that day in may when my baby sister tied the knot…

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last month i shared a few iphone photos from my little sister’s wedding, but i wanted to share a few of the real photos as well because i think they are just too good not to share. i don’t share as much these days when it comes to my family on this blog because i want to respect their privacy, but we made an exception here. ;)
rachel and nelson had the talented amelia johnson photograph their special day. amelia shoots everything on film, and my family and i had so much fun with her throughout the day. i love love love the way these beautiful photos turned out!
i mentioned this in my post last month, but the wedding took place at the washington dc lds temple. holly chapple is the genius behind all those pretty flowers. josh and i both agreed on the drive home that they were the prettiest arrangements we’d ever seen. for her wedding invitations, rachel designed a stamp with the help of emma from our paper shop which had all the wedding details and information on it and then hand-stamped the invitations. our sister rebekah (rachel’s twin), is the wonder woman behind rachel’s dress. and my sisters and i made the wedding cake and the hair piece rachel is wearing.
it was so wonderful having the family here in dc for the weekend. i’m really close with my entire family and it can be hard when we all live in different places. so it’s always fun when there is an excuse to get everyone together… especially for something like witnessing our little sister marry her best friend. those two are pretty cute together. and thank you, dear samson baby, for staying put in mama’s belly until the week after this wedding happened…despite all those fun contractions you gave me during it. ;)
congratulations, baby sister! love you…
all photos by amelia johnson.

rockstar giveaway! (closed)

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today our new sponsor sweetgreen, is giving away a republic bike to one lucky reader! we’re really excited to be collaborating with sweetgreen over the next few months as we’ve been big fans of their local salads for a long time now. in fact, sweetgreen was my biggest craving during my pregnancy with samson because all i wanted to eat were light and fresh ingredients, not pickles and ice cream like the saying goes. ;)
if you’re unfamiliar with sweetgreen, they offer salad with local ingredients, frozen yogurt and a new organic cold pressed juice line which just launched this week. they have 6 locations around dc, and a few others in virginia, maryland and pennsylvania, too.
to enter to win the bike, please visit sweetgreen and comment below telling us what you like in your salad. the winner will be drawn at random and announced this friday. good luck!
this giveaway is only open to US residents for shipping purposes.

UPDATE 6/29 : congrats to our winner below!
please email me your contact info, rockstardiaries{at}

celebrating 5 years…

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on tuesday night we celebrated five years of marriage by having dinner at againn and dessert at hill country bbq (for me) and pitango (for him). we talked a lot about what we’ve done with the last five years and what we look forward to and want out of the next five. i love this man, a lot. i’m thankful for his support and love and that he’s the one i get to spend forever with. here’s to the next five years…and all the years after that.