October 23, 2012

lovely ladies.

today i am grateful for good friends. kylie and i have been inseparable since we were little girls, & went to EFY each summer together during high school. our last year, we walked into our apartment and alli was sttanding there in all of her 6 foot red-head-ness.

I hear the expression 'love at first sight' and i think of alli. it was more of 'friendship at first sight' though. we began talking and it was like we were friends in a former life, just waiting to find each other. there was some magic going on there. the 3 of us have stayed in contact really well, despite living in different states, all attending different schools, and (now) 2 marriages and a mission.

alli got her mission call in april, i got engaged in july, and kylie made a temple date to be sealed to her husband marc in september. because our circumstances matched up, the 3 of us were able to be in the temple together. after years of watching each other grow, what a sweet experience! it will always be one of my favorite memories.

i am so proud of these girls. they have made the best of every situation they've found themselves in & teach me strength. kylie is possible the sweetest human being. i have never heard her speak ill of anyone & she devotes herself to her family & friends. alli is absolutely the most unselfish person on the planet. everything she does is centered around someone else. she is not ashamed of her faults and she powers through life with this veracious optimism and dedication. i could not have asked for 2 better examples, or friends. i am one blessed girl!

October 18, 2012

& it continues

2 weeks after we got married, we went up to boise, where jordan is from, to have our wedding reception. jordan's mom is an event planner, so this lady does not mess around. it was magical.(but i mean, i got to put on my dress again & have a party. whats to complain about?) the events center had lights draping from anything that stood, about 8,574 different kinds of cakes lined up to eat, and jazz music in the background.

i thought i would despise the reception line, but i really enjoyed being able to talk to everyone that came in, tell them about the wedding, and meet a lot of people that i had heard about. after a cake shoving match and a very awkward first dance (think: people staring at you trying to have a romantic moment.) and a feeeeewwww pieces of cake, the successful night came to a close. it was nice to continue celebrating instead of packing it all into one day. i feel like we did it right!

september 8th

picture overload.

the night before our wedding, we took pictures at the beach.fa-bu-lous! the sunset was GORGEOUS, and generally it was just the perfect night. a couple of dogs tried to photo bomb us, but other than that everything went smoothly :)

because we weren't getting married until 3pm, we had almost the whole next day to relax. most of our families went to the beach, but i was able to spend time with my friend cassidy. cassidy & i were roomates at utah state, and because of jobs/family, we hadn't been able to spend a lot of time together since she graduated. i was so grateful she came out to california for me. we spent the morning on a long walk, making breakfast, and primpin. it was bliss.

up until this point, i had zero nerves. nada. until we got in the car to go to the temple. i forgot a few key things to take when you get married in the temple (oops) and because the car ride is 45 minutes from where we stayed, i had plenty of time for those nerves to marinate in that solemn car silence.

i literally thought i was going to throw up. "i'm getting married, i'm too young to get married!" "oh my gosh, this is it!" "this is my wedding day!" kept running through my mind in a shrill, stress-you-out voice. we arrived at the temple, dressed, and got ready for the ceremony. i was still freaking out, my sweaty palm death gripping jordan's poor hand. heart attacks, folks.

but then we walked into the sealing room and something miraculous happened. i peered into the faces of everyone there to support jordan and i, and i was like i stepped into heaven. everyone in there was so thrilled for us. proud of us. full of love. smiling, with tears brimming. and just like that, my huge weight was lifted off. i felt so surrounded by love and comfort. and the rest of the day ended like it started. in a blissful blur.

we took pictures outside of the temple, had dinner at my aunt jen's house (overlooking the beach!) and stayed & chatted with friends until we couldn't keep our eyes open.

i'm one lucky lady :)