Becca + Derek Q+A

How did you two meet? Derek and I met on a blind date a little over 5 years ago when we were 17 years old. I wish I could say it was love at first sight, but not exactly. Our first encounter was with a group of people. Liz was there with Derek’s friend, and another couple of mutual friends. Derek and I officially met talking to each other through a car window. His first words to me were, “Hey, we have the same birthday!”

When did you start dating? After a couple days of little encounters, on June, 9, 2012, Derek finally kissed me. We have been inseparable ever since. Although it wasn’t fireworks of love bouncing around us, we did become best friends immediately. I believe that’s why our relationship has fought for as long as it has.

What did you do for your first date? We say our anniversary is June 9th; however we didn’t go on our “official first date” until weeks after. We went to see the Disney film, Brave, at the San Tan Village Harkins Theatre, + frankly, we were disappointed in the movie. But we didn’t let that ruin our first date; Derek still made it fun. But we never saw that movie again.NewB+DImages2Photo was taken May 2013.

Who said I love you first? I was the first to tell him I loved him. It took me 11 months into our relationship to finally know + trust myself to know. He is my first (+ hopefully my last) boyfriend + I didn’t want to rush into things, especially because I was only 18 years old. Even though he claims he loved me long before I said it, he wanted to make sure I was in the same place before he told me. So about 0.2 seconds after I said it, he said (blurted) it too.

Were there any challenges in your relationship, so far? We have spent a lot of our time together in a long distance relationship. We were apart for our freshman year of college, barely saw each other through two basketball seasons at MCC (required additional 6 hours a day on top of school), and now will spend a total of 7 months long distance for his work. I have no secrets to how we make our relationship work, besides trust each other and make sure you are each other’s best friend, because it makes the distance easier.

Another challenge we deal with is growing up. We met when we were kids who thought we knew exactly what we wanted. Now that we are older and starting to learn more about what kind of people we want to be, it has been an experience that we do together. We have changed a lot, not only as a couple, but as individuals. We’ve managed to stay together through the learning process, because we were patient, understanding, + honest with each other. 

What are some things you two enjoy doing together? Like I mentioned before, Derek + I (+ Liz) have the same exact birthday, so we enjoy spending it together. For many years, Derek + I have spent our birthday at Disneyland. We both turn into crazy kids when we visit + we manage to go at least once a year (sometimes multiple times) because we love it so much. We also enjoy going on trips together. Derek is so adventurous (I’m working on it) + we are always wanting to explore together.

We are HUGE moviegoers. So a lot of our dates consist of going to the AMC theatre (because of the reclining chairs), and eating Milkduds + drinking a large ICEE while we watch a movie on the big screen. Another date we tend to repeat a lot is our weekly (at least) Chipotle dinner dates. We LOVE Chipotle + it’s the only Mexican food I can get Derek to eat, so it has become a tradition. 

What are your next steps? When Derek moves back to Phoenix in November, we plan on moving in together in 2018. We haven’t officially found a place to call home just yet, but we are on the search to stay in Scottsdale or Tempe. Once we find the one, we also want to get a puppy together + become paw-parents.

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Our Boyfriends Intervene 

Our boyfriends are huge parts of our lives. Even though our relationships are at different stages, Becca + I have always supported our relationships for each other. Here’s the time for our boyfriends to intervene.

Derek | Becca’s boyfriend of 5+ years. 


1. Describe yourself in a single word. Dope.

2. Describe me in a single word. Beautiful.

3. Who is your celebrity crush? Blake Lively.

4. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten? Snails.

