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Kacey and Jordan’s Wedding

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My BFFAEAE got married last month in Austin! It was fun getting to know her friends, her new in laws and get to see Austin! A bunch of their pictures came back in, and I love them!! I tried not to pull too many to post, but I couldn’t help it…

I’m so happy for the two of them, they are the perfect match.

Getting Ready

Getting Ready

The Bride

The Bride

The amazing couple

The amazing couple

Us!

Us!

Our classic pose from the third grade.

Our classic pose from the third grade.

Bridal Party

Bridal Party

Walking in

Walking in

During the ceremony

During the ceremony

Vows!

Vows!

They're married!

They’re married!

Post ceremony

Post ceremony

Tears of joy

Tears of joy

Courtney, Anthony and me!

Courtney, Anthony and me!

Toast

Toast

Dance Party

Dance Party

On the dance floor

On the dance floor

Someone is having a good time...

Someone is having a good time…

Fall Goals

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Fall to Do list

Five Years in DC

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Today is my five year anniversary of living in DC. Sometimes it feels like I’ve lived here forever, it is hard to imagine a life before. It feels like that girl that lived in San Francisco was someone different, not me. But it was me! I’ve had an amazing five years here. I have met some of my favorite people in the world, watched some of them get married, watched a few move away and start their new journeys. I’ve traveled to many different places, and have eaten really well along the way. I went to, and graduated from graduate school. I lived in London and traveled abroad. I interned at one of my favorite museums in the world, and shockingly achieved my goal of working for the Smithsonian. It took a lot to get where I am today, but I am so happy for the journey I’ve taken. And most importantly, I married my best friend. Five years ago today I was unloading my Penske truck I had just driven across country with my mom, into Anthony’s basement for storage while I lived with my sister and looked for a job. We were at the beginning of our relationship, we had been talking and visiting but this was going to be the first time we lived in the same city. Now we live together with our crazy cat, married, happy and both working on our own dreams but coming together at the end of the day to be a family. DC, you’ve been good to me.

Anthony and Whitney 2009This is me and Anthony at the White House Garden Tour one of my first weekends in DC

 

Loving the GIFs this week

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All of these came across my inbox this week. I am a fan.

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September means new beginnings

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There has been a lot of change in my life lately. All good change, but still scary. Today is my last day at my job I have been coming to for over three years. Monday I go to the job I have been working towards for almost five years. It is very nerve-wracking, but it is right.

Taking some inspiration from my Tumblr today!

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Honeymoon

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Anthony and I went  on our Honeymoon over two weeks in August and it was amazing.

We flew to San Francisco for one night, then to Maui for five nights and back to San Francisco for three nights.

The first night in the Bay Area, Anthony and I stayed with Stu and Leslie in Los Gatos. We had dinner at a delicious wine bar and gorged on charcuterie and cheese and red wine. We walked back to their house with gelato in hand. Not bad for a Monday.

Over the six days and five nights in Maui, we explored the island coast to coast.

We stayed at the Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa. It was so beautiful. Our room was on a corner so we had ocean views facing west and north. The pool was amazing, the beach perfect, and they had lots of great restaurants on site and an amazing spa. It was in walking distance to Whalers Village, and “the best beach in america”.

Here is a short description of our days in Maui

Day one: Arrive early in the morning to Maui. Upgrade rental car to Jeep. Drive to hotel. Wader resort. Lunch at poolside restaurant Umalu for pork cheese fries and hawaii lunch plates. Couples massage at the spa. Walk on the beach. Dinner at Japengo, (sushi) with the absolute best table in the place, out on the patio with unrestricted views to the sunset!

Day two: Wake up at 2am (8am est), drive to Haleakala national park to watch the sunrise from the summit. Absolutely gorgeous. Wide awake at 7am we headed to the Road to Hana and were on it before the traffic. Drove all the way to the Black Sand Beach, dropping off at waterfalls and hikes. Headed back and had shaved ice and banana bread at Halfway to Hana. Took an afternoon nap. Had dinner during sunset at Mala, by far my favorite restaurant in Maui!

Day three: Finally had breakfast at hour hotel, at the Swan Court. It was included in our package, and is a delicious buffet. Went just north of our hotel to the Black Rock beach – the best in America. Shopped around Whalers Village, including my favorite Roxy store. Hit up the ABC store for ‘provisions’ for the ‘hurricane’. Had an afternoon at the hotel pool. Since everything shut down that afternoon we had room service and watched movies, the perfect night in. The hurricane hit the big island and broke up before getting to Maui. It was downgraded to a tropical storm, which hit us at 4am.

Day four: Filled up for breakfast, walked to Kaanapali and back. Had happy hour at the Hula Grill. Laid on the beach, Anthony jumped off Black Rock. Watched the sunset. Our travel agent sent us a bottle of champagne to our room to celebrate the Honeymoon, and surviving the hurricane!

Day five: Surf lessons, which was so much fun. Walked around Lahaina, shopped, went to two house museums (of course), and had lunch at the Cool Cat Cafe. Went back to the hotel to change for hiking. Discovered the north west side of the island with tide pools, ‘dragons teeth’ and a blowhole. That evening we went to the Luau at our hotel! Unlimited drinks, amazing food, dessert bar, and of course the show.

Day six: Last day in Hawaii. Pool for the morning, packed up and drove south to all of the south west beaches. Lunch at a pie shop! Drove north to Ioa State Park. Then to Piai and the Fish Market for dinner – such a bizarre town! Headed to the airport for a red eye to SFO!

In SF for the four days we were there we had breakfast at Dotties True Blue Cafe, shopped around Union Square, ate a burrito in the mission, went to Chrissy Field, ate more In N Out, had a Ghirardelli’s sweet treat, Miller’s East Coast deli for breakfast and lunch at Burma Superstar! Each night we were able to see friends. The first night at the FC Cats of the west soccer game, the second at Steph’s parents house for a backyard bbq and the last night Steph, Dave, Anthony and I went to the Tonga Room and to Stone’s Throw for dinner. Plus perhaps a few bars…all on a normal for a Wednesday night!

I dare to say our honeymoon was perfect.

Wedding Photos

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My absolutely amazing photographers who surpassed all expectations (and believe me as a fake photographer and devour-er of wedding blogs has high expectations), surprised us when they delivered all our wedding photos back to us, edited, beautiful, in less than a week. I was able to relive the wedding, fresh in my memory. It would be impossible for me to choose and post a few photos here, so instead I send you to their blog.

Enjoy!

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