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wedding: our civil ceremony & sealing

because we are mormon, our wedding was a little different from traditional wedding-ness in the way that the most important part of the wedding, to us, is our temple sealing. in the states, a temple marriage is considered legitimate, but abroad it isn’t always, as is the case in costa rica, where you must be married by a lawyer or a catholic priest. after we had scheduled our temple ceremony, the temple was able to put us into contact with a lawyer who would be able to marry us at the chapel next to the temple a few hours before our temple sealing. she also offered to get me a bouquet, which was helpful, not not necessary when i realized just how many beautiful flowers one can forage for because COSTA RICA. anyway, it was great. i liked having a civil ceremony because our family and friends could all see us get married, which isn’t the case when you get married in the temple only. it was fun! and low key! here‘s more photos of our civil ceremony

between our wedding and sealing, we were able to get some photos of everyone together. there’s more here! i just have to give a shout out to my friends pictured below for coming all the way to costa rica from the east coast to celebrate with us. they are the best.

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and we will end on my favorite photo from our wedding. i love this one. 10820030

and then we had our temple sealing, and it was wonderful and beautiful and i am not stuck to this guy forever 😉

as soon as our ceremony was over we said our goodbyes and headed out on our honeymoon adventure! more on that later. let’s just say we are really glad we decided to forego a reception and wedding dinner and whatever else fluffy stuff happens at regular weddings 😉

it was the perfect wedding weekend. thanks to all who came/ cheered us on!

dominical, costa rica

honestly, every single post i write about costa rica starts out with me sighing because it was so fun and i wish that i was still there. best vacation ever.

before our wedding we had a few days in dominical to relax and spend time exploring costa rica with our families. while corralling 20+ family members, coordinating dinner plans, sleeping arrangements, etc was a little stressful at times, i wouldn’t have had it any other way. it was great to spend time with family in such a beautiful place.

before heading to costa rica we didn’t have much of an itinerary. i wanted everything to be low key, and honestly i was just sick of planning. but it all worked out and we found some great hikes, beaches, food, and wildlife.

we spent one morning hiking up to the nauyaca waterfalls, which were beautiful, and definitely worth the price. we made sure to get there early, so we mostly had the falls to ourselves for optimal wading and cliff jumping. around 11 am the tour groups started rolling in, and we took that as our cue to head out 🙂

another day, we spent time hanging around at ventanas beach, just south of uvita, near ballena. i already wrote about how much  i loved that beach, but yeah. it was so great. again, not a ton of people, lots of jungle-ness, good waves, expansive beach, rock formations, and a couple creepy cave formations that you can hike through when the tide is out.

when we weren’t out getting completely sun burned, we ate our weight in beans and rice and plantains, went on plenty of drives around the coast, and ate beans and rice. did i mention the beans and the rice? 😉

there are some more photos here

 

the logistics of planning an international wedding and where we stayed.

SO. wedding. the LOGISTICS

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first off, let me tell you, i never really thought about planning a wedding. hell, i never thought i was getting married! sure, i had a pinterest board with a couple dresses i’d liked, some color schemes i thought were cool, some way expensive rings that had caught my eye from 2010-2016, but honestly, not something i thought about a lot. i don’t really enjoy planning details, i dislike being in the spotlight, and i hate spending money. … so basically i was doomed from the beginning because GUESS WHAT that is what a WEDDING usually entails.

cue costa rica wedding.

lots of people ask me why we decided to do the deed in costa rica. so, here’s why. get some popcorn! the cheddar smart pop is real good!

one day in late may of last year, tyler and i were laying on my bed, killing time before he had to take me to the airport. i don’t know how exactly it came up, but slowly it came out that he wanted to marry me…. like, not right now, but sometime. and i agreed… like NOT right that moment, but sometime. i said fine, fine… but if we are doing this, we are doing it in costa rica. and he didn’t even ask any questions. from that moment, they were just facts. we were going to get married, and it was going to be a destination wedding. we toyed with the idea of elopement, but as tempting as it was, we wanted our families there. and SOMEHOW we had 31 people, including us, who wanted to go with! it was awesome! there were so many times during the week before our wedding that we just took a step back, looked at each other, and said, “can you believe 29 people like us enough that they came to costa rica for a week??” it was a really cool feeling. so if you were there, thank you.

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and next we have THE PLANNING.

ok this part was a pain. like i said, not a big fan of planning events, i would much rather just show up on vacation and wing it. however, when you’re planning accommodations for two families, meals, adventure, and a wedding sealing, “winging it” isn’t really a good option. so, about 150 bucks in international phone charges, dozens of email threads, and a lot of cursing (ask tyler. so much cursing) we were able to plan our accommodations, wedding dinner, civil ceremony, and temple ceremony. what went from “planning a fun destination wedding” turned into planning a vacation AND a wedding. i had to have a lot of faith and hope and back massages to believe things would work out. and they did!

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if you’re curious, we stayed in dominical, which is on the southwest side of the country, about 3 hours away from san jose. we rented this property, which was a good fit for our two large families staying together. it was big and beautiful, had a wonderful pool and a less than optimal wifi signal 😉 we also had catering through the house for our wedding dinner, and honestly it was the best meal we had the entire time in CR. i wish i had photos of it! it was UNREAL. rice and beans, ceviche, lemony fish and roasted chicken, salad with tamarind dressing everyone licked off the plates, grilled vegetables, plantains, and with coconut ice cream to finish. it was the best way to kick off wedding weekend.

