Be Right Back

Be Right Back

Please pardon our absence — we thought it prudent to disconnect from the internet during our honeymoon. We promise we’ll be right back to answer all your comments, emails, and share our adventures! In the meantime, please enjoy this picture of our most adorable family member, Bagheera, caught indulging in some sweets.

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Sports Photography at the Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival

Sports Photography at the Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival

After what was supposed to be a 45 minute drive, which turned into a 2 hour LA traffic experience (part of the not-so-unusual reality of living in Los Angeles), I arrived at Long Beach’s Dragon Boat Festival. Personally, I had never even heard of the sport until I joined my startup and my manager mentioned it. It turns out that not only does she practice it, she competes at an international level! As such, when she mentioned that she would be competing over the weekend, I felt privileged to attend the event and show my support!

As an added bonus, I was able to test my sports photography skills. Spoiler alert: I have a long road ahead of me before I can add these on my resume. That said, it was a good learning experience! A few of the things I learned: 1) Bring a telephoto zoom lens with you, 2) If possible, make use of a tripod, and 3) You have to be fast! I look forward to the next opportunity to fine-tune these skills. On the bright side, I made a friend (pictured above). I named him, Leslie.

Tell me, are you familiar with Dragon Boat racing? How are your sports photography skills? What do you think Leslie is thinking about?

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Hollywood Hills

Hollywood Hills

Today’s photograph of Los Angeles’ Hollywood Hills (and the 101) is brought to you by Mrs. Ramdolfi. It was actually a last minute occurrence. We suddenly realized that we were driving through a fantastic vantage point, and simply had to stop the car to take a picture — it’s ok, there weren’t any cars behind us.

A stunning wife photographing Los Angeles

The wife quickly jumped out of the car, and with her DSLR in hand, she took a brief moment to compose the perfect shot. Naturally, I took advantage of the situation to capture the most beautiful sight in all of Los Angeles, her.

Mrs. Ramdolfi’s photograph of the 101 through Hollywood Hills

Satisfied with her capture, she hopped back in the car right on time to resume traffic before other vehicles could approach us. It is moments like this one that make me appreciate the green grass in our own backyard.

Tell me, do you ever take a moment to appreciate the beauty in your own neighborhood?

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Random Ralphs Run

Random Ralphs Run

Finally back at home, the wife wanted a watermelon, for which I summoned my best Princess Bride impersonation and replied: “As you wish!” We jumped in the car and were on our way to our local Ralphs for a quick grocery run.

Mr. Ramdolfi sporting his new Shady Rays on the way to Ralphs.

A hop, skip, and a jump later, we had arrived. The parking lot was mostly full as expected, it almost always is. After catching sight of someone backing up and proceeding to take their former spot, I offered the Mrs. a hand, and we headed toward our first grocery trip as a married couple. Mundane as it may have been, it felt special.

I always try taking turns carrying the grocery basket, but somehow it always ends up being my turn…

We headed straight to the produce section at the entrance of the store. Right away we spotted the reason for our trip: watermelons! At 19¢ a pound, it was an offer we could not resist — for a second there that felt like one of my coffee reviews.

The object of our trip!

The wife knocked on each of the watermelons, listening intently for their degree of ripeness. She sought a hollow sound, which she claims means the watermelon is more crisp and juicy — likely a better method than mine, which admittedly consists of grabbing whichever one is closest.

It wouldn’t be a Ramdolfi grocery trip without the wife picking up some strawberries.

After selecting the winning watermelon (and some unscheduled strawberries), we briefly considered perusing the isles for snacks and goodies. Tempting. However, we are trying to live our best lives, and that includes healthy eating — hence the fruit instead of, say, Spicy Nacho Doritos. Those are reserved for cheat days.

Mr. Ramdolfi secures the goods.

Fruit in hand, we checked out at the self-checkout stations. We usually choose self-checkouts whenever possible, we find them to be more efficient. And just like that, our first local adventure as a married couple had come to an end. Mission Accomplished.

