So tonight we went over to the inlaws (weird never said that before!) and Ben and I carved the pumpkins with the kiddos. Makes me wish my family and nieces lived closer so I could share all these experiences with my girls! Everyone hand drew their faces this year and no patterns. Ben made a vampire pumpkin and I drew a silly face pumpkin. Here are some pics from tonight! I can't wait to light them up and watch them glow :)
Ignore Morgan in the background haha but this is Ben's vampire pumpkin
My funny face pumpkin
Ben and I with our pumpkins
Ben carving with a fellow watcher :)
The kids carving
On Friday night Ben and I went to The Haunt, the big haunted house in Grand Rapids! I of course freaked out a ton but here is a pic from that.
So last weekend we went with Ben's family to the pumkin patch/orchard to pick out the pumpkins to carve. I must say I love this tradition. Here are a few pics from our annual pumpkin picking, apple picking, orchard walking, cow train riding, haybale climbing, barn tube sliding, pet farm, caramel apples and cider and doughnut adventures!
The pumpkins Ben and I picked out! Mine is the round one on the right.
Ben and I stealing apples :)
Love riding the cow train and having to squeeze in there haha
Ben and the one smile he gave me all day for the camera!
Honeymoon #1. I call it that because we are actually having a bunch of short ones we are calling them "mini- moons" So the first one was up to Traverse City for the weekend. It was so fun! We started out on Friday and drove up to the city and checked in to our wonderful beachside room overlooking the bay. Let me just say weatherwise the weekend was so perfect! It was so warm, there were a few times throughout the weekend that Ben and I both said a few times that we wished we would of packed shorts! So friday evening we drove up to the Leelenau Peninsula, I had never been there and Ben had been wanting to take me. I loved it, it is this quaint little fishing town on the water with all these old little shops and built on the river with a big dam waterfall flowing into the Lake Michigan. Ben and I enjoyed watching the river otters and watching the fish try and jump over the dam. After walking around there for a little bit we went out to this nice expensive restaurant and ate some delicious food! Saturday we woke up and drove up to Mackinaw City for the day, no not the island, just the city and also went across the bridge and into the UP and went on a short little drive up to castle rock and Ben and I climbed it!! The scenery was beautiful! It was the peak fall weather and a warm day, clear skies. It couldn't be better. Then we walked around downtown and went in all the shops and bought some fudge and souveniers, then drove back to our hotel in Traverse. We then went downtown there for a late dinner and then just chilled out. On Sunday we went across the street and played mini golf together at Pirate's Cove, Ben won :( Then we drove up to Mission Point and spent the afternoon going in some wineries and just driving around soaking up the amazing weather and scenery. I just love it there. Then off to downtown and in some more shops and more souvenirs and then off to a late lunch at one of our favorite restaurants in TC the North Peak Brewery. And omg I had this amazing, amazing sandwhich. Can't even remember what was in it, but it had this like jelly on it and meat and bacon and powered sugar and hers... I know sounds really gross but it was sooo good! So that about sums up the weekend! An awesome first start to being married and it was perfect and I can't wait till our next mini moon our vacation at DISNEY!! Ben has never even been to Florida let alone disney or seen the ocean so I am beyond EXCITED!!!! But I have to wait 2 months!! well here are some pics from our Traverse City Honeymoon!
The winery where Ben stole some grapes :)
Mini golf with our pirate faces on!
Castle Rock where we climbed up!
A stop in Petosky to look for stones and found this waterfall!
The sunset at Leelenau
Standing on the dam looking out at the Lake
The Dam looking out. Do you see the fish in the bottom left corner trying to jump?
I just loved this sign.... made me think of my grandparents in heaven :)
Watching all the fish off the docks
The surprise river otters under the docks in Leelenau
So let's pretend that today is Thursday 10-7-10. I woke up with Ben (which is the best part about married and living with him) and went to class with him at Grand Valley. He only has one on thursdays so I just played on my computer a bit and then we walked around downtown Grand Rapids and viewed alot of the art prize exhibits and to the Ford Museum. We had a wonderful day together and it was a wonderful early start to our Traverse City honeymoon. I will leave you with some pictures of our day together!
