it’s my party and i’ll cry if i want to.

4 03 2011

I’m in a beautiful house on the outskirts of Zion National Park.

My sister, Kourtney, is getting married in St. George this weekend.
Kournety manages the Zion Ponderosa Ranch – which thankfully allowed us to have access to some of the cabins here on the ranch.

Weddings are SO much more than a bride and groom getting married.

A bride and groom are basically party hosts trying to make sure their guests are happy.

You are planning the ultimate party.
Your guests are your friends, family and then those random people who seem to somehow get involved.

That is A LOT of pressure.

And the pressure gets to everyone at some point.

Oh the tears….

There are different levels of crying.
The tear up: This is usually what happens to me when I watch a touching movie.
The gentle trickle: This happens when a couple tears escape the eyes after a good tear up.
The soft sob: A steady flow of tears with some muffled sniffling.
The steady sob: Steady tears with no attempt to silence the sniffling.
The ugly cry: Gushing tears, lots of loud strange noises, a runny nose. Basically this occurs when crap hits the fan and you lose all inhibitions.

Weddings have a way of bringing out the ugly cry.

It is the most interesting dynamic.
There might be lots of varying levels of crying along the way – BUT when the day arrives, it’s as if none of that even happened and everyone laughs and has a great time.

Being out here for my sisters wedding reminds me of the emotional rollercoaster that a wedding takes you on.

You think it’s all over once you’re married.
But so far it seems like that little rollercoaster was the first of many.
And that marriage day filled with bliss and happiness is also just the first of many.

But in all the chaos of preparing and enjoying a wedding, it’s great to remember the real reason for all of the stress…

“And in order to obtain the highest, a man must enter into this border of the priesthood meaning the new and everlasting covenant of marriage.” (D&C 131:2)

? Was your wedding planning stressful or easy?


s’mores bar.

19 09 2010

We had our Utah wedding reception last night.
It was just beautiful!

My Aunt Valerie let us use her backyard (thanks so much!) and she helped pull everything together so that it looked incredible.

We decided to do a smore’s bar (well, Leah and Val came up with it – but I’ll include myself in that ‘we’). We had fire pits set up throughout the backyard and tikki torches lighting everything up.

We had ALL kinds of different things you could put on your s’mores! I’ve never seen so many different variations!

LOVED it. Just loved it.
I also loved the temperature. I didn’t break a sweat once.
At our reception in Arizona the sweat had made it’s way through all of my layers of clothing and through my suit coat. SO hot!

I love getting together with family and friends, it doesn’t matter what the occasion is! It was a nice little party that I’m glad we did.

I even got to see some families from Texas that I have not seen in years!

I love reunions.
Last night felt like a reunion.

I wonder if that is the same feeling you will have when you die and cross over to meet up with family and friends who have already passed away.

It makes me think of when Alma met back up with his friends (the sons of Mosiah) and they had this wonderful reunion.

“Alma did rejoice exceedingly to see his brethren; and what added more to his joy, they were still his brethren in the Lord…” (Alma 17:2)

? What do you like to put on your s’mores?

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