Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Big Engagement / Housewarming Party Weekend



This weekend was our engagement/housewarming party and I had so much to do. In addition to cleaning the house as much as possible, buying everything that’s needed, it raining all weekend, prepping Saturday, cooking all day Sunday, we had our first venue tour for our wedding. Wait, I went alone because DB was putting the finishing touches on the downstairs bathroom, which looks amazing!

I am looking forward to making some progress in terms of finding/selecting a venue. I was so happy the NorCal Grizzlies won the tournament last weekend but we had to cancel our appointment to seeing the venue that’s in 3rd place. I left work at 3:30 pm and arrived at the venue in Discovery Bay with 3 minutes to spare for my 5 pm appointment. I was greeted by a very friendly front desk attendant and then was greeted by a pretty coordinator. She gave me a tour of the facility with two options for the ceremony, the main dining room, the buffet room, bar and dance floor and private dressing room. We went over the food and bar options, photos of previous weddings, and other items. I have to say it is quite a steal and as much as I would like to jump on it, DB hasn’t seen it yet, and I’d like to check out a few other venues. But as I Tweeted, the other venues will have to BRING IT. DB  had a frustrating day with the plumbing and our new vanity, having to make several trips to Home Depot, so I wasn’t going to bring up wedding stuff with him and not add to his stress. But he asked about it when we went to go get sushi and he wants to see the venue. So it looks like we’ll have to schedule another time to go check it out together. And get a complimentary lunch.

We woke up early and headed to Costco to do our shopping and spent over $400! HINT: Costco shopping as soon as they open is best because not many people are there. Then we had to go to the $1 store to get some table clothes because our neighbor was so kind to lend us their tables and chairs. I was expecting about 35 people and one other dog. Then lastly a Safeway trip that was another $100+! This party was already expensive! I think I was about $150 over budget. Perhaps we should have just gotten Panda Express. They were offering food for 32 people for $150. Not bad. I guess as an Event Planner, I wanted to showcase what I can do. So I went with an Italian themed menu and black, white and red for decorations. Cousins that I grew up with definitely called me out on becoming ‘domesticated.’ They had no idea.

Menu:
2 racks of Ribs that DB marinated and BBQ’d himself
2 lasagnas
2 Frank’s chicken dips with carrots and broccoli
Buttered corn
String beans in a garlic lemon and butter mix
2 bowls of salad with my homemade Caesar dressing
Butter cupcakes with a buttercream frosting
Chocolate raspberry fondue with Rice Crispie treats, marshmallows and strawberries for dipping
Belgium waffles drizzled with berry topping and powdered sugar
Other snacks we pulled out were peanut butter pretzels, Jelly Beans and Cheese-Its

DB and I were thinking that we’d be eating leftovers for a bit but there was absolutely nothing left! I received many compliments on my lasagna and the Chicken dip. My cousin said she couldn’t get her corn like mine. And just like all brides and grooms on their wedding day, I realized this morning that I didn’t have anything to eat yesterday. DB said he didn’t even try his ribs or anything else to eat either. We were too busy playing host. That can’t happen at our wedding. I do my best with my brides and grooms to eat SOMETHING on their wedding. But I’m glad that nothing really went to waste.

It was definitely a packed house. My grandparents and my cousin were the first to arrive. My Lolo called it a palace! For some reason, Bevo was scared of Lolo. He never barks at people and he would not let Lolo touch him and he kept barking at Lolo. It was the strangest thing.

Then more family came, friends from old jobs, from college, from OBTB, from DB’ jobs, umpiring, reffing, etc. We had a great medly of people and it was really cool seeing them interact and asking “How do you know, B or DB?” I just loved seeing the people who have touched my life having a good time in my home. My Maid and Maitron of Honors couldn’t make it. Bummer but my friend Julia, Jenna and Mela really helped me out. Julia told me stop washing dishes, she and Jenna walked Bevo and took out the trash, Regla took out the trash, Mela took over cutting up desserts – all so I could mingle. It was very much appreciated. It’s a lot of work to host a party and I can totally understand the value of having a party assistant to help clean up, organize, refresh ice, replenish food, keep things warm, etc. Usually, that is all I do and I get paid for it. But the girls were an incredible help and paying someone do a good job at that would be so worth it. So, People, HIRE ME!

