The fabulous wedding week

A little over a week ago, my family descended upon Asheville for a week long reunion slash wedding celebration for my sister Caitlin. Having my entire family in one place is a pretty exciting feat, considering the fact that my sister Sarah, who is in the Air Force and stationed in Alaska, doesn’t get the opportunity to come home very often (as a matter of fact, I had not seen her in almost 2 years and had yet to meet her adorable 11 month old girl!!) So you could say that everybody was just a BIT excited to have a whole week together! It’s my (not well kept) secret plan to make all my siblings move to Asheville so we can all be next door neighbors and our girls (and maybe some future boys??) can grow up being the best of friends. So…the plan is in effect and I expect my sisters to all start moving here any day now. 😉

We managed to fit a LOT into our week long reunion (and, as many pictures as I am about to post, this is really only captures like 1/3 of what we managed to do together) on top of all the wedding craziness leading up to Caitlin and Ian’s Sunday wedding. So, with that warning, prepare for photo overload….

We started the week hosting an (overdue) wedding luncheon for my sister Sarah and her new husband Gary. As they got married in Alaska, our family was sadly unable to attend, so we hosted them a little shower/celebration at our new house.

^^With all the little cousins running around, this is pretty much how our playroom looked all week…

^^Sarah asked to celebrate with her favorite dessert; ice cream cake.

Leah also got to spend a lot of time just hanging out with her favorite best friend, cousin Millie! It was so cute because this was our first visit where Leah and Millie actually played together instead of parallel playing alongside each other. It was so fun watching them play “princess” where Millie would watch Leah dance around with her magic wand, and then copying her song and movements. Leah, obviously, will be oh so thrilled when Millie convinces her mom and dad to move next door to us. 😉

^^Having breakfast at our all time favorite breakfast place here in Asheville, Sunnypoint

Sunday morning (wedding day!!) started with a trip to the hair salon to get our up dos!! I was seriously impressed with our 2 hair stylists and everyone’s hair turned out amazing. Caitlin was the calmest bride and was as cool as a cucumber the whole day!! I had a great opportunity to drive her to the wedding venue, just the two of us, so we got to have one last sister chat as I blessed her with all my marriage wisdom. Joking aside, it was nice to have that last sister moment before she became a married woman!!

The wedding was held at a GORGEOUS venue on Crest Mountain. The views during the ceremony (which was held on the back deck overlooking the mountains) were breathtaking. It was so beautiful, I didn’t even complain about the shocking amount I was sweating during the ceremony under that long bridesmaid dress…

We ended the night dancing and partying away, celebrating Caitlin and Ian!! My little flower girl did an AMAZING job during the ceremony (although no actual flower petals were thrown during her serious march down the aisle) and she had a blast dancing it up all night. At one point I even asked her if she wanted some cake and she answered “Mommy, I’m too busy dancing!!” She’s quite the little dancing queen!!

Like we knew it would, the week totally flew by, but man oh man did we have fun while it lasted!! Can’t wait until our next family get-together!

New York…Part 2

So, besides having a blast in NYC, we did a LOT more over the 10 days we spent with Brett’s family on Long Island. Some of which included…

1. Attending my sister-in-law’s baby shower. Katie is due almost exactly one month before me and she is also having a girl!

Leah joined the girls at the shower as well…

2. We walked around Brett’s pretty home town and spent a lot of time on his parent’s gorgeous front porch!

3. Ate a LOT of Cheerios…(Leah’s current favorite food)

4. Spent some time swimming at Brett’s grandparent’s beautiful back yard pool.

5. Went on a LOT of walks (I’ll tell you what, after living in flat Florida for over 3 years, suddenly having hills made pushing a stroller VERY difficult!!) and stopped to play at a few neighborhood playgrounds.

6. Spent lots of time with family and a certain someone got VERY spoiled with attention and gifts!

^^Leah’s second cousin, Emma, who introduced Leah to the fabulous new world of Barbies. These two became quick friends and it wasn’t long before Leah was asking to play with Emma every night!!

7. Attended the wedding rehearsal dinner at the Becker’s friend’s AMAZING beach house.

^^The wonderful bride-to-be spoiled Leah with a special flower girl present which included Leah’s current top favorite Disney princess doll, Tiana!! (Side note, Leah has yet to watch any of the Disney princess movies, but she does have all the “Little People” princesses and from day one, Tiana has been her all time favorite.

8. Got our wedding hair done!

Okay, so Leah’s might have been a little less fancy. 😉

9. And then it was wedding time!!!

^^Photo by Ryan & Heidi Studio

^^^^Photo by Ryan & Heidi Studio

^^Photo by Ryan & Heidi Studio

The wedding was BEAUTIFUL. It was held at the Vanderbilt Museum in Centerport, NY and the weather could not have been more perfect. The bride was a little concerned with rain in the week leading up to the big day (the ceremony was held outside), but Saturday was gorgeous and sunny, without a cloud in the sky. I was a little apprehensive as to how Leah would do as the flower girl, but she did well! When her big moment came she got a little shy, but with the help of Brett’s aunt, she proudly walked down the aisle (throwing a petal or two) and then spent the rest of the ceremony sitting with her nana and papa in the front row. So, overall, I would say Leah’s first flower girl gig was a success!

