Nuptials. Anniversaries.

Two weekends ago (and two days shy of our own second anniversary), Brian and I went to Kansas City for the wedding of my dear pal Jillian and her ruggedly handsome husband Reed.  I’ve been to a lot of weddings, and I MUST tell you how each detail matched Jillian and Reed perfectly.  This wedding was quite possibly the most beautiful compilation of pinks, greens, family traditions and natural accents, down to the olive branches on the cake and the tiny silver dinosaurs in the bridesmaids bouquets.

From the special Greek crowning ceremony, to the beautiful message their Deacon gave to the almost-wedded couple and the rest of the married attendees about the difficulty and truths of marriage – well, it all just made a lot of sense.  He said, “everyone wants to be on top of the mountain, but a hard climb is how you get there”.  It was especially relevant to me, as Brian and I work to navigate our first years of planning the rest of our years together.  In just the past few months, we’ve realized how much effort it takes to keep a marriage happy and successful.  There are some hard fights.  And certainly some tears. But we’re on our way, and that feels pretty good.

Anywho, you can find some more pictures of Jillian’s beautiful wedding if you click HERE.  These are some of my favorites:

j+r, rehearsing.

Merrick is contemplating how in the world the girl next to her is going to have triplets. Yee!

the brooch boquet, giving by her mom, mom-in-law, and other family heirlooms. it was bananas.

kacey, jills, elisa – In the lou, and we’re proud.

the stanbruggs.

Lily and I like bangs.

elisa and matt

beth and dean

jenny, just lovin’ me.

five days later, Rachael gave birth to a sweet little babe named Tucker. i can’t wait to meet him!

we clean up nice.

the first dance. so insanely beautiful, these two crazy kids.

We had a really wonderful time at the wedding, and we came back with a better perspective on the realities of marriage.  (The ones they don’t teach you about before you get married.)  All in all, great wedding you guys!  We love you and wish you thousands of good things to come.

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