. :) Te sacaste la loteria, amiga!!! Que afortunada. Besos.Maria Garcia.

  3. Beautiful Naibe! I love it! Great pix! Congratulations to you and your hubby!! xoxo Gina Trujillo-Pharris

  4. wowwwwwww que emoción .... muchisiisismas felicidades que Dios bendiga esta nueva etapa de sus vidas es una excelente persona y maestra mis mejores deseos y disfrute cada minuto junto al amor de su vida :) con cariño karla

  5. I remember that Congrats my friend!!

  6. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing! Congratulations!

  7. Congratulations Naibe! You're a true inspiration.... Loves does still exist even if it didn't work out the first time around. I'll keep looking for my soul mate.

  8. Beautiful...that's all you need, Love. I have been living with my husband for 20 years now, no papers sign, blessed with 3 children. We love and respect each other as if we signed the paper and told the priest we do!

  9. Que lindoooooooooo Naibe!!!!!!!!!!!!! yo era tu alumna cuando recién comenzaste a salir con él!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Que linda tu historia, porque sos tan linda persona que te mereces todo lo mejor!!!!!