Thursday, June 1, 2017

Happily Ever After

This is a story about a boy and a girl who fell in in love.
They married in the Orlando, Fl. LDS Temple.
It was almost 5 years to the date when they met for the first time.
 They were sealed for Time and all Eternity on October 15th 2016.
Over 6 months later that girl is finally showing some pictures from that day.

They say rain on your wedding day means good luck, I must be the luckiest girl in the world since it did rain, we were late/took wrong turns getting to the Temple and I was sunburned and sleep deprived.
My Mom, Grandma, Sister and Best Friend stayed up the night before talking about every blushing young bride's nightmare, the wedding night. (We're a close family)
And... I cried.
I ended up staying up past everyone and getting up before everyone the next morning.
Kayla curled my hair as I did my makeup by the window.
My mom made my bouquet in that hotel room as my sister did my Grandma's hair and makeup.
These are the moments I cherish.
Luckily it was all a rush so I didn't have time to lament this huge transition.
 I was looking forward to it but it still scared the heck out of me!
Once we were in the car, that all changed... I felt the way I always have before I ever perform, ride a crazy rollercoaster, climb to a really high place or right before I rip off a wax strip... All at once.
Of course having my GPS say to go one way and my Mom/Driver go in the other direction didn't help to settle me.
We finally made it to the Temple and there he was, the man of my dreams and the one I chose to spend forever with.
We walked into the Temple together holding hands, I was instantly flooded with warmth and relief.
This was going to be the first day of our forever.

*Side note: Megan surprised Mike with those socks as an inside joke because I can't stand bananas.
It was his last chance to repel me, I didn't see them until the day of and as much as I abhor those buggers it made me giggle and as I'm sure you've gathered I married him socks and all!

And I really did feel like the luckiest girl in the world.

So if you haven't already skipped this part, enjoy the pictures!
I cannot thank our good friend Paulette enough for being there and snapping all of these pictures and all of the other helpful things she blessed us with!!!
She's seriously the best!
Almost time for the big reveal.
He didn't know if he could walk to me yet so he just held his own hand, He's the cutest.
I think he'll keep me.
No we didn't have a leaf blower on hand, that was just a gust from the storm you can't really tell is happening.
Of course that lovely rain meant all of Kayla's hard work reverted back to a jungle mess, without the combined efforts of Kayla and Megan I think it would have been swiss braid weather.
I love my Husband but this is possibly my favorite picture of the day, Kaylor blinking and all! 
 He's blowing kisses!!!
My big sister trying to tame my hair since the day I was born!
Also she let me borrow her earrings since I couldn't find mine, they were in the dress bag the entire time...
It's always been two brunettes and a blonde, I'm so glad I have this picture.
Kayla came into my life at a time that I really needed her, before I even knew it, and she's been there ever since.
Without my knowledge Mike wrote a beautiful letter to my parents for our wedding day, this is right after they read it. I married a romantic and I'm not mad about it.
Dad contemplating if anyone will notice if he throws me in the car and drives off... jk, he wouldn't have let me get this far if he didn't approve.

This was my favorite place to be growing up, right in between the best people I knew.
It's a family tradition that Mom makes all of our wedding bouquets, she gathered twigs with air plants on them for a little something unexpected but sentimental, since Mike and I go air plant hunting for her.
We get it from our mamma.
In our family of mostly women, we pride ourselves on being able to have full conversations with our eyes.
Three Generations 
For the benefit of my siblings and cousins, this is Grandma telling me how much I am her favorite! ^_-
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Wade and Dad celebrating that it was all almost over!
And yes jaizy has on shorts under her dress, her mamma is always prepared!
This is the best and most normal group picture we took! 
My GQ model of a Husband carrying my camera bag for me, be still my heart!!!
And this is completely candid which makes it that much better! 
Remember that rain I talked about?
It went away to reveal a beautiful day, the best day in fact.
I had a special feeling the very first moment we met, I don't necessarily believe in love at first sight, that makes it sound superficial. I do however believe that my soul recognized his somehow.
Of course that does not mean I completely trusted that feeling at first and I did not tell him about this feeling until waaay later! Like engaged later!
After hanging out a couple of times he asked for my number and things progressed in the age old way  of dating. I'm including all of this because I don't want anyone (especially young girls) to think that a special feeling means to throw caution to the wind. After the first month of dating in person it became a long distance relationship, we didn't get married as soon as some people do because we wanted to make sure we really knew each other, long story short as much as I am a romantic I didn't let rose colored glasses block my practicality and my need to always feel and be safe.
And beside's my Dad I feel safest around this guy right here.
Here's a nice realistic shot to breakup all of this romantic stuff.
Mike was looking up a pizza place Kayla told us about because we were all starving.
I think I was still hungry and sleep deprived hence the blank stare.
My niece Jaizy pointed out how funny it was that we went to a nice dinner the night before and the actual day we got married we ate pizza. What can I say, it's my favorite!
Even though we have way more to go, this is the story of how we began our Happily Ever After.
Thank you for sticking around until the end.
If you would like to read our Engagement story I'll put the link here.

