Thursday, May 24, 2012

04-13-12 ~details~

Just some beautiful pictures to show some beautiful detail.
If you know know that
were the absolute perfect colors for me.
It didnt even take me 2 seconds to decide that detail for our day.
I loved it. Classy. Elegant. Simple...I so badly wanted it to comprise those three words...
and in my opinion-our wedding did just that.

In other t-minus 7 hours Josh and I will be leaving on a jet plane to...
We are beyond excited!
Josh served a mission for our church to Jamaica.
While there, him and his companion were called to open the islands of Turks and Caicos for missionary work...they were the very first two.
Amazing right?
He loves his mission and he loves Turks...almost as much as me...NO.JOKE.
So off we go to where he finally gets to get in the water and swim, lay on the beach, and be a tourist!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

04-13-12 ~girls and boys~

Is this not the greatest picture?
These boys do this exact pose for every friend that gets married.
The "bicycle rider" is the coeveted position and Josh finally got to experience it.
When they pulled this out no one saw it coming and stopped in their tracks to watch and laugh.

I have been extremely blessed with amazing friends.
All my life.
From friends that I met in Europe I still remember and hold dear,
to friends I left in washington 13 years ago that I still talk to.
But moving to Arizona and meeting the people I have...
to gaining best friends from my time at BYU...
Blessed doesnt even begin to describe how I feel about them in my life.
I wish I could have 20 girls in this picture with me
but Josh drew the line at 6...understandably so when a double digit # freeked him out

 But how grateful I was to have these girls by my side on our day.
Each one has a different story and we each have a different relationship...
one I treasure.

I met Kenzie on the first day of 7th grade where she confidently waltzed up, sat down next to me, and became my forever friend. No one can make me laugh like she can.
Missy the sister I never had and is part of the family that held my hand through my conversion and everything that goes with it. We will always have a relationship like no one else...and I hold that super close to my heart.
Kylee-my sweet Kylee. We went from school friends, to going to Newport together (6 times), to becoming the very best of friends. Living with me for 3 years and being there for every breakdown and every crazy story makes her a true and amazing friend-who I miss terribly while shes on the other side of the country being a star.
Natty-cakes. Hahaha oh she is the best. We went from knowing eachother in choir in junior high, to being on pom together, to deep chats on the track during football games, to the best of friends who only grew closer at college in another state. No one seems to understand my deep thinking like her.
Suz...oh I truly only wish everyone knew Suz like I do. The outspoken, honest, smart, loving, crazy at times just like me ;)  do anything for you, amazing friend she is. She is always there no matter what.
 The sweet Karly Andrew, who I will always know as Karly Kimball. She was in my first ward at BYU and lived across the hall. She was stunning and sweet as could be, but I remember that halloween night where her and I sat and talked forever...becoming friends quickly. Now one of my best friends, she is such a hard worker who I have always known for going after what she wants, a true California beauty, and the nicest and most kindhearted person I have ever met.
AND I have to mention my sweet bestie, Brooke. She is at BYUHawaii having the time of her life. She was all set to catch the red eye the night before our wedding. I woke up to a text from her friday morning explaining she couldnt get on and spent all night trying to find another way home. We were both heartbroken. She has been one of my best friends since sophomore year of HS. She knows every story of mine-secret or not-and is amazing. But you were there in spirit my love-I cant wait to see you soon!

I had always hoped I would marry someone who had amazing friends like I do.
Who loved them like family and had millions of stories about them.
I got exactly what I wished for.
Josh loves his friends and is loyal to them no matter what.
He has the best stories and always tells them to me while smiling like a kid and laughing to himself.
He always said, "Luke and I would go on dates just so we could hang out together"
and boy is it me, I can attest.
I feel blessed for our good fortune in having amazing friends
and I feel even more blessed that they shared our wedding day with us.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

04-13-12 ~The Beginning~

I woke up on our wedding day and headed downstairs.
I was met by my mom who began to sing to me.
The day before, she sang,
"you're getting married in the morning!!"
So this morning, she sang,
"you're getting married THIS morning!!"
It was awesome.

I had some sweet moments with just my parents.
My mom gave me a book that summed up
and us together

It was an interesting feeling.
I sat in my dad's office
on the floor like I had a million times before
and still felt like an 8 year old...
my parents baby girl.
It was sweet and lovely and a moment I will never forget with two of my best friends.

The morning continued on with little things to do
then it was time to get ready!
Suz, Natalie, and Matt came over to bring me my favorite drink and keep me company
and I loved that!

Then Josh got to my house and BAM we were on our way to the temple
I hugged my mom goodbye and it was extremely difficult.
My dad had ran somewhere and I had anxiety that I didnt get to say goobye to him.
The next time I saw them...I would be married.

