Thursday, August 21, 2014

Norton Nuptials

This summer has been the summer of weddings. Bridal showers, bachelorette parties, nail appointments, rehearsal dinners, ceremonies and receptions. Easily more than half our weekends in the past three months were filled with one of these events. 

I was asked to be a bridesmaid twice this summer and it was an honor with each one. Amy is one of my oldest friends with our moms meeting each other while they were both pregnant with us. We attended the same church together (her dad was the pastor) growing up and we basically ran the place every Sunday being very naughty little girls. Seriously some of the stuff we got into back then makes me cringe when I think about it now. Let's just say neither of us were the best influence on the other and there were many lectures given to us about how we needed to be good and nice little girls and set an example for the others in our Sunday school class. It never happened. 

Fast forward 20-some years later and I am blessed to still consider her one of my best friends even though she no longer lives in Colorado. We flew out to Jamaica last year where she was living as a missionary and now she splits her time between Wisconsin and Jamaica where she will settle down with her new husband, Dave.

When she first got engaged, I'm pretty sure we all thought they were going to run off, elope, and then come home to let us know they were already married but she surprised us all when she decided to go through with a wedding. She wanted to keep it as simple and small as possible and spent months researching the best options for a short and sweet wedding.

This past weekend, we finally got to celebrate the special day and gathered together at Lory State Park for a rustic-mountain wedding, which she pulled off beautifully.

The ceremony spot where they exchanged vows

One of my favorite things about this wedding was that the bridal party contained some of my very favorite friends. The five of us hang out whenever we get the opportunity so it was a weekend I got to enjoy alongside them as well.

 Could I be any shorter? 
{Said in my best Chandler voice}

The spot they chose for the ceremony and reception site was beyond perfect for her vision and I got so excited the night of the rehearsal to see how the wedding would look the next day.

My husband was put in charge of the camera that night and in true Jeremy-fashion took a million pictures of me and only a few of the actual rehearsal so I'm going to spare you going through a lot of close-ups of my face and post only what he did manage to take. Silly boy.

We always know how to have fun together.

We prayed the rehearsal evening weather would repeat itself for the next night at the wedding and it definitely delivered! Seriously, I don't know how many times I told Jeremy I wish we had done an outdoor mountain wedding. Ahhh hindsight.

I'm going to gloss over a lot of the wedding morning stress because you want to remember mostly the good on a wedding day but to be a little more real/authentic on here, I'll just say that the day contained a lot of stress and nerves as most weddings do. Thankfully, there were a lot of family and friends who stepped in and helped pull off the wedding details. We were so thankful to all of them, especially my husband who I heard risked his life several times that day climbing over anything he could find to help with decorations. I'm just glad I wasn't there to see it. =)

Our favorite hairstylist {and high school friend} magically turned us into beauty queens that morning and I decided she will be the only one to touch my hair for special occasions ever again. We were getting compliments throughout the day on our hairstyles. Thanks Syd!

Mother of the bride and Matron of Honor getting beautified.

I can't promise that I won't post more pictures on here when the professional ones come in but I have to share what we captured on our cameras because I am in love with all of them! Everything came together beautifully and it looked like it belonged in a wedding magazine spread. Prepare yourself for picture overload, I'm sorry in advance.

They are both musicians and actually co-wrote and sang a song for the ceremony so it was so fitting their sign-in book was a guitar.

How gorgeous is their venue?!?! 
I know I sound like a broken record but man I love Colorado!

Our model friend, Lindsay. Seriously, she used to model. And I had to stand next to her all day; it's not great for the ego I must say.

Our bridesmaid dresses were floaty heavenliness

I still love that my groom is my forever-date to all weddings. 

We couldn't have asked for a more perfect backdrop.

Best friend, Caitlin, gave a very moving toast to the couple.

Elissa and I, or how I like to now refer to her: my magic-picture friend. 

The beautiful bride and my beautiful mama.

And I'll finish off the post with one of the professional shots that have been previewed from Bob Christensen {who also happened to be our wedding photographer!} I'm excited to see the rest!

Congratulations Dave and Amy! I am SO unbelievably happy for you two and can't wait to see what God has in store for your future together. You make a beautiful couple together on the outside and bring out the best in the other on the inside. Thanks again for letting me be a part of such a special day; blessings on your marriage!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Playing Catch Up

And boy is it long overdue!

