my weekend in photos

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it was crazy hot this weekend so we took advantage and played outside.

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greg and i headed out on saturday to the winter park farmers’ market for a wedding!

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pre-ceremony selfie.

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my date.

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the happy couple! so happy for these two amazing ladies.

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in between projects today, crosby decided to read all the books.

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sweet, sleeping boy.

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we headed to seaworld this afternoon to enjoy all of the holiday goodness. i’ll share more pictures this week!

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we had an eventful weekend! how was yours?

#jonandmb // September 2015

Greg and I headed up to the Chicago suburbs this past weekend to celebrate the wedding of Mary Beth and Jon. MBK and I have been friends since we both pledged our sorority our freshman year at IU….way too long ago!

Greg worked on Friday night so we didn’t get to fly out until first thing Saturday morning. We were on a tight schedule since we were flying in on the same day as the wedding and were not thrilled to hear that we had to wait 45 minutes for our rental car that we had a reservation for at 10:30am. Once we were finally on the road, we made a pit stop to get some necessities for the day, including Greg’s favorite beer. Once we arrived at the hotel, we met up with some friends for a quick lunch before we had to get ready.

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The wedding ceremony was at 2:30pm at the church and it was absolutely beautiful. The sun lit up the sanctuary and shined in perfectly on the happy couple. After the ceremony, we headed back to the hotel while the wedding party got their pictures taken.

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Cocktails, dinner, and dancing started at 6:30pm.

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The weather was absolutely amazing the entire time we were there. I was even cold in the evening, but obviously couldn’t complain. The reception was gorgeous (table 11 was obviously the best) and the band was so good. It was such a great party. Mary Beth was also serenaded by the men of Straight No Chaser (including her husband) which was a surprise to everyone and seriously awesome. I’m getting chills just typing it out now. What a great surprise to have at your wedding!

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The next morning, we all met for breakfast at our hotel before we parted ways. I’m not sure if you can tell, but we had such a great time. It was a great night away for Greg and I; and to spend it with my girls was even better. It was such a beautiful celebration for Mary Beth and Jon and we couldn’t be happier for them.

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Until next time Chicago…

my weekend in photos

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friday morning marked my longest before-work run – 6 miles with heather! i’m not going to be making a habit of it, but it was nice to get it done before we left for the weekend.

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after a long day on friday, greg and i got up on saturday and headed to chicago! greg had been searching for this beer for weeks now and he finally tracked it down in illinois. we got the last two bottles in the store.

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meanwhile, the kids stayed back to hang out with my parents.

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they also got to see kenley’s soccer game!

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the reason for our trip was to celebrate mary beth and jon’s wedding! i have many more pictures from the wedding to come later this week.

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the kids had a blast hanging out with meemaw & grandpa.

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the kids talked them into new trucks, barbies, and slippers.

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popsicles by the pool. crosby’s hands may have gotten a little cold.

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sweet boy.

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greg and i flew home yesterday and we really wanted to take our friends and the weather back with us. we had such a great time.

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how was your weekend?

Chicago {Part II}

We left the city on Friday to head out to Oak Park for the wedding festivities. My baby brother was getting married! We started seeing family and friends as soon as we got off the train. The hotel was located just a couple blocks from downtown Oak Park so we were able to walk most of the weekend. We laid low Friday afternoon and the boys went out on Friday night for the bachelor party.

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Since the kids were sharing a room, our mornings started very early while we were on vacation. Saturday was Greg’s birthday, so we walked to Starbucks for breakfast. More family and friends were getting in on Saturday and Kenley was anxiously awaiting Jack & KP’s arrival. The three of them had a ball all weekend. I was so happy to see them together, but also sad that it doesn’t happen more often.

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Saturday night we headed over to Cheney Mansion for the wedding rehearsal. During the rehearsal, Kenley wore the flower girl basket around her neck and walked down the imaginary aisle (since the chairs weren’t set up yet). After her performance at the rehearsal, I really wasn’t sure what to expect the next day at the wedding. After the rehearsal we headed to Winberies for a delicious dinner!

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Sunday was wedding day! After another trip to Starbucks and a couple games of euchre with the fam, the girls started getting ready around 11:00am at the hotel. We enjoyed mimosas, food, and music while we got our hair and make-up done. Kenley enjoyed the food and is still talking about the chocolate covered strawberries. She also got her hair done right before it was time to go. Meanwhile, the guys were hanging out in Michael’s room watching football and I would imagine drinking beer. After a nice relaxing morning, I was rushing out of the hotel to get over to the mansion without packing a thing for the rest of the day. I was texting poor Greg anything and everything I could think of for him to pack and bring to the mansion when he came over with the kids.

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I was more relaxed once we got to the mansion and saw everything coming together and saw how beautiful it was. The girls headed upstairs to help Rachel finish getting ready before it was time for she and Michael to see each other.

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We were able to see Michael walking out to their meeting spot, so I caught Rachel trying to get a glimpse of her groom. I may have shed a few tears. After Michael and Rachel had their moment together, the rest of us headed outside for pictures.

This was my first chance to see the groom too. He was so handsome.

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Following pictures (and more pictures), the ceremony was set to begin! The guests started arriving and the wedding party took their place.

