It’s less than a week until we say “I do.” We’ve prepared a special guide to help you navigate through the weekend. It includes everything from directions, our favorite pit stops along the way, the schedule, suggested hikes, and more. Print it out and bring it with you to keep all the information at your fingertips.
We are officially registered! We added a registry link to our website menu bar for easy access, or you can search our names directly at the stores we registered at:
We had a blast registering. Aside from a few of Selena’s favorite kitchen essentials and some new things we bought when we moved to Corona, many of our household items are hand-me-downs. That means our bowls don’t stack properly because they are mismatch. We never have silverware that matches… We can go on and on.
What we loved most about registering was dreaming of our ideal home. Sure, we live in an apartment so our “home” may not be the same 5 years from now, but Selena defines a home as a place where our stuff is. For us, registering was us defining what things will define our home; what do we love and see ourselves enjoying year after year as we grow from home to home. We envisioned what our future holiday dinner parties look like. We dreamt of what a romantic dinner staying in might include. It was truly a team effort. We both enjoyed every minute of it.
Our engagement photos are finally up! (View our engagement photos HERE.) Now let us tell you a little bit about these photos…
We knew we wanted our photos done in Yosemite. We wanted to pick a location in the park that would be off limits on our wedding day (because there are SO many breathtaking locations that require more of a hike than we’d want to do on our big day). We decided on Taft Point; an “easy” 1 mile trail that is mostly flat.
We get there, meet up with our photographers, and then less than 5 minutes into the hike we find out that our trail is covered in snow. We looked at our photographers; our photographers looked at us; we had an unspoken agreement that we all still wanted to go; and onward we went! A little snow doesn’t hurt anyone. (But don’t worry, it won’t be snowing for our wedding. Taft Point is at a much higher elevation than our wedding ceremony and reception location. It was actually quite perfect in Wawona and in the valley.)
We took photos along the entire hike, which took longer than normal because we were battling the conditions of snow covering our trail, and crossing new streams from melted snow, all while trying to keep our outfits (and makeup for Selena) in photo worthy condition.
As you look through our photos, you may have noticed the undeniably breathtaking landscape view of us on the cliff. If your first thought was that it must be Photoshopped; no, it was not. If you were wondering how scary it was; yes, it was scarier than we thought it would be.
There is something both beautiful and terrifying about being on the edge of a cliff with no railing or safety measures for your piece of mind, but that overlooks arguably one of the most beautiful sunsets you’ve ever seen as it lit Yosemite Valley below us in an etherial glow.
It was super hard to narrow down our album to a more digestible amount for you all. We both love every single photo, so if you have a chance please view the full gallery on our photographer’s website. We picked them because we love that they have an eye for capturing nature, emotion, and they do it all while telling the story. If you view the full gallery on their website, you can clearly follow us through our entire hike and even into the dark.
A special thank you
to our photographers Isaiah & Taylor. You guys stuck with us through the snow and even in the dark. Thanks for giving us some incredible memories that we’ll remember every time we look at our engagement photos. We couldn’t be more excited for you to capture our special day!!!
Our Save the Dates are being emailed to all our guests this week. We’re so excited to finally share with our friends and family what our plans are for our destination wedding.
The amazing video was produced, filmed, and edited by the groom & the website, logo, and emails were designed and coded by the bride. We hope you enjoy what we’ve put together so far.
Check back every so often as we’ll be sharing more wedding updates, adding our registry, driving directions & tips, and much more!
Graham made me this amazing teaser video of our engagement today for our 1 year engagement anniversary. Are those really a thing? I must be a terrible fiancé for not remembering. Feeling lucky to have a thoughtful fiancé that remembers the little things.