Breaking the Silence

Hey Guys! You may or may not have noticed my absence from the blog the past several of weeks, but I’m back now. Here is a little life update that should explain the absence:

We finally completed several home projects like our coffee table, mug racks and coffee station.

The Sunday before Thanksgiving, I flew down to SC to help get ready for my cousin Dennae’s wedding. She was the world’s most chill bride and we had fun running errands, hanging out and celebrating #eatdrinkandbemarinelli. But before the wedding, Loren finally made it to town early Thanksgiving morning, and we had a wonderful day with family eating lots of delicious food, catching up and playing some fun games. So thankful for all the quality time we were able to spend together!
Saturday after the wedding, we headed down to Columbia for a quick visit with Loren’s sister and her husband.

Next up, I started¬†a new job! I’m still with the same firm, just switched to a different department and working remotely from home. This has been a long journey to get here, but I am super excited about this new opportunity, especially with winter coming up and not wanting to go out in the cold and snow. ūüėČ In preparation for this job, I spent a week in Michigan training, and am SO glad to be back home after being gone for 2 straight weeks.
Once I was home for good, we got our tree and decorated for Christmas. I love sitting in the glow of lights in the early morning and evening. Nothing like it!

I have one more update, but I’m saving that for a post all of its own. ūüôā
It’s good to be back!

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Falling for Fall

Between moving our home, moving at work (thankfully just up 2 floors), home projects, bachelorette parties and weddings, blogging has taken a back seat. But I plan on pulling it back to the front and hopefully this will be the last post to get caught up on life lately. Now, please sit back and enjoy this little update with a variety of pictures.

We had our first cozy rainy weekend and sat out on the balcony for brunch.

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Kitchen chairs work just fine for patio furniture!

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We spent several late nights hanging up curtains and wall decor and bought and put together a TV stand (not pictured).img_4440

I threw a bachelorette party for Heather which was so much fun! We ate lots of food, watched a couple chick-flicks and got pedicures by Anna.img_4466 img_4470

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Labor Day Weekend:
Celebrated Ally and Andrew’s wedding on a most gorgeous Saturday afternoon.

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Had an impromptu Sunday sunset photoshoot in a prime Indiana cornfield. Processed with Snapseed. Processed with VSCO with t1 preset

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Labor Day brunched on the balcony and worked on more projects.img_4500

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Working on our headboard.

And last but not least, we celebrated the most joyous marriage of Heather (L’s sister) and Marcus this past weekend! Loren and I were both in the wedding and it was so much fun to walk down the aisle together again.¬†img_4530

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Waiting for the ceremony to start. PC: JS
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Isn’t she gorgeous!? PC: ED
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THE most adorable flower girls in the world. PC: ED

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So, so happy for this amazing couple!
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Chasing each other on the dance floor.

And that’s how we’ve been fading out summer. I’m going to miss summer, but excited to see what this fall has in store.
How have you spent your last weeks of summer?

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2 Weddings in 1 Weekend

We’re back from our crazy whirlwind wedding weekend and I can finally share everything with you! Please enjoy the myriad of pictures to make up for the ones I failed to take last week.

Wedding #1: Jeffrey & Joanna in Cincinnati, OH
We headed to Cincinnati Thursday after work, since Loren and I were both in the wedding and wanted to get down there a little earlier to help out. But then Friday had other plans for us. Loren woke up horribly¬†sick with a high fever, chills, etc. I gave him some medicine & fluids and he went back to sleep while¬†I went over to help out with the flower decorations. Around noon, he texted me that he had thrown up, so I headed back to check on him. He was even worse than that morning. Needless to say, we didn’t end up going anywhere the rest of the day. ¬†He really¬†really didn’t want to miss any of his sister’s wedding celebrations, and we even started driving to the church for the rehearsal, but we had to turn back around. Thankfully on Saturday, he was feeling much better and able to make it to pictures & the wedding.
Back to wedding stuff. Saturday morning, we had a fun bridesmaids brunch at Half Day Cafe before hair and makeup. We got all prettied up and before we knew it, it was time for pictures! The evening ceremony and reception were so sweet & beautiful and we are so excited and happy for Jeffrey & Joanna as they start on this new adventure of life! Congrats, guys!

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Fun brunch with the lovely bridesmaids.

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Ready to get hair & makeup done!

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So, so happy for this sweet couple!!!! (and I promise that Loren isn’t really a giant)

And a couple beautiful pictures from the amazing photographer, Sarah Beth Sutter Photography. (If you ever need a photographer in the Cincinnati area, call her!!!)

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Wedding #2: Caleb & Annalise in Athens, GA
Sunday morning, we got up super early to head down to GA for my cousin’s wedding and made it just in time for their beautiful Southern outdoor ceremony. Caleb & Annalise¬†are high school sweethearts and have¬†been together for about 6 years and it was so sweet to see them tie the knot. After the ceremony, we had a delicious dinner and caught up with all the¬†other relatives we¬†don’t see enough. (And I finally got some good sweet tea. They just don’t know how to do it up here.) We are super excited for Caleb & Annalise to join the married club. Congrats, guys!

