Wide Open Spaces – Kentucky Farm

When we were home last weekend we went down to the family farm for a day and night.


Here are some photos, the highlights however went undocumented 😉

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Thanks to my parents for a great time and fantastic food!

Took a state routes back to DC, came up on Seneca Rocks right before sundown:

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Trip Home & Cincinnati Zoo Visit

Kyle had one more sequester Friday so we took a trip back home to visit – unfortunately probably our last visit until the Holidays.

Friday morning we went to the Cincinnati Zoo with Zach and Jill – I think we got there at the perfect time to catch all the highlights – from a cheetah show, to the komodo dragon feeding, to spotting the new serrogate gorilla mom out with her baby.  One of my highlights: a stop at Skyline.

Saturday we headed to the Kentucky farm for a day of riding around on quads, shooting clay birds, and just hanging out with friends and family who made it down. I’ll put those photos up next (we all need a break from wedding photos).

We were exhausted when we made it back to DC, but it was definitely one of our favorite trips home.

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The Main Event

Now for the main event! When we started planning our wedding we knew we wanted it to be personal and full of love. What we weren’t expecting was just HOW personal everything turned out, let’s just say if you didn’t know “Kyle and Ali” too well before the ceremony, you certainly knew a lot about us coming out of it.

Our officiant, Rev. Bonnie, was fantastic. A few weeks before the wedding we met her for coffee and hung out for an evening talking about ourselves and learning about Rev. Bonnie. To put it lightly, she had used about everything we shared with her about us – from meeting during the Hurricane Ike blackout at UD, to Kyle sanding and painting my old kitchen table a couple months ago. She talked about how “impressed” I was with Kyle’s beer pong playing, and how Kyle thought I was the prettiest of my college roommates when we met (and who were all bridesmaids). So embarrassing but at least we all were able to come clean, right?

Brandon, one of Kyle’s best friends, gave a reading during the ceremony. When we called him to ask if he’d do it, he asked if he could write one himself. It was beautiful and perfect and certainly one of the most special moments of the day.

Rev. Bonnie sharing the embarrassing details…


Brandon, making us cry…

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And, we’re married! ali-kyle-251*ali-kyle-252* ali-kyle-253* ali-kyle-255***

Let’s make this official!


Still more photos and memories to share! Next we’ll post photos from the cocktail hour on the rooftop of Clarendon Ballroom.