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August 1, 2014

Big Sur Wedding

Almost two months of silence around here, two blissful months of amazing happenings but I’ve missed you. I’m not sure if I told you, and I don’t think I did, but we decided to have two weddings. One being small and intimate with just our immediate families, at the spot where Josh proposed last year, and the other being an all-out bash with both of our large families and all of our friends dancing the night away in a cornfield back home in Ohio.

And both turned out quite spectacularly.

The weekend in Big Sur was more than we could have ever imagined. The serenity of the little town depicted the vibes for the whole weekend — relaxed, quiet and effortless. And while getting used to no cell phone service was hard at first, in the end it was exactly what we needed. Josh and I truly felt like we were weaving our whole lives together with our families sharing meals, stories and the ceremony. It felt like every piece of my heart was surrounding me as I stood there to tell Josh I was going to choose him everyday for the rest of our lives.

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The night before, I slept next to my best friend. We woke up in the morning and ate avocado toast on the deck. My families rental house was situated on the top of a mountain that over looked the ocean. We slowly began to put the flowers together that were needed for the day; the deck became a lavender oasis. The morning inched along slowly, probably in anticipation of the fast evening ahead. I felt calm and incredibly happy the whole day. I love that everyone who was going to be at the ceremony was in the house, that we had no time restrictions and that there was no stress. I love that my sisters and my mom helped me slip into my dress, that Josh’s mom was able to be there and that I was able to act somewhat natural with photographers all around me. My bouquet was made by Em, with Whole Food flowers we picked up the day before, and when they handed it to me, my sisters had attached a gold locket with pictures of my grandpa and grandma.

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Josh and I choose not to see each other before the ceremony but we did exchange letters, his meticulously written days before and I’m sure was typed out and re-typed to make sure it was perfect. Mine was scribbled that morning and handed off to him.


My dad was already in tears when he came up the steps to see me for the first time. He could hardly look at me, but I couldn’t stop smiling. I know how much he loves me. And as we waited for Josh to head out before we walked down the stairs, my favorite picture was snapped of us peeping out the window, Dad telling me not to look because as much as Josh couldn’t see me, I forgot that I couldn’t see him either.

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We eventually made it to the cars and drove down the mountain in the row, joking and laughing the whole way in the car. When we got to the valley, everyone headed down to the cliff except for me and dad, and we waited patiently for them to take their positions. We could slyly look over the brush to see where everyone was, but we mostly just joked with each other about the long walk ahead. And then we made our way, through a field of wildflowers, with a small, jagged aisle all the way to a seaside cliff where Josh waited patiently. That walk was long, and I was so happy it was; those minutes with dad were particularly special to me.

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And then we got to Josh, and my dad handed me away. And with our families surrounding us, we prayed over our marriage, exchanged some pretty gold rings and said some simple words that we will live out for a life time.

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Josh had said in his letter “We choose a beautiful place to get married, but I will only be looking at you.” And that is how I felt — me and Josh and our families on a cliff making promises for the rest of our lives. And it was the absolute best day of my life.

So enjoy a few more pictures, because we have them and they are beautiful. And if you want to see the awesome video, click here and use the password bigsur.

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Oh, and we ate, drank and danced of course!

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…we will be back with the bash.


{Photos by Julia Robbs and Jacqueline Pierson of Our Labor of Love}

You Ain’t that Busy.

June 5, 2014
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You Ain't That Busy

This graphic says it all.

Busy should be banned. It should be drowned with all the other negative words: bossy, arrogant, flakey. Because the truth is every person you meet is busy. They all have minds moving a million miles a minute, they all have their lives, their stressors, their obligations. Work meetings, events, drinks with an old friend, dinner with a husband, soccer games, Rangers games, books to read.

Weddings to plan.

And while right now I feel busy, I know one day I’ll be more busy in some new, dramatic way. It ebbs and flows, a season of overwhelming to-do lists now will one day lead to a season of rest.

But until then, I should face it. I ain’t that busy.

