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us at christmas.

I adore the holiday season. Absolutely adore! It’s when the rain falls and the big coats come out, the scarves are thrown around our necks and big thick socks snuggle our toes inside our new leather boots. It’s when the air smells of cinnamon and pine from the tree lots on every corner. It’s when entire streets light up and sparkle from the twinkling lights proudly displayed on homes. It’s when families gather in the warmth of a familiar home, singing Christmas carols until your eyes roll and filling up on all the bear hugs and snuggles you missed out on over the busy year. It’s just, well, my favorite.

For our holiday cards, I wanted to bring that same warm, sweet cinnamon smell, snuggling type of feel. If you read my what it feels like post though, then you know life happened and I just had to roll with the punches and hoped that we got at least one photo we could use. And you know what? This photo, it’s so US! I don’t even need to describe it, it just defines our crazy lives and our fun-loving relationship. So although there aren’t warm coats, Christmas trees or even snuggling, my hope is that when you opened the card, you felt like we gave you a big ol’ bear hug. Cortez style.



photo Megan Welker | wall map National Geographic | dress Forever 21 | duvet & deer head Urban Outfitters | bed & yellow frame Ikea

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  • Catie RonquilloDecember 12, 2011 - 1:16 pm

    What FUN photos! And I LOVE that wall map! Merry Christmas! 🙂

  • Ashley PerezDecember 12, 2011 - 1:47 pm

    This just arrived in my mailbox today and it’s my favorite Christmas card I’ve received so far! You are just adorable, Ala.

  • Marissa RodriguezDecember 12, 2011 - 1:54 pm

    OH MY GOSH!!!! You are so adorable! And HOT! Ugh. Love you! Dying over the giant map and your dress!!!

  • CarleeDecember 12, 2011 - 1:58 pm

    Love These!!! SO Fun!! You two make for a really beautiful couple!!
    Happy Holidays!!

  • erinDecember 12, 2011 - 2:34 pm

    i LOVE ALL OF THESE. . . and i mostly love you two. and your holiday card. hands down my fav of all times. because it IS so perfectly YOU!!

  • lisa BautistaDecember 12, 2011 - 9:10 pm

    Iv’e just veiwed these beautiful pic’s of this beautiful couple, amazing work on these pic’s for the season.. Alicia your talent and art amazes me, I wish you both a joyous Christmas!!!!

  • Erin LynnDecember 13, 2011 - 12:36 pm

    awww…i love these! So beautiful and totally the christmas spirit!

  • JasminDecember 13, 2011 - 6:26 pm

    The second I saw the stamp I knew it’s gotta be a card from you Ala! Thank you sooo much! We love the card and the pictures! I can totally feel the loooove between you and Steven 🙂 Happy holidays to you two as well! xxoo Jasmin & Nader

  • Adrienne GundeDecember 15, 2011 - 12:47 pm

    Everything about this post is so cozy and sweet and beautiful! You and Steve are seriously THE cutest and Megan did a wonderful job capturing your interactions! LOVE!

  • Chelsea McGowanDecember 15, 2011 - 2:09 pm

    Hi Ala!
    I’m a long time reader, but have never commented (I don’t think). I just wanted to let you know that even though I’m in Texas and you’re in SoCal (My home state) we SO could have met in person last week if I wasn’t a chicken. I was waiting for some friends to exit Space Mountain at Disneyland on Thursday, and saw you come off the ride. I actually might have creeped out your husband, because I made eye contact and recognized him. I immediately felt like an idiot for not saying something, but I didn’t want to interrupt your date day.
    I hope you had a wonderful time at the Happiest Place on Earth, and I LOVE your Christmas card pictures. 🙂
    Merry Christmas!


  • Gabby / En Route PhotographyJanuary 5, 2012 - 4:39 am

    Awwwwwwwwww superdouper cute! Where did you get that huge map??? I WANT IT!! I’m a huge map lover and globe addict!!! 😉

  • francineJanuary 6, 2012 - 3:26 pm

    that picutre is awesomeeeee!!!!

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