Monday, January 26, 2009

Shelly's Wedding

This August, we traveled from Idaho to Utah for Shelly and Russ's wedding. I can hardly believe my little sister is married, but we had such a fun time in Utah preparing for her wedding.

When we first got to Utah, we realized that we still needed some wedding decorations. My mom, Shelly, and I spent some time shopping and getting the last minute decorations (mainly picking out flowers, and food items). We made the boys come along sometimes, but for the most part they were quite willing to take part in the wedding planning - especially Russ. He was so involved in his wedding plans it was crazy!

We spent the week hanging out and preparing for the wedding. Making the decorations was a lot of fun for us as it allowed all the girls time to chit-chat and catch up on things. I don't think we slept very much that week - especially my mom - but we sure did have a lot of fun.


We decided to take a break from the decorations and wedding planning to have Shelly's Bachelorette party. Shelly's best friend, Kari, and I planned a night at home with the girls. We invited all Shelly's friends and most of them were able to make it. I don't think Shelly was expecting to have as much fun as she did, but don't these pictures just say it all?!?!

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Shelly and Russ then went to the Mount Timpanogos temple and received their endowments. It as so special to be there as my little sister's escort and to help her though the temple for her first time. It was amazing to see how much she had already been prepared for the temple, and how much she enjoyed her first experience there. Nathan and I gave Russ and Shelly big hugs and then let them say hi to all the friends that had come to share this experience with them.

After the endowment session we headed to lunch to eat at Cafe Rio. Everyone in Utah is obsessed with that place!!! Luckily, I actually do like it and we had a lot of fun. However, the break was over and it was crunch time to prepare for the wedding reception.

My mom never ceases to amaze me. She did so much for my wedding, and here she was, doing the exact same thing for Shelly's. Obviously, I wouldn't expect anything less from my mom as she loves her girls. But, I was certain mom would get worn out and start to slow down. Little did I know that all it takes is a little Natalie next to her and she's good to go for hours!! Natalie loved cooking with Grandma and showing off while Grandma made decorations.


Now, we had a week to plan, decorate, and put the final touches on Shelly's wedding. A WEEK! I am not kidding, my mom is amazing. She did all the decorating, cooking, and even made Shelly's wedding cake. Of course there were a lot of us girls helping, but my mom still did most of the work! So, here it was, the night before Shelly's wedding. My mom is very much a perfectionist and wanted Shelly's cake to be perfect and fresh. Well, my mom and I got to spend the night before Shelly's wedding decorating the wedding cake. It was so fun to spend that time with my mom and see the cake when it was finished. It was amazing!

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August 15th, 2008, Shelly and Russell Bishop were sealed in the Jordan River Temple. It was a gorgeous temple, and the sealing ceremony was absolutely wonderful! The sealer talked a lot about families, and how Shelly and Russ will have a wonderful family if they remember to keep Christ at the center of their relationship, which I fully believe they will do. After the sealing, we spent a lot of time taking pictures on the temple grounds. Russ and Shelly were so cute, and Shelly especially looked ADORABLE!

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The reception was held in the ballroom at the Provo Library. It too was gorgeous and decorated beautifully. I was Shelly's Matron of Honor, and Natalie was Shelly's flower girl, and did a great job looking cute and showing off for everyone. We had my brother-in-law DJ for Shelly's wedding and we had a blast! Everyone was dancing and having fun, especially Shelly and Russ. I think they had a wonderful time and really enjoyed their special day.

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CONGRATS on your wedding Shelly and Russ!!! We Love you!

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