Wedding Weekend

We are so, so very happy that you will be attending our wedding here in Colorado and we would love to give you additional information about everything we have planned, as well as directions to the cabin and much more!
All information is also available at
Now that you have RSVP’d and are ready to join us in celebrating love, here is everything you need to know:
All celebrations will officialy start on Thursday, September 18th, at 8pm in Estes Park!
To all Brazilians and out-of-state guests: the City of Denver has provided us with local magazines, guides and important information. Make sure to check in with us either in Denver or at the cabin, so you can pick you your Welcome Package! There will be a lot of good information and tips on what to do in the area!
September 16th – 4pm
Downtown Tour + 1UP
Baseball Game Rockies vs. Dodgers 
Coors Field Stadium
Denver, CO
Bret will be taking all Brazilian guests and out-of-state guests who will be in town to have some fun in downtown Denver and to see a baseball game! This will be the very first baseball game that many of our Brazilian guests will see in person and everyone is super excited! Vanessa will not attend. (I need work on my skin and beauty sleep before heading to the mountains.). Please, let Bret know if you plan to attend, so he can reserve tickets.
Thursday, September 18th
Star Gazing – 8pm 
Whispering Pines Mountain Hideaway
Estes Park, CO
We are very excited to join our friends and family at the cabin and enjoy time outdoors.  Hopefully, the weather will cooperate and we will be able to spot amazing stars in the Colorado sky on thursday night! We will talk, enjoy a picnic and some music too!
Friday, September 19th
Hike + BBQ – 3pm
Whispering Pines Mountain Hideaway
Estes Park, CO
We will gather to go on a short, easy hike around the area. We might try a hike near Lily Lake, a beautiful lake located a few miles from the house. If you want to arrive early, you will be able to customize your hike t-shirt. Yes, we made personalized t-shirts and my mom will put together a customization station so you can attach sequins, buttons, lace, cut it, do whatever you want to your tee to reflect who you are! Afterwards, we will have a BBQ dinner at the deck, overlooking Rocky Mountain National Park.
Saturday, September 20th
Wedding – 2pm
Whispering Pines Mountain Hideaway
Estes Park, CO
…who knows what to expect here???
As long as I don’t have a panic attack we are good! (joinha!)
Sunday, September 21st
Beer + Brat Festival – noon
Downtown Estes Park, CO
To help cure our collective hungover, we will meet in downtown Estes Park to check out the area and eat bratwurst of all kinds possible and imaginable. This is an yearly festival that pairs brats and beer, loads of local beer!

Our Venue

Hello, friends!

I’m sharing here some useful information about our venue!

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The cabin was spared the devastating floods that affected the area in September/October 2013.

There is so much to do in the area, we recommend you visit the official websites for Estes Park and the Rocky Mountain National Park.

Visit Estes Park: (Gorgeous images from the area!)

The venue website is:

The cabin is located at an altitude of 9,200 ft. It can be reached by either Highway 7 or Highway 36 which takes you through Estes Park and then connecting to Highway 7 to approach the location.

Because the cabin is so up high, some lowlanders find it helpful to spend a day or two around Denver to acclimate to the heights of Colorado. Others have no problem at all.

The cabin butts up against the Rocky Mountain National Park and consists of 6 acres of Pine Trees and rock formations. You will literally by at the Rockies. There are many hiking trails and we are just five minutes away from beautiful Lily Lake. We recommend that you start your outdoor experience by visiting the lovely lake and walking around it.

There are two fireplaces in the cabin. The first floor has a wood burning stove; the second floor has a large stone fireplace. Both are fired with pine logs which are found in abundance on the property.

You will be in the mountains backing up to the Rocky Mountain National Park. Periodically, elk wander on the property. They are protected animals and should just be enjoyed and not challenged or frightened. During the early fall matting season (in which our wedding will take place), keep your distance from all bull elks.

There are bears in the area. Generally they are shy and do not like to be around humans. They are normally looking for easy food (garbage). Do not leave food or garbage outside at any time.

Squirrels, chipmunks and the hammock. These little critters are in abundance at the cabin. They love to take a thread out of the hammock for nesting material.

