Monday, April 14, 2014

Wedding Pictures!!

I've been waiting almost a year to share these pictures!!  Okay...I haven't been waiting, I've been procrastination over a year to share these pictures.  Sadly it has taken our annual March of Dimes fundraising push to get me back into the spirit of blogging, sharing photos, stories, and adventures.

Today's post is brought to you by....


Thank you Anne (and family) for your support every year!

I love these pictures I'm about to share.  I love them because of so many reasons...but mainly because this whole trip was a celebration of two people coming together that we ADORE!!!  Nate and Kimberly are the two of the sweetest and best people on planet earth!  I always knew that when they got married, we'd come no matter when or where...and we did!  It was an HONOR to be a witness to this marriage!  It was even more of an honor that they asked our girls to be flower girls.  Lisa and I will cherish these memories as I know the girls will too.  What a special privilege Nate and Kimberly gave us.  THANK YOU!!!

I should also warn you that it was very difficult to cut pictures out.  Not all of these pictures are great but they each show something that is worth sharing.  I don't think they have seen all of these pics yet and no doubt they have a truck load of pics from their professional photographer...but while my focus was on capturing my girls in this moment, I couldn't help but capture some bonus moments.  Enjoy Nate and Kimberly....we love you!

We arrived a day early so we could sneak in a few extra minutes with our buddies.  The next day we relaxed and did some sightseeing before it was time for the rehearsal.

I don't want to brag but this is the girls second gig as flower girls.  They are PROS!!

"Yeah, lady.  We got it."

Perfect little angels stealing the show again!

I debated sharing this picture....but...I can't resist.  Nate's face is priceless.  He gave me an explanation that whether it's true or not was absolutely perfect.

Take two....yep, still got it.

It's game day!!  Look at those curls!  Not sure how Lisa pulled it off. 

The man.  The legend.

Chilling with the guys before the ceremony.

Not bored...just Nate being Nate.  The photobombs are awesome too!

Nate clearly enjoying a massage.  Clearly.

A beautiful setting.

Jim (Dad) helping out his son.

All the guys lining up for some outside shots.

I remember watching this and being very nervous that Nate would see Kimberly but knowing what an AWESOME picture it would be.  I'd love to see the pro's shot from here. 

As you can imagine, the girls were completely infatuated with Kimberly.  At times I felt bad because they were her shadow but at the same time it was SO adorable.
I think Kimberly loved it too.  :)

Never took their eyes off of her.

Except for the 20 times I said "just one more picture!"  You can see in the background all the ladies watching Nate and the boys get their pics done.

Think they're happy??

 So I only took two pictures in the church.  This was one of those moments where you take a mental picture and wish you had a camera....but this time I had a camera and it was pointed right at her!!  Thank you Katy for looking at us and giving the thumbs up!!

The second picture was that moment that always gets you at a wedding, when the groom sees his bride approaching and starts to break down.  I couldn't resist trying to capture that sweet moment.

"We did it, Shadow!!  Now time to party!!"

Just hanging out with the wedding party to start the pictures.

....and here we go!  

Just like their first wedding, the girls were phenomenal.  Not once did they show any signs of wearing down.  It's like they know how big the moment is and how important it is to stay on their best behavior and SMILE!

Just precious.


Time for outdoor pics in the drizzle.

And my two favorite....


Thanks again Nate and Kimberly for inviting us and allowing our girls to be a part of your day!  You are both very special to us!  

On that note, I have MORE pictures from the reception.  Keep those donations coming so I can share them!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

South Carolina trip continued

Today was another EPIC day in Washington!  After a fun birthday party at the Mobius Science Center downtown, Lisa and I drove down to Pullman to see Jerry Seinfeld!!  If there is a bucket list of comedians, we are making some serious strides.  Gallagher, Dane Cook, Bill Cosby, Brian Regan, and now Jerry Seinfeld.  If we can see Steve Martin and Jim Gaffigan, I think we could go ahead and kick the bucket!

We got home to find we had a donation waiting for us!


We have one month to go before our May 13th deadline.  Don't wait!  Keep those donations coming.

Back to South Carolina...we had a few days hanging with the Gilks before the wedding.  One of those days we drove to Biltmore with perfect May weather!!  As you'll see, we all had a blast.

Proof of both the Biltmore AND the perfect weather...

Aunt Christin loving some twin niece time.  Alyssa and Katy loving some Aunt Christin time!

 Yup.  Nothing but smiles in front of the Biltmore.


They actually had a strict rule about cameras inside the Biltmore and way too many staffers enforcing that rule.  So no pictures until we went down to the garden...which was AMAZING!

Tulips in the garden. 

Tulips in the park.

But the best kind of tulips...

Are tulips in the dark!! 

Never a dull moment.

Captured the sisters posing for a selfie in the tulips.

We couldn't resist stopping and saying hello to this big fellow.  He was not very friendly though.  Now that I think about it, maybe he was a statue because he NEVER MOVED!!  

Back to the home of the Gilks.  Right before we left for the wedding, Uncle Tom was getting geared up for a trip of his own.  What a great opportunity for the girls to have a little fun.

Check out these faces!!

Absolutely love this picture!!

Total adrenaline junkie.  

That takes us up to the day that we arrived in Boone, NC to celebrate the marriage of two GREAT friends.  We have shared a few of these pics since last year but you need to see all of the amazing photos from the rehearsal, wedding, and reception.  Just one quick donation away from the most beautiful wedding you'll ever see!