This past weekend, Jake and I made a whirlwind trip down to Orange County for an amazing couple's shower put together by my aunt Alana and aunt Christine. My whole family pulled together to put on a beautiful afternoon of elegant monograms, close family friends and a ton of cake pops! They used my wedding theme to decorate and even gave me some great ideas for the big day! I don't get to see my family as often as I would like, so I'm looking forward to seeing them again in just a couple of days. What a great trip!
We played a few games, including one that I've since entitled "find your lover's legs"...hilarious to watch and much harder than it looks. Luckily, we both guessed right!
My favorite attendees are always my SUUUUPER cute cousins. These two are my flower girls!
Last week, Jake insisted I plan a Greek family photo session "for his graduation". I didn't think very much of it because we've been meaning to do it for a long time and graduation is a pretty good reason to get the whole family together. Lots of people won't understand what I mean when I say "Greek family", but its a great tradition that has meant a lot to us. When you pledge a fraternity or sorority, you are given a big sister or big brother to be a mentor to you and to guide you in the values of the fraternity. Later on, you can choose a big brother or big sister of the opposite gender if you choose to... it's usually someone you look up to as well. Eventually these relationships form a whole network of bigs and littles and grand bigs and great grand bigs and "sibs" (other littles of your big) and "twins" (other littles of your big that pledged at the same time that you did). It can get complicated, but thats not the point... the beauty of all this is that these people become your college support system. They are often the people who know all the weird things about you and still bail you out when you are in peril. You rely on them, fight with them and love on them just like family. Well, between me and Jake our Greek family has gotten pretty large and pretty awesome. Many of them are even a part of our bridal party...Check them out!
What I didn't know is that Jake was planning on using our photo shoot as an opportunity to give me my wedding gift! Half way through, he pulled me up in front of everybody and presented me with an ΣΑΕ legacy pin! It was exactly what I was hoping for! Legacy pins are such a beautiful tradition and I'm a sucker for old school romanticism! Basically, when a fraternity man gets married he can present his new wife or fiance with a jewel encrusted version of his fraternity pin. This pin becomes a family heirloom. The wife will hold onto it and protect it until their children go to college. If they have a son, he will be considered a "legacy" of his father's fraternity and if he chooses to join that same fraternity, his mother will pass on the pin given to him by her husband. He will in turn give the pin to his wife to hold for their son and the chain will continue (even if it skips a generation or two). Our fraternity experiences have been so influential to me and Jake that I'm pretty confident that we will eventually have an ΣΑΕ son or grandson! I got a little emotional, but I'm so glad our close friends could be there to share the moment with us. Now I have my "something borrowed" and my "something blue"!
There are only 16 days until our wedding! Can you believe it!? We can't either...
We thought this would be a good time to give you a couple fun previews of what we have planned for the wedding. Let's start at the very beginning:
Jake and I managed to find each other even though we are from the opposite sides of a state that more than 38 million other people call home! When you think about it that way, you have to get a little bit excited about how great God is, right? We certainly do. I may have thought that picking San Jose State was my choice back in 2006, but I have no doubt now that the Lord was paving the way to my joyful future and the man of my dreams.
Since then, we have taken quite a few trips up and down this beautiful coast of ours and pinky promised to be die-hard California kids forever (even if we end up moving to Oregon). Golden grasses & wildflowers, Highway 1, rocky beaches, Craftsman-style houses, sunsets, and road-side fruit stands. We are so inspired by the beauty of this state and we want all of that to be a part of our big day!
On May 1st, wedding season officially began with a beautiful Bridal Shower that my Maid of Honor, Taylor and soon-to-be Mother-In-Law, Lita threw for me! There were old friends and lots of brand new (to me) friends, too. Between the teal color scheme and the super-cute shower games, this shower got me pretty excited!
Taylor has a knack for making things look pretty and the details of the shower were beyond adorable: hand-matted engagement pictures, a chocolate fountain, a delicious cupcake tree, Martha Stuart "poofs"and tasty favors. Everyone was thrilled when Jake made an appearance via a pre-recorded video quiz and I did a pretty good job answering the questions word-for-word. Ladies were able to place bets on the quiz and face off in a round of shower gift bingo. Later on, we snuck out to the back to take pictures of all the bridesmaids and together in one place for the first time!
Emily, Sara, Taylor, Tobi, Tah, Brenda, Ann, & Megan
We just moved into a new apartment and are gearing up for our trip to Italy & Greece in August!
Jake works full time at Hunt & Henriques. He's into Subaru, Cowboy's Football and predicting what Apple will come out with next.
Tobi recently graduated from San Jose State University and is working part time. She's excited about all the fun projects ahead in our brand new apartment.
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"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."