I gave several tours to friends and family and enjoyed pointing out the ‘baby’s room.’ My closest cousin, Ron, gave me a look like “Are you a pregnant? You have something to tell me, Coz?” He wasn’t the first.


When I showed people the room, I wanted to point out that I had the crib bedding picked out.

It’s pretty funny that the set is by JoJo Designs because that’s the name of the bass player of the Los Lonely Boys. And speaking of, many made comments about my LLB wall where I printed photos of all the pictures I have taken with the Boys and their friends like Bob (Ritchie Valens' brother). I wanted to point that photo out to my Cousin Pernell and Ron because I remember us watching La Bamba at family gatherings in San Francisco, etc. Good flick. And when he sings “Donna,” we always gave our Cousin Donna a hard time or sing the song to her.

Tasina, Emil and Laura carpooled up from Watsonville and Fremont. That was so nice to have a part of OBTB there intermingling. Tasina was so great at taking photos of the house and the day’s happenings. Laura fell in love with Toby, Julia’s pup, because she lost a dog that looked just like him with the same name. She was heartbroken when he passed. They also liked my lasagna so I’m pleased. I add Frank’s Red Hot, jalepenos and garlic to the meat. Other OBTB members, Rob and Martha Lind, weren’t able to attend because they live in Hawaii but sent a care package with a holiday ornament with our names on it and Engaged! As well as a Turtle bowl – Hawaiian. Tasina said we looked really happy. I’m happy to hear that that’s apparent.


Jenna also came from a long way from San Jose and this was my first time seeing her since our holiday dinner at Akaihana in Hayward and where she got into a car accident. She hasn’t driven much since and is still looking for a car. I am so glad she made it to our party because she’s been a good friend.


My former clerk, Catherine, came by with her sister and their Boston Terrier, Webbie. He’s six and had a fun weekend when Bevo stayed with them overnight. It was so great to see her. I haven’t seen Catareenie in such a long time. I visited her in San Francisco when I was in the city running an errand and I can’t even remember what we did. But she’s such a smart girl, politically in tuned and a strong women’s rights supporter. Ann, her sister, works with horses and sometimes comes out to the Brentwood area. I told her to come by anytime. The dogs, Bevo, Toby and Webbie, had to be baby-gated upstairs because my Cousin Eileen was deathly afraid of dogs. I did state in our invite that Bevo will be roaming around freely in the backyard, but since it was so wet, we kept him inside. But the kids were having a great time playing with them and Bevo slept like a champ last night.

Nikki B. made the drive from Rohnert Park with her BF, Ben. He seemed like a good guy, an electrician and a Marine. I’d say his demeanor must be quite similar to other Marines I’ve encountered. While going thru my frames, I found out that I had a USMC frame that I never used and so I gave it to her before she left. He and I actually share a similar first meeting experience with Nikki involving her star of David necklace. I was so happy she made it because she’s a really good girl, a good friend, well-traveled, bilingual, smart and a hard worker. I actually met her during Monish & Nivita’s wedding and I needed to hire more staff. My aunt referred her to me and I’m so glad she did because she’s a gem. She has made several trips out my way to spend time with me and I’ve gone up to her area just once. I definitely intend on keeping that friendship going. She’s a sweetheart.

My girl, Susie, is a college friend and she made it out by herself. I always commend people for doing that, walking into a party by herself and are able to just chat it up with anyone. I love that. I feel I can do that too since I’m always so busy, that I drive to the party or event just so I can leave when I want to and I don’t have a problem having a conversation with complete strangers. But correction, she and Nikki know each other because they worked Monish’s last holiday party together. Susie calls me “B” and is working on getting a group of people together for a kickball team. She was also looking into getting a Boston but now wants a Sheeba Emu. She stayed to play King’s Cup with water. But next time, I’ll get her. I think she’s a friend that I see every so often that lives the closest.


Michele is another friend that has worked many events with me. She also came alone and was waiting for MelaGirls that eventually showed up with her boyfriend, Felix, and Regla. Michele, Mela, Julia and I were the only City Beaches (Bernadette & The City Beaches, coworkers from the good ol’ days at City Beach when we got up to sing karaoke together) there and we took one of my favorite photos of the day – plus 1, Regla.

