Monday, September 15, 2008

Our Wedding Photos

I came up to my parent's house to finish packing all of my things into the closet to store while I'm gone and finished early which left me extra time to use my parents high speed internet and get the wedding photos up. :) Most of them are self-explanatory but I'll try to leave some sort of commentary on each.
Xan and I walking out of the temple.
This is a picture of my family and I. My eldest sister, Kim, is on the left side with her husband, Denny, and six kids. The seventh one is hiding in her stomach. Give it a few months and then we'll be able to see it. My brother, Mike, is to the far left with his wife, Jessica, and their two kids. My sister, Crystal, is in between us and Mike with her husband, Allen. Their two kids are somewhere else... can't remember where...
This is Xan's family. His parents on either side of us flew in from Saudi Arabia where they are currently working. His brother, Tony, and his girlfriend, Shanda, are the the right. His sister, Kressida, and husband, Cameron, are the the left with their daughter.
Awwww... me with the parents. Still got to love the flowers. Got them from the floral place at BYU.

Please note that he is smiling in this picture. You have to look closely, though.

This photo makes me laugh because we look funny. Definitely exaggerating our poses.

Having pictures taken is kind of weird when one is the spotlight. I'm usually the one taking pictures.

I have forgotten to give credit to the photographer! My friend back in high school, and still current friend of course, took our pictures. Her name is Gennaveeve and she's on my family and friend's blog list. If you like what you see, call her up! Or, I guess the technical term would be blog her or something... kind of sounds stalkerish... safe to say, feel free to "contact" her.

I really like this photo. I think this one is my mom's favorite.

This one looks like a dream. All foggy and happy looking. :)
I like kissing photos. I've admitted it. Sorry if you're offended...
Although my favorite photos are the dipping kisses. Much more dramatic... and we all know that I love the dramatic.
I didn't pay the extra money for bridals because ... I didn't see a point ... so I had a few taken of just me to show off my good looks. :)

Here is one of the classic shots. Gennaveeve, you did a fantastic job, by the way. I wanted 10... 15... shots that I liked to be able to keep and remember the day and I got many more than that!

Xan was hot. I hope I'm not the only one who thinks that Xan looks so good with a beard. Love it! Now that he's not a student at BYU he gets to keep his beard. Little note: that beard is about 5 days old. He grows them well!
My sister, Crystal, made the dress. Fantastic, right?
It was fun to be able to make the dress exactly what I wanted.
My eldest niece, Arianna. Someday...
I liked my shoes. That's why I included this one.
Here are some shots of my dress down instead of bustled in the front.

I was able to get married in this dress. It fit temple requirements as long as it was bustled in the back.

My family at the dinner in the skyroom. Food was fantastic!

My sister, Crystal, and I. (The one that made the dress.) THANKS!!!
My dad has decided that we are going out to eat and is trying to get me out of the house so hope you all enjoy!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Greetings from Kaysville! Xan and I have been living with his grandparents in Kaysville for a little over a week and will stay here until we move to Iceland. We still don't know when we are leaving but we are making progress. The office of Immigration in Iceland (who are processing our Visas for us) are not very good at getting back to us or letting us know what documents they need so it is taking us longer than expected to get them. We finally did hear back from immigration and are hoping that everything will be finished within the next two weeks. HOPEFULLY SOONER! The university is very patient and would rather have us come late than not at all so we are still in good shape. Apparently, Xan is not the only student in the program (medieval icelandic studies) that are having problems with the Visa. We have entered the day to day basis where we could leave any day. Once we receive notice that our visas are ready we will fly to San Francisco to pick them up. We are not getting a tourist visa but an actual over 90 day residency visa so we have to go to an embassy in the US that issues them and receive them in person. There are about five or six across the US that we had to choose from. We'll be in San Francisco for a couple of days (might as well do some sight seeing if we have to go there.) and then we'll come back to Kaysville, pick up all of our luggage, hop on a plane and go to Iceland. I'm still working on my Icelandic. Some days are more hopeful than others. My ADHD causes me to have hyper-focus so I'm not very consistent with my studying. I'll study intensely for two days and then work on my bead/knot work for a couple of days, get addicted to one of the tv series we have on DVD for a couple of days, and then maybe move back to my Icelandic. The good news is that spreading these series of couple of days out, it would be equivalent to spending a couple hours on each a day. :) Gotta work with what I have. :)

The internet here is pretty iffy so its hard to stay in touch via e-mail/blog/facebook. When I mean iffy, I mean that we are using some unknown source of wireless connection that comes and goes. I'm planning on uploading the wedding pictures while we are in San Francisco providing that the hotel's internet is strong enough to upload photos. I'll get them up soon. I hope.