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Two hours in we finally stopped for breakfast & coffee.
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Cousins!
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The adorable, very happy couple.                                                         PC: Aunt Bonnie, mother of the groom
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Bouquet toss

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Dennae’s wedding is also coming up pretty soon!!

After the wedding festivities, we headed to our “hotel” for the night (we used Airbnb for the first time and loved it!) and crashed.
Monday morning, we had brunch in Athens at¬†Mama’s Boy, recommended by Aunt Bonnie, and I can see why it’s a winner. The coffee was great and the food tasty. We took our time driving back home and stopped at this little overlook we’ve stopped at several times over the past couple years while traveling this route (took this¬†favorite there). For some reason we can never remember the name of the overlook. But it’s Rarity Mountain and we better never forget it now.

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Rarity Mountain
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Fancy camera setup

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Such a fun, crazy, sweet (have I said that enough yet? ūüėČ ) memorable weekend!

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That Time I said “YES!”

 I am by no means easy to surprise. Many have tried and failed. But exactly two years ago, Loren pulled off the biggest surprise of my life when he asked me to be his wife.

Loren had recently started his senior year of college and I was working full time. We had been trying to take a day trip to Charleston, SC (my favorite city) with another couple for quite some time, and had planned to go October 5. Coincidentally (or so I thought), one of my best friends, Joy, also asked me if I wanted to take a girls day trip to Charleston on that same day. Unbeknownst to me, to make it all seem like coincidence, Loren had arranged for her to ask me before he told me that our other friends had to cancel at the last minute due to a family emergency. Since Joy is a rather spontaneous person and also loves to go to Charleston, I thought nothing of it.

So after finding out our other friends had to cancel, it was decided that I would take a girls day trip with Joy and Steph. I assumed Loren would be working, as he usually did every Saturday. We headed out Saturday¬†morning, of course stopped for¬†coffee, and had a fun 3 hour road trip to the best city ever. Joy kept texting “Jordan” the whole way down (well, Steph did since Joy was driving)¬†‚Äč. “Jordan” was actually Loren, but since Joy has a couple of friends named Jordan, I once again thought nothing of it. Turns out “Jordan” was also on his way down to Charleston with my sister and her family to set up the spot where he would propose.

We got to Charleston around 11am. Joy had a few places she wanted to go once we got to Charleston, and the Battery/Waterfront¬†Park was were she wanted to stop first. We started walking that way. ¬†Once again, Joy was texting “Jordan” the whole time about¬†something “important” (where we were).¬†

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Picture stop 1.
We stopped for pictures along the Battery, then stepped into the gazebo in Waterfront Park for some more pictures.

‚ÄčAnd then Loren walked up!

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Right in the middle of our classic Heidi/Joy picture pose.
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“Here, do you want me to take that picture for you?”
As soon as Loren walked up, I knew what was going down. I was just so in shock that he was right here in front of me when he was supposed to be at work back in Greenville (he had even texted me a picture while at “work”)! He took my hand and asked me if he could show me something. We walked off to a special tree where he had set up several picture frames with pictures of us from the past year of dating.
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“I can’t believe you’re here!”
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One of the picture at the gazebo that I totally missed.
We sat on a blanket under the tree and Loren asked if he could read me a book he had written and¬†illustrated¬†titled¬†“I Need to Tie My Shoe” (the title comes from back when he was little and thought it would be an awesome idea to pretend to tie his shoe and then pop the question). The book was our story, about how much he had enjoyed getting to know me, etc. Then he got to the page that read “I love you, Heidi Elise” and handed me the book while he got down on one knee, pulled out the most perfect ring and asked me to marry him! I¬†shyly¬†said “yes!”, still trying to process that this was really happening.

‚ÄčEventually, we sat back down, read the book again and talked a bit before I noticed that Crystal was hiding behind one of the canons in the park taking pictures the whole time. We made our way over to her, Joel and the other girls and took a few more pictures.

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Simple, classy and elegant – just what i wanted!
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Shocked he pulled it off. ūüėČ
And that’s how we got engaged. We spent the rest of the day eating the special lunch Loren’s brother Jonathan had prepared for us, exploring Charleston and celebrating that evening at a fancy waterfront restaurant while trying to soak in that we were really getting married and enjoying the most perfect day.

Here we are two years later just over a year into marriage … and I wouldn’t change anything.
‚ÄčThanks for the best¬†surprise ever, babe! I love you!
And thanks to all who made this best surprise and most amazing day possible!

