12.17.2013

HOORAY FOR ALEX!


ohhh, alex!

my baby sister got married over the weekend, is she not the most beautiful bride ever!? oh that dress! her hair! i still get all emotional whenever i think about it. it was just the most beautiful weekend and the most beautiful wedding and everything went off without a hitch and i was so proud of her. it was just a really gorgeous day. we flew out to utah on thursday night and then flew back to new york on sunday night, so it was a crazy whirlwind of a trip. brandon was with huck at huck's grandma's house for a lot of it, since huck was recovering from a cold, and i did my sisterly best to document the weekend and make stupid jokes and luckily provide back-up sister bridesmaid dresses when the skirts we'd planned to wear turned out to be too big for both of us. thank you, zara! MVP of the weekend!

i have a ton of photos because obviously.





the night before the wedding the three of us had a slumber party/bachelorette party. we stayed up as long as our eyelids would let us and talked about all of the silly things you talk about the night before a wedding. it was the first time i'd seen amanda in over a year and it was so good to catch up with her! we had a million things to cover. at one point that night alex went out to solve a lipstick crisis and it was just the two of us and one of alex's bridesmaids in the hotel room for a bit (alex had the best bridesmaids, it was so fun to meet all of her friends and her new sisters-in-law), and there we were talking really fast like sisters do, covering everything we'd missed and laughing at probably inappropriate things and this poor girl was just sitting there with wide eyes watching us. we must have looked ridiculous with our hands waving in the air, talking at each other. the older i get the more and more i appreciate and love that amanda of mine. i am so lucky to have her in my life. it's been just the two of us old married biddies in the family for so long, and now there are three of us? it's so weird! i can't believe alex is all grown up, and now i'm going to cry again. 

in the morning my mom came over with diet cokes and we all got ready and made important necklace decisions and put on our bridesmaid skirts for the first time (not recommended) and ripped our panty hose (that was me) and charged cell phones and passed the dry shampoo back and forth and found last-minute blow dryers in the closet. and then we were off! it was a tornado of impressive. 


runner-up MVP of the weekend goes to amanda's baby silas, who is just the chunkiest most wonderful specimen of fat baby. (with my uncle steve on the left and my dad on the right.) (oh, and uncles! when i first spotted my Lovin aunts and uncles at the groom's dinner the night before i burst straight into tears. i have an insanely great family, and i am a ninny.)


yay!!!!!! and welcome to the family, james!! he's gonna make a good brother-in-law. he is such a smart, solid guy, alex done good. he and brandon have become fast friends and we're both excited to spend more time with them in portland over christmas.



pictures. it was cold. we rocked it.



and then the party! huck was feeling better enough by then to come to the reception and dance his pants off. kid has moves, man! 



girl knows how to make an exit! congratulations you guys! oh my gosh the warm fuzzies!!!!!

and now with my brother on a mission and all the girls married off, my parents are just like . . . . . . . . . . . . .

now what.

p.s. huck on the flight out to utah...


aaand huck on the red eye home. (we were delayed about 4 hours on the tarmac. that was cool.)


hooray for alex! pass the chapstick!

31 comments :

  1. aww! congrats alex and james! she is a beautiful bride. such pretty sisters (and mother!)! xo

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  2. We've been waiting for this;) your sister looks gorgeous, all of you do. Many congratulations and wishes for a happy future. You're a great family and bring so much joy into our lives.

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  3. I was dying to see these photos, I have to admit it. Your sister looks amazing, in fact you all do. Congratulations Alex and James. Was your brother not allowed to come due to his mission? He must have been heartbroken!

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  4. aw, congrats alex! (you and your sisters are gorgeous, natalie.. so not fair ;)

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  5. Oh, I love wedding photos!! The last two are pretty funny as well LOL!!

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  6. Congrats to Alex and James! You and your sisters are seriously sooooo beautiful. (Also, the guy in the first sparkler picture totes looks like James Van Der Beek...)

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    1. I thought the same thing! Haha

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  7. What a beautiful bride! And beautiful sisters...

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  8. SO gorgeous! I'll be honest, I too was pretty psyched to see these photos! I follow alex's blog and her twitter, and she seems pretty great. Cutie that Huck in his leggings at mocs.

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  9. everyone is beautiful! congratulations to your sister and family!!

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  10. I'm curious to know.... With Amanda not identifying as Mormon, was she not able to attend the ceremony at the temple? You all look beautiful and wonderful to see all enjoying the reception. Congrats!

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  11. congrats to your sister! :D beautiful photos & uncle steve has a great (mischievous) grin goin on there! ; )

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  12. aaaaah! i saw a few of your photos on instagram and have eagerly been awaiting this post :) congratulations to your sister (and to you, because why not?). this is such an exciting time! and WHAT a gorgeous bride. oh my.

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  13. what a beautiful family! congrats to the happy couple. :)

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  14. congratulations on alex's marriage! you all looked absolutely beautiful.

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  15. they are a gorgeous couple, jeez!

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  16. those bridesmaids dresses! I mean!

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  17. congrats to the beautiful Alex and her handsome hub James! Y'all looked so beautiful! Can't believe how time flies with everything that goes on in our lives right now. Your sister getting married, and your brother serving the man upstairs in sharing his glorious gospel. That's all wonderful news! Glad you had a ball! Take good care!

    P.s. Where did you get that cute cowl scarf Huck is wearing?? Cute!!

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  18. Oh man, gorgeous! Did you get all Anne Shirley saying, "She was the bride of my dreams" ?

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  19. i get all choked up looking at beautiful wedding photos...don't mind me, i just have a bit of dust in my eye.

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  20. that is my wedding dress! makes me excited to wear it next year :)

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  21. Aw, this is just the sweetest! I love how supportive your family is of one another. And Alex looks absolutely stunning!!!
    xo TJ

    http://www.hislittlelady.com

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  22. Congrats to them! How exciting!
    Lisa | c/oMKE

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  23. ahh i love december weddings so much. you have such a beautiful family! congrats to the new addition to your growing family I love getting new siblings haha! and that last photo of huck, im dying with laughter. i feel like that way too often haha.

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  24. I was dying for this post, too! I love how you described the night/morning before the wedding. It seems so fun and easy and stress-free. I hope mine is the same way someday! Best wishes to Alex and James! They look beautifully happy.

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  25. Your sister looks amazing and so happy! I'm so happy to hear that it all went through with her and James :) Reading this post takes me back to just 2 months when I got married! Oh it was so much fun the night before with sisters and new sisters and all the chaotic crisis that comes with the wedding but everything always seems to fall into place! So much fun and now the married life, I love it!!!!

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  26. Oh my goodness, I am as single as can be and yet I think I just spied the wedding dress of my dreams!! Natalie (or @loandco) do you happen to know the designer/name/any info?! Gorgeous photos and such a happy-looking family. Congrats to all!

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  27. Wait, this is the sister that broke off a wedding and was single at the end of July/early August? Jeeeeeeeesus that seems fast. She looks gorgeous though, and glad she found a good one. Congrats!

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    1. Pretty sure it's the same guy, and they just worked their stuff out and got back together. Good for them! They're super cute.

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    2. And now they are diviorced!

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