5. Describe your dream house. Mansion with a view on a private island.

6. What’s one type of household chore you’re unwilling, or at least very resistant, to do? Making my bed.

7. If you won the lottery, what would you do with the money? Travel the world.

8. When did you first realize you liked me? Our first encounter.

9. What do you like about us as a couple? We’re funny.

 

Robbie | Liz’s boyfriend of 1+ years


1. Describe yourself in a single word. Dashing

2. Describe me in a single word. Gangley

3. Who is your celebrity crush? Kate Upton

4. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten? Live squid

5. Describe your dream house. Small house on the beach or a cabin in the mountains

6. What’s one type of household chore you’re unwilling, or at least very resistant, to do? None

7. If you won the lottery, what would you do with the money? Donate at least half, then travel for several years

8. When did you first realize you loved / liked me? Immediately

9. What do you like about us as a couple? Everything

We hope you had fun learning a little bit about our boys. Shout out to Derek + Robbie for participating! Let us know any fun facts about your significant others!

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Modern Love Story

Social media has become an upcoming way of meeting a special someone. I know this because it happened to me. Here’s my story on how I found the love of my life through Instagram.

September 2017

Let’s start from the beginning. It was the end of April and I was finishing up my junior year of college when I received this message from a random Instagram account. The message read: “Are you truly 6’1??” [rock-star pick up line]. It’s crazy to look back + think that just a push of a button lead me to him. And I answered him with a simple “Yes I am”. 

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July 2017

We talked everyday for 2 weeks, with better flirting, I promise. I knew I was falling hard for this guy, but it was also freaking me out. It was difficult to wrap my mind around the fact that I was falling for someone I never even met before + the constant fear of getting too attached too quickly + getting my heart broken. But Robbie was different from anyone I’ve ever encountered. 

He is such a caring, funny, respectful, inspiring, + humble person. He’s everything I could ask for in a guy. He continuously reassured me he was falling for me + he had no intentions of hurting me. We talked on the phone for hours almost every night + texted constantly throughout the day. For how much we communicated, it felt like he was always right next to me. 

January 2017

On our third week of getting to know each other, he made the courageous decision to drive out to Arizona for the weekend to meet me. As scared as I was to meet him, I was so excited. I had no expectations + planned for the worst if it came to that, but I also knew we would be just fine. If anything, we would just go our separate ways if it didn’t work out. I am proud of myself for taking the risk because it changed the rest of my life.

 

The morning he was driving to my house from California, I couldn’t sleep the night before + I cleaned the house like three times because I was so anxious. Of course it didn’t help that Becca was nervous he was gonna Catfish me and it would be some weird guy at the door. I’m not gonna lie, I was preparing myself for that.

August 2017

As soon as he called me to tell me he was outside, holy crap I couldn’t feel my legs. I walked outside and Robbie stepped out of his car, and everything just froze around me. The way he smiled at me is something I will never forget. He has a beautiful smile. He is just as handsome as he is in his pictures, if not more handsome [if that’s possible]. 

We hugged right away + the second we looked at each other, I knew. This is him. I instantly felt a feeling I never felt before. At first I figured it was just nerves, but looking back, I always knew I loved him the second I saw him. 

May 2017

The rest of the weekend felt like a fairy tale. We spent time getting to know each other + meeting my parents.  We did a couple of double dates with Becca + Derek to ease the nerves, but the nerves went away after 10 minutes of meeting. It felt so natural with him. Even though we only spent 3 days together, I felt like I knew him my whole life.

We instantly became best friends + partners in crime. Almost a year + a half later, we are beginning a little life together + love each other more everyday. And to think it all started on Instagram…

September 2017

**The best advice I can give from this experience is take the risk + do your research. My story was pure luck + chance + I made sure I was careful. Please be safe meeting people online + through social media. Not all online experiences end in happy endings, but sometimes the risk can be rewarding.**

8 Ways to Explain Our Bond

It’s no question that we are inseparable best friends. But a lot of people just assume it’s because we shared a womb, we shared a room for 12 years, we played on the same teams for about 12 years, we went to the same school, we had pretty much the same friends… ok, people should be wondering why we aren’t physically joined at the hip.  But there’s a lot more reasons why Liz + I never get tired of each other, + spend as much time as possible with each other.

Here we will describe, in our own way, what we mean to each other. This may explain the creepy + utterly annoying bond we share to people who have to spend ten minutes with us.

