Sorry it's been so long since we last posted on the blog. It has been such an exciting and amazing time for Kiley and I, and we want to share our love and photos with everyone else! This will be a long, photo-packed blog post, so hang on and enjoy the ride!
As you probably know, Kiley and I were sealed for time and all eternity on June 24th, 2011 in the Albuquerque, New Mexico Temple. It was a beautiful ceremony that we shared with close friends and family. I feel so blessed to know that we will be together forever, as long as we keep the covenants we made with each other and with God. I couldn't stop smiling on our wedding day! The moment I saw Kiley, all of my nerves just disappeared. She looked SO beautiful in her dress! She was glowing with her smile, and I knew that I was super lucky to be with the most amazing girl ever. She was the most beautiful bride I ever have or ever will see!
We tried to get the part that everyone hates the most out of the way as soon as possible: the photos. I don't know why it's so hard to get everyone together for the photos! But, I think we did pretty well. Here are the family shots. Everyone was in a rush so we could go to Golden Corral for an all-you-can-eat buffet lunch. I even had to fight off my brothers and my dad to make them stay! :)
Here are the girls of the family!
And here are the men:
Grandparents and nieces/nephews (look at all those kids!):
Can you tell that Kiley and I are already baby hungry? ;)
Some more family and friend shots:
Can you tell that our families were meant to come together?
After everyone left to get changed, Kiley and I walked around the temple with Stephanie Reich, our photographer. Steph was my next-door neighbor when we lived at our first house. She did a great job on all our photos. Thanks, Steph!
After a long day of smiling, feeling happy, driving around, and eating all you can eat food, Kiley and I made a trip to our little duplex to drop some of our things off home. It was such an amazing feeling knowing that we were husband and wife! We were exhausted (I didn't sleep more than a few hours the night before because of my nerves), but we had to get ready for our reception. And I'm happy to say, we survived! Here are a few photos from the reception:
Our backyard was full of people! I didn't know we could fit so many back there. Kiley and I felt so loved by all those who were able to make it and show their love and support. Thank you! We missed all of you who couldn't come, but we are grateful for your support and prayers. We feel so incredibly blessed! :) Here is a photo of us with Brother Pixton, who sealed Kiley and I together:
Kiley and I stayed near the entrance to greet all of our guests while our families mingled with everyone else. It was a very nice evening, and everything went perfectly. We are so grateful for our families and friends who helped with everything! It made us so happy to see everyone willingly giving of their time and talents to make it a special day for us. Thank you!
Before we knew it, it was time to cut the cake! Here are the photos:
At last, it was time for the bouquet throw and garter toss. That was exciting! Our friend Corrine caught the bouquet, and none else but Kiley's brother Darren caught the garter. It was awesome! I'm sure that Kiley's mom, Dorine, was happy about that. :)
And of course, you can't be done until you've got the balcony kiss into the sunset, as well as a photo of the dress itself:
Kiley and I were very excited to look through all of these photos, and we are so happy with them! When we printed a few of our favorites out, we decided to try photoshopping them so they looked vintage. I think they turned out really neat! Here are a few of the photoshopped favorites:
Kiley and I want to thank everyone who made this day so very special for us. I was almost certain that Kiley would cry on her wedding day because everyone made it sound so stressful and horrible, but I was pleasantly surprised to see that her only tears fell in the celestial room, and they were tears of joy. I love her with all of my heart and feel so lucky to be married to my best friend. We want everyone to know that they have made a huge difference in our lives, and every contribution and gift has made the transition from being single to being married a smooth and wonderful one. We love you SO much!
More to come later! Keep posted for photos of the honeymoon (oou la la!), our little duplex, and the start of our wonderful lives together!