I had always dreamed of getting married in the temple
and I knew that I matter what.
My parents have known that same fact since I was 16.
They were gracious, understanding, supportive, and loving about it all.
But I am not exaggerating when I say
it was the hardest thing I have ever done getting married without them.
I knew it would be hard
but I could have never been prepared for how hard.
I have never cried so hard or yearned so much for them at any time in my life.
I know that it was the right thing to do.
The ceremony was beautiful and perfect and sacred.
It was shared with people we love.
Personal words were spoken about our family by our sealer
and I couldnt be more grateful for him.
He made a point to visit with my parents, brother, and nana after we were married
and he expressed his love and appreciation for them and said extremely kind words
to make them feel more comforted and involved.
That was my favorite part of the day.

The temple was where we were reminded what was most important about the day.
Our family
Our friends
The gospel
Our new family of two
and our eternal commitment.
I met Josh in the hall to wait before our ceremony and he stood up to greet me.
We sat and waited thinking how surreal the whole thing was.
We had never been so happy.
While waiting for our sealer...
a temple worker came up to us and said to me,
"In all my time working at the temple I have only ever seen one groom stand to meet his bride like yours just did with you...and it was this morning. That is truly saying something"
It did say something.
 Like I already knew...Josh is the perfect one for me.

When I got ready after we were married I met Josh to head outside.
 But before we came out to show the world our awesome little family...
we were greeted by my family in the foyer.
I cry right now thinking about it.
It was the first time my parents saw their little girl married.
My mom and dad had the biggest smile on their faces
but I couldnt help feel bad that I had made a choice that didnt allow them to be in my sealing...
that feeling went away immediately when I was comforted to know that they had been comforted and they were so genuinely happy for us.
It was a special moment.

We then walked outside to a crowd of our loved ones
It was so fun to see everyone together!!
It was on to taking pictures and the rest of our day...

I guess our friends like grabbing our chins??
hahaha I just noticed these pictures and I love it!

I LOVE the faces in this picture!
wish I knew how to make these pictures bigger?

Our families

Our fabulous friends

Ohhh my girls how I love you...
Brookie baby you were there in spirit and right there with us :)

This picture will only entertain those of us in this picture
Scott and I were doing the "jellyfish"
which he so thoughtfully introdiced us to a couple years ago.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Wedding Dinner

Josh's parents hosted our super fun wedding dinner the night before our wedding.
It was full of yummy food
tons of family
lots of laughing
and many best friends

During the day...we went through quite a bit.
I successfully stressed out my family even more
worried Josh
cried many tears
and scared my videographer to the point he was afraid to call me
hahaha oh its histerical to look back on now.

But I got home, rushed to get ready, pulled up to the building, saw my whole family...
and a huge peace passed over me.
This was our wedding and it only will happen once.
All of a sudden every stressful thing on my mind didnt matter anymore.
All that mattered was we were surrounded with people we love and who love us back
and no matter what we would be married the next day.
All. That. Matters.

So I get over to my out-of-town family, ecstatic to see everyone together...
and who walks up?
Suz, Matt, Karly, and Dave
Four of my best friends who made the trek for our wedding from California.
I was BEYOND BEYOND thrilled!
Then I saw Chelsey, Torrie, Kylee and Scott earlier, and Jake the next day.
I felt complete.
I had best friends from all over come to AZ specifically to see us get married.
It brings tears to my eyes thinking about it.
That is one of my very favorite things about our wedding...
Josh and I.
Family-near and far.
Friends-near and far.

 Two of Josh's amazing cousins
More of the Fig and Heywood clan
 My new brother-in-law, is he not adorable!
Truly the best behaved and sweetest kid around
 ^ all my loves v
 Thanks to Suz for all these pictures :)
Missing Scott and Jake in this picture.
Scott was out of the state for a day...hardest worker I know,
Jake flew in the next day.
But loved seeing their faces in the temple!

Onto the roast.
We watched our amazing video by Farnsworth Videography,
then Cody, Josh's brother, had a surprise for us.
The curtains opened on the stage and 2 chairs sat waiting for us.
Josh told his mom the only thing he wanted was a roast
So he got it.
hes the prince in the family.

For those of you who are wondering what exactly that is...
Its where friends and family get up and tell embarssing/funny stories about you.
I was laughing so hard I cried.

After Cody finished
he is histerical
when I met him I told Josh he was my favorite Figueroa
because he always has me laughing.
He said,
"Now remember folks, this is a roast, not a toast"

So Josh's friends and family got up and told stories
about his mischevious days
when him and Seth were "indecent"
when he constantly played pranks on his friends
etc. etc. etc.
There wasnt a face in that place without a smile

Then my friends got up and instead of roasting...they were toasting
I cried
each and every time one of them spoke.
They mostly told about how social I am
and how I never studied...just was a 5th floor regular at BYU
ummm slightly embarssing
but completely true.

It was so fun, loving, histerical, kind,
and my sweet miltary-never seen him cry-dad...
got choked up.

It was a night to remember and one we will never forget!