This kid turned into a little dancing MACHINE at the wedding!! Which honestly surprised me, considering the fact that she hasn’t shown much interest in dancing in the past. We happened to be sitting right by a corner of the dance floor, which I think helped her confidence since mommy and daddy were never too far. It was hilarious because as soon as the music started, she took control of that little corner of the floor and started hopping and spinning (her current dance move involves a sort of side shuffle where she hops primarily on one foot around in a circle over and over again. I think it won’t be long before this dance becomes a national craze…) along to the music. Multiple times people attempted to come over and dance with her, but every time someone tried she would stop in her tracks and shyly stare them down until they finally admitted defeat and moved on. And then she would go right back to dancing away in her little corner. Dancing with daddy was Leah’s only exception, besides that, she was strictly a solo act. I’m not kidding when I say that this kid danced it up until the wedding ended at 10:30 pm, ONLY leaving the dance floor when the music finally shut down. Of course she was passed out in the car by the time we even left the parking lot and the next morning she slept until 9 am, got up for an hour to eat breakfast, and then went back down until 2 pm. The girl was worn out!!! It was such a fun wedding though and we were SO happy to be there to celebrate with Lauren and Jessup, who were such a gorgeous couple!

And on our last day….

10. We worked on our camera poses…

And celebrated a certain someone’s early second birthday!!

And with that it was back to hot and sunny Florida! We had such a blast with so many of Brett’s family members and Leah is STILL asking where everyone is. We are so glad we got to spend such a good amount of time with everyone! 🙂

Vermont Wedding, Part 3

Okay, it’s probably about time I wrap up this wedding recap, considering the fact that the wedding was almost 2 weeks ago. But I cannot say it enough, man oh man was this wedding beautiful. The ceremony was held outside, by a beautiful pond and open field and the reception was held in an amazingly gorgeous inn with dancing held in the connecting barn. It was the perfect picturesque Vermont country wedding.

Some favorite shots of the wedding, which I stole from the photographer, Christina Bernales:

We had such a blast at this wedding; meeting new members of our family, reconnecting with old friends, and spending time with my sisters. I loved every minute of it, even the part where my sister’s cat clawed at me and hubs door at 5 in the morning to get inside. Okay, so maybe I didn’t love that part, but I would relive it all over again if I could. Even the 5 am cat alarm. Lauren and Evan, you are a beautiful couple and I have no doubts that you will live a very happy, joyous, and animal filled life. Congratulations!!

One year ago today…

I married the love of my life.
It was the happiest, most magical day of my life. And yet, the year that has followed that day has been even more magical and has been filled with more happiness than I ever knew was possible.

I walked down the aisle to the song “Always Forever” by Phil Wickham (but song by one of Brett’s very musically talented groomsmen). Such a powerful song about our love for Jesus Christ, and yet, the lyrics also go hand in hand with the commitment of marriage and my feelings towards Brett.

“You are the hand that catches my fall
You are the friend that answers my call
You are my day, You are my night 
You are my love and all of my life

You are the love I need
You are the air I breathe
You are my love my life always forever
I would lay down my life 
Just to be by Your side
You are my love my life always forever”

Brett, thank you for making me the happiest woman in the world 1 year ago today when you married me. I am so incredibly blessed to have such a selfless, Godly man as my husband and I look forward to MANY more wonderful years with you.

Vermont Wedding, Part 2

Before I get to the main event of last weekend, AKA the actual wedding, I had to first post about the town of Grafton. Or really I should say village, since technically it does not qualify as a town. With a population of 200 people (which we almost doubled during the wedding weekend) it definitely qualifies as a place where everyone knows everything about everyone. But it’s more than that. As Brett and I rolled into “town” (AKA drove down Main Street) last week I couldn’t help looking around in complete shock and wonder. The place looks like a flippin’ movie set. American flags and flower boxes on every house, quaint country stores, white picket fences and friendly people just waving as you walk down the street. After the weekend I decided that the village is either completely fake (as in, it really IS a movie set) or there’s something sinister going on underground. Like zombies that are posing as real people or a cult that kills touristy outsiders…you know, things like that. Because I refuse to believe there is a place that perfect that’s actually…perfect.

Here’s the proof. All pics were taken by my photographer hubs, hence the logo.

Do you see what I mean? Zombies for sure….

Stay tuned for even more Vermont wedding pics where I promise to actually post pictures of the bride and groom.

Let’s look at more wedding photos, shall we?

But first…the running (slash yogurt) club met for our first run in the park after work today. And it was awesome. We’re going to kill that Disney Princess half marathon in February! And yes, I understand that we have like 20 weeks or something ridiculous like that to train. We are in pre training. You know, so the actual training (which we will start 12 weeks before the half marathon) won’t be so hard. Hopefully. We’ll just be such crazy runners that 13.1 miles is like a walk in the park. Oh yeah.

So back to the wedding photos. I’m in love with so many of them and I just need to do one more post to share a few more of my favs. And then I’ll move on, I promise.

Okay I’m done. Can you believe the week is almost half over already!? Happy almost Wednesday.

The joy of that day

Brett and I finally got our wedding pictures the other day and man oh man are we pleased. As we looked through them I kept finding myself being drawn to the pictures that weren’t posed and perfect. Don’t get me wrong, I lOVE our posed pictures (and a lot of those pics will soon be framed all over our apartment), but these other types of pictures just spoke to me. The ones that showed the emotions of the day…the happiness, the excitement, the sheer joy that was our wedding. They might not be perfect, I might look a bit ridiculous in some, but they’re real. They’re us on that day.

Some of my favs-

Yup, that's how I dance. I'm skilled.

Oh the happiness. It makes me want to go back in time and relive the day!

More favorites to come.