Photos from our Wedding Celebrations

Sunday marks six months since John and I got married. Aside from a few official wedding photos, I haven’t posted much about our wedding. I love scrolling through pictures on my phone that family and friends sent from our Luncheon at Maggiano’s, our Virginia Open House, and our Iowa Open House. I figured instead of just looking at these pictures on my phone, it was time I made some of them into a blog post. But who I am kidding, I will still probably scroll through the photos on my phone at least once a week.

To begin, here are some candid photos taken by family and friends at the Temple after we were officially Mr. and Mrs. 🙂

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I served my LDS mission with these awesome ladies.
I served my LDS mission with these awesome ladies.
These are my two closest and dearest friends from my post-college years. We lived together for three years.
These are my two closest and dearest friends from my post-college years. We lived together for three years.

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When I see this photo, I just laugh. I want to know (a) what we’re looking at and (b) what we’re thinking haha.

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Now for a few official wedding pictures with those we love…

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Almost everyone who was there at the Temple with us.

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My family minus my brother Blake, who is serving a mission for our church in Arizona.
My family minus my brother Blake, who is serving a mission for our church in Arizona.
John's immediate family plus his Uncle David.
John’s immediate family plus his Uncle David.
The "traditional" wedding portrait.
The “traditional” wedding portrait.

After the Temple, we all headed to Maggiano’s for some delicious food…

Our Wedding Luncheon was at Maggiano's - one of my most favorite restaurants!

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This is my favorite picture! It was taken after John and I left Maggiano’s. It makes me laugh every time I look at it.

Now onto the Virginia Open House…

We had five cakes at our Open House. This was one my favorite - chocolate raspberry :)
We had five cakes at our Open House. This was one my favorite – chocolate raspberry 🙂
Melissa & my Aunt Diana getting things ready.
Melissa & my Aunt Diana getting things ready.
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Good family friends from my growing up years.
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John and his mom.

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Two of my longest friends and their boyfriends.
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The receiving line.
My mom and aunt who worked so hard coordinating the Virginia Open House.
My mom and aunt who worked so hard coordinating the Virginia Open House.
The Crams who so gracefully let us use their beautiful home for the Open House.
The Crams who so gracefully let us use their beautiful home for the Open House.
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When we got back to our apartment after our honeymoon, this beautiful bookshelf was there. John is very, very close with his Uncle David. David kindly left this present for us. It will be something we cherish for years.
This picture captures the chaos that was our living room for a few weeks after we got married. We are SO thankful for the generosity of those who sent gifts. These plates are extra special to me because they came from the man who introduced John's parent s to the LDS Faith. I am so grateful for his willingness to share his faith with others.
This picture captures the chaos that was our living room for a few weeks after we got married. We are SO thankful for the generosity of those who sent gifts. These plates are extra special to me because they came from the man who introduced John’s parents to the LDS Faith. I am so grateful for his willingness to share his faith with others.

Right before Christmas, we had an Open House in Iowa to celebrate with the Longeneckers’ family and friends…

Our Open House in Iowa was six days before Christmas. So the Longenecker home was beautifully decorated for the holidays.
Our Open House in Iowa was six days before Christmas. So the Longenecker home was beautifully decorated for the holidays.
Here we are with John's parents and Grandma Pat, his paternal grandma.
Here we are with John’s parents and Grandma Pat, his paternal grandma.
These are John's maternal grandparents, Grandpa Louie and Grandma June.
These are John’s maternal grandparents, Grandpa Louie and Grandma June.
This is Brian Tree and his family. Brian and John served their LDS missions together, and the Trees came from OK to IA for our Open House.
This is Brian Tree and his family. Brian and John served their LDS missions together, and the Trees came from OK to IA for our Open House.
The night after the Iowa Open House, John's extended family gathered for a present opening party.
The night after the Iowa Open House, John’s extended family gathered for a present opening party.

We’re now nearly six months in, and boy oh boy I am grateful for John. I love being with him and living life with him.

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March Moments

Normally I feel like the month of March is forever long. However, this year it seemed to fly by! March was a fun and full month. John went to Germany and Switzerland for a portion of the month. While he was away, I repainted my dresser and his dresser – a task that has been on my to-do list since we got married. I really enjoy home improvement/craft projects, so this was a fun task.

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Here’s the finished version of my dresser. I painted my dresser white a few years ago, and it was in desperate need of a spruce up.

We also had some fun date nights and fun times with friends. We hosted two dinners with friends from my growing up years. One was with two of my best friends from high school and their boyfriends. And another was with a friend of mine from church and her husband, as well as another couple from my and John’s former church congregation. Both of these nights reminded me how fun it is to laugh 🙂 We had a great time!

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A picture from our dinner with two of my best friends from high school.
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After a dinner date at Ted’s Bulletin (fun fact: that’s where John and I had our first date), we headed to Silver Diner for milkshakes. This was John’s first Silver Diner experience. Silver Diner is one of the few places that’s kept its true diner feel.
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After many years of hearing from my brother Trevor how good the burgers are at “The Breeze,” John and I decided to give them a try. It was a Wednesday, which meant it was half-priced burger night, and let me tell you, the burgers were delicious! I highly recommend the burgers at “The Breeze.”
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My brother Blake let my mom know that he wanted her to send him more pictures. He’s away serving a mission for our church. So my mom whipped out her selfie stick one Sunday evening, and we had fun taking pictures.
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My contribution to Easter dinner at my parents’ house 🙂
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On an overcast afternoon, my coworkers and I went down to the Tidal Basin to check out the Cherry Blossoms.

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Happy April!!