Circa 2007 – at City Beach


The Copenhavers – what a fun group. The guys are over for the big football games at our house. Karen was the one that introduced DB to the chicken dip that he and everyone else fell in love with. She brought us wine and her three boys, including the youngest named Colin. He’s absolutely adorable. They were having a great time. We were taking shots, being loud towards the end of the night and just having a good time. It was so cool to have Sean old enough to drive because his parents could get tipsy. They’re a fun family. They’re middle son, Anders, wanted to know if I had a younger sister. HA! I look forward to babysitting Colin and having them over more often. DB even carried Colin and I know he’s going to be a good daddy. He already is to Bevo. He told them about how I got the OK to buy the baby bedding even though it’ll be quite some time before I’m pregnant and how many kids he wants. I think his point of view changes in regards to the count.


Our neighbors were there and it was so busy in there that I walked right past them, did a double take and said “HI!” And “WELCOME!” They have been such wonderful neighbors. Carmen brings over food, loves Bevo, Jesus has helped out DB several times with the house renovations, leant tools, etc. It’s really nice. I’ve never really had that before but DB is used it to it because Momma DB is so friendly and talks to everyone. I’ve always grown up to not really shoot the shit with the neighbors so it’s strange to have neighbors that are that friendly. I’d have to say we lucked out there. I didn’t see when they left so I hope I wasn’t rude.

Dan reff’d flag football in Walnut Creek with DB. He’s always a good guy. Then there’s Troy, an umpiring buddy. Oh my! He’s always such a riot. As soon as I saw him, I said “Troy! My favorite black man!” We all have a good relationship and he’s a lot of fun. We went to Vegas together for Thanksgiving so they can work a tournament and we definitely have stories from that event. He’s a lover of women so he kept saying, “B, you’re holding out on me. You’ve got some hot friends.” My reply: “I know.” Smile.


What can I say about my family: I love ‘em. I have great friends but I also have a great blood-related family. My sister and her family are always there for DB and I. They’re so giving and it’s so nice to live so close to them. And I am in love with their son, my nephew, Brent. He was a bit cranky because he didn’t want to take his shoes off when he arrived but later he was playing with his cousin, Ean, and sweating up a storm. I see him on the stairs and I ask, “Brent, can Auntie have a kiss?” “You can have one when I leave,” says the 4-year-old. It wasn’t a complete rejection but I’ll take what I can get.




I am thankful for my parents and their counterparts to be under the same roof and not make it awkward for me. I’m glad they were able to start doing that for Brent’s sake but it’s nice that they continue to do it for me, even without child. I did shoot my dad an email prior to the party to let him know that Bevo will be running around the house since it was raining. My step-mom is not too fond of dogs.



I was pleased to have Auntie Beth, Cousin Laurie, Lyn, Donna and Joe, Misha, Jen, her kids Jennalynn and Ean, Tiffany and her boyfriend John (also from Pennsylvania like DB), Cousin Pernell and Eileen with their children, Aaron and Jordan, and my Cousin Ron and his growing son, RJ, there. I look at Ean and Brent playing well together and I think about our generation of cousins and how well we play together. We’re able to have family reunions, keep in touch, and really be drama free and that’s quite a blessing. I absolutely love being able to have that and that they have welcomed DB into the family.



Cousin Carole and Ro sent a wonderful package of plates, gift cards and even a little toy for Bevo, which is already missing a leg. Thanks, Cousins!


The last ones to leave were Susie, Mela, Felix, Regla, Julia and Kevin. We played a little bit of King’s cup and when it was just Julia and Kevin, we opened presents! Yay! Thank you, Everyone, that was so thoughtful to bring a card or gift. It was much appreciated. I am under the impression that a registry notice is a bit tacky for an engagement party but some people did ask and that was sweet of them. DB and I appreciate it.

Julia had to get going. It was great to have her and Toby. By this time, Bevo was ready for bed. And like us, Toby didn’t eat anything all day. Kevin decided to stay over (our first sleepover guest!) and we popped in a pizza and chatted with our crazy friend. Then it was time to say good night and I realized that I didn’t update my status on FB or Tweeted all day long. I was so consumed but in good way. Christy texted me but I had no idea until later. Momma and Poppa DB sent us a photo saying they wish they were here but it immediately slipped my mind to reply. DB said they were actually thinking about surprising us and flying out but they said flights were too expensive. While in bed, I reviewed the photos that Tasina and Julia posted on FB, rubbed my fiance’s back to sleep like he gets every night as he lays his head on my chest and I ended the night with this -

My thank you message on Facebook:
Thank you to all my loved one for making the long trip out to Brentwood in this crazy weather, for the gifts and the well wishes from afar from those who couldn’t make it for our housewarming/engagement party. It really means the world to me that you were there to ‘warm’ our new home and fill our four walls with your love and support. I am extremely grateful. You know who you are.

