Saturday, November 15, 2014


Our wedding day was amazing. The weather in Santa Barbara was perfect and Elings Park was beautiful. It turned out better than we both imagined, thanks to our amazing family and friends who helped and supported us, and who shared in on our special day. 
And a big thanks to our photographers, Mactaggart Media for capturing the love, fun, 
and beauty of the day!



Saturday, September 20, 2014

Year 2

September 12th marked our 2nd year living Hawaii. 
These past 2 years have flown by and we are proud of the life we made here on Oahu!
Within our 2nd year in Hawaii we moved into a house with a roommate, Mom & Dan, Tim & Chelsea, and Eric & Nicole came to visit, we got engaged, Zach started school at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, I completed my yoga teacher training, we got married and had the best wedding ever, our 1992 Ford Explorer died so we bought a new 2014 Prius C, and I got a promotion at work. 

We are happy, healthy, busy, and still enjoying island living! 

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Pre wedding festivities: the day before & morning of

We drove up to Santa Barbara the day before our wedding and stayed the night. We stayed at the Montecito Inn, which we fell in love with. Zach had a room for him and his guys and I had a room for me and the girls. It was so nice having our friends all together! I decided to make all the flower arrangements, bouquets, and boutonnieres. The girls and I got to Santa Barbara around 10:00am, went out for breakfast, checked into our hotel room, and stopped by Costco to pick up the flowers. We spent the majority of the afternoon in the hotel room arranging flowers before we headed off to the park for the rehearsal. My friend, Chelsea drove down from Sacramento to be a part of the fun, which was super nice of her. 

On the morning of our wedding I woke up at 4:00am, after going to bed around 1:00am. I woke up thinking, "I am getting married today" and I felt super excited but also very nervous. I truly didn't think I would be nervous and I was surprised to find myself nervous. After lying in bed for an hour I didn't want to wake the girls so I just hung out in the spacious hotel bathroom. My mom texted me around 5:00am saying that we woke up at 4:30am full of emotion. 

Around 8:00am Zach and his friends went to the park to help set up. Thanks to Zach and his friends, our parents and my Uncle Greg & Aunt Tori they got the park looking wonderful, it was truly better than I imagined. While they were all busy setting up us girls were busy getting ready. Truthfully, I wasn't feeling the best with my stomach in knots and feeling tired I just laid on the couch for a while. Our morning went smoothly and then before we knew it it was 1:00 and we were rushing to get dressed because we had to be at the park at 2:00 to begin taking pictures. 

They really liked Santa Barbara

Making arrangements 

 We did it all pretty quickly thanks to these ladies

Our last day as single people

Leighton, Heather, & Chels on the way to the park 

Heather & Sonny 


We both couldn't believe we were rehearsing our wedding!

The morning of...
Tori, Berna, & mom ready to help set up

Feeling kinda blah

 I was so happy Chelsea was there

 My mom looking beautiful 

 Beautiful bridesmaids!

 Couldn't have done it without them

Once I got to the park my nerves were beginning to settle and after Zach and I said "I do" I was feeling wonderful! 

Pre wedding festivities: Rehearsal Dinner

After Venice we returned to Lancaster for our rehearsal dinner, which was more like a meet and greet for our families and close friends. Zach's parents were so kind to cook and open their home to everyone. Zach and I really enjoyed ourselves and spending time with everyone. It was a fun night!
I was also very excited for this day because I got to see my sister, Amie, who I had not seen in over 2 and a half years. Her and her family drove all the way from Michigan to be a part of the festivities. It meant so much to me that they came all that way to be a part of the fun. I was so happy to finally meet my new brother-in-law and step niece. It was great being with them I just wish we would have had more time together.

Love dad & Berna 

It meant so much to us that Zach's grandma came over for dinner 

Zach's best buds! 

We love all the kiddos! 

Me & my sissy! I miss her. 

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Pre Wedding Festivities: Venice Beach- a girls weekend

It had been 2 years since the 4 of us were last together. So we were all very much looking forward to being reunited in California.  The girls had been planning a fun bachelorette weekend for months and we had a great time! I was surprised when I figured out they had rented a house in Venice Beach for 2 nights. The first night we got dressed up  and went out for sushi. They wanted to take me out dancing but after dinner we were feeling tired so we headed back to the house and lounged, it was just fun to be together.

Renting a house is the way to do it. We loved it. 

I am so grateful to have them as friends! 

We have so much fun together.

Heather had never been to California before so we had to show her around.

We went to Santa Monica and she put her feet in the Pacific Ocean for the first time. 
The water was freezing. 

We spent the rest of the day & night at the house talking and making banners.
Heather & Becky cut all the fabric prior to the trip so we just had to put them together. 
{They looked awesome hanging from the trees!} 

Before we drove back to Lancaster we walked the Venice boardwalk.
Another must see for Heather. 

Heather also had her first In N Out burger.