Photos with Didi

Did you know we have the most amazing photographer in our family?

Not only is she super talented but she also loves what she does and captures everyone so perfectly.

Recently she captured Easton’s 6 month pictures and a little surprise for Papaw…..and updated family photo of all his kids and grandkids.

Let me know if you want her information for your next photo session!



Family is so important.  I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again.

Our wedding would have been totally IMPOSSIBLE without the love and support from our family.

His family.
My family.
Our families.

Probably the most prints I had done were of our family photos.  I love seeing the people I love so much surrounding our home each and every day.  

My dad and Sandy….and I love the color.

I’ve always loved his scratchy face kisses.


Love them. 

My aunts who were behind me every step of the way asking what they could do to help plan as if I was one of their own.  

His parents, brother, and sister-in-law

All of us together


And my momma’s best friend who steps in as momma all the time.  

I knew it would be a challenge to try and gather everyone before the reception started.  I put 4 lovely ladies in charge of the people while we were in the receiving line to gather the troops up in the back.  I wanted 4 big ole pictures of all my cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandma….and the same for Mikey.  These people have watched the two of us grow from young love birds to totally meant for each other, head over heels in love.  
They’ve loved us. 
They’ve supported us.  
They’ve always told us we’re doing the right thing.  
The Snider side. 

The Plank side

The Thompson side

The Reed & Schenck side
And don’t worry everyone…I’ve made PLENTY of copies and you’ll each be getting your very own as a Christmas present.  Or before….if I see you before!
Truly Fortunate,

Littles we Love

There are a million things I loved about our wedding day. 
One very important thing were the little people who make us smile each and every day.  
From the little ladies who I’ve watched from infants to sassy little women.  

To the young men who’ve had my heart from day one. 
It was tough for “Uncle Mike” to compete with Colton Wayne on this….and then Brody as well. 
Colton has been my boy for so long. 
Bryce, too. 
Brody not as long…but they all three have my heart!

The six little people who led me down the aisle were the cutest ring bearers and flower girls you will EVER see.  No doubt about it!
I’m not biased or anything…

Guys {Wedding}

Some of the main men in both of our lives stood by our side on the day we wed.  
These guys are important to us both…for many reasons. 
These dudes are there for all the ups and downs, but their presence is a little bit quieter than my chicks.  Please take no offense to that.  There is something about this group of guys.  Something we are so blessed with.  Their quiet presence keeps my guy sane.  Reminds him how to be a good man, a man of his word.  
Not only were they handsome as hell…..but also the best guys I could ever ask to stand by my husbands side as we take that next step.  

A best man (and giant) Dave. 
I’m always thankful for him looking out for my husband.  

My cousin, Joel.  
Sometimes I worry he married me for him.  

His good buddy Cody.  I love Cody, his wife, his whole family. 
I wish we were neighbors again….

Of course my new brother-in-law, David.  
Wish we lived closer to them too!

My handsome brother Joshy.  

A good welcome to the family handshake.  

My best bud Ted.  
Some say Ted should have stood on my side. 
Ted wasn’t comfortable wearing a dress.  
Maybe he should have but I know he is just as big of a fan of Mike as I am so it was totally cool to have him on his side.  

This may be one of my favorites….
The dudes were suppose to look away.  
Please notice TED who is not only NOT looking away, but also drooling over my garter reveal. 
That is why I love Teddy.  

Some cool jumping shots.  

Thanks again to Meigan with Blink Photography and McKinsey for the amazing pics!
Your truly,

I miss you Bahamas…

The air is starting to get a chill to it.  
I’m going from flip flops to boots, from shorts to sweat pants, from painted toes and shaved legs to not caring a dang bit. 
And it makes me miss….our honeymoon….and the Bahamas. 
We took a cruise with Royal Caribbean (highly recommended) to the Bahamas for our honeymoon.  A 4 night trip which included Coco Cay (their personal island), Nassau, and a day at sea.  
Our float was EARLY in the morning on Monday.  Very, very early.  Looking back I am so glad we had all of Sunday to get things unpacked a little at home and then packed again.  
We arrived in Port Canaveral several hours before we could board the ship so we got a rental car and ate a late breakfast at a random but fabulous restaurant, the Big Biscuit.  Those kinds of places are always the best.  
I can’t wait to go back someday!
Then, we drove around and killed some time.  Finally, we decided to return the car and head towards the ship.  I was shocked at how long the lines were.  Apparently it is tradition for Argentinian girls to head on a cruise for their 15th birthday.  Like, over 300 girls.  Who don’t speak English…..and have little to no supervision.   I was already slightly annoyed.
After customs and checks and random conversations and being nosey wondering where all these people were from…we finally made it to our room!
This was our room…
It was tiny, but it was perfect for what we needed.  (wink, wink)
Someday our children will be so grossed out by that.  Ha!