Love,
Soon-To-Be Mrs.
DB”



More pictures to come.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

March Madness!!!

Have you filled out your bracket yet? I have never been big on college sports. I am more so a University of Texas fan (given our dog's name is Bevo and my fiance went there and is a die-hard fan). I do agree with DB in that college football is a bit more entertaining to watch versus the NFL because you get to watch players grow into professionals. They're going to make mistakes but they're also going to shine and not make plays because they're not making big money, or trying to land endorsement deals. You'll get to see the hard work and the pure talent they showcase for the love of the game, for the team, for their school and to make it to the pros. I would say the same goes for college basketball though I never gave it too much of my time.

I am a Sacramento Kings fan, moreso than a Warriors fan being a Bay Area native but I do not follow the sport like I did six years ago and before. I still have an unworn Mike Bibby #10 jersey hanging in my closet. Before the Kings, I was an Orlando Magic fan with Penny Hardaway and Shaq.

As you can see, DB selected the winners and we're hoping for Ohio State to go all the way! We're Texas fans but don't have them going all the way. Shame on us?? This will be my first year watching more than just a few college basketball games. As the Marketing Manager, I remember laying out on our office floor at City Beach filling out the huge bracket we needed to hang up in the restaurant. Good times.



Who's winning it all for you?

FREE Los Lonely Boys Concert - San Jose, CA 3/24/11 7 PM



How wonderful of the Boys to put on a FREE concert to benefit the Mexican Heritage Bellas Artes de San Jose! "The Mexican Heritage Corporation serves the Silicon Valley and Northern California by presenting and advancing Mexican and multicultural performing arts."

Look for OBTB of the La Onda Street Team for some cool swag while you're in line!

Be there!

San Jose State University
Morris Daily Auditorium
("MD" on map in square B2)
Thursday, March 24, 2011
7:00 PM


ROLL CALL!!!

Add your name, where you're from and if you already pre-ordered 'Rockpango' from Amazon.com below to let us know who's going!!!
OR
Go to the Facebook invite.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

8 Months of Not Being Sick

It has been 8 months now of not being sick and I again owe it all to my Biolean from TheWellnessShot.com. Last month, I posted that I was going 7 Months Strong on this wonderful product. Another month has passed, another healthy month. I did have a massive headache this Sunday that made me want to take advantage of it and use it as an excuse to not do much around the house. My sister is currently sick, one of my bosses are sick that I had to drive home, and my fiancé isn’t feeling very well today.

WOOHOO!!!
Is all I have to say about that.


What are you taking/doing to stay healthy?

Rest in Peace - Maureen Withrow

This past weekend, I went to a memorial service for Maureen Withrow in Fair Oaks, California. I dated her son for three years in my early 20s and had the pleasure of getting to know her and was honored to have been loved by her. She was a strong willed, humorous and generous single mother. And she was her son’s number one fan and biggest supporter. Everything she did, she did for him. In Bobby’s speech, he mentioned that although he didn’t have a father around, he never missed a beat and he always had everything he wanted. I can picture her smiling face and her actually doing everything the stories depicted. She burned down a garage, strategically fought with her siblings and talked back when it called for it. Feisty, like me, Bobby also told us how she last told him she loved her. She adjusted herself in her bed, looked at him, winked and smiled and said ‘I love you.’ I believe she passed within the hour. I was tearing up the majority of the memorial service.

Her niece, Trisha, got up to recite the speech for her father. Coach Bob Jones of Cordova High School and Bobby’s long-time mentor and closest thing to a father figure also got up to confirm his last visit with Maureen and explain what an honor it was to perform their pre-game ritual of a gum exchange one last time. He said he left the hospital room in tears though no one knew. How very touching. I have met Coach Jones once before. Then they had a slideshow of a medley photos from black and white baby photos, school, graduation, pregnant with Bobby, with Bobby as a baby, in San Francisco and of course being on the bowling team with her mother.

