Weddings & Fitness Goals

Weddings seem to be all around me, which is fine by me. I love weddings!

A few weeks ago we went to Ray’s sister’s wedding and last Friday one of my friends, Jaclyn, asked me to go to with her to look at wedding dresses. Jaclyn and I went to Isis Bridal, which is where I got my wedding dress. Isis Bridal is the best. They have a great selection and their customer service is top-notch. If you live in the San Diego area and are looking for a wedding dress you should definitely give Isis Bridal a try.

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It was so fun to watch Jaclyn try on wedding dresses. She is going to be a beautiful bride and I can’t wait to see what dress she picks.

After bridal dress shopping, Jaclyn and I went to dinner at Searsucker in Del Mar. There were so many delicious dishes on the menu we couldn’t decide what to get so we ordered a bunch of small plates and split them. Sometimes when I go to a new restaurant I think sharing plates with your dinner date is a fun way to try out more of the menu without completely over stuffing yourself. While we were at dinner Jaclyn surprised me and asked me to be a bridesmaid in her wedding, which I gladly accepted! Jaclyn was one of the first friends I made when I moved to San Diego from Boston. We always have a great time together and I am excited to be able to help her plan and celebrate her wedding!

Lately, I have been reminiscing about my own wedding. Maybe it was going to Ray’s sister’s wedding last weekend, or watching Jaclyn try on dresses, or because I recently went through all of our wedding photos and printed my favorite ones (yes, it took me almost a year to order photos). Whatever the cause of my recent stroll down memory lane, I thought it could be fun to share some of favorite wedding photos.

Ray and I got married in Monterey, California at the The Clement Monterey on September 29, 2012.  Our wedding day was wonderful and filled with so many great memories.

Getting Ready

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Ray and his groomsmen getting ready (looks to me…more like drinking and eating)

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Us at the ceremony site before guests started arriving. We saw each other before the wedding and I am glad we did. It was nice to have a moment that was just between us.

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My mom (Kim) and my brother (Sam) walking down the aisle

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 I was a little nervous before walking down the aisle and my dad (Alan) said something to make me laugh.

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The ceremony

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My bridesmaids, Kristie, Amanda, Kirby and Jen (from left to right). I had so much fun with these ladies. They kept me laughing and relaxed all day!  A girl couldn’t have better friends.

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 My family

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Ray’s family

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Some fun photos

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The reception

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  Ray feeding me cake!

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Our first dance as husband and wife!

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Dancing the night away

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My wedding was a huge inspiration and motivation to get myself back into shape. Even though my wedding is over, I am happy that I have continued to make exercise and healthy eating habits a part of my daily routine.  After I achieved my goal of getting into shape for my wedding, I decided to come up with a new fitness goal to keep me motivated. My fitness goal this year was to do an unassisted pull-up. I am still working on it, but getting close. Having a fitness goal is a great way to challenge yourself and can help give you the extra push to exercise a little harder.

My wedding vendors (they were all fabulous)
wedding coordinator // Events by Satra
florist // Flor de Monterey
hair // Brooke Dixon

Road Trip to Arizona

About two weeks ago Ray and I took a road trip to Phoenix, Arizona for a family wedding. Wendy (Ray’s sister) was marrying her high school sweetheart, Hunter. Wendy and Hunter started dating  shortly after Ray and I did, which was almost 8 years ago.

Our drive to San Diego was pretty uneventful and we made great time. Cooper slept the whole time while Ray and I chatted and listened to music.

photo (79)Being in the car for long  periods of time always makes me want to snack.  With endless signs for fast food and all of the candy and chip options at the gas stations, it makes it hard for me to make healthy snack choices. Knowing my tendencies to want to snack on road trips, I always try and bring a few healthy snack options and lots of water.

Here are some of my favorite things to snack on during road trips:

–  No Bake Energy Bites
–  Apple Slices w/ peanut butter (I scoop out some peanut butter and put it in a small tupperware container to make it easier to handle on the road)
–  Trail Mix
–  Dried Apricots
–  Luna Bars or Kind Bars

Before the wedding on Saturday, Ray and I woke up feeling restless. We had spent the majority of the previous day sitting in the car and before that we had both been sick with a cold, so our eating and work out schedules were all messed up.  We had some time to kill before we had to help setup for the wedding and the weather was great so we decided to go for a hike. Cooper, Ray, Dan (Ray’s Dad), and I went for a 3 mile hike and it felt great to get my body moving and to work up a sweat.

Some of my favorite ways to incorporate exercise when I travel is to go for a hike, walk, or a run because they are great ways to work up a sweat while enjoying and exploring my new surroundings.  After our hike, we headed over to the wedding venue to help setup. Ray, Dan, & Matt (Ray’s brother) were in charge of decorating the tables and putting up lights around the dance floor while Megan (Matt’s wife) and I decorated the arch at the ceremony site.

Here are some fun pictures from the wedding.


Ray and I before the wedding…all dressed up!


Me giving a reading during the ceremony


It is official, Wendy and Hunter are married (notice the lovely arch that I helped decorate ;-))


Leaving the ceremony as husband and wife!


Ray and I with Matt and Megan


Wendy and Hunter had a gelato bar instead of cake. This is their version of cutting the cake.

The wedding was wonderful. It was great to see all of the fun details and ideas that I have heard Wendy and Nancy (Ray’s Mom) talk about over the last year come to life.