Ben at the Museum in front of the moose! He loved all the animals :)
I just loved this picture of the sunset spanned out over the pictures. It has such a stronger effect!
Loved the carved tree. This is one of our favorites! Ben loved the deer and fish and turtle and wolf and I loved the dolphins and turtle and wolf and all of it!!
Yes. So much has happened since even my brief blog right after the wedding. So now I am going to continue on that and go into more detail about the wedding. So I titled this post 10.2.10 obviously so I can remember how special and amazing the day was. For starters it was just perfect, really it was. I know alot of people say that after their wedding they go back and was like "I wish I would of done this differently, or it should of looked like this..." and so on. I feel like I don't have many thoughts like that, the only thing was that there was some specific people that I wish we would of gotten around to talk and catch up with! Some people I know traveled some miles to come and share the day with us and I feel bad we didn't get to say thank you and talk with them more. So I apologize ot those of you who we didn't say thank you to. We really appreciate you coming and taking time to share not only the day with us but the journey we are taking together and the love and support you have given. It means so much to us. The day truly does fly by and its all a blur. I look back and I do remember everything, every detail but it really did go by so fast. I loved every minute of it. I want to remember it exactly the way it was. I'll start with Friday, Rehearsal day. I woke up early (thanks ang haha) I had to go pick Angela up at the hospital where her new job is (which I love that she works over here now!) and then we headed to the mall to get a manicure and pedicure and a massage for me :) Which was totally relaxing and helped me get rid of the stress of t he week. Which was really really bad awful week. I totally did not want a wedding at all. I got really depressed by people's comments. But back to rehearsal after that all our friends pitched in and I am so thankful for all the help we had. Our friends and family helped tie programs, table seating, pick up chairs, pick up linens, decorate the room, set up rehearsal dinner, and the list goes on. I can't even remember there was so much help and we really appreciate how everyone came together and did so much. Thank you. Rehearsal went smoothly, I wasn't one to expect it to be perfect, I feel like there is so many little things that happen on t he wedding day that no one will remember so why stress about them before hand. So the one amazing thing was there was a big storm cloud hovering when we started rehearsal and then it just wasn't there and there was a break in the clouds and it the sun was setting and just streaming through in streaks and it was beautiful. We then went up to dinner outside on the patio and it was just perfect. Ben's parents did a wonderful job and all the food was delicious everyone loved it and honestly it couldn't of gone better. There was patio lights and candles and it was warm and cozy and it was just so nice having all our friends and family together and hanging out and just relaxing. Ben gave me as a wedding present "Dance, Dance Revolution" and I was so excited!!! I have been wanting it forever! After that we did some more setting up and then down to the beach where the boys were impatiently waiting at the bonfire with fireworks! And just as the rest of us joined there was a light rain starting so we quickly did smores and more fireworks and ended the night early. So Angela and I went back to the house and I worked on finishing the slideshow then went to bed early! It was so nice! Saturday morning. Slept in a little bit which was nice again. Then got up and went to Maranatha did some more errands and checked out the room, met the florist and did a few things. Then back to the condo to get ready with my crew of hair and makeup haha. Connie Hinkley (with help from brooke) did my hair, which turned out beautifully and the curls held all day! And my friend Emily Garrett from Maranatha did my makeup, which was also amazing. It was so nice and relaxing to be at the condo with all the girls and get ready and have everyone there and watching the little flower girls run around with Reggie and having mom and grandma fix some food and all the bridesmaids and my sister in law helping and just laughing and enjoying the morning with everyone. I was just sitting there in the chair and I kept thinking "wow I can't believe today I am actually getting married" it just felt surreal. After getting into my dress with help from lots of ladies haha we headed down to the beach. Where I snuck away up to the condo while everyone else greeted people and finsihed setting up on the beach. It was so cool being up on the 3rd floor condo and peeking out the window and watching Ben and everyone else just go on their way and all the guests coming and I loved that no one knew I was there but I still felt really involved because I was watching everything. I loved it. Then all my girls surprised me and came up there with me and we waited till everyone arrived then made our way back down and started the ceremony. Cermeony, now I have always wondered with as many weddings