Recommended books for your relationship

My husband and I have recently passed the one year mark of our marriage (woohoo!). I know it’s just the start of a life long commitment but I had always heard that the first year was the toughest. Thankfully we made it through without any major hiccups and it’s been such a blessing having my husband around everyday (and not just for getting rid of insects…)

wedding photos | micheleng.com We’ve definitely had our share of disagreements – especially with the baby’s arrival – but a few books we read before our engagement and wedding really helped adjust our perspectives to make our first year of adjustments much easier.

I’ve been sharing this list with a lot of friends and thought I’d post it here in case anyone else finds it useful. These aren’t in any order of preference as we found each book helpful in its own way…. 

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New beginnings (part I)

The end of 2013 and 2014 has been a season of new beginnings. In navigating these new waters, I’ve been amiss in posting regularly but hopefully things will get better with time!

For those who have been asking about what’s been going on, I’ve decided to post up a brief update of how crazy life has been with one thing happening after another.

The first new beginning: Married life (early Aug 2013)

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Our wedding photos

It has been forever since I last posted and I’ll explain why in the next few posts coming up… Thank you for those of you who have messaged me to ask for updates and to check up on me! Your love has been very encouraging the past few months :)

In the meantime, I’d like to share some of our favorite wedding photos taken by our talented (and now friend), Amelia from mela de gypsie in Singapore.

To kick it off, a focus on some of the DIY handmade items I created for the wedding:

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Paper flower bouquets

Sometime back, my friend Cherie and I put together some bouquets for the wedding made from artificial flowers. Those were beautiful but my hands were also itching to complete the paper flower set for the wedding (comprising paper flower pew decor, corsages and boutonnières and now bouquets).

So I managed to squeeze in some time to put together a few paper flower bouquets.

Here’s a closer look at some photos I snapped before the wedding:

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A single large paper flower for our darling flower girl Sophie.

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A simple flower bouquet for our sweetheart maid-of-honor Rachelle (she’s the reason we met!).

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Paper flower corsages and boutonnières

Not all pinned corsages and boutonnières have to be made of fresh flowers! There’ve been really cute ones used, such as action figurines and even sweets.

To stay true to using paper flowers, our pinned corsages, boutonnières and flowers for my hair were also made of paper. Other paper flower items include the church pew decorations, the flower girl’s large flower, my maid-of-honor’s and my hand bouquet. Yes, my friends thought I was crazy.

But now that the wedding frenzy is over, there’s finally more time to share more of what was done!

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