Saturday, November 26, 2011

Mawage. Mawage is wot bwings us togeder tooday

Ok, here it is.. here is what you all have been waiting to read/hear about..
The Big Day..
Tying the Knot..
The day where Me & Derek become husband & wife..
Our Wedding Day..
But more importantly..
The day Me & Derek were Sealed for Time & All Eternity!

Alrighty, so, I made sure that when I set up our temple time is was at a time that would allow me to sleep in (beauty sleep!), get ready, and head down to the temple without any added stress.  Spoiler Alert: Mission Accomplished!  JeNae came with me to get my hair and make up done by Julia- she is fabulous! She has her own little set up in her basement and the one responsible for doing my nails for the last few months, well since July.
After that we went to Jamba Juice for breakfast.. it's tasty, I'm the Bride so I say so, and because there are no Orange Peel's up here in Ogden *shakes fist*.
From there I came home, wondered around talking to my aunts and grandma, and of course txting Derek :)  We headed down to the temple and of course there is some kind of traffic jam so we ended up arriving at the temple 10 minutes after we were supposed to.  No biggie, Derek was there and we got business taken care of!

I Love to see the Temple, I'll go inside someday..... As a Child of God I've learned this TRUTH
A Family is FOREVER!
Oh how I wish I could describe what happened next, but seriously no words can capture how amazing I felt or how much love was in that room.  I'm tearing up just remembering all of it!  Let's just say that there's no way that this church is not true.. just the fact that I am now sealed to my best friend, no man can break our bond, not even death, that we will have an eternal family is evidence enough that this is the one and only true church on the earth today.  Kneeling across the alter I could not keep my excitement in!  I know my feet would not stay still and all I wanted to do was jump around! Oh and Derek wore the "zebra" print tie that my parents got him during the ceremony :) score one point for nugget!

We came out, did pictures which little miss Madison did not want anything to do with me.  It's weird because she always comes to me and even has a fit whenever I leave.  James said because I'm not wearing basketball shorts, I don't look like Aunt Chell.  Either way, when she's older I'll have a little blackmail.. bwahahahahaha!!  I was so happy to see family and friends waiting outside for us, many of which traveled long distances to be here for our special day.  It warms your heart knowing that people love that much!
And yes, Derek is a SUPER SPINNER!!!
Ah.. The Luncheon..
Ok I'll admit it.. I am pretty much still upset about what happened at the luncheon so I am not going to go much into details.  But here is what you do get to know.. 1) Shaun and Dani are the best when it comes to holding a wedding dress when it's time to pee. B) Jamba Juice is very filling on a busy day, however I was super thirsty. 3) NEVER eat anything just to show you are thankful for someone's hard work. D) Lastly, to put it in a way that my friend told me when he was trying to cheer me up about the whole mess.. What better way to start a marriage than experiencing the power of your husbands' priesthood! I am very thankful that my family and my husband were able to give me a blessing as soon as I needed one.
Behold.. Cookies of DEATH!!!
All Aboard!!!
After that hot mess, we went to the Union Station in Ogden to take some bridal party pictures.  They turned out just the way I was hoping they would! Bonus part is that my photographer told me that we can re-take our couples pictures since my face started to swell up again.. Anaphylacitc Shock is not fun.
Happily Ever After Starts Here...
From there we went to the reception where I was pumped full of Benadryl and Derek was the brave one who got to stab me with my epi-pen.  What better way for him to learn how to do it than under fire!  Everything turned out just as I had planned! The Photo Booth was a big hit- esp with the little kids! My decor lady came through and made the room even better than I had imagined!  Paying that extra money for a ceiling canopy was definitively worth it! It added so much to the atmosphere of it all!  The cupcakes turned out amazing thanks to our friend Teresa!  I believe she made about 500 cupcakes and it seemed like only 50 came home with us!  All of the white chocolate covered popcorn balls were eaten!  So many people came it was again, heart warming that people made the effort to share in our joy.  Then we cut the cake.. the CUPcake that is! Then there was toasts given my Kristy, Shaun, Jason, and Ryan.. hello Martinellis sparkling cider! It's Derek's favorite thing to drink like ever so it was fitting.  Then we had our first dance to "To Make You Feel My Love" the Adele version.  Oh I could not stop crying! Then to keep the flood works going, I danced with my dad to "Love Without End Amen" by George Strait- if you know what has happened the past few years then you would understand why so many people were crying during our dance & I got to see my daddy cry for what I can remember being only the 3rd time in my life.  Derek & his mom danced to "In This Life" by Israel Kamakawio'ole.  She had bought a Kukui Nut Lei for Derek and a flower one for her, but halfway through the song she passed it onto me as well as Derek's hand.  It was cute :)  Then the rest of the traditional activities happened, the bouquet toss, garter toss, random dancing which Jaxson wanted to dance with me the entire night!
Light Up the Sky with Our Love
It felt that as soon as it started, it ended.  It lasted a good 3 hours before we took off for the honeymoon but considering the condition I was in, I didn't get to enjoy the first part of it.   We left to everyone waving glow sticks! It was pretty much awesome to see the dark night sky lit up from the entryway lanterns and glow sticks.. I could have gone without all the butt smacking thou!  We took off in Derek's completely decorated Nissan towards Logan to spend some time at the Anniversary Inn.. Hawaii will come during school, work & work break :)
From This Day Forward..
Thanks so much to all of you who helped bring my dream wedding to life & creating such an amazing party to celebrate the start of mine & Derek's new adventure! 