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i have more photos here if you’d like to see more of where we stayed and the pre-wedding house festivities

 

january 2017

january… sheesh…

it was a good, long, draggy month filled with wedding countdown, throwing money every which way to pay for said wedding, and only a couple meltdowns on my part! it was kind of like clearing a huge hurdle some days, but i did some great things, as made evidence by the following!

here’s some highlights:

HOMESTEAD CRATER! for my sister’s birthday we went swimming in some thermal waters in midway. tyler refused to wear a snorkel but we had a good time! fun time with the sisters and my mom (who couldn’t get in the water because of dumb surgery. UGH next time)

SO MUCH SNOW! ok this isn’t really a highlight after christmas, like, let’s get honest it just gets in the way of life, but we survived it, and it made for a good trip to see the temple lights the night before they were taken down! yes, i live a 5 minute walk away from the lights… but it was actually a better idea because there were probably 10 people there. win.

BRIDAL SHOWER! some of my best friends from my years at byu threw me a great bridal shower. we ate, laughed, opened gifts, and played games. my friend kelsey recorded tyler answering a bunch of questions about our relationship, which was really cute and pretty funny.

TRIP OUT EAST! two weeks before our wedding, i went to see friends in DC and take a final trip to new york before becoming a mrs to see HAMILTON! tickets are generally difficult to snag, so we felt pretty dang lucky to snag these tickets for a saturday matinee last january! haha it seemed so far away when we purchased them! time flies

and now for the good posts! WEDDING TIMES!!!! stay tuned.

october 2016

honestly at this point the months run together and i am labelling everything until february 10 as just “engaged” because it is the longest, shortest, busiest-yet-not-sure-what-i’ve-accomplished time.

in october, we planned. venue, photographer, plane tickets, lodging, etc etc etc my brain kinda hurt but i only had one meltdown! it is worth it though. the short of it is we are getting married in costa rica! and we collectively racked up nearly 100 dollars of international charges on our phone bill! yay! save-the-date

october was a good time. fall in utah was really nice and mild this year, so we got outside a lot, i worked a lot, and my heater didn’t work at all! fun! i was finally put on a different schedule, meaning i didn’t have to work every weekend, so we finally go to go on some some trips. we spent conference weekend in scofield, utah and a friend’s cabin, then went to boise another weekend to see family. kourtni and i did a crossfit competition, i had to be a nurse for halloween (ugh night shift i tell ya) and really, it was just a nice pleasant month.

lhere’s some photos if you’re wanting to take a look. some real gems, in my opinion.

hope you are happy and healthy! and honestly, if you read this, thanks.

 

the rest of march

continuing on from last post because not all the fun of march could be jam packed in!

march was a stark contrast to the rest of life for the last two years. i didn’t start my job until the end of the month, so i had a LOT of time to myself. i mean, i’m pretty good at wasting time, and i had a room to decorate, so it worked out alright. also, utah has great hiking, so i spent a lot of days outside… and driving around in a CAR! i have the crappiest car in the history of cars…. but let me tell you, any transportation after having none to call your own is a luxury i am NOT taking for granted. 1997 toyota corollas with faux wood paneling forever!!

i also was graced with the presence of friends and my sisters to salt lake, which made me feel a little less alone in this new city. i mean, i’ve lived in utah before, but salt lake is a bit different- a great different.

also, guys. i turned 25 in march. i went to dinner with my dear high school friends to celebrate. we tried to copper onion, which was pretty good, but the real highlight was harmon’s gelato. yep, the grocery store. it is everything good in this world. utah’s best kept secret is a grocery store! with couches! on my actual birthday, my family came into town, so we spent the weekend hiking, getting pizza, brunching outside, and just hanging out playing with face swap. it was a great way to begin 25. i’m optimistic for a great year ahead.

at the end of march, some family stuff happened that none of us were expecting. it is amazing how life can change in the blink of an eye. sorry to be vague. anyway, i guess what i am trying to say, is that i am very grateful i had the foresight and opportunity to move closer to them. dc is a fabulous place and i miss it each day, but living close to family is something i will never again take for granted.

anyway! photos!  i think you can click on them to see a stupid caption i wrote. it is like a scratch n sniff sticker! but less smelly!

march

march was a huge month of change, in a multitude of ways, but mostly because i drove thousands of miles across the country to my new home in utah, with my dear hailey clements at my side. hailey, you’re a true pal. in all honestly, the trip was a blur. driving all day, stopping over in a tiny, usually laughably pathetic cheap hotel at night, and then doing it all again the next day. don’t get me wrong, the trip was great and the company was even better, but man… i was excited to get out of that tiny hyundai accent after at least forty hours clocked inside. did i mention it didn’t have cruise control? LOL

we stopped over in philadelphia, cleveland, chicago, and cheyenne. it was a blurry blast.

i wrote captions under each photo if you were like, “what the hell is this a photo of and what is its significance.”

in other news, HEY UTAH, you and me are gonna be friends… or at least cordial roommates.