Tell me, do you enjoy grocery shopping, or do you consider it a chore? Would you rather have fresh fruit or chips as a snack? Do you prefer to check out with a cashier or at a self-checkout?

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At Last, The Wedding Vows

At Last, The Wedding Vows

If you’re reading this, I have just spoken the following vows to my wife.

Over a decade ago I walked into a youth group for the first time. That Wednesday night God introduced me to the most amazing girl I would ever meet. The type that you never forget, no matter the time, or distance. That night was the first step in the journey that would bring us to this very moment, and what a journey it has been.

I will not narrate every chapter of our story, mainly because I was told I only had 5 minutes, tops. I will however highlight, that you were always the first I would visit on my random unsolicited drives to friends’ houses in high school. You were always the first I would invite to every one of my fraternity’s date events during college. And you were always the first I would talk about with my friends in New York. You were always there, even when you weren’t. I am privileged to call you my friend, let alone my best friend.

Before today I sincerely believed people said I married my best friend because it sounded sweet. I mean up until you, each of these men had held that title. I must admit that asking a friend out was a foreign concept to me, which only made that night at Royce Hall all the more daunting. But for some unexplainable reason you said yes, twice. To say that I am blessed would be an understatement of unprecedented proportions.

But for once, enough about me. Love, you are, everything. You are loving, faithful, and kind. You are selfless, the likes of which I have only read in the Bible. You are caring, compassionate, and empathetic. You always put others before yourself, and you are the first to offer a helping hand, even when it’s inconvenient, specially when it’s inconvenient. You are intelligent, stunning, and much, much more than I have time to share. You are unlike anyone I have ever met. You are the love of my life.

Today, I vow to put you before myself. Hold and cherish, sickness and health, I vow to love you with the full force of my relentless narcissism. To do everything I can to make you as happy as you make me. To be the man that you deserve, and the one you need. To support, encourage, and inspire you. To be your partner, til death do us part. I pray that God gives me the wisdom to be the best husband, for who I already know will be the best wife.

Love, I have never been accused of lacking confidence, and as such I can say, I have never been more confident about anything else in my life, than us. I am thankful for the past 11 years of friendship and I look forward to a lifetime of marriage. I look forward to all of it! From building a family and growing old together, to sharing my shirts with you, spending 30 minutes to an hour recreating that scene from the Notebook every time I ask you what you want for dinner, and getting up to open the window, even though I had just gotten comfortable.

In all seriousness, I look forward to the adventure of a lifetime with you by my side, as one, under God. I love you, Mrs. Ramdolfi.

Introducing, Mr. & Mrs. Ramdolfi

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Orcutt Ranch’s Rose Garden

Orcutt Ranch’s Rose Garden

While at our wedding venue walk-through last week, the wife-elect and I took a minute to capture some of the flora from the rose gardens at Orcutt Ranch — with a DSLR. The following are some of my favorite shots!



Tell me, what is your favorite rose color? What about your favorite type of flower? If you had to choose, would you rather receive a dozen roses or a box of chocolates?

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The Walk-Through

The Walk-Through

There is just over a week left before “I do!” Let me rephrase that, we are getting married next week! We are beyond excited! Everything is (finally) starting to fall into place. As we wrap up the final details, we visited our wedding venue for the walk-through.

It took us several months of research and visits across LA in search of the perfect wedding venue to find Orcutt Ranch late last year. It feels like just last week that we were giving our down payment, and now we are visiting one last time with our vendors to take care of the details.

After over a year of planning, the walk-through was rather straightforward, which was a great confirmation that our plan is coming together! We are equally excited for the amazing vendors we were able to secure. Although, even if we had the most simple tables, chairs, and meals, Orcutt’s stunning flora, fauna, and architecture would make our wedding memorable!

We love everything about our venue! From the beautiful gazebo, to the rose garden, to the ceremony site surrounded with greenery, Orcutt Ranch is a godsend! It alone already makes the wedding incredible, but it is the right woman what makes it perfect.

Tell me, how long did it take you to find the right venue? Do you prefer indoor or outdoor venues? What is the most important aspect of choosing a venue for you?

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