Wedding Wednesday: Licensed to Wed

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On Friday afternoon we started the weekend a bit early and went to get our marriage license. Matt met me uptown and surprised me at my car with flowers. Isn’t he just the cutest most thoughtful guy around?

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During our walk to the courthouse, Matt kept saying what a big deal this was. I guess I had only been thinking of it as the next check box that needed completed on our ever-growing Excel spreadsheet of tasks to do before October 10th. But Matt was right. All we really need is this little piece of paper and we can get married. Yes, the planning and party will all be great, but it’s very easy to lose sight of the true meaning of marriage when you get wrapped up in seating charts and song lists.

The process was easy and took about 7 minutes total. We had to swear under oath that we are who we said we were (and that we weren’t cousins) and we were on our way. There were two men in line in front of us applying for their marriage license as well. Same-sex marriage in North Carolina has just recently been legalized. It made me happy to see them there. There is no reason why those two men don’t deserve to be just as happy as me and Matt are.

Afterwards, we asked the employee there to take our picture. Corny, but I’m sure we weren’t the first ones to ask…

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And then we spent the next 10 minutes perfecting our marriage license selfie.

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Afterwards Matt treated me to drinks at one of our favorite uptown spots, and then a trip to our favorite local brewery followed by dinner. It was a great (and unexpected) afternoon. Thanks, MRH for making the ordinary feel exciting! Only 44 more days!!

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Wedding Wednesday: Mojito’s and Merriment Shower

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My mom has been blessed with a very special group of ladies as friends who are like second moms to me. This group of ladies have been throwing wedding showers for all of the daughters in this group for a few years now, and are now professionals. I was so excited when I got the invite to their “Mojito’s and Merriment” bridal shower in my honor.

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These ladies did not miss one detail. They truly went out of their way to incorporate our wedding colors and style into all of their decor. The flowers truly looked like they were done by a professional florist and the food was so amazing that I went back for thirds (#weddingdiet). They planned fun games that all of the guests participated in (with prizes for the winner) and the cutest parting gifts that included Ande’s Mints, my absolute favorite!

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photo 4What was really special was that my grandmother was able to make the trip down from Virginia to attend the shower. You can see where me and my mom get our shorty problems from. Also, my sister made the trip from Chicago and Matt’s mom and sister came up from Florida, which made the weekend that much better!

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photo 2A wedding tradition is that you keep all the bows from your showers and that acts as your “bouquet” during the wedding rehearsal. My talented friend Kathleen can seriously do it ALL. Look at what a great job she did with my bouquet…that later turned into a head piece.

photo 5I am so thankful for these beautiful women and their big hearts. You know the feeling when “thank you” doesn’t feel like enough? That is exactly how I feel about this shower. They put so much time and work into showering me and Matt, and we both feel so humbled by their, and everyone who attended, generosity. It was a great way to kick off the final countdown to #HappilyEverHelgeson!!!

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Windy City | Wisconsin | Whistling Straights | Whirlwind Weekend

Friday afternoon I hopped on a plane to Chicago, jumped on the Blue Line train, and met my dad, sister, and brother-in-law for a quick 36 hour getaway in the Windy City. My sister and I purchased tickets to the PGA Championship at Whistling Straights as a Fathers Day gift, which was this past weekend. Who knew Wisconsin is only 2 hours from Chicago??

On Friday night, we went and checked out my sister and brother-in-laws new condo they are moving into in a few weeks. It has awesome views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago River. I can’t wait to go back once they are all moved in. We had dinner at the rooftop restaurant in their new building and then ended the night with Whole Foods gelato and some Fireball and Pitbull.

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5:30am came very early Saturday morning, but I think we were all too excited to let it bother us. We drove the 2ish hours to Sheboygan, Wisconsin, passing through Milwaukee and some cornfields. I was very surprised to find that Wisconsin is actually really pretty.

We arrived at the tournament around 8:30am and my brother-in-law insisted I take a picture with my sisters golf clubs that happened to be in the trunk of the car. I think I’d be a perfect caddy if anyone’s looking (Heyyyy Rory).

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Whistling Straights is unlike any golf course I’ve ever been to, or seen on TV. My pictures, nor the TV broadcast, do the course justice. It is absolutely beautiful. The course is very hilly, and has Lake Michigan as the backdrop. Lake Michigan is so huge it looks almost like the ocean.

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We spent the first half of the morning walking the front nine, eating hot dogs, and getting our bearings. We found a nice seat in the grandstands on the 11th hole where we spent the majority of the afternoon watching the groups roll in. It is so fun to be able to see the players up close. You see them on TV so often that seeing them in “real life” is pretty interesting. I might have gotten a wink from Jason Day, just saying….

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And of course, no trip to Wisconsin would be complete without an order of Cheese Curds…

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We left the course around 6:00 that evening, feeling very grateful for the fun afternoon we had. We love you Dad, thank you for being such an amazing Father to us both!

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