Why Marriage Is Like A Freezer Burned Wedding Cake

Buzz Bakery Wedding Cake

Last year before my wedding, my caterer asked if I wanted to save the top of our wedding cake. Without any hesitation I said "YES!".  Neal quickly looked at me and said, "why do you want to save it?". I went on to explain the tradition of freezing the top of your wedding cake and eating it on your one year anniversary.  Neal thought it was an absolutely silly tradition and feared what the d . . . Continue Reading »

Our 1 Year Anniversary

Neal and Ashley

4 glorious days off and I enjoyed every minute of it! When Neal and I were choosing our wedding date, we picked July 7th for a number of reasons but one being that it's right around the 4th of July. We knew that most years we'd be able to take a long weekend in order to celebrate the 4th of July and to celebrate our anniversary. Our 1 year anniversary yesterday started off with a trip to the . . . Continue Reading »

Treasured Travels

Prauge Honeymoon

Neal and I are planning a few vacations for this year, YAY, which made me think about our honeymoon. It's hard to believe that we're coming up on our one year anniversary! It really seems like just yesterday we were walking down the aisle, saying I Do, dancing the night away, and backpacking around Europe.  It has been one wonderful year! I've recapped a few of our pit stops on our honeymoon . . . Continue Reading »

A Stadium Full of Memories

Nessa K Photography

It's so fun reaching milestones and anniversaries. Last year was an absolutely crazy year for me but an amazing one at that. One year ago today, Neal and I took our formal engagement photos at Nationals Park in Washington, DC. Neal and I have a lot of ties to that park. The first time we e-mailed each other, July 10, 2009, we were both sitting in that very park at an Elton John/Billy Joel . . . Continue Reading »

Wedding Dress Runners Up


I was going through some old photos and came across ones from when I went wedding dress shopping.  As I couldn't share them with y'all at the time, I thought it'd be fun to show y'all what I tried on and the dress I still can't stop thinking about... I did all of my shopping in Texas about a month after getting engaged and found my dress on day one.  Alongside me were my Mom, sister, and best f . . . Continue Reading »

Our Honeymoon: Berlin Germany

Berlin Bear

It has been a while since I shared a honeymoon post, so I thought I'd take you on a photo journey today of our day in Berlin, Germany. After time in Amsterdam and Southwest Germany, Neal and I took the train to Berlin for the 24 hour stay. Berlin was a humbling city, filled with history and sadness.  Though our time there was short, we were able to see a lot and drank plenty of really great . . . Continue Reading »

Wolsfeld, Germany

Wolsfeld, Germany

After our honeymoon kickoff in Amsterdam Neal and I caught a train to Wolsfeld, Germany.  Wolsfeld is very dear to my heart as I lived there from ages 5-8.  As my father was in the Air Force we moved every 2-3 years but my time in Germany is something I have always treasured.  I know I was young, but I have so many memories from that time in my life and thankfully have been able to go back to vi . . . Continue Reading »

Amsterdam Holland

Amsterdam Flower Market

It's hard to believe that Neal and I left for our honeymoon almost 2 months ago (and that we've been married for 2 months tomorrow).  To start our European honeymoon Neal and I flew to Amsterdam Holland for a 2 day stay. After 2 flights, we landed in Amsterdam early afternoon on Tuesday, July 10.  The train ride from the airport to Central Station was very easy and brought us within 1/2 a m . . . Continue Reading »

My European Honeymoon

European Sweets

Neal and I spent a lot of time deciding where were wanted to go for our honeymoon.  Initially we were going to go to Hawaii for a relaxing week long honeymoon but after realizing that you never know how quickly kids may come post marriage, we decided to take a 2+ week honeymoon in Europe. Our first to-do was to pick the dates we'd be gone.  After looking at airline tickets, we decided to leave t . . . Continue Reading »

The Jefferson Hotel DC

The Jefferson Hotel

After our beautiful and fantabulous wedding, Neal surprised me by taking me into DC for our wedding night. I never could have imagined where he was taking us, so when we pulled up to the Jefferson Hotel DC I was so incredibly excited! The Jefferson Hotel DC was built in 1923 and was converted to the hotel in 1955.  From the moment you walk in you are welcomed by luxury, elegance, and a colonial . . . Continue Reading »