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Hollywood Date Night February 20, 2014

Filed under: Los Angeles,Love — Kelocity @ 2:21 pm
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To keep the momentum of Valentine’s Day weekend going, Irving and I had a fun date night planned for Sunday night! We hired a babysitter and headed into Hollywood for dinner and a play! We even valeted the car! (HAHAHA We would usually choose to park 2 miles away and walk than do this, but tonight was a special occasion… date night!) I wore a new black lace dress too! Fancy! (still wore my flats instead of heels though, gotta keep it real, right?)
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We ate at Fabiolus on Susnset Boulevard. We skipped the appetizers and went straight to the wine. We ordered a bottle of the house white. (We had never done that ever either!) It was fun!
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Cheers!
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I had a great pesto linguine and Irving ordered a chicken dish. Both were great! We had a great conversation about parenting, Adele, life, work and the future. I very much enjoyed the company of this guy.
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Then we headed up the street to the Pantages Theater to see Book of Mormom!
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We had been there once or twice before, but the theater really is breathtaking. Brings you back in time a bit and makes you appreciate ‘old hollywood’. It opened in 1930!

[Fun Fact: The Oscars took place here from 1949 to 1959!]

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We really liked the play. It was a musical and the songs were great. I thought the story could have used more depth, but it definitely had some great lines and characters.
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What a wonderful night with my perfect valentine. xo

 

A Weekend of Love February 18, 2014

Filed under: Baby,Love — Kelocity @ 9:50 pm
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We had such a great Valentine’s Weekend! And it was a long weekend too, due to the holiday on Monday! Now that’s love.  Adele had a potluck at her school, so I made mini tea sandwiches (inspired by my Downton Abbey party!). These were berry cream cheese on white bread!
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The cream cheese was pink which made a pretty little party sandwich! Not sure if the kids liked them at school, but Adele LOVED them!
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She gave her friends little puppy and kitty valentines, along with a bag of teddy grahams. The tags said “BEAR HUGS TO XXXXX, LOVE, ADELE”. I saw it on Pinterest and I was so excited! Adele called them ‘cookie bears’. ha.
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I got out of work early on Friday, which gave us a head start to the weekend of loooooove! We met up with some friends at Pint Size Kids for an afternoon of pretend play!
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Doing a little produce shopping…

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Putting them in her cart…

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And taking money out of the ATM to pay for it all… My, she’s like a grownup!IMG_4338

 

 

 

Then she did a load of laundry…

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And even ironed it too!
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Then she filled up her SUV with gas.
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We also practiced pushing our dollies…

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And taking excellent care of them.

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If you haven’t been to this place yet, you should check it out. It has everything toddlers could imagine. Including books and train sets too! Adele LOVED the choo choos!
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And they have GIANT teddy bears. The things toddler dreams are made of.

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It was so much fun. We’ll be back soon for sure!
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Once the three of us got back home, we had a Valentine’s day picnic lunch on the living room floor. Complete with cheese, crackers, olives, salad and raisins! We laughed so hard because it was sort of a disaster. Adele was stepping on everything and making quite the mess. But it was fun and I’m hoping this was a beginning of fun Valentine’s Day tradition! Only next year, I hope there is less sock lint on my plate and smooched crackers on the rug. =)
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Our Valentine’s Weekend of Love didn’t end there! Stay tuned for Part 2!

 

 

 

 

 

Weekend Getaway: Monterey Butterflies January 25, 2014

Filed under: California — Kelocity @ 4:51 am
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After our full day at the Aquarium, we all slept great and woke up ready for more! Our room was comfortable with a king bed, and plenty of room for a pack n play. All three nights we were there, we put Adele down around 8pm and turned out the lights. Then Irving and I sat in bed and read on our phones/laptops in the dark for another hour before passing out. We logged a lot of sleep while we were up there, it was great!

We headed back to the Black Bear Diner for breakfast (it’s THAT good!) I had an amazing biscuit with a side of fruit. Adele had some ham and eggs with berries and toast on the side.
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Our destination for the morning was the Natural History Museum.
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We thought the Butterfly Exhibit was there, but turns out it was actually a few blocks down. Before we left, we explored the ‘backyard’ of the museum and found this fun nest to play in!

