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LOST Finale Party

Ahhhhh…LOST. Six years of addiction/dedication/infatuation with this amazing show came to an end last night. I thought the ending could not have been more perfect. It was on my mind all morning and lingers with me today. Purposefully ambiguous and open for interpretation, the LOST finale was like reading the last page of a great (wonderful, unforgettable, fantastic, riveting, thought-provoking…) book. Watching LOST together has been something Geoff have done together since we started our relationship together and we are HUGE LOST fans, so for the final episode, we decided to throw big viewing party for our friends.

I decorated the place a bit with some luggage from the plane crash and some jungle foliage.

Here is Charlie’s Virgin Mary statue and a lil’ polar bear.

The Dharma shark!

And a few Dharma staples.

Pierre Chang’s time traveling bunny rabbit was even there.

This next photo of a bucket of Mr. Clucks chicken is a great introduction to the costume contest!

Mike and Melissa (whom you might recognize) came dressed as the cutest Mr. Clucks employees ever! They were one of the winners of our costume contest.

This is my little sister Sara who was, obviously, pregnant Claire. Its a fake bump, but she actually fooled some people!

Paul and Lesley were Charlie and Sun.

Rhonda as Sayid Jarrah and Seven as Richard Alpert.

I love the authenticity. He wore Isabella’s cross and totally rocked the guy-liner!

Rhonda took first place in our costume contest! I gotta say she made a pretty convincing Sayid!

That’s me with Eric. I was dressed as Dr. Juliet and Eric was Dr. Jack. Scrubs are really comfy by the way!

Ryan and Renee were Jack and the Smoke Monster. Renee your costume was awesome!

Geoff was a Dharma member from the motor pool. He was also the amazing chef for the night, but I’ll get to that in a bit.

All the party-goers who dressed up: Charlie as the Polar Bear (check out those claws!), Dharma motor pool member, Miles, Mr. Clucks employees, Richard, Sayid, Jack, Smoke Monster, Charlie, Sun, Claire, and Dr. Jack.

Baby Eva…as cute as ever.

Chef Geoff was master on the cooking front. From the fried raviolis, to avocado bruschettas, to the delicious fajitas, everything was awesome. I love you Geoff!

Around the 8 o’ clock hour, I held a LOST Trivia game. Here we are during the lightning round.

After that we all sat down to witness the end of LOST. I truly will miss our weekly dosage of the greatness of that show. The more I think about it the more I love the way it ended and think it could not have been more perfect. The theme of the end was all about “letting go” and I think that this episode did that for the viewers. Yes, there were plenty of unanswered questions, but in the end that is not what matters. What an epic work — here’s to LOST!

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Elise and Paul’s laid-back, high-style wedding

I am so excited to finally share the wonderful wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Paul and Elise. It was such a special, personal day and they both put so much thought and personality in to every detail — the whole day was just SO Elise and Paul. From reading Elise’s blog, I know how much hard work she put into planning their wedding, but the whole day just seemed so effortless. Geoff and I both felt special to be the ones capturing it. We began the day taking some photos of Elise and Paul getting ready at the Citizen hotel, the location of their reception.

Let me tell you, I LOVED Elise’s color scheme. Orange and grey? Perfection! I am such a sucker for bright colors though.

Once the girls and guys were ready, we headed a couple blocks over to the ever beautiful Capitol Park for Elise and Paul’s first look.

Just around the corner from the Citizen, we spotted this amazing poppy-wall. It was just perfect. I’m dreaming of having a poppy-wall in my house now.

When it was time for their fist look, Elise ran up to Paul and gave him a huge bear hug. It was adorable. I just love getting to see the “first look faces”. So full of joy and excitement.

Then it was time to get the bridal party back together for some photos of this fine-looking group of friends.

Isn’t Elise’s dress wonderful? Not to mention how GORGEOUS she looked in it.

After picture time at the park, everyone headed to St. John’s Lutheran Church, which is simply lovely itself.

Elise nearly brought me to tears as she walked down the aisle with her dad. The look of overwhelming joy on her face and the happy tears that filled her eyes were just priceless.

And then they were married.

After the ceremony we all went back to the Citizen Hotel for some portraits of the newlyweds. We took a few out front and then rode up to their honeymoon suite for some pictures on the balcony overlooking the Sacramento skyline.

I proposed some jumping-on-the-bed photos and I’m so glad Paul and Elise said yes!

The wallpaper in the Citizen is to die for. It fit so perfectly with their color scheme!

Reception time! Check out all of Elise and Paul’s great details. My favorites are the cute menu cards (which Elise designed herself to match her wedding invitations) and the “e&p” cocktail napkins. So cute and colorful!

This one just cracks me up. I wonder what this little guy was saying that was so fascinating?

Elise’s aunts planned this awesome game where Paul and Elise had to answer questions like, “Who does most of the cleaning?”, and “Who is the better cook?” It was the first time I’d seen that at a wedding and it was soooo cute. They even got all but one question right!

CONGRATULATIONS Elise and Paul! We feel so honored to have been a part of your special day! Everything came together so beautifully. I know you two will have many, many years of happiness together. You two rock! Oh and readers, be sure to check out Elise’s blog to get the bride-and-groom side of the wedding day story!

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It’s Official!

You might remember my post about the little dog that followed me home one day. Geoff and I were looking for another home for him, but we just fell in LOVE with the sweet little guy. We decided we simply could not part with him. Well, things are official because today I just got the cute yellow collar I ordered for him and excitedly attached the tag I had made for him. Little Dog is the newest addition to our happy family!

He is seriously cute and so sweet and mellow. He is one of the cuddliest dogs I’ve known. We love him so much and he brings such happiness into our crazy lives.

Charlie is pretty happy about his little buddy sticking around too!