as I go to every year if I would get as bored during my own ceremony as I do with everyone elses. And I must say it wasn't as bad haha. I just kept looking at Ben and thinking "wow this is MY wedding, this is really happening, I love him and I am so excited" there as just so many emotions. I feel like it was just the two of us. I remember walking down the aisle and looking at him and knowing he was happy and loved me and i felt all that and nothing else in the world mattered :) I loved standing there holding his hand, reading our vows we wrote for eachother and pouring our sand and the moments we stole right after that and hearing the song and just looking at him and never loving him more. One of my favorite moments was right as we were announced and presented to the guests and Mr. and Mrs. Eller and we turned around and there was a light misting rain. The whole day was beautiful blue skies and big puffy clouds, but at that moment right at the end of the ceremony it started misting and I remember feeling "wow this is so amazing" now I know no one would probably think what its raining and you loved it? But I did, it was perfect timing and it was awesome walking back down the aisle on the beach with a blue sky but a light misting rain. Hey they say rain on the wedding day is good luck and it seriously only lasted like ten minutes, but at the moment it was magical and perfect and it made the whole ceremony even more surreal and like a fairytale. I definitely would not of changed the rain :) So after all the pics Ben and I rode up in the horse drawn carriage from the beach and entered the reception. Which was BEAUTIFUL!!!! Everyone did a wonderful, amazing job on the reception, especially my Mom and Connie who worked so hard the day before. Thank you, it was perfect! The reception really did fly by the fastest. We had toasts and dinner (which was sooo good and we had raving reviews from the guests) then we did cake cutting (thank you to Kendon and Courtney who did a beyond amazing job on our not normal wedding cake !! we loved it) and then dances. It flew by, the reception was a blur. I remember dancing with Ben and bouquet toss, garter toss, and all the other normal things. Ben and I ran out through a tunnel of sparklers into our decorated car and headed off for a beyond amazing finish to a beautiful, perfect day full of happiness and love. Thank you to everyone who made it happen and thank you for the love and support of our friends and families who shared the day with us. The thank yous could go on and on but It was truly a day we will never forget and will cherish forever.
p.s. - As for pictures, I finally made an album on facebook. I have been trying to get caught up on past clients and orders of seniors and weddings which I sadly pushed to the side for my own wedding. So I put two full wedding albums on facebook for those of you who are wanting to see pictures. I haven't had a chance to edit them at all or barely look through them all, but I know everyone was asking and wanted to see them. I made the albums public so even if you aren't my friend you can still view them! Also if you don't have facebook you can let me know and I can still share the albums with you. So please let me know if you want to see them!
So I realized it has been well over a month since I actually blogged. The wedding just took over everything and my photo jobs got pushed on the back burner (sorry clients!) and my fractured arm and just all the planning and stress of the wedding. Wow. So much has happened and I don't know where to start. Everything came together so perfectly and I honestly couldn't ask for a better day and the most wonderful beginning of a new chapter in my life. Nothing, honestly nothing went wrong and it even rained at the end of the ceremony for like 10 minutes on the beach and well they say its good luck so I didn't mind. I think it added to the magic of it :) I am so happy and so very glad it is over and I love spending everyday and night with Ben. I am not going to go into great detail right now since it is late, but I promise I will soon. If only for my sake because I want to look back in the years to come and be able to refresh my memory on exactly how I felt my first week of marriage and everything I loved about the wedding! I have also been slacking on photo jobs so I have a lot of catching up to do and there will be lots of pictures of them too. Which means sorry folks but for now my wedding pics are being put on hold because I need to get everyone elses done!! Thank you to everyone who posted a lot of pictures on facebook already, we love them and I can't wait to share more with you. If you want to see them please go look at Ben or I page on fb. For now I am off to honeymoon in Traverse City :) I will definitely have pics of that too. I promise to update more now that "some" of the chaos is over.... it seems to be pretty consistent right now though.
I will leave you with one of both Ben and mine favorites :)
You already met the fun and lovely Michael & Johana when we did a beach engagement session! They were so photogenic then and I really loved having plenty of time to shoot some awesome shots for their wedding. The church was beautiful, the couple was gorgeous and everyone was sweet and wonderful. Here are a few pics....