This is us getting ready to leave from Port Canaveral in Florida.  

I’m so lucky!

Yup.  We’re married.  Flash that ring baby!

Right after we boarded the ship and I changed clothes we immediately had to check everything out. 
We also realized that the ship had my very favorite Moscato….and with the beverage package we purchased I could have it free….all….day….long.  I was super excited!
By the end of the week I actually started to despise it and my stomach started to rot, I think.  
Top of the ship!  
VERY windy that day.  

A few of the pool deck…

A large movie screen that played stuff all day. 
I know the littles would have loved it.  Frozen was on practically every night!

Dinner our first evening was incredible. The menu changed each night but I always indulged in what I love….RED meat.  I had the prime rib and my love had the salmon.  It was delicious.  They encourage you to get appetizers, salads, and even dessert because it’s technically already paid for!  
At one point in the meal he said, “Shhhh….do you hear that?”  
I was so confused.  We were in a loud restaurant.  There was a lot of things to hear!
To which he replied, “No phones….”  🙂
It truly was one of the best parts of the trip!
You always had the choice of a restaurant called “My Fair Lady” which was a sit down meal or a few other places which were quicker and more like cafeteria or deli style.  They even had a little Starbuck/Ben and Jerry’s shop!  Yummm
After dinner we did a little bit of people watching and then some gambling in the casino.  
The next day….we started with some breakfast in bed. 
A cup of delicious Starbucks that my sweets brought me.  
Then….a trip to Coco Cay.  
The first day out we were off the boat on our their private island, Coco Cay.  
Of course it was a rainy morning and we had to take a little boat to reach the island. 
When we arrived it REALLY started to rain and we debated for about an hour if we should head back to the ship. 
We stuck it out and walked the entire island and eventually…the sun came out!
Our “excursion” we paid for was a pair of floating mats.  It was delightful.  
Michael doesn’t really know how to relax, but I think that even he enjoyed it.  

We didn’t pay for this excursion, but it looked fun!

Ahhhhh relaxation!

While relaxing we did watch some hula and limbo contests. 
Did a little bit of shopping for overpriced tourist trap crap.  
Ya know, the things you have to take home to say you’ve been there?

Beautiful water.  

A picture of our ship from the island…

This is one of the little boats that would take you back and forth.  

When we do go on a cruise again I will remember to book the excursion of “luxury cabana” FO SHO.  

The little boat made me sick.  Very ill. 
So, this is the view from Mike behind the camera as we traveled back to the ship. 
I was below deck about to vomit.  

Coco Cay’s island

That evening was our formal dinner. 
This was our captain.  

They had an evening parade of all the ship’s employees and the flag representing their native country. 
Really neat to see there were so many people with us from all over the world.  

The boys from the US represented us well by dancing to the “Cotton Eyed Joe”

And we waited in a line to get our photo on the staircase!

This was our favorite bartender, Ariel, otherwise known as ARod.  

One of the lounges that had karaoke every night.
Unfortunately I never got to sing….

They had a very cute and super cheesy “Honeymooners Meeting” so we could meet all the others on the ship that were also on their honeymoon.  
They took our picture with a cake and we danced to some Michael Bolton song.  
They also did a raffle for some champagne and we ate some of the cake.  
Kind of cute.
Dinner that evening was duck for the man and some sort of red meat for me. 
I can’t remember…
We also saw a comedy show that night. 
The guy was super hilarious and very wrong.  
There is always something to do on a cruise ship.  
We also met back up with ARod and the other bartender at the bar we liked, Myra, to have a night cap.  
The day we were in Nassau, Bahamas and decided to do the “See and Sea” Tour for our excursion choice.  We would have loved to try Atlantis….but it was so freaking expensive.  Definitely next time now that we know the price!

