our romantic barnyard wedding, one year ago today!

It is really hard to believe that it has already been a year since we got married. I know it’s cliche to say, but WOW time really does fly by.

Bradley and I had so much fun going through these wedding photos. It really was the most perfect day. Everyone warned me to brace myself because there is always something that is bound to go wrong on your wedding day, that is just the way it is. So I braced myself and thought come what may… however, nothing bad came and our day was truly perfect in EVERY way. It was sunny, warmish haha, everything went as planned and we had a pleasant surprise when we found out that we were the last sealing of the day, at 9:40am, because the temple was closing early because Women’s Conference was later that evening. So we had the whole temple to ourselves and wedding party the rest of our time there, it was a dream come true. ¬†AND…. we had a stunning luncheon at the Joseph Smith Building that my wonderful in-laws organized, which had no time limit because, again, we were the last ones there! Next, the reception was more dreamy than I could ever have pictured! Everything was practically perfect in every way!!!

Both Bradley and I are so grateful for all our friends and family who made our wedding day perfect.

Lastly I just want to say, Happy one year Anniversary to my sweet husband I do not know what I did right to be blessed as your wife for all eternity 3.26.2016

 

 

 

 

Yep that is Whitney and that is why she is my best friend!!!

The Bentz’s!!! We love these two!!

My grandma and Grandpa WIlliams! They live in Belmont, MA and came up to me during the reception and thanked me for getting married because they got to see all their old Boston friends who had since moved Utah…. It was really neat to see them all reconnect ūüôā

My besties!! I love them!

Our cake was my favorite, FUNFETTI!!! I was pretty bummed that I only had one small bite of this heaven sent cake!!

Our first dance, my heart could melt now!

My forever dance partner!!

I think the biggest surprise of the night was when we all found out that Mooker is the life of the party and throws down on the dance floor like no one ever has hahah!!

Case in point Mooker doing the worm hahahahh!!!

 

my adorable mother in law, I love her so much!

Dave aka Gladendorph and Hilary!!

And this is why we love Bridger T–the T stands for trouble haha

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easy one day adventures

What’s the definition of an adventure? Everyone has their own opinion for this; I think it’s all relative. Yes, adventures can be exhilarating, rare, marvelous, and wondrous. But I don’t think we need to drain our bank accounts dry in order to experience all that adventures have to offer.

A is for adventure and art!! I believe that art is all around us and it’s up to us to spot it out! That said, finding art can be a grand and fantastic adventure; it’s one Bradley and I embark on quite frequently. When it comes to working a full time job, it’s easy to fall ¬†into the habit of staying home during the weekend, doing household chores and watching tv! Don’t get me wrong though, I’ll be the first to say it feels sooo good to just lay on the couch, mindlessly watch your favorite TV show and eat takeout pad thai noodles haha until you’re¬†sick to your stomach haha. But… once and awhile we both feel it is important to get out and explore, because most of the time you walk away having met someone you never would have met and learned something you never would have learned. So here are a few ideas that hopefully spark that weekend adventure bug inside of you!

Soooo…… Here are some great one day adventures:

Seven Magic Mountain (No cost): this colorful playground is right outside of Las Vegas Created by Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone’s and opened on May 6th 2016 and will be here for 2 years it is diffidently worth exploring!

Ice Castles ($15 per person): There are locations in Midway UT,  Lincoln NH, Stillwater MN, Wisconsin Dells WI, & Edmonton AB! They usually open at the beginning of each new year!

Salvation Mountain (no cost): This monumental¬†folk art is Leonard Knight’s Salvation Mountain which stands as an emblem to remind the world that “God is love”. It is located in Niland, CA which is about 2 hours east of San Diego.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art ($15 per person): Art lovers and adventure seekers the LACMA is the place for you! Their are hundreds of amazing pieces and great exhibits! We went to the Rain Room exhibit and it was so cool!

 


 

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When two of our best friends, Cami and Jeremy Perdue, came to us asking if we would help with their gender reveal I was of course overjoyed and filled with excitement! I LOVE surprises, and this was not just any surprise, it was one of those special surprises that change the course of life.

Needless to say, it was such a treat for me to get to participate with them on this glorious day and I am delighted that they let me capture this sublime moment on camera!!

Congratulations you two! I know you will be the best parents and your sweet baby boy is beyond blessed to be born into such a remarkable family!

 

 

 

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arches, bryce, and monument valley 3 day doable roadtrip

Bradley and I rang in the new year in Southern Utah with my dad, Karen, Savannah and Kellen, and my step sisters. We also had a special guest appearance from Bridger T. Harris and his darling better half Ali! Needless to say, the weekend was full of laughter and adventures!

Over three days, we visited some some of Southern Utah’s most glorious parks: Arches National Park, Snow Canyon State Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, and we finished our journey in Monument Valley- which is on an Indian reservation, so it’s not National Park, but still awe inspiring in every way.

Here is how we did it:

Day 1 (starting in St. George):

  • Snow Canyon State Park — Lava Tubes hike & exploration. This is right next to St. George.

Day 2:

  • Drive from St. George to Bryce, explore Bryce Canyon (Sunset and Sunrise Points, a little hike down the Navajo Trail!)
  • Drive from Bryce to Moab to spend the night.

Day 3:

  • Explore Arches National Park (right next to Moab) — enter the park before sunrise to get the most out of the day, as well as beat the crowds onto the Delicate Arch trail!
  • Drive from Arches to Phoenix, which takes you right through Monument Valley! (if you had more time, you could also stop at the Grand Canyon, which is on the way!)
    • For this, we spent the night in AZ, then woke up really early the next day to drive back to San Diego. Depending on where you live, you may need to drive somewhere else on Day 3!

Snow Canyon:

The drive from St. George to Bryce Canyon:

Bryce Canyon National Park:

Arches National Park:

Monument Valley:

 

 

 

 

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hidden ice cave hike in utah

Brad and I spent Christmas in Salt Lake with my family. It was a perfect weekend- it snowed all  Christmas Eve night and we woke up on Christmas morning to find the earth covered in a blanket of snow. It continued lightly snowing all day long.

Since my siblings are older, we decided to spend the holidays doing fun activities outside. We drove up Big Cottonwood Canyon, which was a treat by itself, to go sledding and on a snow hike. Our hike was to Donut Falls, which is a 3.5 mile hike round trip. The views were dazzling and we felt like we were in a winter wonderland. The evergreens looked almost edible like they were coated with globs of vanilla frosting. We followed the barely visible trial to the frozen waterfall and didn’t stop there, we continued to climb right on up. At the top, there was a small cave that had thousands of icicles and a small stream that carried the mountain’s run off water. It was such a fun experience. If you live in the Salt Lake area, I recommend going.

 

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