Archive for October, 2009

Our Wedding: The Family

October 29, 2009

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All of my extended family: grandparents, aunt, uncle, brother, mom, dad, cousins & their kids.

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Mark and I with Reese, Greer and Steven.

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Mark’s family: grandparents, sister, nephew, mom, step-mom, dad, step-sisters, grandparents.

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All of the maids and myself, I just love this picture!

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And the guys, being themselves.

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This is my favorite picture of us from the wedding, someday it will find a frame in our home.

Our Wedding: The Ceremony

October 29, 2009

Our ceremony was held outdoors in the shade beneath huge, beautiful oak trees near a small trickling stream. The temperature was pleasant, the music was fun and the cows were mooing the in background…it was perfect.

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I watched from my dressing room as the bridal party began their walk down the pathway to the ceremony. Then the flower girls, Reese and Greer, and Steven handed our home-grown sunflower stems to guests as they walked down the aisle.

My dad and I waited patiently for our cue; having that little moment alone with him before it all began was so special. Once we started our walk down, all I could do was look for Mark. As soon as our eyes made contact we both couldn’t help smiling from ear to ear.

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The ceremony was so personal and meaningful, Adam did such a great job incorporating some things that Mark and I had said about each other…I believe the words: “he’s a goof” were involved.

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And before I knew it, we were married!

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Our Wedding: Getting Ready

October 29, 2009

WARNING: This is the beginning of multiple posts containing many wedding pictures. I tried picking out just a few of the best to post that would sum up our wedding as best as possible but that didn’t work out, there are just too many good pictures! {thanks Emily} So, instead of having one huge post, I’m breaking it up into sections…enjoy!

Our wedding day began with lots and lots of preparation, there were hair appointments to make, makeup to do and dresses to put on. This was probably one of my favorite parts of the day, there were so many little moments that I will remember forever.

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We had such a fun time hanging out together during those few hours before the wedding. Just what a soon-to-be bride needs, a little girl time with her best friends to keep her calm.

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Once guests started arriving, we would watch them walk down to the ceremony site from our dressing room window. It was so exciting to see everyone filtering in; I think that’s when it became real for me, when I saw friends and family that were there just for our wedding…it was such an amazing feeling.

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One More Year

October 27, 2009

Well, today I turned one year older…it was kind of a strange feeling, I think I’m reaching that point in my life where birthdays are just a reminder of how fast life is flying by. For example, over the past few months when I’ve been asked how old I am I seriously had to stop and think about it, as opposed to during high school when I could immediately reply with whatever teen number it happened to be. It’s just a weird feeling, this getting older…I don’t quite know what to think about it.

My birthday weekend began with my parents, Mark and I taking a trip to see the Baeckers of San Antonio. My cousin Chris and his wife Jenny have four of the most adorable and well behaved little girls ever, the youngest of which just recently made her grand entrance into the world. We wanted to come see & hold new baby Sloane and also celebrate Reese’s birthday which was last Wednesday. It was such a great visit, we shared wedding photos, watched football and went on a walk with the girls.

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Sunday, Mark and I drove down to Pedernales Falls State Park to enjoy the beautiful, cool weather hiking around the rocky falls. Our family had been camping here a couple of times when I was growing up and I always remember it being one of my favorite parks.

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We had such a great time hiking around on all the huge rocks, the surroundings were so serene and the sky was filled with big, puffy clouds. Driving down that winding park road and seeing the falls again brought back a lot of great memories of camping with family and friends. Hopefully Mark and I will continue the camping tradition so that someday we can share those fun experiences with our kids.

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It was a perfect outing with my wonderful husband and I can’t wait to make more memories like this together.

Our Wedding: The Programs

October 19, 2009

After being inspired by these creative programs from della stella I designed my own program fans to give our wedding guests a little something to pass the time before the ceremony began.

One thing that I did differently was to attach the ribbon to the program in between the handle and the cardstock. I also painted the pencils a deep red {with much help from my dad} because they were originally this disgusting interesting school bus yellow color that didn’t match anything. Also, instead of drilling holes through the pencils to string the ribbon through, we drilled holes in the bottom and stuffed the ribbon {along with some super glue} into the hole. It looked nice having the ribbon come directly out of the end of the pencil.

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Our coordinator urged us not to make programs because she said that they were a waste of time and effort since guests tend to throw them away as soon as the wedding is over. As you can tell my dad and I took that as sort of a challenge to make them so amazing that everyone would want one! We spent waaaaay too much time on these but they turned out amazing!

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October is Here

October 18, 2009

I just love Fall. The slow, beautiful shift in temperature and color makes me want to curl up in a blanket and sip hot cocoa. Though the change in seasons here in Texas is a nice break from the summer heat, I dream of experiencing the harvest season somewhere on the east coast…somewhere a little more like this:

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I would love to spend a Saturday at a pick-your-own apple orchard, breathing in the crisp air and wearing some comfy warm clothing.

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With Fall also comes the beginning of school; all of those supermarkets and shops having added aisles and aisles of school supplies. It always makes me think of the quote from You’ve Got Mail:

“Don’t you just love New York in the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly-sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.”

Hopefully someday we can take a trip back up to northern California and go to Apple Hill for some fun harvest festivities. But for now, I’m perfectly happy with that wonderful 75 degree breeze drifting in through my open windows.

Our Wedding: Sunflowers

October 6, 2009

The sunflowers for our wedding turned out a million times more beautiful than I ever thought possible. We were constantly worried about if the flowers were going to get enough rain {or too much}, if the timing of the planting was right or if the bugs would get to them…but thank God everything came together perfectly.

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On the Tuesday before our wedding my mom and I picked flowers for about 2 hours, filling the back of the mule. Then we took them directly to our florist who, despite her already packed schedule, was able to fit us in. Thank you so much Debbie, you did such a wonderful job!

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The table arrangements and bouquets were a lovely mixture of varying shades of sunflowers with sprigs of wheat, broomcorn, rosemary and hypericum berries, they were absolutely perfect.

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Our Wedding: Honey Favors

October 6, 2009

The little jars of honey turned out to be a big hit at the wedding and they were a lot of fun to make. I used to work at Walker Honey Company and the owners graciously donated the honey as a wedding gift…of course, I had to come pack it myself.

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The local clover honey was such a beautiful golden color, I just knew that they were going to fit in with the fall color scheme perfectly.

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After they were all filled I attached one of our monogrammed wax seals to each jar using some raffia. One was set at each place setting at the wedding for everyone to take home!

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