There are 2 golf courses, tennis courts, and lots of fishing opportunities around the area.

Please, remember to pack, a sweater and a jacket, sturdy boots or tennis shows, a hat, sunglasses and water bottles to any hike up the mountains or while walking the many trails in the area.

If you decide to swim in the lake, sunscreen is highly recommended at this altitude.

Cabin rules:

1. Smoking is not allowed. Smoking is not allowed in the cabin, deck, or on the 6 acre property. If you need to smoke, please do so in your own vehicle. This is a HIGH FIRE HAZARD area, so cigarets must be extinguished properly and placed in an appropriate receptacle.

2. Pets are not allowed.

The cabin is located on 707 Goblins’ Castle Road, Estes Park, Colorado.

An AWD car is recommend to reach the cabin through the dirt roads.



a few weeks ago we finally mailed all our friends and family our official Engagement Announcement card! here it is:

vanessathe card was created by designer Lisa Nelson, from My Little Buffalo!

I noticed the card took a long time to be delivered in Brazil! also, a few people got confused and thought the card was the engagement party invitation! this was our official announcement and the invitation should arrive in Brazil this week!

all our vendor’s info is here!


the best thing about being ENGAGED is…

…that I’m constantly pushing myself to be better and more creative!

I never thought before that being engaged would change anything in my life! I mean, Bret and I have been together for like, EVER! we love each other very much, we have been through hell and back, I feel like we are married most of the time and an engagement, to me, meant a nice ring because that’s American tradition, and that’s all! Right? No! WRONG, WRONG, WRONG!

I always wondered what those girls, that dream about their weddings would feel like! I was never one of those girls!

I think that those are the girls that buy into the entire wedding industry, that have a pre-fabricated idea of what their wedding will look like, because that’s what they have seen in the media!

And I had made peace with my lifelong singleness.

This feeling of peace is why it will take me a lifetime to understand and accept I am, in fact ENGAGED!


I never played house or played let’s get married as a child [unless it meant I could kiss the boys in the neighborhood, I was interested in that, not in play house…], I never spent time thinking about my wedding dress, my dream wedding, my prince, any of that I consider bullshit! In fact, I was pretty sure I would never meet anyone who would like to be with me, much less get married. Not because I think little of myself, but because I think too much and I’m extremely difficult! Poor Bret!

I cannot help, but think of all the things I will kiss goodbye and the things I’ll welcome in our lives! Because, now, it’s OUR LIVES! TWO PEOPLE TOGETHER! SCARY! Jesus!

While I’m planning for our engagement party, to celebrate our love with our families, to officially feel engaged, I catch myself thinking, thinking harder, of what I want to be, how I want to express that, how I want this party to reflect what kind of people we are!

And I push myself. I push myself always to be more creative. To search inside what is it that I like, to let go of what I have seen in the media, of what other people like and think: WHAT IS IT THAT I LIKE?

I already came up with a few ideas, that feel right. That feel very ME! or US!?! I hope this is reflected everywhere! And I continue to push myself.

The other day, I was researching, what is it that a Brazilian engagement party looks like. See, I left Brazil as a child, really, and I never had the chance to participate in a lot of grown ups’ stuff, like weddings and engagement parties! Then I went online and started researching Brazilian wedding blogs!

This is what I found:

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photos: Constance Zahn

I can’t really express in words how much I dislike the idea of an engagement party like that! It’s stuffy! Although, everything looks beautiful and very tasteful, it also feels OLD! Like this beautiful couple is from the 50’s and in an incredibly boring setting. I could NEVER!

The I found this:

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Photos: Vestida de Noiva

I like this way better than the first version. At least, it looks like it happened in this century… However, it’s way TOO LAIDBACK! And hey, I’d like to think I’m a laidback girl! It looks like no HEART went into it. This looks like any barbecue I’d throw, not like a special moment!

So, two opposites! The more I researched, the more I found more of the same: either stuffy engagements/weddings, without any personality and too traditional for my taste. Or too simple, nothing special, without any thought or heart! And I hate both styles!