  • I'm sure a lot of you are wondering where we are in the job search process since I get questions on a daily basis from family and friends. As of today, Jeremy has officially applied to only 5 positions. One in Boston, one in San Francisco, one in Seattle, one in Pennsylvania and one in Denver. I think he was so ready for a break from his busy winter that he just enjoyed summer and didn't start actively looking for jobs until the end of July rolled around. We've both been feeling a lot more eager to get a move on with plans in the last few weeks though so a lot of his time is now spent looking and applying for jobs he is interested in. {I think his expectations may need to be lowered just a little bit as this whole job search goes on however.} I will try to keep this thing posted!

  • I've mentioned it before on here but this summer has been CA-RAZY busy. Every summer usually is for us but for some reason this was packed more than normal with a lot of plans we had no control over. I never thought I would say this but I'm ready for summer to be over. I've just been exhausted since the end of May and it feels like we've had no "down time" since hotter weather hit. {Again not complaining because it was all fun events, just ready for a slower schedule.}

  • Which brings me to my next subject: let me join in with the rest of girl world and sound like a broken record when I say I'M READY FOR FALL!!!!! But this year even more so. I want a schedule back! I want cooler temps! I want to drink my hot coffee in the morning without sweat dripping down my face! I want to stop wearing dresses and cuddle up in some over-sized clothing! More specifically, I want to wear plaid and boots! I want football! Correction - I want the Broncos to have a decent season! I want all the fun activities that come with fall! Ok there, that's off my chest.

It has felt like fall the last few days...a green fall with spring flowers.

  • Not only do we have all those fun things mentioned above starting in September but we also have two amazingly fun trips planned that I am SO excited for. First off, my in-laws are generously treating us to a week long vacation to Hawaii to celebrate Jeremy's PhD family-style. {I know what you're thinking, will the celebrations ever end?!? Fortunately they just keep on coming.} =) And then in October if everything goes according to plan, Jeremy and I will be hopping on a plane destined towards Seattle so we can meet our newest little buddy, Emerson, and Jeremy can finally meet one of my best friend's husbands. Kelsey and I have been trying to get these two together for almost 7 years now and I am so happy it's finally going to happen! A whole weekend with two couples and a little babe in one of my favorite cities? Can't wait!

  • In a twist of ironic fate, right after posting about my new love for running, I pulled my groin on a long run and it was p.a.i.n.f.u.l. I tried to run through the pain but after it only made it worse, a doctor's visit was in order where I was promptly told to stay off it for as long as needed. Which meant I had to say goodbye to the half-marathon I was hoping to sign up for in August and wait it out. 6 weeks in and I'm officially impatient. I was REALLY hoping to sign up for the Rock N Roll half in Denver in October but unless my groin starts making a miraculous recovery, I might be sitting that one out while my friends run it without me. Boo. 

  • I had the opportunity to do my first "modeling" gig for a start-up company called August Ink last week and I had so much fun in Old Town Fort Collins showing off some of the new products. They do mainly t-shirts, pillows, and tote bags so there wasn't too much pressure to get glammed up and serious but it was a fun evening with some sweet girls including my favorite photographer of all time, Becky Young! She always puts me at ease in front of a camera so I wasn't stressed out in the least. I can't wait to see the rest after seeing a quick preview.  

  • I did a 9 day cleanse a couple of weeks ago. I didn't love it. In fact, I'm pretty sure I hated every single day of it but that may have something to do with the fact that the 9 days fell over my birthday and I wasn't allowed to indulge the way I normally would have. I will admit the benefits were pretty cool at the end but not enough for me to give up coffee forever. I don't think there will ever be anything good enough for me to give up coffee. I love it more than words could ever express. 

Um, yes.

  • Our family is celebrating the end of summer and all our summer/fall birthdays with a trip up to my sister's in-law's cabin. I'm so excited to have three days with my sisters, parents and nieces/nephews whom I've only gotten to see a handful of times this summer. We plan on spending a lot of time on the lake, hiking in the mountains, campfires, late nights with the adults, and just quality time unwinding from a busy summer for all of us. I can't wait!

  • I did a guest post on Notes from the Nelsens today while Heather is on maternity leave {taking care of the most adorable little boy ever} and it's on what else but travel? Hop on over if you feel like reading even more from yours truly this morning. 

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