Spring/Summer Life Lately

I have woefully neglected this little blog of mine, due to random summer activities and limited computer access. In light of this, here is a long overdue update with an overload of picture highlights of the past several weeks. 
We’ve celebrated a few weddings in¬†several¬†different States:
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May 9: Caleb and Chelsea in OH
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May 15: Blake and Savannah in IN (sadly, we did not take a picture with them!)
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June 13: Jeremy and Stephanie in NC
Memorial Day Weekend:
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Friday night outdoor concert with the Wildes to hear the Indy Opera and Symphony
My brother and his new wife were here for a visit from Germany over Memorial Day weekend, and we had a cookout and a few get togethers with all the siblings in the area (OH is included in this area):
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The Grill Masters
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Love this little face!
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Getting creative with our bocce ball throwing
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Bubble time with the cousins
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The happy newly weds ūüôā
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Dawn and her boys
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So good to have everyone together!
Visited Jungle Jim’s for the first time and found the best aisle, obviously:
Celebrated my birthday:
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Getting sun AND nephew time
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Traditional birthday photobooth shoot
And that’s about it. Lots of traveling,¬†visiting¬†family, school, work and hopefully soon we’ll be getting some bike¬†rides and other adventures in!

What have you been up to so far this summer?

1st Anniversary

Chances are you’ve already seen most of these pictures. But today is our first wedding anniversary and that’s when one posts wedding pictures again, right?¬†
This first year of marriage,¬†we’ve¬†lived in 2 apartments,¬†moved across the US, taken numerous trips, made it through one year of grad school and so much more. I can honestly say this has been the best year of my life, and it just keeps getting better.¬†I’m¬†so thankful to be married to a hardworking, loving, godly, honest, handsome, tall and adventurous man. No one else makes me laugh like he does. No one else gets my humor and weirdness like he does. I’m so blessed to be loved by him!

I love you, babe! Here’s to many more years together!

Wedding: Reception

Today is (sadly) the last Wedding Wednesday!

Our reception was a bit different than most weddings I’ve been to. We wanted to make sure that we personally greeted every friend and family member that took the time to come celebrate with us. I don’t especially like receiving lines, so we figured out a different way of greeting everyone. After the ceremony, we came back in and “dismissed” each row, greeting every guest. This was actually one of my favorite parts of the day because it meant so much to have these people there! I love looking back and seeing who came. ūüôā

Since I’m not a huge fan of wedding cake, we went with a cookie, ice cream and popcorn bar with Aunt Cheryl’s to-die-for¬†coffee punch. Once again, it was such a blessing to have family and friends bake cookies, make & set up decorations and just pitch in wherever needed. All this would not have happened without them!
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The wedding cake went on that wood chip.
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The setup before the ceremony & before the ice cream.
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Our talented violinist who was also my roommate freshman year.
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We were nice to each other. ūüėČ
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Summer camp counselor friends! They predicted this wedding a while ago. ūüėČ
And there you have our wedding in pictures. I hope you enjoyed them as much as we often do and reminisce about that day.
Missed previous Wedding posts? Check them out here:
Part I: First Look
Part II: Bridal Party
Part III: Ceremony

All photos courtesy of Cleland Studios 

Wedding: Ceremony

It’s Wedding Wednesday! We had the most lovely outdoor wedding ceremony & reception. I will let the pictures do most of the talking, but we were SO thankful that the Lord provided us with the most perfect weather we could ever have asked for. Because trust me, we did ask. Thanks to Aunt Cheryl & Uncle Scott for graciously letting us use their back pasture for our wedding, and for all the hours of planning, building, decorating, deal finding and everything else. This would not have happened without their help as well as the treasured help of all of our friends & family that so willingly pitched in. We could not have felt more loved!

Location: Uncle Scott & Aunt Cheryl’s Pasture, Greer, SC
Date: May 12, 2014, 7 p.m.

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My sister Crystal did ALL the flowers for the wedding. She’s quite amazing!
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These ushers did an outstanding job.
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Loren and his beautiful mom.
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William and my beautiful mama.
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And my favorite little people. They stole the show. ūüôā
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He took his job of carrying the rings down the aisle VERY seriously.
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This face though. ūüôā
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It was so special to have my dad do the vows & exchange of rings.
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Signing the marriage license.
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Praying together for the first time as a married couple.
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And finally the KISS.
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MR. and MRS. LOREN CRISP! ūüôā
And that was our lovely ceremony! I hope you didn’t get too overwhelmed by the amount of pictures and that you stop by next week for the next series!

Missed previous Wedding posts? Check them out here:
Part I: First Look
Part II: Bridal Party
Part IV: Reception

All photos courtesy of Cleland Studios

Wedding: First Look

Since we’ve been married for 7 months now, I guess it’s time to post some wedding pictures. So be prepared for some picture-overloaded posts over the next few weeks!

Date: May 12, 2014
Location: Greer City Park, Greer, SC

All photo credits Cleland Studios.

The most beautiful, perfect day!
The walk down to meet him and him turning around at this moment may have been the only time I actually had butterflies in my stomach that day.
We exchanged wedding gifts; he gave me a beautiful pearl drop and diamond necklace, and I gave him a fine leather watch.
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One of my favorites. ūüôā
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Another of my favorites. ūüôā
Check back in soon for the next series of pictures of the bridal party!
Missed other Wedding posts? Check them out here:
Part II: Bridal Party
Part III: Ceremony
Part IV: Reception

All photos courtesy of Cleland Studios