Piper Arielle 

Photos by: Paulette Davis 
Floral arrangement by: Nancy Williams
Location: Orlando Florida LDS Temple
Dress: Stella York
Earrings and Hair accessory: Sorrelli

Friday, July 1, 2016

Big Sky

My first time flying with Colton and Chase and we had plenty of bonding time in the airport due to insane layover's, hence me having time to bring out my camera and document it!
Finally we were off on our adventure to see snow and sky, I'm pretty sure every flight attendant we had, lingered a little longer around the boys. One even asked if we knew each other when I said we could share our drink. 
I explained that yes the broken out, allergy red nose, puffy eyed girl was in fact the sister to these two fine specimen... My exact words were "They're my brothers."
Frost on the windows starting to form, we were getting closer.
Snow at last!!!
The view from our family friend's cabin we stayed in was just amazing!
Big Sky, Montana, we were finally there. My Fiancé met us at the airport, his flight came in an hour before ours and we were all together! We really tried to convince my sister Megan to come with us but her babies would have missed her!
Can I just point out that my handsome man is making a heart with his arms!!!
I mean my brothers are cute but talk about my heart melting, It's safe to say I LOVE him!
Then he slid down the hill like the little kid he is to catch the ski lift.
C&C followed in a more stoic manner.
The very first day of skiing I was taken out by a little kid and did something to my knee, I made sure the kid was okay and his mom was checking on me, I lied and said I was fine and luckily Chase was just down the hill waiting for me, after she skied off I cried.
My trip wasn't ruined but there was no way I could ski anymore Chase was a good big, little brother and carried my skis while he snowboarded back to the lodge while I limped behind. There was no way I was going to be the girl that had to be snowmobiled down by ski patrol!
It worked out for all of the guys that they didn't have to take turns babysitting me on the greens and blues, I don't like to go fast, and I also got to spend the rest of the time hobbling around taking pictures!
Although Mike was pretty upset he made sure I had everything I needed and I convinced him he needed to get back out there and have fun!
I get to marry this man soon and I just couldn't be any more blessed! 
I was so glad to have these flight attendant heartbreakers along for the ride!
Here's the, let's take one for mom, picture! ;)
And of course I had to represent my Thirty-A Threads all the way in Montana!
I didn't get a picture but we also had the best pizza of our lives in a small pizza shop up there, it made my tummy happy!!!
Then as we made our way down the mountain we stopped here and there for some pictures.
Mike helped me over the icy rocks like a champion!
We were sad to leave but full of the memories that we had made.
All I can say is that Montana was good to us and I don't think we have seen the last of this view... 

Piper Arielle

Photos by: Moi

Friday, February 5, 2016

Wedding Planning

Long time no blog guys!!!
I am finally posting after several months of being crazy busy with Photography and Modeling.
That being said I never felt like it was the right time to blog when I had deadlines for clients!
But I've come to the conclusion that I do need some me time every once in awhile and blogging is therapeutic!

Enough about my excuses and proclamations of never neglecting this place again and on with the show!!!

If you noticed my last blog you will know that I'm engaged!!!
Yes, I'm engaged to that ruggedly handsome man in the pictures above!
The last blog was all about how he proposed so you can check that out if you would like!
 I suggest that anyone who is getting engaged or going through a major life event WRITE IT DOWN!!!
Keeping an everyday journal is best but if you don't do that at least record the big things!
You and your children will thank me later! ;)

Wedding/reception planning is underway and it's crazy to think that something I've dreamed about my entire life.... IS HAPPENING, LIKE NOW!!!!

I used to always joke with my friends growing up that I wanted a beautiful wedding but I could do without the husband part.
Now that I have met my handsome man and grown out of my abnormally long lasting "boys are icky" stage 
(that lasted 'til the age of 20)
I can honestly say that my future husband is the part I'm looking forward to the most!

Until next time guys!

Piper Arielle 

Photos courtesy of my sweet sister Megan who is seriously amazing!
Also a thank you to my brothers and their friends for coming with us to hold reflectors and swat mosquitos!