REPOST: Joanne & Keith {A Letter of Thanksgiving}

If you’re one of our Facebook fans, you probably saw my status about the special Thanksgiving Day post. It’s a few days late (don’t judge me) but here it is… Per my usual, I am switching things up a bit. In an effort to celebrate not only weddings, but also the beauty of marriage, I’ve asked a good friend of mine, Keith, to tell us why he’s thankful for his wife, Joanne. It’s our first full post from the male perspective. Let me know if you like it and I’ll try to do more of these. It’s always nice to hear a guy speak to a “cyber-room” full of women, don’t ya think? Enjoy!


A Letter of Thanksgiving
Joanne & Keith
September 29, 2006

I originally met my wife while we were both in college over 15 years ago. We have since fought 10,000 battles, (non of which I can claim victory), made up 10,000 times (guess I did win)  and discovered throughout that we were made for each other. My wife is without question my better half and I’m thankful for someone who truly completes me.  There is really no other way to describe it.  She is everything to me.

Christmas 2007

Before my kids, I was just grateful for the person my wife was to me.  Now I’m most grateful for the person she is to my family.  Either there is a shit load of tiny little elves running around doing all the things that just seem to effortlessly get done or she’s secretly a magician. I’m guessing the latter but until I catch her with the magic dust I have to just assume I married a very special lady.

Christmas 2009

I’m thankful for my wife as a lover, mother, wife, business woman, cook, tutor, teacher, confidant, organizer and for being the engine that makes my family run. But the thing I love most about my wife is the thing I can’t really explain…

Christmas 2010

  • Whatever it is that makes me pay the extra fee to change flights just so I can get home a few hours early to lay next to her.
  • Or maybe it’s whatever makes me drive to another state to see her when she would be home the next day anyway.
  • Or maybe it’s whatever makes me wish my daughter turns out like her.

(L to R) Kameron, Kennedy & Keith, Jr.

Whatever that unidentifiable thing may be that makes me fall in love with her time and time again, I am grateful for it.


You are the love of my life. I find you to be just as beautiful even more beautiful than the day we married 5 years ago. With each new year (and each new kid, lol) you have continued to amaze me with the way you love, nurture and protect not only our family but our love. Thank you for being my better half. I love you always and Happy Thanksgiving Baby!

P.S. – Can’t wait for dessert!


CREDITS: Wedding Photography – Platinum Photography; Christmas Pictures (2007 & 2009) – Benton Design Photography


Monday Morning Mentions {Vol. 8}

Goooooood Morning!! It’s been a while, right? I have some exciting things to share with you all, so do scroll, read, review & enjoy. Happy Monday!

#1 – In lieu of Mother’s Day yesterday, I stumbled upon this beautiful article that I had to share. It’s titled “An Open Letter to My Future Daughter: 10 Things I Will Tell [Her] about Love & Marriage”. It’s a great read and includes interesting tidbits such as “If he loves you he’ll want the best for you – even if it means he loses.” Powerful words right? Click the link to read more. I think you’ll enjoy and possibly share with your daughter(s)!

#2 – I’m so excited to also share this next piece of information. Earlier this month, I received news that I’d won a local radio contest for women that give back to the community. If you live in the DMV area, you are probably familiar with Majic 102.3. I was recently named Phenomenal Woman of the Month, for the month of May and will be going into the station this week for an interview. I’ll be sure to update you on when the interview airs. For now, check out the feature on their website.

#3 –   In wedding design news – have you heard about the new interactive wedding save-the-dates? Apparently, they are one of the top trends for 2012. How cute is this ” lottery scratch-off” save-the-date. I’ve seen crossword puzzles, tic tac toe and other similar activities on wedding announcements. You can find more interactive invite ideas on Check it out!

#4 – Do you want more of YesWeWed? Do you wish we’d publish posts more frequently? Well, you may soon be getting just that. I’m currently looking for support to help me grow the blog. If you know a dynamic college student that may be interested in joining the YesWeWed team please have them check out the ad. I’ve received some great applications already but wanted to make sure I shared this opportunity with readers as well.  ♥

#5 – Last but certainly not least, I have a video feature for you. This fairy-tale wedding took place in Paris, France and is nothing less than amazing. The bride is a famous actress in Nigeria and the groom is an international media consultant. Relish in the beauty of their wedding day as you enjoy the video!

Until next time,


Monday Morning Mentions {Vol. 7}

I’m back! Oh how I’ve missed thee. <3    I know I’ve been gone a bit longer than expected so I’ll get right into things.

#1 – In case you missed my last post, I’ve been gone for a while because I was busy auditioning to earn my spot back on the cheerleading team. I appreciate you all sticking with the blog in my absence and I’m happy to say that I successfully made the cut! I’ll be back on the sidelines this year as I cheer my 3rd season in the NFL. Super excited! That’s me below taking pics with all of my  teammates. I’m the only one looking up. haha


#2 – I stumbled across this super cute DIY project and just had to share with you all. Create these lovely chic pinwheels in 7 easy steps. I love the simplicity of them, yet they’re also kinda edgy as well. Create your own and use them at your bridal shower, engagement celebration, or even on wedding day!


#3 – I know many of you have your own businesses and blogs, so I just had to share this info about an upcoming conference. It’s called the Blogging While Brown Conference and it’s scheduled to take place the first week in June in Philly. Speakers include bloggers from,, and many other popular websites. I definitely plan to attend. Click the photo for more info and hope to see you there!


#4 – You all remember LaQuilla & Mark, right? They’re the beautiful couple behind the HusbandandWifeforLife movement. I know many of you loved their post, so I’m sharing this lovely pic of the bracelets that they sell on their site. I love these bracelets and I think they are a great way to spread the message as well as be reminded of the commitment you made to your spouse. You could even give them as a gift to a couple celebrating their anniversary.

#5 – What’s a “Monday Mention” without a video? Check out this lovely wedding day video by Three Rings Wedding. In it, a bride’s twin sister gives very touching words during the toast. Oh and you’re gonna love the bride’s dress too! :) Enjoy!



Until next time,



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