Friday, January 31, 2014

Our Winter Honeymoon in a Snowy Cabin

Our January Honeymoon: a wintry weekend at the snow-covered cabins of Murphin Ridge Inn

Two and a half years ago, Ryan and I spent a few autumn nights in a beautiful cabin in amish country. (See photos in this post, after the outfit). We decided to return for our honeymoon, and it was just the perfect, cozy, weekend escape we needed to relax and soak up all the joy and love we had just experienced.

The Inn has a delicious restaurant that provides breakfast and dinner, and there are lots of trails for snowy hikes (our favorite kind). We also spent one perfect evening in front of a fireplace: I knitted a sock while Ryan read aloud from The Princess Bride. (He does all the voices, of course.) Growing old together is going to be so much fun; we already spend our leisure time like old people, and I love it!

Our January Honeymoon: a wintry weekend at the snow-covered cabins of Murphin Ridge Inn
Our January Honeymoon: a wintry weekend at the snow-covered cabins of Murphin Ridge Inn
I've learned this year that hoods are the best thing ever. #stayingwarm
Our January Honeymoon: a wintry weekend at the snow-covered cabins of Murphin Ridge Inn
#latergram from our honeymoon
Our January Honeymoon: a wintry weekend at the snow-covered cabins of Murphin Ridge Inn
I love the cornfields in the snow.
Our January Honeymoon: a wintry weekend at the snow-covered cabins of Murphin Ridge Inn
Our January Honeymoon: a wintry weekend at the snow-covered cabins of Murphin Ridge Inn
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Our January Honeymoon: a wintry weekend at the snow-covered cabins of Murphin Ridge Inn
Our January Honeymoon: a wintry weekend at the snow-covered cabins of Murphin Ridge Inn
Our January Honeymoon: a wintry weekend at the snow-covered cabins of Murphin Ridge Inn
Honeymooning it
Our January Honeymoon: a wintry weekend at the snow-covered cabins of Murphin Ridge Inn
Our January Honeymoon: a wintry weekend at the snow-covered cabins of Murphin Ridge Inn
We love our snowy hikes.
Our January Honeymoon: a wintry weekend at the snow-covered cabins of Murphin Ridge Inn
#latergram from our honeymoon
Our January Honeymoon: a wintry weekend at the snow-covered cabins of Murphin Ridge Inn
Our January Honeymoon: a wintry weekend at the snow-covered cabins of Murphin Ridge Inn
Our January Honeymoon: a wintry weekend at the snow-covered cabins of Murphin Ridge Inn
Our January Honeymoon: a wintry weekend at the snow-covered cabins of Murphin Ridge Inn
Monday morning at the inn

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Our Wedding (In Instagrams)

So in love, such a happy day. #ryanandceleste #wedding

Our wedding. There are no words. The ceremony and the moments I shared with Ryan just after were the happiest of my life. We're both completely blissed out right now. I can't imagine a more fun, beautiful, meaningful wedding, and I feel so grateful for all the incredible moments and memories.

I absolute can't wait to show you the beautiful photos and video that Braun Photography and Studio Z Films shot, but, until then, I don't want to leave you hanging. So, here are some highlights of the day, as told in Instagrams.

My bouquet (and an early wedding gift)! #ryanandceleste
Instagram by Kellycollette, Photo by Cameron Braun
#latergram - Ryan and Niko after the ceremony #ryanandceleste (captured by Leah)
Treats - #yum #wedding #ryanandceleste
Instagram by Kellycollette
Table deats - #wedding #ryanandceleste
Married!!! #ryanandceleste
So glad our favors were a hit! Thank you for giving these guys homes, everyone!
Feeding each other mini powdered donuts after cutting our cake - #wedding #ryanandceleste #yum
Our drinks were so yummy. #yum #wedding #ryanandceleste
Instagram by Kellycollette
My bouquet is hung up, the wedding is over; let married life begin! #ryanandceleste

All photos come my my instagram account (here) or my maid of honor Kelly's account (here). The girls-in-snow photo was snapped by Cameron Braun with Kelly's phone. The photos of Ryan and I feeding each other and dancing were snapped by our friend Amanda Culver Simons, and the photo of Ryan and Niko was snapped by Ryan's sister Leah Villegas. 

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Friday, January 24, 2014

We're Getting Married Today

Ed and Donna (my parents) Wedding 1981
My parents' wedding in 1981

Today, surrounded by 50 of our closest friends and family, Ryan and I are going to become husband and wife. I can't tell you how good it felt last night to see our families feasting together at our rehearsal dinner, some of the meeting for them first time, all of them there because of the love and support they have for us.

I thought that today would just be about my love for Ryan. But, in the events leading up to our wedding (my shower, our bachelor and bachelorette parties, our rehearsal and rehearsal dinner), it's really hit me that this is a day about our small community of loved ones. Everyone has done so much to show us their love and support and it's really blown me away how thoughtful and amazing these people are.

Thank you so much.

John and Annette (Ryan's parents) Wedding 1975
Ryan's parents' wedding in 1975

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Our Wedding Preparations (in Instagrams)

Giving thanks

It's been nonstop wedding madness around here ever since Christmas. From final tasks like making the seating chart to DIY projects like a giant handcrafted chuppah to pre-wedding festivities like bachelor and bachelorette parties, there's been little time for anything else.

I'll be back soon with more wedding details (not to mention regularly scheduled programing), but, for now, I'll leave with an Instagram recap of our lives lately.

The spread at this afternoon's craft day - #yum
My mom and I did a trial run of my wedding hairstyle today. Thanks, Mum!
obSESS!
#countdownuntilido
#countdownuntilido
Toasting with the Esserts before our separate bachelor and bachelorette parties last night - #ryanandceleste #likeabachelorette
Sunday morning with my boys
#countdownuntilido
Can't wait to put it on! #ryanandceleste
#countdownuntilido #ryanandceleste
Working on some finishing touches #ryanandceleste

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