Since splitting up in our sophomore year of college in 2014, it was new to us for people not to automatically know that we had a twin. So when they found out, they’d ask what it like being a twin. We would say:

  1. We look exactly the same, except she’s gorgeous + has long blonde beautiful hair, + she’s a couple inches taller than me. She has a better style, personality, + is absolutely more beautiful.
  2. We have the same laugh, and laugh at almost anything. We have these moments where we know what each other is thinking. For example, an inside joke would start to surface the conversation, and without any indication, we would start laughing. Our parents still do not understand why we do it. Our laughs are known to be contagious. Because we laugh the same, it makes people laugh as well. So when we think everybody laughs at our jokes, it’s actually them laughing at us.
  3. We are kind of funny because we quote EVERYTHING. We remember quotes from movies, shows + past experiences, and we apply them to our daily lives. We live out of the movies we know + love. Any funny scene that we once laughed at, we will continue to find ways to bring it into our conversations. Most people don’t get it, but we think we are hilarious.
  4. We protect each other. Liz is known as the one to speak up. If something’s not right or fair, she’d be the one to stand up for it. Even as toddlers, she was the one holding my hand through everything. It wasn’t until I was 19, that I had to start sticking up for myself. I tease Becca sometimes by saying “I am the oldest, you were just born first”. I think it was just an instinct I grew into at a young age to protect her. It wasn’t that she couldn’t take care of herself, it was more that I didn’t want her to. I wanted to take all the burden off of her and put it on myself. Anyone of our friends could tell you, I would step up for my sister in any given moment.
  5. We have high expectations. We don’t think we are perfect, actually far from it. But since we are so loyal, understanding, honest + caring for one another, it’s hard not to expect the same treatment from everyone else. We struggled with this flaw for years, and still do. However, we have developed more of an open mind, now that we are older, but we still expect to be treated the way we treat others. Growing up with siblings gave us the advantage of treating each other with respect because that is how our parents raised us. So we became loyal + caring people, but expecting others to be the same. Although we are not perfect and neither is anyone else, we developed a certain understanding for life.
  6. We never ever stop talking, ever. We can explore 13 topics in one sitting. Even if it’s something we’ve already exhausted, there’s always something new to add to the conversation between us. We can say + do anything in front of each other. There is no awkward moment when we are together. And actually, every time something awkward or embarrassing happens to one of us, we are the first to call each other to explain + to feel better about it. We seriously don’t stop talking. But that’s the best part about having your twin as your best friend. We are so honest with each other and created an understanding that is difficult to explain. We can range from a silly + goofy conversation, to a serious + vulnerable one in a matter of seconds.
  7. We are so happy for each other. Surprisingly, we were never envious of each other’s success. We were proud of what we accomplished. If it is a job promotion, or a stupid A on a paper, we always support each other. The day Liz graduated, I thought it was going to be hard for me since I didn’t. But holy crap, all I could think that whole weekend was how proud I was of her! I am always proud of Liz. I couldn’t be happier for Becca and everything she has accomplished.  I’m her biggest cheerleader in everything she sets her mind to + extremely jealous of her amazing job! I am so grateful to have a sister and best friend like her. I’m proud of the hardworking, caring + beautiful woman she has become.
  8. We still talk every single day. I knew going to school in a different state was going to be hard, but that was an understatement. Leaving her was by-far the hardest thing I ever had to do. It’s indescribable the emptiness I felt without her. Deep down I knew it was what we needed to do, but damn. We talk everyday for hours at a time and never get sick of it. 300+ miles never got in our way. Soon we can post specifically about how we make it, but for now, I’m just gonna say it’s not easy. I was furious when she decided to stay in California for college, but I understood why. We became our own person once she left. We weren’t just the Rudd Twins anymore, we turned into Becca + Liz.

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Well, 850 words can’t explain our true bond, but hopefully it gives you an idea of why we act the way we act.

Who is your best friend, and how would you explain your bond? Comment below or email us!