Kenley was the last to walk down the aisle and she did a great job. She dropped a few petals on her way down then proceeded to drop the rest of the petals where we were standing.

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The ceremony was beautiful. Michael’s good friend Alex was the officiant and did a great job. Of course, no wedding is complete without the first married selfie down the aisle.

Kenley and Jack soon stole the show and the party began!

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We sent the couple off with sparklers and headed to the after party at Bar Louie. Greg took the kids back to the hotel around 8:30pm after Crosby slept in the stroller at the reception for a little bit. Both of the kids were great most of the day and we all had such a great time.

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Monday morning we were able to hang around for a little bit and watch the happy couple open their gifts. We said our goodbyes as everyone started to head out of town. We took a cab to Midway for our flight and the airport was packed! Apparently TSA doesn’t like you having about 50 bobby pins in you hair either. For the first time, I had to take Crosby out of the Ergo in order to go through security. I had to do the extra screening and get a pat down since I couldn’t get through the metal detector without setting it off. But, at least my hair still looked good! We were lucky to be able to have lunch and wait for our flights with Maggi & Greg. It was good to have two extra sets of hands and Kenley was obsessed with GiGi all weekend. Finally, it was time to head back to Orlando. We had a great vacation, but there is nothing like sleeping in your own bed!

Congratulations to happy couple, Michael & Rachel! We love you!

Brew Bash in Indiana

I gave you a glimpse of our long weekend on Monday, but in order to not bore you with photo after photo, I saved some for today. The reason for our trip up north was to celebrate the upcoming nuptials of my brother and Rachel. On Saturday, we headed up to Lafayette to shower Michael & Rachel with love and drink some good brew. Abbi, Maggi, and Sharon threw one heck of a brew bash. It was so fun seeing everyone and meeting Michael’s in-laws.

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We had such a great weekend celebrating these two and seeing family!
We’re definitely looking forward to the wedding next month!

Our Wedding, Five Years Later

Five years ago today, I married the love of my life.
I am still amazed by the way God brought this Long Island boy and homegrown Hoosier together.
I am excited to share our special day with you.

All festivities were held at the Hilton Indianapolis Hotel & Suites.
We loved having everything in one place, especially for the many
out of town guests who were new to the area.

The day started bright and early for pictures.
Greg and I had our moment seeing each other before the ceremony
so we could get rolling early and get pictures out of the way.
This allowed us to have more time during cocktail hour to enjoy ourselves and mingle.

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Flowers by Bo Kay Florist // Bo Kay Florist

We took pictures at various locations in Indianapolis, including the Indianapolis Museum of Art
and the Soldiers & Sailors Monument on Monument Circle, just a block away from the hotel.
The weather turned out to be beautiful, even though I’m sure we both were sweating.

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Hair & makeup by Rachel // Beauty Anywhere

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The ceremony was officiated by my pastor growing up and was short & sweet.
Cocktail hour followed, then everyone headed up to the ballroom for the reception.
We ended the night dancing and drinking with our most favorite people in the world.

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Wedding cake by Heavenly Sweets // Heavenly Sweets

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Entertainment & music by Dave & Rae // Dave & Rae Band

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Photos by Cory Bracey // Footprints of Grace Photography

4th of July circa 2008

To celebrate our five year wedding anniversary tomorrow,
I thought it would be fun to take a look back, five years ago.

During the wedding planning process, we originally avoided 4th of July weekend since it was a holiday,
but we finally decided that having it that weekend was absolutely perfect.
Everyone had a three day weekend already and some turned it into a longer weekend.
We also thought it would be fun to have fireworks each year we celebrated.

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We welcomed guests throughout the day on the 4th and got to catch up with so many people.
Our rehearsal was held at our venue mid afternoon, followed by our rehearsal dinner.
Some would say it was nontraditional, as we enjoyed the evening at
Victory Field, home of the Indianapolis Indians (Triple-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates).
We chose Victory Field for a number of reasons.
If you know us at all, you know that we both love sports, especially baseball for Greg.
The Indianapolis Indians always host the 4th of July game against the Louisville Bats,
so we know first hand that it’s a great evening filled with tradition, plus a great view of the downtown fireworks.
The field was just a few blocks from our wedding venue and where all the guests were staying,
so no one had to mess with driving to or from the game, especially great for out-of-towners.
Most importantly, this is the very place that Greg and I met just two summers prior.
There is no doubt Victory Field will always hold a special place in our heart.

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We hosted our guests on the Third Base Terrace, located on suite level.
Everyone enjoyed great seats for the game, yummy ballpark food, and the best view for downtown Indy.
If you know Indiana weather at all, you’d think that it would be hot and humid in July,
but to our surprise, it was very chilly… freezing I would say.
I distinctly remember people buying sweatshirts because we were not prepared for the cold.

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There was a small window following the end of the game and before the start of the fireworks
where there were some on-field promotions. Four members of our bridal party got to participate
in dizzy bat on the field. Let me tell you, it is still funny to think about to this day.
Michael, Maggi, Joe, and Jeff definitely provided entertainment to a sold out crowd.

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At dusk, the fireworks began, which was a great way to celebrate the 4th of July
and end a wonderful day with our closest friends and family.

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