Bling Bling



I now have 3 friends engaged, and I couldn’t be more excited for them! To show my excitement, I had some girls over to celebrate and it was quite fun!! Megan tried on Jenn and Taylor’s (the newly engaged ladies) and mine and Jeanette’s (the newly wed ladies) and I thought it was a really fun picture!

We also ate a boat load of food and several bottles of bub!
table of food silly girls girls

Whitney’s (& Nick’s) Engagement Party

Celebrating seems to just be part of my normal repertoire lately because there are so many wonderful things happening right now. I know it is this age, but it really is going to be the year of celebrating between 30th birthdays, babies and weddings! Last night was Whitney and Nick’s engagement party. One (of many) memory I will have with me forever was a phone call I got on a Sunday afternoon from Whit. I had been lazing on this particular Sunday afternoon and Kris and I were snuggled on the couch when my phone rang. I had selfishly considered not answering my phone, but it wasn’t often that my sis actually dialed me, most of our communication occurred via text. I answered my phone and Whitney asked me how I was doing and I said, “Just fine” and heard a bit of emotion in her voice when she said, “I just wanted to let you know that Nick proposed” and by the end of that sentence I could tell she was crying. She sounded so happy and overwhelmed (in all honesty, a really fun feeling in my experience). She told me the story about how he had proposed up in June Lake, up where they were that weekend. I was just so tickled, first that she called (I sent out a mass text…a far more tacky way of announcing), but second that she was so happy and that her life was about to change. It really was such a great moment. And I digress….

Back to the party, they held it at Nick’s friend’s bar, The Flowing Tide. It was really nice to have a portion of the restaurant for us, and they allowed them to use the pool table for food they had brought in. Whit and Nick were so cute, always asking if we had enough food, and if we were having a good time. I hope they aren’t as worried about that at their own wedding and just enjoy themselves 🙂 Either way, it just shows what kind souls they are.

I think I’d be a horrible event photographer, especially if I don’t know everybody. I’ve learned I only like to take photos of those that I know. I felt a little reserved when it came to really getting out into the crowd of Whit and Nick lovers and get some memories for them. I tried my very hardest, but I am also hoping that some others have gotten some good photos. Here are some of the good ones I snapped for them.

Whit’s dad, David (the dapper gent in the yellow beret) was able to join us from Las Vegas, I know this was really special for Whitney.

Whit’s BFF Molly was there, along with her boyfriend Ross, who was also a family friend of the Kent’s. Kris and Ross chatted and got caught up on the last 15 years during the party. It was pretty neat.

Mileen and Suzie are big whit and nick supporters!

Keri’s long time friend Tom, and his daughter Teresa and her husband were all there too!

These are some of Nick’s family members, they did such a wonderful job of getting things together for the party.


Wedding Venue

Kris and I just got home from visiting a lovely venue for our wedding. We have decided that this is the place for us, and it just feels right. Our vision of being in Tahoe didn’t match with what we wanted to spend to be there so we have found an amazing compromise that is still in the heart of the sierras, where our hearts truly belong. We have decided to book with Washoe County Parks department, two places in Galena Creek Park: Camp WeChMe for the outdoor ceremony and overnight sleepover, and the Fish Hatchery for the Reception. The area is heavily wooded with tall pine trees with aspen and berch trees sprinkled in as well. This is what we envision (in general) for the weekend of the event:

Friday, the bride, groom, friends, family and any others who wish to join are invited to arrive at Camp WeChMe with all supplies for the wedding (dress, food, favors….you name it). Perhaps part of the day could involve a hike but the main part will require some work, setting up, and making finishing touches that haven’t even been dreamed up at this point. Friday night the bride will sleep with her party and the groom with his (no sneaking out to strip clubs!). Saturday morning should hopefully have minimal work for the bride and groom (and will have arranged for day-of work to be done by someone else) and will maybe include a round of golf for the boys and a mini spa day for the girls (oh boy am I dreaming big!). The girls will get ready on site, as will the boys. The ceremony will be in the afternoon, maybe around 4 or so on the lawn in front of Camp WeChMe. This area is lovely and surrounded by beautiful trees with the sounds of the Galena Creek nearby. After this, the party will move down to the Fish Hatchery, where there will be appetizers and drinks, followed by dinner and general party stuff. This should close down by around 11 or so. Those that are heading home can do so, and those who want to spend the night can stay the night at Camp WeChMe, which accommodates 94 guests that will be paid for already with the booking of the venue. This means a safe place for drinkers, as well as a free place for those who are from out of town. It would be really fun the next morning to wake up and have a nice big breakfast and slowly pack up and hit the road out of there.

Of course, there are a myriad of details to be sorted out but in general, we have our place and we couldn’t be happier. We just need to narrow down a date and we will be on our way to planning! Here are some photos, let me know what you think!!!


This is where guests would enter the ceremony



This is where we would have the ceremony on the lawn
Here is another view of the lawn area, we could have refreshments and snacks here
This is where the bride and groom would stand for the ceremony
From here, we would see everyone seated on the lawn and the isle
This is the fish hatchery walk way, you hear the creek really loud here, it is so nice
Fish Hatchery inside, I love the walls and the ceiling, not wild about the carpet
Kitchen area in Fish Hatchery bldg, we would likely have it blocked off for caterers to prep food, etc.
This is a nice outdoor patio area where I could see a bar, or gift table, cocktail tables, etc.
This is the venue at Camp WeChMe where the overnighters can come and hang out
Camp WeChMe huge kitchen complete with dishes, large walk in fridge (good for flowers), etc
I know it looks like a hospital, there are 2 floors like this with rooms that sleep 8 each, both floors also have bathrooms with showers
This is where we will all sleep! Don't forget your earplugs 🙂