I’m back!

As the title suggests, I’m back to blogging and it has been a while…5 months to be exact! Even though I have not posted a blog post in months does not mean that I have not thought about it often. So much has happened in that short time; I got married, went on a honeymoon, traveled, and so much more. As you can see, most of the last few months involved weddings, more specifically, my own. Justin asked me to marry him on April 15, 2016 and we spent the next year planning our special day.

I am not exaggerating when I say that I had been dreaming about my wedding for as long as I can remember and about the man who would make that day possible. I would always fantasize about what he would look like, how we would meet, what he would do for a living, and where we would live. While I am not going to share our love story today, I can say that I am grateful everyday that Justin is in my life and that we get to spend the rest of our lives together.

What I do want to focus on is something that no one ever tells you about getting married and that is the stress involved in the planning process. My Other 62 quickly became the other 32 as I spent months planning every detail of that special day. I always imagined planning my wedding would be one of the happiest times of my life and for various reasons from about February until May 21 (our wedding day) I was under a considerable amount of stress. Although everyone I work with was ecstatic that I was getting married and eager to celebrate, the work load was incredibly demanding. On top of the demanding workload, I also had to tackle the list of decisions that had to be made for the wedding and the pressure to look and feel my best. Although I wish the process of planning a wedding was carefree, I truly believe that having gone through the process together brought Justin and I closer together and quite frankly made me appreciate him even more than I did already and at the end of the day we were married and that is truly one of the best feelings in the world!

We had such an amazing, albeit a bit windy, day at Klehm Arboretum surrounded by our closest friends and family. It was truly a day we will never forget and will cherish those memories forever.


Not only were we able to express our love for one another in front of friends and family in the city where we first met, we were also able to share a special moment in Colorado (our honeymoon destination). Justin and I are both relatively private people and really wanted to write our own vows. However, sharing those vows with everyone was a bit intimidating. So we planned to have a little “elopement” session when we were in Colorado for our honeymoon. Our wonderful photographer, Summer Leigha, traveled with us to capture that special time. She found the cutest spot in Breckenridge and we packed a picnic and headed out, which was followed by the most gorgeous mountain photo session. Sharing that time together was priceless.

After our elopement session, we spent the next four days enjoying all of the wonderful things that Colorado has to offer. We saw the most amazing sunset over the mountains.


We biked from Breckenridge to Frisco.


We went hiking in Vail.

We explored Glenwood Springs.

We ate the most delicious gluten free pizza!


And tasted lots of delicious gluten free beer!


Colorado holds such a special place in our hearts as being the host of our engagement, “elopement”, and honeymoon. It was so hard to leave but I know that we will be back!

We’ve been back to reality for a few weeks now and it seems as if things are finally slowing down a bit and summer is in full swing! There are some really exciting things happening in Rockford and I can’t wait to share them with you! We also have a few short trips coming up so you will be hearing more about that as well and much more!


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