Holiday Recap

The holidays came and went so quickly I am in shock that it’s almost February. Here are just a few photos to recap our entire holiday season.

First up: Thanksgiving! My parents drove out to DC to spend the holiday with Kyle and I. This was our first Thanksgiving married, and were really pumped to use our new china to eat a meal prepared using our other wedding gifts.

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While mom and I shopped on Black Friday Dad andKyle spent the day at the Udvar Hazy Center of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

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For Christmas, we packed up the car and drove out to Ohio to visit both families. Lilly came with us too (hey, she’s old and can’t handle a new babysitter at this age). After visiting with the Zellers we spent most of the week with my parents in their new kitchen enjoying way too much food.

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I’m so thankful we were able to spend a fantastic night in Dayton visiting with some of my best girls before hitting the road.

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Speaking of the road, we took Rt. 50 the ENTIRE trip from Cincinnati to DC. It was an experience I would highly recommend to any fellow highway-haters out there. The trip is both scenic and fascinating, sometimes a trip through time.

You get rivers, mountains, valleys, crumbling towns, big towns, Civil War battlefields, and a lot of Dairy Queens. There was a lot of beauty I’d love to go back and capture for real sometime.

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And yes, that’s Lilly’s preferred spot for the car ride – except for when she was wanting snuggle time on Kyle’s lap. She’s so sweet when she’s sleeping isn’t she?

Once we made it back – it was time for New Year’s Eve! We were a little late to the party store and had to do a DIY-option with a pack of pirate hats. We just stayed local and low-key.

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Now that we’re rested, it’s time for another adventure! What’s next?

Toast Time!

Once we were back from the photoshoot in the park and cocktail hour it was time for introductions, toasts, prayers, and dinner (basically, all of the best parts of a wedding, in my opinion).

First, introductions (to the tune of “C’mon N’ Ride It (the Train)” …

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Dad, giving his hilarious and very moving speech …

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Mr. Zeller giving a very sweet speech …
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Dinner time!

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The Party Between the Parties

While the party headed to the rooftop for some cocktails, we took some group shots and Kyle and I headed to a park around the corner for some time to ourselves and a few photos of the two of us making out.

The entire Kroeger family!

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If you wanna be my lover, you gotta get with my friends

I think it’s safe to say that the reception was one big dance party, and the best one I’ve ever been to. All my favorite music, played by my favorite band, with ALL of my favorite people on the dance floor? Amazing.

These are the highlights from the wedding reception, which ended in me on the stage singing Spice Girls with some of my bridesmaids on stage with the band.

Started out with my mom and brother hittin’ the floor with the classic Kroeger moves (raise the roof, push it down, bring it back)…

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Meghan and David, keeping it classy …

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See, the Kroeger-clan likes to raise the roof…

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Not a wedding has gone by without me and my big mouth making it into a photo …

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I love this photo, not because we had so many alumni in it, but because we are MISSING so many more who were chasing down the bartenders serving our “specialty cocktail” (the Tim’s Wall) …

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And, my FAVORITE photo from the wedding: Grandpa stealing food from Grandma’s plate while she is schooling me on something. I’ve never seen a photo that captures them as best as this one  …

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And … that’s IT for wedding photos!! Now, we can move on with being married, haha.

Wide Open Spaces – Kentucky Farm

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

We.Had.A.Blast.

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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The Walk Down the Aisle

I really didn’t think walking down the aisle was going to be as emotional and wonderful as it was.  Being with my dad, and seeing everyone I love most in the world all together in one room, and Kyle at the end of the aisle smiling was definitely the most amazing experience.

Our moms …

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And here we are!

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Next up on the blog: highlights from the ceremony!