Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Wedding Wednesday | The Ceremony

I'm back this Wednesday with another chunk of wedding pictures! I can't believe that we're only 10 days away from our first wedding anniversary! This past year has definitely flown by and I don't see things slowing down anytime soon. I can't say I mind though- I enjoy being busy and having fun things to do. Now onto the ceremony pictures..

 The husband making his way down the aisle!
 The girls, Grandpa, and I waiting for our turn.
 Grandpa and I <3

 My cousin Leah read an excerpt from Richard Bach's Bridge Across Forever
"A soulmate is someone who has locks that fit our keys, and keys to fit our locks. When we feel safe enough to open the locks, our truest selves step out and we can be completely and honestly who we are; we can be loved for who we are and not for who we're pretending to be. Each unveils the best part of the other. No matter what else goes wrong around us, with that one person we're safe in our own paradise. Our soulmate is someone who shares our deepest longings, our sense of direction. When we're two balloons, and together our direction is up, chances are we've found the right person. Our soulmate is the one who makes life come to life."
 It was SO HOT! You can see me squinting because the sun was in my eyes and if you look closely you can see sweat dripping down T's chin.
 Instead of a Unity Candle we did Unity Sand with our wedding colors. The vases are really nice quality and it looks good displayed in the house.
 "You may now kiss the bride!"
Mr & Mrs!
I am so thankful that we all got through the ceremony without anyone fainting! It was a record breaking weather day and anytime we see any guests from the wedding they mention how hot it was haha

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Wedding Wednesday | Bridal Party

This weeks pictures are of our awesome bridal party! T and I were so lucky to have our closest friends stand up with us at the wedding and so thankful for all of their help. We even had a special guest- T's closest friend from the Army attended the wedding and we were so happy we could include him in a few pictures!

 The guys
 The ladies
 A huge bonus for getting married on a golf course- golf carts!!! We had so much fun in these and wish we had more time!
 The whole group
 One of my favorite pictures from the entire day! I can't wait to frame it and hang it up one day!
Of course I wasn't following the "rules" and looked at the camera.. everyone else was doing what they're supposed to.
I sort of feel like I'm "cheating" these recaps, because I'm not going into super detail, but it's the only way I can stay on top of posting these. And I really want to have them all posted by our anniversary which is in THREE weeks! Maybe one day I'll have time to come back and edit these entries to make them more in depth ;)

Thursday, June 6, 2013

A Little Update on Sir Duke

It's been a while since I've posted about Duke, our 8-month old Keeshond and so much has changed! He's officially full size weighing in around 40lbs. He no longer has razor sharp teeth, but still chews on anything and everything. Including molding, eye glasses, medicine bottles, trees, flowers, fire wood, and his AKC paperwork.

Like I said he's not picky. Speaking of chewing, we've solved his tummy issues (we think he was eating too much and too fast). He's now on a grain free food and is fed using a Kong Wobbler so he has to work for his food and it slows him down A LOT. One of our best purchases for him!

He spent his first night(s) away from us when we were on our honeymoon and no longer sleeps in our room (FINALLY!!!) He goes to sleep when we do and doesn't wake up until someone else is moving around the house.

He's still adjusting to the move and no longer being the only dog in the house (my in-laws have two Yorkies). Sometimes he's a little too rough with them, but I think it's because he wants to play and they're too scared of him (he's 10x their size). Not to mention T and I have had complete schedule changes as well, so we're not home with him nearly as much as we used to be. It's been interesting to say the least. BUT! He is 100% potty trained! Woo hoo! Having a yard to run in and do your business on your on, instead of a leash, has definitely been a plus.

Now that the weather is nicer we've been taking him for at least one walk a day and they've become my favorite part of the day. It's our only time to be a "family of 3" and the exercise isn't bad either.


We've found a new vet (we were so sad to leave ours in Kalamazoo) and he has his first appointment next week. Hopefully we like them as much as our old one! We're getting him the Bordetella shot so that he can start going to doggy daycare. It'll probably only be once every other week or once a week at the max, but we want him to get the socialization and a day where we can get stuff done around the house.

Phew this post has turned out to be longer than I expected! I'll wrap it up with a few things he's been loving :)
As you can imagine from the pictures Duke gets extremely hot in the warm months so we bought him a pool to help keep him cool. He hasn't quite grasped the concept yet, but it's really fun to watch him!

He still LOVES car rides and going anywhere with us. And we love taking him anywhere we can. And finally, I think his most favorite thing in the whole wide world is running in the field without a leash. He is so fast and will run forever if you let him.

 Testing out Momma's new whip! He was watching a dog across the street in the picture on the right hahaha

So there's the worlds longest blog post on a four legged animal, but like I said A LOT has changed! And we still have a lot to work on: coming when called, not spazzing when someone wakes up/gets home, not "attacking" the Yorkies, and staying off of the counters Lol Everyday is definitely a new adventure ;)

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Honeymoon Recap

We decided on a 5 day Western Caribbean Carnival cruise for our honeymoon and it was the perfect choice! I have previously been on two cruises with my family and LOVED them. I also think they're the best bang for your buck. It wasn't hard to convince T when he saw how affordable they are either.

We flew to Tampa the day before our sail date as a precaution- don't want to miss your cruise due to a delayed plane. We stayed at Chase Suite Hotel with their Snooze n Cruise package. It was a great hotel- way more than we needed, clean, nice pool, they provided a free shuttle service, and was located right next to Bahama Breeze which is one of my favorite restaurants and where we ate dinner! We thought about going to Clearwater for the day, but it would've cost way too much for a taxi so we just hung out by the pool.