Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Dreaming of a tropical island...

Hawaii? No. Samoa? No. Tonga? No. Fiji? No.
Just our front yard in the spring of 2002.
Our dear friend Telisia Unga made these gorgeous leis for us.
A taste of paradise.
Someday I will make it to an island.
Doesn't everyone dream of that after a long winter?
I sure welcomed the sunshine the past few days though.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

She earned it

This past Sunday Cammy was presented with her
Young Womanhood Recognition at church.
We are so proud of her.
She was motivated and worked hard to accomplish the requirements.
It is no easy task and is often compared to the Eagle Scout honor for the young men.
Way to go girl!!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Celebration in Black and White with a Touch of Paris and the 60's...

All photos by Justin Hackworth
Justin took hundreds of photos to tell the wedding story.
So many memorable images of the evening.
It was truly hard to narrow it down.
The above shot is perhaps my favorite capture of the evening.

Coryn wanted the reception to be elegant and understated.

We had fun collecting the centerpieces to set the theme.

When the couple first met they connected over a discussion of literature.
We decided to highlight that with some book groupings.
The middle book in this stack was written by my father in the 1960's.

Coryn wanted just the slightest touch of pale pink in the decor
to give a bit of French flair.

Roses and baby's breath were the perfect romantic choice.
My sister-in-law Kathy gave me this gorgeous vase years ago.

Our dear friend Ashley is a professional harpist.
She was one of the first priority choices for the event.
We knew she would create the perfect ambiance.
Ashley practiced for months incorporating favorite pieces for the couple.
Such a treat for all who attended.

Not sure what this serious moment was.
Perhaps I was sharing some motherly advice?

A moment with the mother-of-the-groom, Beth.
She is a fabulous lady and a native New Yorker.

Caitlyn meeting the groom's lovely sister Tamara.
That handsome guy is the groom's best friend and best man, Derek.

Guests had four choices of savory French crepes.

Utah Celebrations catered and were fabulous to work with.

We loved the special touch of the 'French newspaper' tissues to serve the crepes.

The Lockharts showed up before the crowds.
Smart strategic move on their part:)
(This is not a political statement. Haha.)

Best man Derek flew out from North Carolina to support Scott and Coryn.
And let me tell you...all the darling single gals
 were flirting the night away with this charming gentleman.

Sisters Cammy and Caitlyn reporting to their duties.

This was truly a memorable moment of the evening.
Dear friends, the Davis family, surprised us
 by showing up all the way from California.
They moved from our neighborhood several years ago.
Dee (in the middle) served in the France Paris Mission
 along with Coryn and Scott.
His sister, Kira (right) is one of Coryn's childhood friends.

Mark Williams of The Manor was wonderful to work with.
Such a gorgeous venue and perfect space.
We loved the French doors.

As I mentioned earlier.
Here is Michaela checking out the 'crepe cards' with Derek,
She and Miranda (two of my awesome former vocal students)
helped keep the tables cleared.
My close friend Claudia sewed up some darling French Damask aprons for them to wear.

Yes. Court is wearing reindeer ears.
I did not make her remove them.
They even had flashing lights.
She was the guardian of the gifts.
Her life-long friend Dustin kept her company.

Scott worried the evening might be a bit 'stuffy' and dull when we described the plans early on,
though he never expressed this to us. (Smart groom.)
Afterwards he told me he was completely wrong and that it turned out to be so much fun.
He said he was blown away by the awesomeness of it all:)

The guests seemed to enjoy the delicious crepes.

Scott's youngest sister was a real trooper.
Probably not the most enjoyable event for a 9 year old.

I really liked that the venue was spacious enough to not feel overly crowded,
yet small enough to feel warm and connected with everyone.

Bill letting the guests know the cake cutting was about to happen.

The couple minded their manners and did not smash cake in each other's face.
Thank you very much.

A moment with the oldest and the youngest of the sisters.
'The Bookends' as we call them.

Coryn dances with her dad to the 1960's hit 'My Girl,'
by Smokey Robinson and The Temptations.

And a tender bride and groom dance to
 'Never My Love,' by The Association.

I certainly wasn't going to miss a chance to dance with my sweetheart.

I'm guessing Coryn's Grandma K. (my mom)
was imparting great words of wisdom to the couple.
She has a a keen sense of humor and everyone who meets her loves her.

Another of my favorite images from the night.
(Coryn: "When can I take off these heels?")

The groom's father, Paul.
Such a nice man.
He is an OB/GYN and has delivered lots of babies.
(Thankfully none at this reception, though Justin's very pregnant and
 darling wife Amy dropped by during the evening. That baby due any day now.)

Scott's talented ballerina sister, Alexis.
She danced the Sugar Plum Fairy in her company's Nutcracker
a week before the wedding.

Caitlyn catching up with one of her best friends, newlywed Andrea.

Several former missionary friends attended.

Many great friends and neighbors braved the cold to attend.
Here are some of my lovely young women.
Adriana (in pink) leaving soon for a mission in Peru.
Miranda, now in Russia teaching English.
Jessica (Adriana's sister) soon to be a high school graduate.
Their terrific parents.

Cammy filmed the action on her trusty flip camera.
I've seen some of the shots while she has been editing.
She is as good as any videographer we could have hired.
This is her gift for Coryn and Scott.

It was delightful to have many of Coryn's friends from her
2007 London Study Abroad attend. 
She made some lasting friendships with these great people.
Here is Sean. And also Whitney with one of her two toddlers.

 Court's longtime and loyal friends were fabulous.
They stayed to the very end and offered to help with the take down.
They were awesome!
They worked quickly and efficiently and got us out of there and home
 much earlier than if we'd done it without them.
Left to right: Jakob, Dustin, Melissa, Court and Mira.

One more kiss before the exit.

Bubble send-off.

Twinkly lights and a magical night of celebrating this couple we love.

Have joy in the journey!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Winter White Wedding

The Mr. and Mrs.

Justin Hackworth took hundreds of wonderful photos.
It was hard to narrow it down.
But here are some of my favorites from that morning
at the Salt Lake Temple.

 A hug from her Uncle Kenneth.

 Group sister hug.

 Coryn with her Grandma K. (my mom)

 My sweetheart.

 Best friend photo.
(I love how Scott is holding the umbrella over them.)

 My mom dislikes having her photo taken even more than me:)
So Justin had a lot of fun with her by doing several close-ups.

 The Bride's Family.

 The Groom's Family.

 The men.

 The ladies.

 Best friend Courtney.
(This darling just gave birth to her first baby
 only a few weeks before and was not going to miss this.)

 Best friend Natalie.
(They met in 7th grade.)


 This is the right place.

Coryn's feet were sore and cold:)

 The groom with his darling mom.

 One of the many reasons we love Court.

 Father, son and best friend Derek.

 Long morning for Elena, the youngest in the wedding party.

 Delicious French luncheon hosted by the groom's family.
The Jade Room at The Joseph Smith Memorial Building.

 If you look really closely you will see me waving goodbye to Justin.

(Photos of the reception coming soon.)