December 29, 2010 §
2010 has been quite a year. This year we got married–twice. We went on many adventures (or ventures, as we like to call them when we’re talking baby talk to each other…shhh). And we found out some important news that will determine the next few years of our life. Check out our 2010 in review!
We kicked off 2010 at the Insight Bowl with beautiful Hayley. She got a little antsy and we left early, and then went to Outback for some steaks. We spent a quiet midnight at home, drank some champagne, and retired early like an old married couple.
Here I am with pretty Hayley girl. We got to have her in January, and again in November. We’re looking forward to even more time with her in 2011!
I think it was during our Christmas break that we hatched the plan of eloping in March. We had been very worried that Bryan was going to be deployed some time during 2010, forcing us to cancel the big wedding we had planned for August 2010. So we decided to outsmart the military and elope–that way, if Bryan did deploy, we would already be married, and I would be taken care of. If not, we could still have our big fat wedding.
I bought a dress and some jewelry, and flew to Japan for my spring break. Bryan had worked with an Okinawan civilian from his office to arrange the whole wedding. He made my dreams of getting married at sunset on a cliff overlooking the ocean come true. We were so happy to finally be man and wife.
I love this shot of my bouquet and the sailboat in the background.
After I finished my 1L year, I was lucky enough to get to jet (first class, no less) to Hawaii to meet Bryan! Bryan had a TDY there, and I got to relax in Honolulu with him for 3 weeks. We fell in love with Oahu and can’t wait to go back (but this time, we will avoid trashy Honolulu and stay on the North Shore).
Another picture of us messing around, probably after a day of drinking fruity tropical drinks.
And here we are after hiking Diamondhead in Oahu. Fitness is a big part of our relationship, something we are both always working to improve at, and we enjoy doing active things together (and then celebrating our hard work with delicious food and drink). This was a beautiful memory from 2010.
We did everything out of order in 2010. First we got married, and THEN we had our engagement photos taken. These next three shots were taken on the North Shore by the beautiful and talented Natalie Norton.
I think Bryan was really napping in this photo. Because even though he was working 3pm-3am shifts, I forced him to wake up at 7:00 am and go take photos with me. What a trooper.
Oh yeah, and Bryan never ended up getting deployed. So we had our big Arizona wedding after all! It was hot, hot, hot, but it was definitely one of the best days of my life. I love Bryan so much that I married him twice!
The theme of the wedding was based off of the dark beauty of black baccara roses. I loved how my bouquet turned out!
Our favorite picture from the wedding.
This beautiful photo was taken right as the lights went out, causing quite the chuckle among our wedding guests.
Our only family wedding photo from the evening. We’re so sweaty from all the dancing (especially Hayley–that girl was a dancing machine!).
The best part of our wedding was getting to share our special day with friends and family. We were so grateful to be able to see so many people that we haven’t seen in years!
I surprised Bryan by getting someone to drive us from the wedding to our hotel in a mint condition Volkswagen bus. I found the good samaritan online, and he did it for free. What an incredible end to an incredible day!
My sister Kelly got married in October, and I was her Matron of Honor. Her wedding was beautiful and I had such an amazing time dancing with family.
Beautiful photo of the bridesmaids with the blushing bride.
Back in skinny jeans! October 24, 2010 I switched to a Paleo diet, and lost 18 lbs. I’m never going back to my old eating habits (I can’t believe I used to eat a muffin for breakfast…and think it was healthy).
This year I also ran my first 5K, which I followed in November with a 4 mile run. Next year I plan to run many more races, including my first half marathon in May. Here I am with Hayley, the best little cheerleader.
And here I am after my post-wedding chop! It took me until December, but I finally cut my hair after growing it out all year for the wedding. I’m really loving the new shorter locks!
Well, 2010 has been quite a year. Bryan and I have been very lucky to get to spend so much time together this year, despite the high cost of all the plane tickets. We have spent at least$10,000 this year, we estimate, on plane tickets. We are definitely looking forward to next year, when we will finally be living together again (we hope).
In 2011, we have a lot to look forward to: Bryan’s PCS to New York in May, my move to New York in August, we plan to run a half marathon together in May and we’re both embarking on tightening up our switch to the Paleo diet and CrossFit. Stay tuned for many more adventures as we begin our first full year as a married couple living on the same continent!
December 28, 2010 §
Here is my sexy man looking like Santa Claus while he shaves in the men’s locker room. This was right before he got kicked out of there, in a move that really pissed me off. Silverleaf, our venue, a country club which my parents are members of, told us that we were not allowed to use their BEAUTIFUL locker rooms to get ready in. Now I understand them not wanting a huge hoard of giddy wedding partiers ruining the experience of the other members…but come on. The actually getting ready part, and the accompanying shots, just look so much better in the locker rooms. I am annoyed that I didn’t break the rules and do my dressing in the divine locker room. Especially since I’ve seen multiple other brides who did just that. Anyways, I’ll get off my soap box now.
Bryan says this is his favorite picture from the wedding of himself. I think he looks very handsome.
I’m pretty sure Bryan does not like this picture, but I bet that’s only because the oversize shirt makes him look bigger than he is. I’ve been trying to get him to wear smaller sizes lately, and I think he’s coming around.
I really wanted some cool argyle socks for the groomsmen, but we couldn’t find any in our wedding colors (come on–are lemon and wine really that strange?), but I did eventually find these burgundy socks. Unfortunately, I don’t think we ever got a shot of all the groomsmen with their shoes and socks.
I love this shot of our custom wedding Converse sneakers. We got these for the groomsmen as gifts, and I think they got a chuckle from our wedding guests when the groomsmen walked down the aisle.
The men got ready in a sort of man cave with a pool table, bar, darts, etc. Very nice.
I love the ties. And the suspenders. Very glad we skipped the vests.
More sexy. Okay I’ll stop now.
Next up: the bride getting into her dress, and our first look.
December 21, 2010 §
What? You thought jump the next train was dead? Not so! Just on hiatus while I allowed boring life obligations to take a larger percentage of my time than I prefer. 2011 I would like to change that, so expect to see more out of this blog.
Right now I’m in Japan for the last. ever. time. I’m actually pretty sad about it. We still never made it to the mainland, and at this point I don’t think I will ever be able to convince Bryan to take a touristy trip to the mainland. I’m going to try to eek out a promise from him that at some point in our lives we will take a real, bonafide trip to mainland Japan. He kind of likes me and if I ask him to promise, he will follow through.
While I’m here, I’d like to take a few more adventures. I’d like to find a hike perhaps to go on, check out a few more beaches, and maybe even check out a new island for a weekend trip. Shh, don’t tell Bryan about that one–he doesn’t know yet. I also need to finish our wedding photo album, which I’m designing myself using an online book publisher.
Definitely missing the family for Christmas–Christmas in Arizona is one of my favorite things ever. Baking with my sisters, drinking some pomegranate margaritas, hanging out with our big crazy family playing Wii to all hours…I’m definitely going to miss that this year.
So anyways, look for more photos of this last adventure in Japan, our first Christmas as husband and wife, and our First Annual Bouchard Christmas Barbecue extravaganza!