Wedding Recap – The First Look

Thank you so much for all the sweet comments you left from the first wedding recap. There will be plenty of wedding talk in the days ahead. It was such a wonderful day and we were so happy to have shared it with those closest to us. There were many friends and relatives who were not able to travel to Mexico with us. These recaps are our way to share the details of our wedding day with everyone, including you, my friends who I have made thru the blog world.

But, lets talk food first….

It has been awhile since I made snack bars. I need to get back to making them almost on a weekly basis. With Chris going diving whenever he gets the chance, and my multiple hiking trips this week, we needed snack bars with substance.

By substance, I meant thick and hearty snack bars that can fend off hunger  until we get can home to eat a meal.


Ever since I made the almond flour pancakes, I have wanted to use more of my blanched almond flour supply. This recipe is from Elana’s pantry and they are dense and very nutty. I love her blog because she uses almond flour and coconut flour in her recipes and those are two ingredients that I want to incorporate in my adventures in the kitchen.

These bars are made up of almost all nuts, except for the chocolate chips I added. You can also crumble the bar and put it on your smoothie, which I have done many times.

You can eat these for breakfast with a protein smoothie or make it more fun and eat it on top of your protein smoothie. The choice is yours.


Breakfast Nut Bars

1 ¼ cup blanched almond flour
¼ teaspoon sea salt
¼ teaspoon baking soda
¼ cup coconut oil
¼ cup agave nectar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
½ cup pumpkin seeds
½ cup sunflower seeds
¼ cup almond slivers
¼ cup chocolate chips

  1. In a small bowl, combine almond flour, salt and baking soda
  2. In a large bowl, combine grapeseed oil, agave and vanilla
  3. Stir dry ingredients into wet
  4. Mix in coconut, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, almond slivers and chocolate
  5. Grease an 8×8 baking dish with grapeseed oil
  6. Press the dough into the baking dish, wetting your hands with water to help pat the dough down evenly or you can wrap your hand with plastic wrap and then press the dough down.
  7. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes

Makes 12-16 bars



Wedding Recap

While I was getting ready, our wedding guests made their boat trip from the Puerto Vallarta marina to the secluded wedding venue, 45 minutes away.


My niece Jazzy was our flower girl. I was so happy to see these moments I missed on the boat captured in pictures. These are some of my favorite pictures from the day.

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The First Look

We decided ahead of time that we wanted to see each other before we walked down the aisle.

We wanted the “first look” in private. The excitement and anticipation has been building all day and it meant so much to see each other and hold each other other before we got married in front of everyone.

I waited in my bridal casita until Chris was ready.


He patiently waited for me.


As I walked towards him.


He turned around and gave me the biggest smile 🙂


I looked at him and emotions came over me. I was thinking of how proud I am to marry him and how happy I was that this day has come.

I try to fight back the tears. I remember it being so serene and just hearing the ocean in the background.


I immediately reached out to him and said softly, “Hi hunny“.  We shared a laugh, lots of touching and maybe a stolen kiss?!? It was just what we needed before we headed down to the beach to get married.


We cherished the last moments before we officially became husband and wife.

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We held hands, walking down the steps, to the wedding ceremony where all our friends and family were waiting for us.


To be continued…..


  1. Those bars sound fabulous! I love all of the almond flour in them! 🙂


  2. 🙂 SO sweet. your bouquet is gorgeous. And you niece? Adorable as always!! Yayy for a fun new bar recipe

  3. SO BEAUTIFUL! Just how you described how you felt right before and when you saw him for the first time is so sweet! I love it! How cute, he had the biggest smile ever! I loved your flowers too, very pretty and the colors are beautiful together : )

    Your niece looked adorable too, how sweet she is in those pics, she looked excited to be the flower girl : )

    Loving these recaps!!!

    xoxo ❤ Happy Weekend!!!

  4. Annette (Defiant Vegan) says:

    Those bars look so delicious I have all the ingredients and I want to try them as well.

    You look fabulous by the way and your niece so cute she looks gorgeous. = )

  5. Hi, did u walk down the aisle w/a bouquet?

    • Hi Diane, Yes I walked down the aisle carrying my bouquet on my left hand and holding my dad on my right hand. Then gave my bouquet to my maid of honor during the ceremony.

  6. thanks for sharing @_@ i’m a big fan… ^^

  7. HI Lea – just stumbled across your blog from a fitnessista comments section. Your wedding photos are absolutely gorgeous!! and I can’t wait to try those chocolate protein pancakes. Great blog 🙂

  8. Hi Lea, those nut bars look scrumptious. And you look gorgeous in your wedding photos – thank you for sharing!

  9. Oh sweet and beautiful first looks, I love them. And I LOVE your bouquet! Are those orchids? Stunning. Each and every picture!

    Also, Jazzy is too cute. Love this entire post!

  10. Oh Lea, if I were the groom, I think I would be slapped dumb to see you walking down the aisle!!! And from the look of your husband, he is just beaming with joy and pride! You are SO freaking gorgeous…and I love that you chose orchids!! One of my favorite flowers. 🙂

  11. Jazzy looked so adorable! Lea, you looked so goregous! I cannot get over how beautiful your gown is! You can just see in those pictures of you and Chris how much you both love each other. I am loving your recaps! 🙂

  12. BEAUTIFUL – you look stunning and the pictures of you as a couple are just perfect. And look at that Jazzy – her spunk just shines through – love it!

  13. SO BEAUTIFUL!!!!

  14. Oh my gosh, You were stunning! Gorgeous pictures!!! Congratulations!!!!

  15. Love the raw (happy) emotion captured in these photos!


  1. […] Chris and I already had our first look and our moment together before our walk down the aisle, we were able to focused on our families and friends waiting for […]

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