This was our Sea guide.  He reminded me of a Jamaican Flava Flav.

One of the pictures is Oprah’s house. 
Every picture of a house is someone famous but I really can’t remember who. 
Oprah has 2 houses in Nassau. 
Who the hell needs two houses in Nassau?
Apparently Oprah does…
One house belonged to a prince with 7 wives. 
Another house belonged to the owner of Heineken. 
In the Bahamas the beer everyone drinks is called “Kalik”

We took a boat out to another boat where we climbed under for the “Sea” part of the tour. 
This boat took us out to the coral reefs so we could see all kinds of sea life. 
Very cool!

The Jamaican Flava Flav took our pic.  

Here’s a little bit of useless knowledge for you that we learned…
This is Atlantis. 
That bridge thing was built way back and is now known as the Michael Jackson suite because that is where he always stayed.  
Now you can stay in it for $25,000 a NIGHT with a minimum 4 NIGHT STAY!
Say whaaaaat???
And the kicker…’s booked for the next 5 years. 
Who in their right mind would spend $100,000 to stay there?  It can’t be that wonderful.  I mean, come ON!

Then we traveled in a smelly van with half of our group with a crazy Bahamian driver around the city of Nassau.  Now, don’t get me wrong I am totally glad he was driving and I wasn’t but there is a dang reason why every car in that city has a dent in it.  Smallest streets ever + worst drivers = terribly damaged vehicles.  
Another tidbit of random knowledge for you…..the top 2 industries for the Bahamas are tourism and banking.  There are banks in every other shop there.  Now that I have seen the place I think it is the last joint I would keep all my money.  It’s obvious why people do….tax free….but I’m not sure I would spend more than some daylight on that island.  
We saw the governor’s house, the straw market, the Queen’s staircase, the Bay St. (no…I didn’t get any diamonds)

Despite being offered peanuts (code word for drugs) and the mass amounts of children or people without shoots and little kids smoking cigarettes…the island is truly beautiful. 
It’s certainly a different culture and a different way of life. 
Thank goodness it takes all kinds to make up this world. 

After our official tour we decided to branch off and head to this “fish market” everyone kept talking about.  We knew it wasn’t safe to travel alone, but there were two other ladies in our group who were interested in going as well.  We figured it would be okay if we traveled together. 
We found a taxi driver who took us to the fish market.  It was just loads of restaurants with conch and all kinds of fresh fish.  Smelled delicious. We ate at Curly’s. 
I tried conch.  Figured I had to because the cab driver kept talking about it.  Too chewy,.  I also ate some fried shrimp and got the grouper sandwich.  The grouper was heavenly.  
The place was a little sketchy….especially since this area was clearly a natives hangout.  
We ate our lunch and headed back to a location a little closer to the port,. 
Before we loaded the ship we shopped around for a while at the straw market and other little shops.  Found the Harley store where you can buy a shirt that says the Bahamas for $50 just because they can do that.  The straw market was definitely overwhelming.  Every person in there hounding you to buy their goods saying “Oh pretty little girl you need this….and that….” 
It was so flippin hot this day we eventually headed back to the ship.  
The alcohol was free and so was the food on the ship. 
We needed some air conditioning!

We came back to this cute little guy….

We found a bar that had random trivia. 
We sucked at the trivia and quit early. 
Got ready for dinner that evening. 
Delicious french onion soup for me and lamb for my guy.  
We gambled very late that night. 
They took my money….if only I knew when to quit. 
The next morning we had the breakfast buffet.  It was so delicious. 
We grabbed our swimsuits then found the adult only pool…the Solarium. 
Laid there for most of the day (our day at sea) and read. 
We highly recommend that you never take a cruise without the 18+ pool.  
It was so nice to swim, eat, and drink all day.  I even slept for a while.  
Then, we showered and purchased the pictures we wanted and shopped a little bit. 
Gambled some more…
Arranged for our rental car the next day and changed our flights to get home a little earlier. 
While on the computer there was an announcement that they were going to check out this “unidentifiable floating object”.  I freaked a bit. 
What if it was terrorists?  Or pirates?  Why were heading towards this thing? 
It was only a bumper. 
Panicked for no reason.  Imagine that.  

