Just married!

by Kaylah Stroup

photo by Madeline Barr

I’m baaaaack. A little sunburnt, super sleepy and most importantly… MARRIED.

I did my best to get the blog all scheduled up before leaving but failed to get anything queued for this week. I’m not even worried about it though. It felt really nice to step away from the computer, and work for a week. One whole week spent with my family, friends and HUSBAND. Exploring the desert, eating all the gas station snacks, and making memories. I have so many photos I want to share – both my own and ones from our incredible photographer, Madeline. (She had a sneak peek ready for us the next morning. I can’t stop looking through them!!!)

When I packed for this trip I forgot to include my gratitude journal which means I woke up this morning I had a lot to write down. I have so many thoughts and stories to start writing about as soon as I catch up on sleep but I just wanted to share a little list of good things, random memories, and happy thoughts from the last week in no particular…

▴ Finally crossing Cadillac Ranch off the bucket list!
▴ The lady at the courthouse put ‘Justin’ on the marriage license instead of ‘Jeff’. She was embarrassed but we thought it was hilarious. It’s especially funny because Jeff loves to give fake names. (Obviously she fixed it.)
▴ Found the best coffee shop in Flagstaff, Single Speed Cafe. Had the best lavender latte of my life the day before we were married.
▴ Went into this knowing where we’d get married but not the exact spot. It was a blast hiking around with everyone to find the perfect spot to exchange vows the day before the wedding.  Definitely one of my favorite memories of the trip. There were even puppies involved.
▴ Sunsets in Arizona are seriously top notch.
The Wigwam is heaven on earth + the perfect place to have a mini reception! I just wanna swim forever.
▴ Exploring abandoned buildings with my dad was just as fun as I thought it would be!
▴ You guys, we got married in a ghost town, on top of an old tower complete with a spiraling staircase. Easily the best location EVER.
▴ Three words – complimentary cheese plate.
▴ So many great cemeteries! (Hello, welcome to the only blog where someone will be raving about how fabulous both their wedding and the cemeteries were!)
▴ Second to youngest niece correcting all the other kids – ‘He’s not Jeff anymore! He’s UNCLE Jeff!’
▴ Swimming with my nieces and nephew.
▴ Water slide races, even my dad + brothers got in on the action.
▴ Jeff looked soooo fine on our wedding day, and gosh darn it, I LOVE seeing that ring on his finger.
▴ Another favorite moment – Elycia going into the cave with her youngest, Olive, strapped to her in the carrier. We have zero plans for kids but Elycia is serious #momgoals.
▴ I only cried a little bit during the ceremony! I’m just as shocked as you are. Spent most of the day laughing, and just feeling overjoyed.
▴ Still can’t believe our friends and family came to the desert to watch us get married. I could cry about it now.
▴ Our wedding was legit perfect. PERIOD.

It was the trip of a lifetime!

That’s all for now. I have so much more to share later but we got home at 2 am this morning. Professor was meowing his little kitten head off and since picking Klaus up a little earlier this morning he hasn’t left my side, except to get toys to bring me. I have some cuddling to do!

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Miss Jane June 13, 2018 - 1:01 pm

Been following your blog for a really long time and am SO excited about seeing your wedding pics!!!!

Kaylah June 18, 2018 - 7:59 am

Thank you!

Jasilyn June 13, 2018 - 3:51 pm

Congratulations! Your wedding dress was beautiful!

Kaylah June 18, 2018 - 8:00 am

Thank you, Jasilyn! 🙂

Sara harvey June 13, 2018 - 4:48 pm

Aw! You have this pregnant lady tearing up over here! So so sweet! It looked like the perfect wedding! Seeing the ring on Jeff’s finger will continue to be awesome. I honestly never knew how much I would love that part. I’m so happy for you two and I can’t wait to see more photos because it looks so wonderful and I really want to take a road trip now! You deserve all the happiness life can bring! You guys seem like an amazing couple! All the love!

Kaylah June 18, 2018 - 8:11 am

Awww! Sara!!! Thank you! ❤️❤️❤️

Michaela June 13, 2018 - 4:58 pm

Oh my gosh, congrats! Sounds like you had a fantastic wedding and good times were had!

And no worries, I’m probably the only OTHER blog on the planet where you could potentially find gushing about beautiful wedding receptions and lush cemeteries. Possibly at the same time!

Kaylah June 18, 2018 - 8:03 am

Thank you!!! ❤️

Mindi June 13, 2018 - 5:31 pm

Reading this makes me wanna cry! I’m so so so so happy for you!!!

