I have a lot of things I want to remember about my trip to Arizona last week, but there's no way I'm writing them all down in one long blog post. And since I don't know how much I'll really get to, I might as well start with the reason for the trip in the first place.
My brother Jeffery got married. I knew I would like Olivia and this trip just confirmed it. (Though we had very little time to hang out...it was like she was preoccupied or something.)
We did get to spend a bit of time standing around my mom's kitchen on the night before the wedding preparing things for the next morning's wedding brunch. Lisa, Mike's fiancee, came down for the weekend, too. Even though I live too far away to hang out with these girls on a regular basis, I have decided having sister-in-laws is pretty much the best thing ever. I've never been part of a family where the girls outnumber the boys (and I suppose if you factor in my boys, the girls are still outnumbered, but they were in bed so they didn't count). I love that our family is expanding and I couldn't be happier to count Lisa and Olivia as sisters.
Olivia was a stunning bride. Her dress was to die for. And to be honest, I thought it would be all about her. But when the two of them stepped out of the temple after their sealing, I have to say that Jeff held his own next to his beautiful wife. They were a picture perfect bride and groom. Flawless, really.
These were taken a few weeks before their wedding so as fantastic as these pictures are, it doesn't quite capture the moment when Jeff and Olivia stepped out of the temple as husband and wife. Those two just radiated eternal happiness at that moment. But you can still get a clear picture of how stylish, hip and fun they are.
These two are a perfect match and I'm so happy for them both.