Friday, November 14, 2014

Wedding: Married

Married! We made it.


Also, it's unbelievable awesome to be surrounded by people who really, really love you.

Photography by Emma Vidmar

Wedding: Just before

Derek and I arrived at the Draper Temple an hour early to take photos of us together. Dear Emma Vidmar was our amazing photographer, and has a knack for capturing beautiful moments.

Maybe you can tell, but Derek and I were pretty excited to be getting married and sealed for time and all eternity in a holy temple of the Lord. To be married to each other for not only this life, but also the life that follows death is an incredible blessing that God has made possible. 

So these are the quiet (and windy) moments just before being married.

Wedding: Reception

Our wedding reception was a dream. So many people helped to make it a reality (most especially my amazing mother-in-law) and to this day I still can't believe how beautiful everything was. We decided to have our reception the night before our wedding. Best choice ever.

Notables include: 

Our guest book was illustrated by my dad, and the pen was made by Derek's dad.

The food was masterfully coordinated by my mother-in-law Mary! It was AMAZING.

Derek's little brother Josh was on a mission in Portugal when we got married. He mailed us a bottle of Portuguese olive oil for the bread!

My roommates from freshman and sophomore year, Dottie and Laura, arranged my bouquet! That morning we hiked up a mountain to pick plants to arrange the bouquet with. They also made all of the boutonnieres and corsages for our families. Stunning.

My dad made leather suspenders for all of the boys in our families, and they looked goooooood.

My sister Ishel made a ton of flower crowns for all of the little girl cousins. They loved them.

The evening ended with dancing, and of course, BeyoncĂ©.