P.S. There is no charge for this awesomeness!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Photo Booth Pics!

Here are SOME of the pictures from the photo booth. Sorry, it cut off the bottom 2 pics on the slide show but I'm sure you all will live :) I have a CD with all the pictures and videos if anyone wants a copy!
The Photo Booth was a great hit! Everyone loved it! I wish I could have enjoyed it more than what I really got too.. one of the main reasons why I wanted it was because I WANTED TO USE IT, but oh wells. Everyone else got seemed to get lots of enjoyment out of it for me.
Here is the company that came- Catch Photo Booths, they were awesome and hooked me up! Plus as far as photo booth prices go I think they have the best if you are looking into using one for whatever event (ps they have deals going on all the time and contests).

Saturday, November 5, 2011


Here are some of my favorites from my Bridals.. my photographer was Will, from Victoria James Photography, Studio 1's wedding section. I loved his work and here is the studio's website in case you want to check them out! I will for sure post a list and contact info of people I would recamend working with in the Utah area for weddings at a later date, basically after finals.

Wedding Week Extravaganza!

Well we survived and that’s the most important thing though right?

Well let’s re-live the wedding week aka most pure awesomeness in the best-est awesomeness form the universe could ever behold... Let’s start with Friday before the wedding. I had my bachelorette party that night which my two of my best friends put together with my sister, and they did a smashing good job! We literally “pre-gamed” it via playing Lazer Tag!!!! Me, Kristy and Shaun were our own teams and it was so much fun having the place to ourselves. Note to self: pink flip flops = slip n slide on the ramps. Poor Shaun kept getting the butt end because her color glowed the brightest and her laugh made her easy to pin point in the area. Kristy won the first round by a couple of hundred points; however, I annihilated them in the last round BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!! P.S. I wore my “bride to bling” sash the whole time underneath the vest. After we got our fill, we went to Chilies for dinner where Jessica & Andrea met up with us. It was fun and good food with a side of random people telling me congrats! I don’t think I’ve laughed as hard as I did that night in the longest time (dang school taking over good times). Then we headed to my sister’s house for a slumber party, and let’s just say that Shaun is now regretting being a wuss for not trying out one of the products lol It was a ton of fun and a great way to end the night! My friends rock!!!! 

