The Ramdolfi Wedding | The Wedding Party

The Ramdolfi Wedding | The Wedding Party

The Wedding Party — an outstanding, brilliant, loyal group of ladies and gentlemen standing by our side as we embark on the adventure of a lifetime. Surrounding us during the most important day of our lives, the wedding party demonstrates why they have become the most trusted people to us.

The Groomsmen

The Bridesmaids

The Wedding Party

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The Ramdolfi Wedding | The Bride

The Ramdolfi Wedding | The Bride

The Bride — a stunning, caring, (actually) humble woman about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime. Surrounded by her most trusted women from different stages of her life, Mrs. Ramdolfi spent her last minutes as a bachelorette as follows.

The Bride and her Vows

The Bride and her Dress

The Bride and her Bridesmaids

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The Ramdolfi Wedding | The Groom

The Ramdolfi Wedding | The Groom

The Groom — a confident, handsome, humble genius about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime. Surrounded by his most trusted men from different stages of his life, Mr. Ramdolfi spent his last minutes as a bachelor as follows.

The Groom and his Vows

The Groom and the Power Snack

The Groom and his Groomsmen

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The Ramdolfi Wedding | The Venue

The Ramdolfi Wedding | The Venue

When we visited Orcutt Ranch for the final walk-through, we could picture what our wedding would look like, but actually looking at our venue as we intended it to look was a dream come true. Every detail that we spent a year planning came to life. It was perfect.

The Ceremony

The Reception

The Happily Ever After

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The Ramdolfis

The Ramdolfis

At last, my best friend is my wife. In retrospect, it’s clear that she was always the one. However, it took us years to arrive at forever and always. Our story begins 11 years ago during the summer of 2008 in a Southern California desert, right in the middle of nowhere. We were but teenagers who attended the same youth group meeting. While we were instantly infatuated, it would be almost a decade before we would admit it. We filled the years with phones calls, handwritten letters, and after moving to opposite sides of the country, overnight flights to see one another. Fast forward to April 2017, with a dozen roses in one hand and a guitar in the other, I surprise-serenaded her in the middle of the night surrounded by some of our closest friends in my attempt to ask her to be my girlfriend — she said yes. I promptly proceeded to quit my job, subleased my apartment, and bequeathed my possessions to move back Los Angeles where we would sign a lease. I began to plan the engagement, and the following year on the exact 10 year anniversary of when we met, I asked her to marry me — she said yes. The following year was a wonderful blur of wedding planning. Finally, as she walked down the aisle, I looked back at the long road that lead us to that moment where I would ask her in front of our friends and family to be my wife — she said yes.

Boyfriend and girlfriend, fiancé and fiancée, husband and wife, each of these periods pictured above have been a blessing unlike anything I could have ever imagined, each better than the last. As we embark on the adventure of a lifetime, as Mr. and Mrs. Ramdolfi, I thank the Lord for taking me to the middle of nowhere all those years ago and introducing me to my best friend, my better half, my wife.

Tell me, have you ever experienced a moment in life that seemed ordinary at the time but turned out to be momentous years later?

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Getting Married, This Week

Getting Married, This Week

A few months ago I started this lifestyle blog to spread positivity, optimism, and a vicarious insight to life on the west coast, through married life in Los Angeles under the influence of caffeine. I was supposed to start writing next week, after the wedding. But if you’re reading this, chances are that you chose to follow my caffeinated adventure — thank you, you’re the best! — and thus know that I started early with engaged life in Los Angeles under the influence of caffeine. That, or you’re reading this from the future — perhaps our children reading what your parents’ life was like in their youth? Hi kids, dinner’s ready, get off you holographic smartwatches and come to the table.

At last, the wedding is days away. After 11 years since I met her, 3 years since I started pursuing her, 2 years since I asked her to be my girlfriend, and 1 year since the engagement, it’s time. Finally, I get to become one with my best friend under the eyes of God. To say that I am blessed, would be the understatement of the century. I am not trying to boast, but rather share the joy of this moment — and perhaps inspire you to believe in love.

As I wrap up my journey as a bachelor, I think of the long and broken road that led me here. I wish things had been different. I am thankful for every stage of the journey, but I wish I could have had all of those years we spent as friends, as the lovers that we are today. That said, if given the chance I would not change a thing. I would not choose asking her out on day one if that meant risking arriving at “I do.” It was a long, long road, but it was well worth the drive; and I for one, cannot wait to start the next journey later this week.

Tell me, how long did it take you to ask your significant other out? Would you change things if you could? Do you think we’ll have commercially available holographic technology in our lifetime?

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License To Wed

License To Wed

This week the wife-elect and I picked up our wedding license! Upon signing our license in just a couple of weeks, we will officially be Mr. and Mrs. Ramdolfi! This experience has been, well, everything! It has been fun, confusing, stressful, and ultimately satisfying — that is, once we had the license in hand. That said, there were some interesting items we learned along the way, namely, the following.

• Legal Name Change: Perhaps the most shocking fact we learned, is that in the United States there is not one single governmental institution that legally changes your name. After asking over and over to no avail, we finally came to an understanding that a wedding license is effectively a “ticket” to change your name, which is “activated” upon signing it during the ceremony. We must then mail this license to the registrar via snail mail, in order to receive a marriage certificate. Then, we have to take this certificate to both, the Social Security Administration offices, and the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), to change our names with each office. Only then, are our names considered legally changed.

• Name Change Cost: Last year when I was still working mostly with lawyers, I was advised about the process and cost of changing your name. It sounded like a daunting and expensive process reaching the hundreds of dollars price mark. Fortunately, we learned that getting married is the exception! You may change your middle and last names at no extra cost when purchasing your wedding license — at $91 for a public marriage license, I am thankful for the almost $1,000 savings!

• The Courthouse: Part of obtaining the license is picking it up, which can only be done in person with photo ID in hand. This was interesting because it resembled going to a DMV, but in a marble building, a fancy DMV — part of it I think was because we went to the Beverly Hills branch office, which is just awesome! We had to go through TSA-type security (not awesome), take the elevator to the 3rd floor, and enter the room designated for both wedding licenses and traffic court, which we were definitely not expecting. We thought it was funny that there was a long line in the traffic court section and absolutely no one in the wedding license section.

Shortly after we arrived, an elderly couple (with white hair, limited mobility, and likely no younger than 80) joined us in the wedding license section. We overheard them say “neither of us have ever been married and were wondering if we could get married.” It was heart-warming and inspiring. It was a nice reminder that it is never too late for love, and that I am incredibly fortunate to have met my future wife so young. I can’t wait to grow old by her side.

Tell me, what was your experience with the legalities behind marriage? Is getting a wedding license as complicated in your country as it is in the United States? Would you legally change your name for love?

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