We started our second day in Rome by taking the Metro to Vatican City. Thanks to some tips from friends and family we bought tickets online before arriving to avoid the crowds. We arrived at 8:00 am and there was already a line wrapped around the building. Since we bought tickets beforehand, we went right in. There were so many things to see that I could not describe them all if I tried. Here, I will let the pictures tell the story. Taking pictures, specifically in the Sistine Chapel, was not allowed. So whether I took the photos below you will never know.[Read more…]
In May, Kevin graduated from pharmacy school. We decided that his graduation was a great excuse to celebrate by taking a trip. After all, I do have that 5 passport stamps rule.
We arrived in Rome on a Monday morning. From the airport we took a train to the Roma Termini, the main railway station in Rome, and walked to our bed and breakfast. We used airbnb to book our room, and we could not have been more pleased. The building was centrally located, the room was well decorated, and our host was very friendly (he kept calling Kevin my boyfriend….I’m hoping it is because we look too young to be married).
“I want five stamps on my passport before we even start thinking about having kids.” This is first thing I said to my now husband after he proposed. Well, not quite the first thing, but pretty close. This “rule” of mine sounds simple but it has a few stipulations: [Read more…]
Lexie and Raiden’s engagement session was set to take place outside on a clear summer’s evening. I watched the weather all week looking forward to a sunny session. The morning of the session my heart sank as the forecast predicted a rainy evening. Normally I would reschedule, but in this case it was not an option. The groom-to-be was leaving the state the next morning to return to his post across the country. He would not be back till the wedding day. So I prayed for a miracle. Instead of clearing up the rain, God gave me something completely unexpected – a storage barn. Lexie and Raiden weathered the storm as I took pictures in her family’s barn. Turns out the wood, metal, and tools made a perfect rustic backdrop for love. Eventually, as the sky was darkening the rain stopped. Lexie put on a gorgeous flower crown (that she made herself!!) and we captured the last bits of sunset light. Turns out the rain was a blessing in disguise.
Sunday after Sunday she played the piano. Sunday after Sunday he sat in the pew. It took a long time before their paths crossed. Once they met, it took no time at all for them to fall in love. You can see it in their smiles and in they way they touch. These two were made for each other.
I am beyond excited to share the story of this couple’s engagement! This guy is so incredibly creative. He made a custom monopoly board, complete with pieces that represent each of them (and their dog) and board spaces that represent a special place or event in their relationship. What she thought was just a fun game of monopoly turned into the most exciting game she could have ever played. The game started off just as any normal monopoly game would. She rolled the dice, moved her piece, and eventually landed on “chance” only to pick up a card asking her to take the chance of a lifetime. She said yes. I’d say that is a win win! [Read more…]