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I love this picture. She’s climbing trees!
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We eventually did find the Butterflies! The Monarchs love the trees and weather in this particular neighborhood and come for a visit for a few months each year.
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They had a simple trail where you could walk down and back and observe all the pretty butterflies.
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The tip-toes!
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I love her free spirit and love of the outdoors. She was running so fast I thought she would trip!
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The butterflies were awesome, there were SO many!
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We had a great time looking at the “Utter-fries” =)
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After our fun morning, we headed back to the hotel so Adele could take a nap. We took advantage of our built-in babysitters and snuck out for an afternoon date! First, we headed to Lover’s Point to climb some rocks and watch the waves. It felt like the old, adventurous ‘Kelley and Irving’.
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After that, we had lunch together, walked around a mall, got some Coldstone ice cream and then say American Hustle in the theater! It was SO wonderful to get away for a few hours. We had a blast. It was the perfect date!

 

Hollywood Honeymoon October 29, 2013

My sister (and new brother, Chris) honeymooned in California after their wedding. They had an AMAZING time up in Napa and Sonoma. Their pictures were so fun and they had such a great time up there. Then they continued their California adventure down in LA and San Diego. One night, we got a babysitter and went with them to Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios. It was SO fun.

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We dined at Saddle Ranch beforehand and ended our meal with their infamous cotton candy.
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We stayed out at Universal until 2am! (I haven’t seen that time on the clock in about 14 months. HAHA ) I was all nervous about the time, thinking Adele would be up at 6:30a (she was sleeping in our closet so Mikaela and Chris could sleep in her room– don’t worry, it’s a big closet). But she decided to sleep in til 9:30am!! WHATT?? We were so excited, we decided to reward her for her amazing sleeping talents by visiting Hollywood & Highland.
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I feel like Hollywood gets stranger and stranger every time we visit, but it was fun.
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And of course, we had to make a visit to the Hollywood sign. Mikaela wore her veil! Love it!!!
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Yep. Jumping with babies. Totally safe.
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And a jump with dad too:
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After all the jumping, we needed some fuel… in the form of Sprinkles Ice Cream! <— I only link to important things on my blog.
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I have no pictures of what I ordered, but let me paint that delicious picture for you…. Red Velvet ice cream sandwiched between two CUPCAKE tops (Red Velvet and Vanilla)!! Are you kidding me?! A cupcake ice cream sandwich! It was as amazing as it sounds, I promise. It kind of looked like this:
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The only thing that would have made this better was if there was ICING on the cupcake tops…. Cupcakes are vehicles for icing… if anything, Sprinkles should know this. Oh well.

No one shared with Adele, so she got bored and fell asleep. Usually it’s “Snooze, you Lose”… but in this case, it’s “Lose, you snooze”.
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The original plan was to say Bon Voyage to the newlyweds as they took the Amtrak train down to San Diego for the last few days of their trip… but before they were slated to leave, we found out the train was shutdown due to track construction and they were offering a bus as an alternative… that didn’t sound remotely romantic to me, so we volunteered to drive them down to SD in our awesome minivan. Minivan>Bus.

I brought a map and looked for a beach to pull off into so Chris could touch the Pacific ocean for the first time. We randomly picked one in San Clemente and pulled into a parking lot. And wouldn’t you know… that was the EXACT location of the train track construction!!! Out of the miles and miles of track, we stumbled upon the road block. It was quite ironic.
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To get to the water, we had to hike down a hill, traverse along a cliff, climb over a ledge, cross the train tracks, and jump down a sand dune…. and Irving did all of that holding a carseat with a sleeping baby in it. #DadOfTheYear
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It was worth it for the amazing sunset we caught while we were there. We got some great shots. Here’s some of my favorites!
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We had a great time hanging out with the honeymooners for a few extra hours. We topped off our exciting day with dinner in Old Town, San Diego before dropping them off at their hotel. We were so excited to be part of their honeymoon adventure. Hope you guys come back and visit soon!! XOXO

 

M&C: The Wedding October 21, 2013

Filed under: Family,Wedding — Kelocity @ 9:15 pm
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My sister, Mikaela married her soul mate last week. The wedding was absolutely gorgeous. Every detail was accounted for. They both worked so hard to create a day they (and us!) would never forget. There was so much love in the air on October 4th! ❤

