My Brother’s Wedding

fullsizeoutput_40b4It’s official– my big brother is married! We couldn’t have asked for a better celebration with family and friends. Everything was gorgeous and, as cheesy as it sounds, love was definitely in the air! Thanks to everyone who came in from near and far to encourage and support this amazing couple on their big day. Below are a million photos from the rehearsal dinner and the wedding day.fullsizeoutput_4073fullsizeoutput_4074^Fun photos of Luke and Hayley through the years at the rehearsal!fullsizeoutput_4075fullsizeoutput_4076^It was so sunny, I couldn’t stop squintingfullsizeoutput_4077fullsizeoutput_4078fullsizeoutput_4079^We went with an Italian theme for the rehearsal decorations and food fullsizeoutput_407afullsizeoutput_407bfullsizeoutput_407c^We had a little mishap with the candles and one of the photos…good thing we caught it before anything else burst into smoke haha!fullsizeoutput_407dfullsizeoutput_407efullsizeoutput_407ffullsizeoutput_4080fullsizeoutput_4081fullsizeoutput_4082^Family from the Midwest!fullsizeoutput_4083fullsizeoutput_4084fullsizeoutput_4085fullsizeoutput_4086^Baby cousin! This was my first time meeting her 🙂fullsizeoutput_4087^My new in-law who I’ve known since fifth grade 🙂fullsizeoutput_4088fullsizeoutput_4089fullsizeoutput_408afullsizeoutput_408bfullsizeoutput_408cfullsizeoutput_408dfullsizeoutput_408efullsizeoutput_408ffullsizeoutput_4090fullsizeoutput_4091^Love this one so muchfullsizeoutput_4092^Getting ready the morning of the big day 🙂 fullsizeoutput_4093fullsizeoutput_4094fullsizeoutput_4095fullsizeoutput_4096fullsizeoutput_4097fullsizeoutput_4098fullsizeoutput_4099^The details were stunning 🙂 fullsizeoutput_409afullsizeoutput_409bfullsizeoutput_409cfullsizeoutput_409dfullsizeoutput_409efullsizeoutput_409fIMG_6285fullsizeoutput_40a0fullsizeoutput_40a2^This flower girl was a pro. She took her job very seriously.fullsizeoutput_40a3fullsizeoutput_40a4fullsizeoutput_40a5fullsizeoutput_40a6^Waiting to see the bride in her dress for the first timefullsizeoutput_40a8fullsizeoutput_40a9fullsizeoutput_40aafullsizeoutput_40abfullsizeoutput_40acfullsizeoutput_40ad^Groomsmen lookin’ sharp fullsizeoutput_40aefullsizeoutput_40afIMG_6371fullsizeoutput_40b0fullsizeoutput_40b2fullsizeoutput_40b3fullsizeoutput_40b5fullsizeoutput_40b6fullsizeoutput_40b7^My unofficial sisters 🙂fullsizeoutput_40b8fullsizeoutput_40b9fullsizeoutput_40b3Congrats all around! Can’t wait for many more years of joy and laughter. I finally got that sister I always wanted, and I only had to wait 21 years ;p

An Engagement!

IMG_8661So…my brother and his girlfriend Hayley got engaged on Saturday! WOO! They dated for two years in high school, then got back together after college and have been together for another two years now. Our families basically grew up together in El Segundo, and I went to high school with both her and her younger sister. I’m so glad I was back from Germany in time for this special moment. Congrats you two!IMG_8614^The mamas were so nervous as we snuck through the park to the designated hiding spot in the bushes. IMG_8617IMG_8619^Hayley’s sisters are so sweet! It was fun to share this experience with them. After we gave Luke the secret signal that we were in place and video taping, he got done on one knee and popped the question. Hayley said she wished her family could have been there, to which Luke replied, “Turn around,” and we all came running towards her! When I watched the video I took, all you can hear is me saying “Oh my god, oh my god…” and shaking hahaIMG_8628^You could say tears were shed.IMG_8630IMG_8631^Admiring the rock!IMG_8634IMG_8637^He was so relieved. I don’t think he slept for a week before hand. Poor guy!IMG_8642IMG_8644IMG_8646IMG_8647IMG_8656IMG_8657IMG_8660IMG_8663IMG_8665^Such a beautiful couple!IMG_8668IMG_8672IMG_8675^Lookin’ good LukeIMG_8697IMG_8706IMG_8709IMG_8714IMG_8721IMG_8722IMG_8724IMG_8725IMG_8735IMG_8743^Then we headed back to Hayley’s house for a ‘little’ engagement party. I think 60 plus people showed up– these two certainly are loved!IMG_8748IMG_8754IMG_8755IMG_8761IMG_8769IMG_8771IMG_8779^I like this picture of all the ladies oohing and awwing over the photos 🙂IMG_8800IMG_8807IMG_8813IMG_8814I’m so glad I finally get that sister I always wanted. Can’t wait for the wedding. If Saturday was any preview, it’s going to be one heck of a party!