Fall 2015 So Far…

Fall is in full swing, and I am loving it. This is my favorite time of the year, and I am excited that I get to get married in the fall. We’re just 12 days away from the big day! Thank you so much to everyone who has asked how it’s going and offered to help. Throughout our whole engagement, I’ve been touched by people’s kind words and gestures, and it’s definitely inspired me to be more thoughtful in my actions.

Our wedding shoes! I posted this picture on Instagram when we hit the one-month mark.

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Almost a month ago, my sister hosted my bridal shower at my parents’ house. That same weekend, John moved into our new apartment, and we also moved the majority of my things into the apartment. Currently, I am living at my parents’ house and will until after the wedding. It was a busy weekend, but a very fun one. Thankfully, due to the Pope’s visit to Washington D.C., I had some time off during the week (because of the transportation nightmare it created) that allowed me to unpack and begin decorating the apartment. I haven’t taken any pictures of the apartment, but I need to. I want to capture images of our first home together. I have a feeling I won’t really get any pictures until after the wedding is over and we’re a bit more settled. But maybe I’ll be more ahead of the game than I think.

I tried to caption some of the decorations before the guests arrived. Melissa and my mom did a great job decorating.
I tried to capture some of the bridal shower decorations before the guests arrived. Melissa and my mom did a great job decorating.


Last weekend, we went to Harpers Ferry and walked around. We talked about going on a fall walk for a while, but between wedding prep and the rain, we just never got around to doing it. The weather was cool and crisp. The leaves had not really started changing but it was still fun.




This past week was Institute’s annual Fall Board Meeting. There is a lot of preparation that goes into this meeting. I think it all went well. In some ways I can’t believe it’s over. It’s been my measuring stick for the amount of time left before our wedding. And now that it’s done, that means the wedding is right around the corner.

The Institute Curriculum Committee. This is the committee that I work the most closely with.
The Board of Trustees Meeting.
A team selfie after the meetings with some delicious pecans a board member brought us.
A team selfie after the meetings with some delicious pecans a board member brought us.

Grateful, Quiet Moments

I’ve done a poor job at keeping this blog up to date. I hope to write a more in-depth post this weekend. Life has been busy. From stuffing wedding invitations to taste tests (my most favorite part of wedding planning!) to moving, I feel like life has been a whirlwind. But in the midst of feeling frazzled by everything that needs to get done, there are quiet moments when I feel so grateful for the person I am marrying and the place where I get to marry him. I love this picture below of John because I “sneakily” (or really not so sneakily) took it at a high school cheerleading competition. We went to support my sister, who coaches cheerleading at a local high school. I love this picture because never once on this night did he ever complain about going to the competition, even though I am 99 percent sure that wasn’t his idea of a good time 😉


I hope that wasn’t too mushy. I really don’t want to be mushy. I just want to remember these quiet moments of gratitude. Hopefully I’ll write a longer update this weekend…