The last time I saw Maureen was when she was in the hospital dealing with breast cancer in 2006. As usual, she was in good spirits when other people would think their world is falling apart. She was always the strong one even though she first handedly had to deal with the situation. Ever since then, I have added Maureen to my list of people I walk for in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in San Francisco every year. I already do it for my Auntie Gi in Southern California and my cousin Natalie that passed away in May of 2009. Though I haven’t visited Maureen in Sacramento in years, she was in my thoughts. I always sent her a Christmas card, thought about getting her spoons that she collected whenever I traveled and inquired about her whenever I did chat with Bobby. I’m sorry I didn’t do more.

My experiences with Maureen were wonderful. I was pretty nervous to meet the woman that Bobby held up on a pedestal but I discovered that she and I had some of the same qualities and I hope I will be able to be as good of a mother as she was someday. We got along very well and I fell in love her family. I was taken along for trips to Reno to see the family for the holidays, luncheons and was around for the passing of their mother, Bessie. And through that, Maureen was remained strong. It was wonderful to see the family again after such a long time, with Bobby and I in different stages of our lives, and it warmed my heart to know they remembered who I was by name. After all these years, it was really nice to receive hugs and smiles. I have never experienced interacting with an ex’s family on such an intimate level after years of separating. I thought it was great that we could remain friends, congratulate each other on the changes and successes in each other’s lives and be there for each other in these difficult times. I think Maureen is enjoying the view.

May you rest in peach, Maureen. We love you!

Maureen Cecilia Withrow
July 21, 1942 - January 15, 2011

Monday, March 7, 2011

Rockpango Postcards - Have You Seen Them?

OBTB has been out and about distributing the thousands of postcards we have to help promote the Los Lonely Boys new album, Rockpango, that releases on March 29, 2011. Below is a list of people, coffee shops, record stores, and regions that have these post cards displayed. If you are a fan, please go pick one up. If you are a store that would like these displayed or available to your customers, please contact me.

Be sure to pre-order and give a listen to Rockpango at Amazon.com



LOCATIONS:
CALIFORNIA
Brentwood - Barnes & Noble, Target
Castro Valley – a tax prep place (the owner is a fan)
Concord – (Margie)
Emeryville – Best Buy
Los Cantaros

The Public Market

Rudy’s Can’t Fail Café
Borders

Target
Oakland (Akicita) and the Intertribal Friendship House
San Francisco (G.Molt & S. Heredia)
San Jose/Santa Clara (Ana/Maritza/Surheka/Ellen/Maria)
Santa Cruz (to S. Wolfe)
Stockton (Debbie/Mano)
Watsonville (M. Mendez)

NEVADA
Las Vegas – Near the Hard Rock Hotel

AT THESE LOCATIONS SOON:
CALIFORNIA
Distributed at Mexica New Year celebration


Get on the list!!!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Stages & Changes

The fiancé and I had a good discussion earlier this week and changed our small wedding to a bigger party, and agreed to a budget. The discussion went really well and I was surprised at his level of interest. It was appreciated. I’d probably say it’s one of the best discussions we’ve had where we had very different values on the actual topic.

Two batches of engagement announcements and housewarming invites went out mid-this week. I asked for an RSVP a week and a half later. I have received two confirmations, one email congratulations and one text congratulations. I am going to plead my case on what kind of wedding that makes sense for both of us based on how the fiancé and I engage regarding the event and the outcome of this month’s event. I really don’t need a remotely big wedding and I know the day goes by in a flash so we shall see.

I am an Event Planner and this would be my chance to put on an event exactly how I want it but I just frankly do not have the funds. I also don’t want people/possible clients to look at my wedding and think, “This is all she can do?!?”

I don’t think I’m feeling the way many brides usually do. Perhaps it’s also because it’s over a year away, etc.

Brides, how did you feel 3 months after your engagement?
At your engagement party?
A year before your wedding?

La Onda Shifts

"La Onda" means the wave. I am a part of the Bay Area 'chapter' if you will of the La Onda Street Team called Onda By The Bay and have been so for the past five years now. Although there have been changes to the La Onda team, Onda By The Bay remains intact but with some event changes I wanted to announce by now. We, and other chapters around the nation, were planning an exclusive promotional event for the Los Lonely Boys' new album 'Rockpango' with the help of Playing in Traffic. Due to a generous request, we have decided to not hold this event in the Bay Area and head down to Los Angeles for the weekend. The Boys will be playing at the Grammy Museum on Friday, March 25th. We'll be there!

