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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!

december 2016

december was a really good month for so many reasons. christmas (duh) but also i was able to spend a lot of time at home with my family, wedding plan, go to the temple to become endowed, and eat good food, which super important, obviously.

we got the cutest christmas tree on december 1. it was kind of a sadly decorated tree at the beginning, so i strung popcorn and sliced oranges, which made it pretty legit, i might say. and then tyler brought his ornaments from growing up, and then it was really legit.

my mom had surgery on her shoulder during the middle of the month, so i went to be her personal nurse for a week, and go to the temple. it was great. i went to a chinese buffet with my dad and i didn’t die, or worse, get food poisoning. pre-surgery, my mom and sister threw me a bridal shower, i saw some friends, and i got to sit on a comfortable couch for a week! it was great. poor tyler had to go back to work… and finish school… and tow my car to california to get fixed while i was gone, so i’m sure you are wondering who had the more relaxing week!

for christmas, we went to boise for about, 12 hours. i had to work christmas eve night, so we left at noon christmas day and were there that night, given all the snow and treacherous roads. i’m over winter. it was a great christmas, though. we celebrated early, as seen here with some cheesy pajama tree christmas shots and presents.

new years eve i was supposed to work, but i got a surprise day off! we got thai food, saw manchester by the sea, and fell asleep by 11:30. party animals!