It reminds me why is it that I always felt like I don’t belong when I lived in BRAZIL! Because I actually do not belong, to any of those worlds! I don’t belong to the old, traditional, stuffy, let’s show off to mommy’s friends world! I don’t belong to the I’m way too simple and I don’t really care world!

Sometimes, it’s hard to find creativity of spontaneity in Brazil!

Then I found a place in NYC – of all places! – that embodies exactly what I think: Stone Fox Bride! A place that has a heart, that embodies what we live today, that will present me with inspiration for events that that happening in this century, in 2013, 2014, 2015, not in 1956!

This is how they describe themselves: “Stone Fox Bride is a laid back, high-fashion, punk-bohemian bridal showroom in downtown New York City.”

This is what I’m talking about!

This is their home page:

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Because, you know what, sometimes you kiss the people you love. Because you love people, not a gender! And Jemima Kirke is awesome!

Their Pinterest page is beautiful, full of inspiration! The kind of inspiration that is NOT what your grandmother envisions for your wedding day! You know, the best kind, the 2013 kind!

I’ll spend an entire weekend thinking about how can I push myself to be more like MYSELF, you know…

Have a wonderful weekend!


Did you know?


A long time ago, circa 3,000 B.C., Egyptians reportedly exchanged plants twisted into small circles as wedding bands!

Hemp and other plant-sourced rings, however, quickly gave way to more durable materials like bone, leather and ivory!



The ancient Greeks and Romans considered the vein in the left finger which can be traced to the heart, the “Vena Amoris“, “Veia do Amor” or “The Vein of Love”!


Today, Swedish women wear three bands: one for the engagement, one for the wedding, one for motherhood. Brazilians wear only one band, the engagement and wedding band are usually the same. After a woman becomes a mother, she wear a gold necklace with the image of the child.


I’m wearing my engagement ring on my right hand. People get very confused by that…

I’m trying to marry a few Brazilian traditions to American traditions! Bret gave me a ring, which is an American tradition, but it will be worn only on my right hand until the wedding, when we will move it to my left hand!



Our mixed culture is something that’s really important to me and something I plan on carrying throughout all our wedding events and our lives together!




We are currently, tirelessly, working on all our engagement stationary and the ONE of the most important features for us was that the entire stationary be interactive. Since we live away from all our friends and family, it was important to us that our guests could participate, interact, celebrate with us, even from a distance! Also, online plays a gigantic role for us! We have family and friends that will not access too much online info, therefore, the most important pieces will be printed and sent through the mail!

We started dreaming up interactive save-the-dates, invitations and programs that encourage our guests to play along. Be prepared, we are full of ideas! The entire suite includes:

  • Engagement Announcement – the card is still at the press
  • Paperless Post Save the Dates – sent via e-mail to everyone!
  • Private Facebook Group: Celebrate!
  • Wedding site/blog
  • Wedding app
  • Monograms – both printed and downloadable
  • Phone Wallpaper
  • Use of Hashtags: #wesmellthesame and #maelshugrue
  • Engagement Party Invitation
  • Favors

The whole shebang!

It’s one of the main reasons I really want to take my time, enjoy this moment, really think this through. The material our guests will receive in their homes, or virtually, will be created with thought and love. We are not going for perfection here! We are trying to feel who we are and who we are as a couple and express that through our stationary and all communication media between us and our guests!

Today, I’m going to focus on our Phone Wallpapers!


Phone Wallpaper

Both B. and I are rocking our customized wallpapers! The series “We Smell The Same” is a free, downloadable print offered by Wedding Chicks! It’s one of our favorite designs, with the couple of foxes illustrated in the cards! I’m obsessed with illustration and we are trying to incorporate the work of our favorite artists in our suite.

The flowery monogram is also from Wedding Chicks! One of my favorite Etsy shops, Loft Life Press [it seems their Etsy store is deactivated] created these romantic, floral designs, their stationary is to die for! A big contender for the wedding stationary!


Phone Wallpaper 1:

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weddingchicks-download-1369632437If you would like a high-res copy of our monograms, let me know and I’ll send you through email!