Starting into 2013 without reflecting on some of the amazing things that blurred by in 2012 would just be a shame, wouldn't it? There were more happy tears in the last year alone than in my whole life.
On a beautiful snowy morning in March, with a coffee in one hand and our sweet dog on a trail up ahead, Devon, my then boyfriend of 4 1/2 years, proposed with some of the sweetest words any girl could hear.
Two months later we came across the most beautiful setting I've laid eyes on and found the wedding venue of our dreams.
After a late June visit back to the ranch with my mom and maid of honor, Jenn, and a few days of deliberation, we made the decision on the 4th of July to take the last available date that year - September 29 - instead of waiting until May/June of 2013 to seal the deal. When I think back on it I can't imagine waiting another 6 months.
12 weeks and a whirlwind of planning successes and nightmares, showers and bachelorette parties, and countless talks/near therapy sessions with my mom and Jenn later we were married on one of the most beautiful days this gorgeous state could have produced with some of the most amazing people I've ever met.... not to get too cheesy or anything. [The morning did include smashing a glow wand on the ground in a fit of rage-panic at how rough the previous five hours had gone... but for the sake of my sanity and not sounding like an ungrateful bridebrat, I like to glaze over the first half of the day ;)]
While post-New Years nostalgia is all too common lately, what really brought about all this reminiscing was more the product of a slew of dreary 21° days and missing our 11 day stint in Bali this time 3 months ago more than a girl like me misses coffee after an 24 hour spell without any. [Which is really a whole hell of a lot.]
So, in remembrance of warmer times, here are some of the Instax photos we took on our honeymoon. As for getting a gigantic Fujifilm Instax camera and 8 boxes of film through airport security across three countries - it was just as big a bitch as you'd imagine and then some. [Thanks for the memories, TSA, for you damn near ruined any chance I had of getting mine on film.]
Oh, and the rest of 2012 wasn't too shabby either ;) Here's to a happy new year for each of us - hopefully filled with as much fun, adventure, and as many friends as the last.