Thursday, November 7, 2013

Rehearsal Dinner Recap

our rehearsal dinner was fabulous 
Jared's parents really went all out to make the night wonderful 
it was held at a local Wilmington restaurant on Wrightsville Beach, The Oceanic 

the only mishap of the entire evening was getting from the actual rehearsal to the dinner
Wilmington traffic can be awful, but our rehearsal day it seemed to be at its worst 
[I'm talking building on fire and traffic lights out on the busiest streets]
most of the wedding party got stuck in the traffic and were late to the rehearsal 
but the most memorable part, Jared had to get gas, his phone was dead, and he was riding alone 
turns out he was over 30 minutes late to the dinner 

never fear, Jared's parents were great hosts and kept everything going smooth 

our photographer joined us for the rehearsal and dinner 
she was able capture some really fun moments from it all 
best part, she took formal family pictures for mine and Jared's families 
yep, she is freaking awesome 

our sweet flower girl and ring bearer 
they loved getting to high-five with the groom at the end of the aisle 
 played rock, paper, scissors to see who got to do their vows first 
I won and chose to go first :)
 how gorgeous is that view?
 love my sweet family 
 classic totem pose with the brothers 
 such a lucky lady to have these men give me away 
 our cousins 
were all six months apart from our counterpart 
 how adorable are my grandparents?
 Hawkins giving his epic speech 
 Uncle J giving his speech
 Bunn telling the story I told him not to 
 my reaction to that story 
 my sweet mom had some very kind words 
 best man, Chris Chinn, gave a heck of speech too 
 my bridesmaid, Meghan, made the sweetest slideshow for us 

 last "single" kiss before we became husband and wife 
and Jared almost dropped me...
 then this happened... 
GO Pack! 

Friday, November 1, 2013

Marriage: Month One

it has already been one month folks! 
we have loved every single moment of it 

I think our favorite thing is saying "husband" and "wife" 
its just so much fun! 

the question we get asked most is
"does it feel any different being married now?"

usually we say no since 
we were together for over 5 years  
we lived together for nearly 2 years before we were married 
and we always knew we were going to end up husband and wife :) 

so though it doesn't feel like much has changed.... 
actually a lot has changed since the wedding 

mainly, MY NAME! 
yep, I am officially Mrs. Lauren Elizabeth Rice!!!

in addition to that over the past month of marriage we: 

went to our first married NC State game
with another newlywed couple, The Millers! 

celebrated a couple friends' engagement at their first engagement/wedding induced party
they're getting hitched in May 2014, Jared and I are both in the wedding!

went on our first "vacation" as a married couple
to Boone, NC for a lovely weekend with 3 other lovely couples 
had so much fun eating oysters, drinking wine, and laughing until our sides hurt 
love these people 

celebrated our first married holiday 
much more fun when you're married! 

and finally...
we moved! 
into a bigger, nicer, and closer to work house 
we love it so much even though we are still just renting
there is a lot of unpacking left to do 
but our goal is to be all moved in a ready to host Thanksgiving dinner at our new home! 

over the next few weeks I am looking forward to 
sifting through the wedding photos and sharing more moments from our favorite day
unpacking and decorating our new home 
continuing celebrating being married 
preparing for the holidays 
oh yeah, and working!