Monday, November 16, 2015

I met Kalyn at LAX airport waiting for my (very delayed) flight to New Zealand. We were both traveling with the same study abroad group and became instant BFFs! I love that we have so many amazing memories together in New Zealand… and the US of A. Her amazing boyfriend, Corey, proposed to her last September in (drum roll, please) NEW ZEALAND! Shortly after, she asked me to be a bridesmaid (hooray!) and when we found out Aiden was a girl, she insisted she be the Flower Baby! Funny Fact: Kalyn needed to get the programs to the printer before Aiden was born and begged me for her name! Luckily, she arrived the next week so I didn't have to spill the beans.

Anywho, the wedding was on November 6 in sunny California! I actually wasn't too nervous about traveling with Aiden - my mom was with me on the flight out there and really what's the worst that could happen? She could scream the whole (5 hour) flight. Of course, since I gave birth to the best baby ever, she did amazing! I just fed her, let her sleep, and played with her in the lavatory for a while (sounds gross, but it wasn't). The people behind us even asked if we drugged her! (Yes, that's exactly what we did, ya psychos.)

Just chilling before our flight! We got to the airport pretty early, because we didn't know what to expect. Curbside Check-In at Delta was a breeze!

Party in the lavatory! She loved being able to stretch out for a little bit.


We purposefully got a window seat… and then we show up and we are the lucky ones who get the window seat without an actual WINDOW. Talk about being claustrophobic!

Once we arrived in LA, we had to rent a car and drive to Palm Springs. We hit the infamous LA traffic, but Aiden was a trooper (for the most part). She did scream the last 40 miles… and I felt so bad!

Adam had to work, so he took a later flight on Wednesday and then drove down with my dad (who was already in town for work).

Thursday morning we got up and had breakfast in the hotel (breakfast in PJs!!), and then Kalyn came by to see us/meet her new BFF!

We had most of the day to ourselves, so we took Aiden on a walk and ended up at a delicious mexican restaurant, Las Casuelas. They had amazing salsa!

The dad who does it all!

Soaking up the beautiful weather!

We headed over to Desert Ridge Estate around 3p for the rehearsal. How incredibly GORGEOUS is this place?! Pictures don't do it justice.

Rehearsing for the big day!

Rehearsal dinner time with our bride!

Corey and Aiden!

Aiden's first place card! Should this go in her baby book?

Getting ready on Friday with the other Bridesmaids! I've been out to visit Kalyn a couple times, so luckily I knew just about everyone else in the bridal party - so I wasn't the weirdo from the East Coast.

How cool in my hair?! Bravo, hair lady.

The bride just hanging out with her flower baby! The whole day was so relaxed, I kept forgetting we were even at a wedding! Kalyn was so calm and the most in love bride I've ever seen! It was fun to watch.

Ready to go!

So are we!

Bridal party pics!

Showtime! (Adam was so good at taking pictures.)

The bride and her mama, making their way to the aisle.

LOVE these programs! They were filled with confetti to throw when they were officially MARRIED!

Wahoo!!! Mr. & Mrs. Shepardson!

We're kind of cute, if I may say so myself.

My roommate from New Zealand scheduled his "American Holiday" around Kalyn's wedding! SO fun to see him after 8 long years! 

Annnnd that's basically the last picture I took of the wedding - whoops. I can't wait to see the photographer's pictures!

Saturday they hosted a Pool Party back at the venue. Jeff and Katie are only a 4 hour drive away, so they joined in on the fun!

Baby's first bikini! Can't even handle the cuteness!

How hilarious are these big heads?

Wahhhh, weekend is over. :( Miss her and everyone so much already!

Oh, at the airport coming home on Sunday these Asians kept taking pictures of Aiden. I get she's cute, but back off people.

Adam was a TROOPER. Aiden got fussy shortly after takeoff, and Adam calmed her down and held her like this for 3.5 HOURS. I don't know how his arm didn't fall off.

We had such a wonderful time in California and miss Kalyn, Corey and all their fun friends and family so much!! She wants to have babies very soon, so hopefully Aiden and I can make another trip back next year to meet their potential new addition!

1 comment:

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