Sunday came bringing with it the bestest wedding present ever! My little brother came home- which he literally flew around the world just to be home for my wedding. I love him so much; words could not express the gratitude I have for him making such a big sacrifice to be here. His flight actually came in early, but luckily me and my folks made it there in time, the Cleggs got there right as we were leaving to go find them. I made a poster as well as Jordan and Jaxson. It was so happy! I think my mom was the most emotional!

AH the work week before the big day…
Monday came and brought with it so much stress from my school load. But I pushed it aside and went to go get my hair colored, well fixed more like it. When I got it colored for my bridals, these 2 girls didn’t do what I asked, but I didn’t want to stay there any later than what I was there so I just said whatever and left. I blame it on the front desk lady, I made sure I was clear when I asked for Cassie and yet I still didn’t get her. Ugh! So Monday Cassie was actually there and she was trying to fix the coloring and cover my roots. I trust Cassie with my hair and still do, even though I left Monday looking like a cheetah- well it’s what I feel I looked like. Add school stress and I was a hot mess that night, but I still went to Olive Garden with my family because that’s where Austin wanted to go- one of his goals for his home trip was to eat American food made by Mexicans lol

Tuesday I wore a hat to work and still was so upset. I have to bestest co-workers ever! Sherrie basically locked me in the office so I could work on homework and then Bonnie and Marty made me go home after 3rd period so I could do homework there and get my hair fixed, again. Cassie sent me to a lady @ Hot Candy down on 25th street to see if she would work some magic over my hair. She did ok, but my hair was still not the color I did not want nor where the roots in the FRONT OF MY FACE covered. I was still so upset but what else could I do right? Bonnie gave me her hairdresser’s number but I was so worried about my hair getting more fried and fall out that I just threw my hands in the air and said whatever!

I had taken Wednesday off of work so I spent the vast part of the day doing homework and I got a pretty good rough draft done of my final paper to send for feedback that I felt like I could breathe! The Nelson Ladies came this day also: Grandma, Aunt Marj and Aunt Namoi. I’m so excited that they were able to make it! I hadn’t seen my Grandma in a few years and my Aunt Namoi even longer. Aunt Marj came in the beginning of the year to help out my mom with things, so it was like a super bonus that I got to see her 2x in one year! Namoi made sure I knew that my cousin Mark really wanted to come and was sad that he couldn’t because he couldn’t get off of work. It’s understandable although it would have been so awesome if Red did end up coming 
Thursday: the wedding rehearsal dinner. Went just awesome! It was great to have all my family and friends there eating yummy food! My cousin Arolyn flew in, which was also amazing that she was able to make it. I can’t even remember the last time I saw her, I think maybe at Grandpa’s funeral but I’m not sure. She told me how much Kimmber wanted to come but they only had funds for one ticket. I’m just glad that she came! Jordan took a liking to her ASAP! She was like, his new bff and didn’t want to ever leave her side. Twayna flew in latter that night, which of course, I was super happy about considering I can’t remember when I saw her last either! Aunt Marj kept singing:
“There’s just a few more hours...”

And by the end of the night I was humming the whole song, well it didn’t hurt that it was my ringtone the whole week either...

Seriously, who doesn’t think of this song the day before they are getting married?
Well the dinner was a Hawaiian theme, and my mom bought some leighs, including animal print! It was awesome, Derek came in traditional attire of one of the tribes that live in the islands. My dad grilled some chicken and my sis in law Kris found these awesome zebra print plastic sups which just added to the most awesomeness which was that dinner. After the dinner we took up some stuff to the church for my d├ęcor lady to use. There were some kids there playing ball in the gym, and I did not hesitate in informing them that if the valued their lives they would leave without argument and that I was stressed enough that I would not hold back. They left without any problem. Kristy, her bf Chris and Shaun helped load things into the gym and organize my center pieces. Kristy and Shaun have been so helpful through all of this, I am so lucky that I have such awesome friends!

Stay tuned for the Wedding Day entry and Pictures when I get them! :)