Wedding Wednesday {Rockin' Bridal Party!}

This is pretty much a big deal. And probably ridiculous.
But I'm posting twice today, so hope you get over it enjoy.

I've talked specifically about all our great 'maids and men, so there are few words needed here. These pics were taken right after the first look and were a fun time to be with all our closest friends
 right before the ceremony. This group is awesome :)

And how cute are my flower girl & ringbearer?!?!
Oh and get ready for it.... watch the flowers. Watch my face...
One too many fist pumps with the flowers and SNAP, they were done.
Nothing a little masking tape couldn't fix later though! ;)


With my two new brothers! :)

That was some crazy picture AND post overload today!
Make sure you read my birthday recap from earlier over here.


Playing Catch Up... and that time I blogged twice in one day!

I'm alive!!! The past week has been a serious whirlwind of events. First off- THANK YOU for all the birthday wishes. I definitely got spoiled with a whole week of surprises and fun. (Plus- I'd started the celebration with my family 11 days out!)

Jared gave me one of my big gifts the Sunday before my bday to kick off the week.
Yep, tickets to see THIS when it comes to town next month!! I seriously love MJ and I've never been to the Cirque du Soleil so I am pumped!! All week long I got cards, notes, goodies and phone calls from friends and family wishing me a fun birthday week. Kayla (by the way, will someone start leaving her comments and tell her to start her own blog?! ) got me this CUTE beach dress/cover up andlots of good smelling stuff from Bath & Body Works.
My in-laws had us over for dinner Thursday night and got me this adorable beach bag/cooler --see the theme going here?
My MIL filled it with all the beach necessities: sunscreen, plastic cups, sunglasses, snacks, a first-aid kit, tissues, chapstick, a bag to put your wet clothes in, etc etc! Very cute idea and made me even MORE ready to go on vacation!!

Friday was my actual birthday and Jared had flowers sent to my work which is always exciting! After work I had to go straight to my brother-in-law's wedding rehearsal/dinner so it definitely was a long, eventful night. The plus side was that the dinner was a fajita bar with allllll the fixings- and you know how I feel about Mexican food ;) I had more than my fair share of chicken, guacamole and cheese dip!

After we got home Jared gave me my other big gift-- a new camera!! I have a nice DSLR Canon, but I've been wanting a handy point-and-shoot also. It's not always convenient to lug that big one around, say.... when you're going to see Michael Jackson Cirque du Soleil, amiright?! Plus it's ORANGE- and it doesn't get better than that.

I'll be back later this afternoon with a Wedding Wednesday. Yep, two posts in one day... You are some lucky readers today. Actually, I just can't fall behind because our ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY is less than 5 weeks away and I still have a lot of recaps to get to. Check back later today for MORE on our saaaaweet bridal party & the cutest lil kiddos you've ever seen!

Happy Birthday To ME! {25}

My, how time flies!
No hair, cake smashing, 1st birthday

Me in the middle, + sister and cousins

I just couldn't wait to eat that "4" cookie apparently!

Yeah, I bet YOU didn't have a Lambchop birthday!!! ;)

Ohhh, awkward middle school birthdays. 
Turning 12 and definitely got a PowderPuff Girls tank!

Oh- and awkward 16th birthday after an apparently sweaty cheerleading practice. Sick.

Delicious fruit pizza (not really a cake girl!) on my 23rd I believe ;)

And here I am today, at 25. At halfway to 50!
Enjoy your weekend celebrating my birth!! :)

Wedding Wednesday {First Look}

J and I chose to see other before the ceremony and I'm SO glad we did. Not only did it calm my nerves, but it was truly the only 20 minutes we spent together, alone, for the rest of the evening! Our photographer was there to capture it all, and honestly I felt like she wasn't even there for the first few minutes. It was sooo exciting to see him that afternoon, all dressed in our best about to become a MR and MRS!!!

Here are some of my favorite photos of our "First Look"

It looks like I'm going to face plant here- but I was just excited to "sneak" up on him ;) 

He liked the shoes :)

 The old covered bridge could NOT have been any more perfect!!

Hope you didn't mind the picture overload today!! The first look was absolutely one of the best parts of the entire wedding day! Isn't he handsome?!?! If you are a bride-to-be thinking about seeing each other beforehand, I highly recommend it! It was so special! We got the majority of our pictures done before the ceremony so afterward we were able to get to the reception VERY quickly and not leave our guests waiting!

If you're married, did you do a first-look or not? Are you still happy with the decision made?Happy Wednesday all!

The city I hate...

....Except for a few select friends, I hate everything about Pittsburgh, PA. I'm sorry if it's your hometown-- but I just can't help it. Football rivalries run deep and Pitt will just never be a friend to me. WHODEY!
Not okay, Mr. ACL-destroyer!!!
But I gotta say, I had a pretty stinkin' fun weekend exploring a new city with college friends I hadn't seen in awhile! My friend Amanda lives in Pitt & we've been trying to coordinate a weekend for me to visit her forever! We finally found one that worked and have been counting down for months. I headed out of work early Friday, picked up another friend of ours, Erin (you remember her!) about halfway there and arrived in Pitt early evening. Just in time to see Amanda's lacrosse team she coaches finish up dominating a game 16-2!!

We grabbed some dinner at a nearby pizza & wings place and then just crashed at Amanda's GORGEOUS place. I especially loved her kitchen-- love white cabinets! :)

We stayed up 'til almost 4 AM talking Friday night. I have seriously not been up that late in yearssss! It was truly a college reunion-- we all had so much to catch each other up on!

Saturday we explored the city despite the rainy/gray day! And for as much as I wanted to hate it- there were a lot of cool buildings, shopping, food etc... that I found myself enjoying!
Getting ready to head out!

Amanda playing tour guide during the rainy day!

Then we made a "pitt" stop (get it?!) at Heinz Field where those dirty, nasty Steelers play. I didn't even WANT to take a picture and have that gross yellow on my camera, but Amanda & Erin are both Steelers fans- so I allowed it. Plus I got to boo them up close and personal, which was very satisfying ;)

That's how I feel about you Roethlisberger & Co!!!

Tour-guide Amanda again. Girl knows her city!!

Just love these girls!!

After much exploring and shopping we ended the night with what else?! Mexican food! It was delicious, and another fun way to celebrate Amanda and I's upcoming birthdays! Her's is this Thursday, and mine is Friday! We're both turning the big 2-5, as you can see ;)

We ended the weekend with church then homemade chili and cornbread. It was a great weekend to just get away with the girls and have fun! The timing was perfect too because J was busy with his brother's bachelor party one of the nights. Gotta' say- it was the first night I'd spent away from J since our wedding though and I definitely missed him! Anyone else find it weird the first time you stayed separate from your hubby?!

Happy Monday everyone!! Thanks for all the love about my new blog name! :)