The girls had a great time getting ready in the morning. We had some food and some champagne and we just relaxed while we got ready. The bride was very excited and her energy was contagious!
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We had awesome hair stylists. I loved my updo! Here’s some closeups!
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Sister Laurie!
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And my mom… wow. Gorgeous!
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It’s so fun getting all dressed up. I loved the dresses!
(PS got to reuse my bridesmaid shoes from my friend Erika’s wedding!)
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Mikaela was just stunning. Her dress had a beautiful lace overlay. The most beautiful bride I’ve ever seen.
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Irving, my dad and Laurie’s boyfriend were on ‘baby duty’ while the girls got ready. They took good care of the world’s cutest flower girl.

Oh, Hi, Irving!
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Soon enough, it was go time! I wasn’t sure if Adele would walk down the aisle or not… but at the last minute, I decided just to carry her. It was a long way to walk  and I didn’t want her to hold up the parade. She did great!
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Here comes the Bride!!!! Seems like just yesterday my dad was walking ME down the aisle! You did great, dad!
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I think she was very excited to see Chris waiting at the end of the aisle. The two of them just seemed SO happy. They are perfect for each other. They had a nice wine blending ceremony, which was perfect since the venue is a winery.
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But my favorite part of the ceremony was when Chris was doing his vows. Mikaela had snuck in an extra line without him knowing that required him to ‘vow to love and protect Gizmo’ (their dog). He was taken off guard and everyone laughed, it was very funny.
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Gizmo was actually waiting for them after the ceremony to take some pictures!
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The setting was unbelievable. Fall was the perfect time for a vineyard wedding. These belong in a magazine!
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The whole gang!
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Stealing this from the photographer. It belongs in a magazine!
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Got some great family pictures after the ceremony too!
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So cute!
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Soon it was time to head inside to get our dancing on!

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Mikaela was really proud of her wine rack program display because she “didn’t even get the idea from Pinterest!” So… happy pinning folks!
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They did all their centerpieces on their own too. Gorgeous!!! That’s a lot of wine to drink to get that many corks! haha
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Laurie and I wrote a poem as our ‘toast’ to the new couple. It was pretty epic.  We had fun with it. My favorite part was when Adele yelled “YAYYY” and clapped at the end of it. It was awesome. Everyone laughed.

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The first dance!
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Cutting of the cake! They had AMAZING cupcakes. And you know me and cupcakes. AWESOME!
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Me and my dad…. and ahem… Jim. HAHA
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haha let’s try again!
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My little girl was SO good during the wedding! She sat at the table with us and chatted along with everyone. She was so happy to be there. We had a blast.
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And when in doubt, bring raisins. =)
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Then we let the dancing begin!!!
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Adele danced until the lights came back on at 10:30p! She literally danced. In a circle, around the circle and inside the circle…. all night long. I couldn’t believe it. She was having the time of her life.
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I was laughing because occasionally, we take baby music classes where one teacher sings some mild songs and the kids dance for a half hour or so. By comparison, this party was loud, the lights were flashing, the beats were pumping, people were jumping… i can’t even imagine how much her brain was overstimulated and she was loving it! Eventually we changed her into her jammies but that didn’t cramp her style one bit! She was still jamming with the best of them!
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And just for fun, I love this picture of my grandparents. I think everyone had an absolute blast. It was an incredible night.
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Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs!!! We love you both so much!! And now the real fun begins!!! Happy wedding, happy marriage!!!! xoxoxo
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Hopefully the photographer doesn’t mind I posted a few of these. They were too gorgeous not to! I had to!

 

Biking in Boston October 13, 2013

Filed under: Boston — Kelocity @ 12:36 pm
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After Mikaela’s bachelorette party, Irving met me in Boston and we got to enjoy two whole days together in the city! Adele had plenty of babysitters at my mom’s house, so we took advantage of the time to explore the city where Irving and I met!
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On Sunday, we walked around Faneuil Hall and the Harbor. It was gorgeous out and we had fun just looking at everything that has changed (and hasn’t changed) since we left. (PS can you believe I’ve been living in LA for 9 years already?!) Crazy.
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We ate lunch in Downtown Crossing.
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And had dinner in the North End. It was fun to hold hands and pretend we were still in college. Awe, memories.