Saw a show that evening in their large theater and it had all kinds of bits from famous musicals including Hairspray and West Side Story.  It was fun to sing along.  
Best steak ever for dinner at the Chops Grille.  We had lobster and dessert too  
Again, heavenly. 
Then, we decided to check out the “Quest” game show.  If you ever take a quiz, we highly recommend it.  It was a lot of fun.  It involved both of us taking off some clothing at some point.  A piece of mine was even held up by the cruise director.,  Loads of laughter.  
Mike got up the next morning at sunrise for more pictures.  
We were already back at port very early.  
Quickly got off the ship and customs was seriously a joke.  A few random questions and we were back in the USA kind of freaked by how easily it was to get back.  
We rented a car then headed to the Kennedy Space Center.  It was crazy packed so we ended up at the Orlando mall instead.  Walked around shopped and killed some time.  Ate at the Hooters for lunch and then sat in the airport for hours waiting for our flight.  
My dad and Sandy were super sweet to pick us up late from the airport.  Our flight was all screwy. 
And they were even waiting to take our picture when we got home., 
It was so good to see both of them….and of course to be home.  
It was a honeymoon I will never forget!
Can’t wait to go cruising again…

Me and my girls

I love the women in my life. 
I am truly blessed to be surrounded by some strong ladies. 
If you don’t know….you know now……you don’t want to mess with us. 
I could probably never say THANK YOU enough to Meigan and McKinsey with Blink Photograohy for these special photos. Our day was amazing.  
Not only do we get our special photos of just the two of us, but we also have moments captured with our very best friends and family. 
Moments we can treasure forever. 
My sister.
My MOH and best friend. 

My bridesmaids.

Me and my girls ready to conquer the world….or the day. 

Having fun every moment 

Beautiful with every move they make. 

Dazzling in coral and turquoise…my two favorite colors. 
Damn, they looked good!

Some special shots with my MOH and best friend. 
I know I can face anything in life with her by my side. 
I hope she feels the same way. 

Everyone needs a little duck lips in their life….even on your wedding day. 

And the beautiful cherubs who have looked forward to this day just as much as I had. 

These photos weren’t easy but I’m so glad they turned out so well. 
Each of these little ladies is so special to me.  

I’m not sure what she was checking out.
I think my necklace….

Kisses from the head flower girl who is also my favorite niece and birthday twin!

I love them so much. 
They were so beautiful and so precious despite the mini meltdowns. 
It was a very long day for these angels, but they made it and stayed excited the entire time. 

Too precious….

And our personal recreation of the Bridesmaids movie poster….

We are so hot…even without our heads. 

I love these ladies. 
I love them all. 
Your truly, 
Fortunate Gal

Just the two of us

We are so blessed to have amazing photos from the very talented Meigan with Blink Photogaphy. She and her assistant, McKinsey, captured some of my favorite moments from our day. 
Just the two of us…

You may have seen this one in the paper. 
Or, you may not have, considering it was blended in with the classifieds. 
I’m so glad I paid $53 to be blended with the classifieds. 

And the perfect photo for our thank you cards….

I think this one is getting framed….

I don’t normally love pictures of myself, but I do love these….


My veil and my dress don’t match at all, but wearing my mom’s veil made the day even more perfect. 

I’m so glad I didn’t hide my tattoo.

Happy Monday everyone, 

That First Look

Before I saw the man I would spend the rest of my life with….I wanted to see the guy who would give me away.  
Emotions ran high for some very obvious reasons.  
I was more nerve that my dad would be a mess and then I became a mess.  The thought that I would be given away almost terrified me.  For 30+ years I was his little girl.  Now, I had to grow up and start a family with someone.  Hopefully someday have our own little ones.  
Seeing my dad brought up so many thoughts and emotions. 
He looked so handsome. 
Looking back I feel like after this moment the entire day just flew by. 
Again, I want to thank Meigan and McKinsey with Blink Photography for capturing all these amazing moments.  

Then the photo gals took me outside to wait for my guy. 
The look on his face was priceless.  
He looked terrified, yet ecstatic.  

He grabbed my hands and said, “wow….that dress”
Those words said it all. 

I probably could have stayed in this moment for the rest of the day.
Just looking at each other. 
Melting away in the heat….and love.  

Then he pulled away again and just kept looking me over. 
That, ladies, makes you feel REAAAAALLLLLL good. 