If you're in Florida, Colorado, Massachusetts, Dallas, Austin, Houston, New Mexico or Los Angeles for Saturday, March 26th, and are interested in this exclusive special event, let me know! I'll try to get the details for you!

As part of Onda By The Bay, we have designed and printed 5000 postcards to post in restaurants, record stores, bulletin boards, etc. I will be posting a list of places that have the post cards.

Here is a corrected promotional pic. Can you tell the difference between this and an earlier post?



On a side note, I've had a rough morning today and they always remind me that they care and appreciate all that I/we do, even though months pass in between times we see them.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Flo Gets Married - A Bad Girls Club Special



The bi-sexual Albanian bad girl from Oxygen's season 4 of The Bad Girls Club in Los Angeles was filmed prepping for her traditional wedding in New York to her fiance, Patriot. AND, she's also pregnant! The one-hour special aired last night, February 28, 2011, in place of a new episode of Season 6 of the Bad Girls Club.

Flo was 26 at the time of filming Season 4, from Staten Island, one of of my favorites, and no doubtingly a Bad Girl. It's nice to see women with some experiences as an adult on the show, rather than the current season who are mostly 21 years of age. She wasn't called 'old' once as Char has been called many times this season. Clips that I fondly recall from her season was the fight between her and Amber where she was pushed into a pool and injured her ankle. She grabbed Amber by the hair and flung her across the pool side. That was nuts! She was also that one that said "Shut the front door" in disbelief instead of "Shut the F up." Of course I don't know her personally but I thought she could be a good friend but wicked if you crossed her. There's a reason why she made the cut to be on The BGC.

I was looking forward to seeing her special as a fan of The BGC and as an Event Planner. The first season of The Love Games show was a spin off and aired last year. The next season of Love Games airs April 18th with Lea from Season 6, Natalie Nunn from Season 5 and Amber B. from Season 3 (Sarah Michaels' season). 'Flo Gets Married' was the first show focused on one former cast member. Although it's for a one night, it's still the first. Natalie Nunn will have her own show called "I Run LA".

As a bi-sexual, she told herself that when she falls in love, it doesn't matter if it was a man or woman, she's all in. And so she did. Got pregnant and decided that she was going have a traditional Albanian wedding. This meant going along with certain traditions I am not familiar with.

1) The future mother-in-law chooses the wedding dress. - Hmmm. I think she did a good job of going along with this. I bet women all over the country were shaking their heads at this. Personally, I lucked out because my future M-I-L has great taste. I definitely want my M-I-L there when I pick out my dress but given that she's on the other side of the country, I'm not sure it's going to happen.

2) The bride moves into the in-laws' house. - One of the things Flo brought with her was a promotional poster of the entire cast of her season. The M-I-L said she couldn't put it up in her room because people will see it. Flo obliged. I can understand about the poster. It is, after all, the in-laws' house. It wasn't clear how long the married couple had to live there after the marriage ceremony.

3) The bride is to serve coffee and tea to guests. - They called a new Albanian wife a Barbie Doll Slave. My eyes got so wide after seeing the training session Flo had. She had to serve tea and coffee on a tray. Mix it while properly postured. Serve the men first, then women. Be sure to not turn your back or show disrespect to the group upon exiting the room. AND all this while wearing a gown. That's one serious tea party if you have to wear a gown when you're acting as a servant. I wonder how long a new bride would have to do that. I believe she'd have to start doing this the day after wedding. For me, uhm, NO.

4) The groom picks up the bride on the day of the wedding. - Honey, meet me at the alter. Thanks.

5) The bride's parents escort her to the car, as a sign of giving her away, and do not attend the wedding. - I found this quite interesting. Flo lost her father when she was young. Her mother was definitely having a hard time with deciding not to attend and follow the traditions. I am not very close to my mother but she's invited to my wedding. If she decides not to attend, I can't force her to do so.

6) The newlyweds consummate the marriage with people outside the door. - Oh my! This reminds me of the episode of from The Tudors when the King ordered his beautiful sister to marry an old man and people were in the room as proof of consummation.

It was good to watch. I have never been or worked on an Albanian wedding so the exposure to the culture and additional knowledge is very much appreciated. Flo, I wish you nothing but happiness and a beautiful and healthy newborn.



Flo can be found on Twitter at @FloBGC.

What did you think of the show?
Which cast member should Oxygen do their next special on and why?