On Monday, we started our day with a tour of Emerson’s new campus. I’m so jealous of the kids who get to go to school there now. So many awesome changes. And somehow, we ended up getting the Will & Grace set put on display in our library! Neat!!
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(Here’s what it looked like on the show):
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And then we rented bikes through Hubway! It was only $6 for a bike that we could use for 24 hours. The only catch is that you have to park and exchange it every 30 minutes or you get charged by the hour. I think it’s intended for short commutes, but Irving and I took this as a challenge. We biked 13 miles stopping to exchange our bikes 7 times (there are stations all over the city, it’s awesome!) Here’s a rough estimate of our route:
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For lunch, we stopped at our old stomping ground! Wing-It!!!!!
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Oh man, SO good!
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After lunch, we were tired and headed back to our hotel (We stayed at the Omni Parker this time, it was pretty nice. Really old, but also charming and romantic.) We wanted to try and make it almost all the way back in 30 minutes (to minimize bike exchanges in between) but there was still time for a little pit stop along the charles:
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What a fun adventure in the city. =)

 

A Yosemite Wedding August 9, 2012

Filed under: Love,Wedding,Yosemite — Kelocity @ 5:37 am
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The main event from the weekend (and the reason we were visiting) was to celebrate the marriage of Irving’s friends Brian and Victoria. They are an awesome couple who LOVES the outdoors. They visit Yosemite often and have climbed some of the most famous rocks in the park together! Since it’s such a special place for them, they thought, what better place to get married?
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We’re always stoked for destination weddings because it’s a reason to visit places we might not otherwise think to go! Plus, I love weddings in general, so it was a no-brainer we would be there!
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…Even with an 8 week old baby!
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We were all dressed up, so of course it was the perfect opportunity for more photos!
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Adele couldn’t make it to the wedding (she had big plans to spend the day with Grandma).
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(One of my favorites!)
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It was fun to introduce Adele to some of Irving’s high school friends. Hi Jesse!
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But soon it was time to pass her off to Grandma for the evening.
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I left her with a few bottles of milk and away we went. Adele was in good hands. =)
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The ceremony was in a gorgeous chapel on the Yosemite Valley floor (a little over an hour away). They had charter busses to bring guests down to the church. What an incredible trip though. The views were just amazing.
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This is Bridalveil Falls! Still had some water running over its cliffs there!
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Soon enough we arrived at the church! SOOO ADORABLE!
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It was right across the street from Yosemite Falls and El Capitan rock.
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I had never been to Yosemite so this was such an awesome experience.
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It’s wedding time!
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The ceremony was so sweet and so personal. You could feel the love in the room. I love how they customized their vows to fit who they are. I definitely teared up at times. One of my favorite lines from Brian’s vows: (summarized) “You’ve given me so much love, that I will spend the rest of my life giving it back to you.” Ah, so perfect.
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As they walked out of the church, they rang the church bells. So cool!
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I was so excited that we had some time after to take more pictures outside.
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These are some of Irving’s high school friends! They are going to have some AWESOME wedding photos. I can’t wait to see them all!
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In the Spring, Yosemite Falls is supposed to be stunning. It’s all dried up for the summer now, but I had to imagine what it looked like…
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Good, that’s better! Looks almost like the real thing!
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The reception was back at the Wawona Hotel, so we climbed back on the bus for the trip back. Our driver stopped at a vista point so we could get a glimpse of Half Dome and the rest of Yosemite Valley. It’s no wonder Ansel Adams took so many photos here. It’s stunning!
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The reception was outside on the lawn of the Wawona. I was worried about the 90*+ heat that we had been having, but it actually cooled off really nice just before dinner.

And guess what I had?! My FIRST glass of wine in 11 months!!! (My last alcoholic beverage was actually in Salzburg, Austria on our trip last year!)
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Mmmmm!

We snuck the baby over to our table for a few minutes because I kind of missed her! She made a polite appearance before she went back to Grandma for the night.
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Such a fun night and a great way to experience Yosemite. Wishing Brian and Victoria a lifetime of happiness and love. We were honored to share their special day with them.
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Congrats, Guys!

 

 
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