Kaylah June 18, 2018 - 7:53 am

Hehe! Thanks, Mindi! 🙂

Sam June 13, 2018 - 5:47 pm

This post made me smile a lot!!! Congrats, you guys! Can’t wait to see more shots as and when you decide to share them! ♥

Kaylah June 18, 2018 - 7:55 am

Thank you so much, Sam!!! <3

Erika June 13, 2018 - 11:14 pm

So awesome!! Congratulations!! Can’t wait to hear more about your absolutely perfect wedding day. 😊 The pictures you’ve posted here so far are SO GOOD! I cannot imagine how amazing the rest are! 🎉

Kaylah June 18, 2018 - 8:01 am

Thank you, Erika! ❤️

Michelle June 14, 2018 - 12:01 am

Congratulations! You two look lovely together! ♥


Kaylah June 18, 2018 - 7:54 am

Thank you, Michelle! 🙂

Shelby June 14, 2018 - 12:06 am

Ahhh! Congrats you too!

Kaylah June 18, 2018 - 7:54 am

Thank youuuu! 🙂

Indya | The Small Adventurer June 14, 2018 - 3:02 am

I’m so happy for you!!! It’s been amazing reading your blogs for the last couple of years and seeing you grow both as a person on your own, and within your relationship with Jeff! I wish you all a lifetime of happiness, and the fact that your family is already calling him Uncle Jeff is just too sweet 😭

Kaylah June 18, 2018 - 8:00 am

Aw!! Thank you so much, Indya!! ❤️❤️❤️

Sabela June 14, 2018 - 4:18 am

Congrats, congrats, congrats!!!

Kaylah June 18, 2018 - 7:54 am

Thank you!!!

Elycia June 14, 2018 - 8:25 am

I’m so happy we got to be a part of this wedding trip. It was a blast and we loved spending time with everyone.
Watching you guys get married was just the sweetest thing ever!
Oh and your confidence in me not letting a baby hold me back definitely gave me the extra courage I needed to tackle the cave!

Kaylah June 18, 2018 - 7:57 am

You’re the absolute best. I’m so lucky to call you a friend. ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ ❤️

Marine Leisy June 14, 2018 - 10:47 am

I am so ridiculousy happy for you guys and I can not wait to see the photos!!

Kaylah June 18, 2018 - 7:55 am

Thanks, Marine!!! 🙂

Carson June 14, 2018 - 10:50 am

This made me so happy! There was a big smile on my face the entire time I read your post. Thank you for sharing!

Kaylah June 18, 2018 - 7:56 am

Awwww! ❤️

Christene June 14, 2018 - 11:47 am

Congratulations Sweetie 😀

Kaylah June 18, 2018 - 7:53 am

Thank you!! 🙂

Sarah June 14, 2018 - 3:18 pm

CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I’m so excited see hear all about your amazing wedding trip!

Kaylah June 18, 2018 - 7:57 am

Thank you, Sarah!! ❤️

Kristina B June 14, 2018 - 4:39 pm

YAY You’re back!! I can’t wait to see more pictures and I’m so happy for you both! xoxo

Kaylah June 18, 2018 - 7:53 am

Thank you sooo much, Kristina! 🙂

Bohemian June 14, 2018 - 5:47 pm

Congratulations! Yes, the Wigwam is superb, it’s close to where we live and I should book a Staycation there someday soon, you reminded me of how wonderful our Desert environment truly is, I Love Arizona.

Kaylah June 18, 2018 - 8:02 am

Gosh, we love the Wigwam SO much! We try to go once a year. It’s so relaxing there and THOSE BEDS. SO comfy!!!!

Arizona is easily one of the most beautiful states!

Kaili | Weirdwonderfulwanderlust June 14, 2018 - 5:51 pm

Your wedding looks like such a dream! It’s so perfectly *you*. You look absolutely radiant. I can’t wait to see more photos if you are planning on sharing them!

Kaylah June 18, 2018 - 7:58 am

Thank you, Kaili!!! 🙂

Tara June 15, 2018 - 7:15 pm

congratulations, girl! cannot wait to see the rest of the photos 🙂

Kaylah June 18, 2018 - 7:50 am

Thanks, Tara! 🙂

Kristen June 20, 2018 - 12:32 pm

The desert is so beautiful, how lovely to of had your wedding there. I see your sandals in your picture and they look to have arch support. (I have terrible feet to take care of, so I notice these things.) Could you tell me the name of your sandals?

Kaylah June 25, 2018 - 9:45 am

This is them;

They are SO comfortable! I highly recommend them!

Diane Cayton Hakey July 14, 2018 - 1:43 pm

Our daughter and son-in-law live in Litchfield Park, AZ. He has worked at the Wigwam Resort for MANY years. They visited us here in Virginia last week and I asked if he had seen you there and he did! It’s a very small world we all live in. Congratulations to the two of you as you enter married life. Wishing you many happy years together. xox

Kaylah July 16, 2018 - 1:57 pm

Hahah! That’s so funny, what a small world! We love the Wigwam SO much. We go almost every year. It’s just so beautiful there.

Thank you so much! 🙂

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