And I miss you. I do hope you are not that busy either!

{Graphic via Paperless Post}

Good Mood Monday

May 12, 2014

{A collection of sweet things and moments that filled my heart this week.}

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+33 Years. In 33 years, I can only hope to have with Josh the relationship my parents have. God blessed many with their love, and continues to.


+Mother’s Day. There are so many mothers in our lives. Here is to hoping the each one had the most relaxing day possible (although, if you mothers are anything like mine, they spent the day pleasing their mothers, too).

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+Celebrations. Celebrating any and all things that come our way lately: birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, babies, church launches. All good things, all with a need to be joyous over.

+Bernath Bash Bachelorette. We did a little girls night in the city, filled with amazing friends, mini apple pies and lots of dancing. I could not have asked for better friends in this city to make me feel home.

+Bernath Bash Bachelor. Especially with Josh down in Low Country with all of the guys golfing, paint balling and what I’m sure turned into a few too many beers.

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+Sacrifices. My life is full right now. Filled with thank you note writing, timeline making, vendor confirming, song choosing tasks that take over the extra minutes. Work is requiring later evenings than normal, weekends are filled with additional work. And something must be sacrificed. Like this space, right here. Just a bit though, and not forever. While I’m not writing every day, know that I’m happy nonetheless, ready to provide you with slivers of good moods throughout the next few weeks.

+The Fault in Our Stars. Darn books taking up time, too. But it’s oh, so good. I can’t wait to cry in the end, which is soon. (I started it Friday.)

+Up next:All the Light We Cannot See. Have you read it?

+Sunshine. Because, hello spring.

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Good Mood Monday

May 5, 2014

{A collection of sweet things and moments that filled my heart this week.}

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+This DudeWe celebrated Josh’s birthday last week. While normally I would throw surprises and take him to long tasting menu dinners, this year we played it low-key, tried a few new restaurants and ate peanut butter cookies with friends.

+New York, this week. She really shined. From Thursday until today and looking forward over the next few days, New York is deciding it’s time to show off. It’s about time, old friend.

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+New Vinyl. Parachutes vinyl, Yellow perfectly streamed, Coldplay on SNL.

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+Buck Hunt. Josh and friends have entered a buck hunting league, the arcade game where you shoot bucks (not doe’s!) and try to shot as many as possible. They put on camo hats and get rowdy at a bar. It’s really fun to watch and cheer on our team.

+Babysitting Darlings. 18 months is the best age. I don’t spend much time with 18 month old girls (see: Jace, Finn, Frey) so I was so excited to get to spend some time with a new little friend last week. She was silly, athletic and charming with the sweetest laugh. Made me miss my boys.

+The Campbell Apartment. The wedding this weekend took place at The Campbell Apartment, a unique lounge tucked away in Grand Central Terminal. The ceremony made everyone cry, the jazz made everyone dance and the space made everyone feel like they belonged at Gatsby’s mansion.

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+Practicing. I had the distinct pleasure of practicing my photography on the beautiful Christy this week. She needed head shots, I have a camera and the sun was all out, flaunting itself. So we spent the evening hair flipping and capturing her beautiful smile. And then we went to listen our good friend play an amazing set in the Lower East Side. (PS: go check out Clinton and plan on seeing him play on Saturday at Rockwood.)

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+Spring Flowers. I had a rough week last week, and Josh brought home flowers that are filling this apartment with the scent of a meadow. What a wonderful smell to walk into every evening.

+Google. And the fact that they now offer same day delivery in Manhattan. While this pushes our need for instant gratification, it is quite an accomplishment. You can read more about same delivery here.



Sun, Moon, Stars

April 29, 2014

Sun Moon Stars

Just a quick note today, just to say happy birthday to the person in my life that supports me through everything, every day and every night. Who stands by me in faith, is my voice of reason through work struggles and listens to me vent about silliness. I’m so excited to marry you, Josh. You are my sun, my moon and all my stars. Happy birthday!

Sun Moon Stars


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