And we walked towards the gazebo.  The place we would say “I Do” just a few short hours later.  
I knew I wouldn’t have the sense to take it all in during the moment of the actual vows so I’m glad we took the opportunity during photos to do so.  

This man is my forever.  

Love him so, 

Rehearsal Dinner

Our rehearsal dinner was perfection.  
At a little spot we love to eat dinner at. …. Wolfies Waterfront Grill in Noblesville.  
Our favorite things picked off their menu. 
Our favorite people to help us celebrate. 
A cozy little spot in their upstairs for just us and our family and friends. 
Just like everything….the night flew by and before you know it we went from hellos to goodbyes.  
That’s the only thing I hate about life….how quickly it flashes before our eyes. 
I’m so glad that Codi and Aunt Cathy could capture some of the moments of the evening for us. 
Our head flower girl, Shailynn

So grown up…so handsome.  

Brody Boy

Kate and Melissa

Walker was very popular.
Here he is with his girl, Kynsey.  

Brody and Chey

Chrissy and Joe Paul

Aunt Beth and Aunt Cathy!

Mallory and Amanda

Me and my MOH Meg!

The uncles in deep conversation

Chunky man Walker

And we got to celebrate with Patty!

Singing Happy Birthday to Patty

Bryce and Kynsey

Joel and Kelli

Sarah and Matt

Friends at the table!

Aunt Beth and Uncle John

The twins!

Aunt Cathy and Wood

The ring bearers are loving their suspenders

Father and sons 

We’ll never be able to thank those quite enough for their love and support throughout our wedding.  I can’t believe it’s already been a month since the big celebration.  We are still trying to find out what a normal life is with all the business!

Love to all,


I apologize for the delay in wedding blogs, but life has dealt us a different hand of cards I was not expecting….to say the least.  Life gets busy and you forget about how enjoyable and relaxing it can be before the craziness of back to school begins or the aftermath of a major life event…like our wedding.  
I hope to continue blogging for as long as I possibly can, but I’ll just have to be honest and admit that it may not be as regularly as I had hoped.  Just like the stack of books I have to read.  I may not get to read them as often as I would like.  End of the day approaches and most of the time I just want to lay down and close my eyes.  That book sits next to me wishing to be read…and I just don’t have the energy for it.  
One thing is for certain that I have learned in our first month of marriage.  Life isn’t easy, but as long as you have your family and close friends by your side….it’s manageable.  And through it all, I know that there are a million other people out there that have it way worse than me.  Sure I through a couple of pity parties for myself…who hasn’t?  In the end…I’ve got my husband who is working really hard to make this marriage the best it can be.  I’ve got my family who kicks ass at being by my side through it all.  I’ve got great friends who know just what to say at the right time.  
So….let’s take a look at our lovely rehearsal back on July 17, 2014.  The weather was perfect.  The people were perfect.   The littles did so well, which made me highly doubt they would be able to pull it off again in two days.  The moments of rehearsal made me nervous.  It was all becoming incredibly real.  Not like I was going to vomit, real.  Just shaky, real.  

Chatting things over with Bridesmaid Amanda

This would be the scenery behind us as we got married.
I paid attention at rehearsal because I knew I wouldn’t be able to on the real day!

Sassy Pants Willow

Flower girls getting ready for practice!

My best friend.  My girl.  My MOH….Meg

Love this boy and all his antics.  One of our handsome ring bearers…

Bridesmaids Jeffer and Krista Lee

Another cutey ring bearer…Brody Law

Practicing the giving away part.  I got a little emotional here.  

What hams!

Miss Mallory

Who knows what was being said at this point!

I know it’s hard not to criticize ourselves in photos….but MAN that butt is big.  

Loving Brody’s look here.  A few of our groomsmen, Cody and Joel and ring bearers Brody and Colton

A good looking group of men!

The parents

Chunky boy Walker

Brody waving!

This was incredibly uncomfortable!

Decorating crew +1!

He just loves having his picture taken!

The holding cell.  

One more round of practice!

If only they would have done this on the real day.
Cutest thing ever!

I really don’t know what Willow is doing.
Probably the queen wave we’ve always taught her. 

The ladies

Signing my life away…

Or the marriage certificate. 

Pastor Woody!

Shai and Walker!

What a great evening.  I’m so glad we have the pictures to remember all these special moments.  

Love to all,