Coronado, California

Yesterday, we had the chance to explore Coronado, California with our friends Lindsay and Luke Murray! Oh and we can’t forget Bentley! (I love that cute curly haired kid.)

We drove from Carlsbad to Lindsay’s Grandpa’s condo right by Hotel Del Coronado and the view is AMAZING from their condo. Lindsay’s sister Mary and her husband Zack and their baby Stella were there also. It was nice to catch up with everyone! The last time I saw them were at our wedding and that day was so busy that I barely talked to anyone! Steven is the sweetest for letting us go visit them in Coronado because I get to see Lindsay in 10 days hahaha in Mesa!!

Luke ordered a HUGE pizza and we caught up more. For all of those who don’t know Lindsay, she’s one of my very best friends. We met at BYU during the fall of our freshmen year.  We became roommates at Helaman Halls winter semester and it’s been Lizzie & Lindsay (and 6 chicks) ever since!!! Lindsay got married to Luke in 2011 so she’s been married forever now but we’ve still been friends with everything that has happened in our lives. If only we moved to Mesa then our kids could grow up together hahaha

After pizza, Lindsay, Luke, Bentley, Steven and I took a lonnngggg walk to the dog park at the end of the beach and it was a ton of fun catching up with Lindsay and looking at all of the cute beach front houses. We got to the dog park and there weren’t that many dogs because it was raining but it was fun seeing Bentley get licked by all the dogs!!

We walked back to the condos in the rain and it was just an awesome day with some of our great friends. We are definitely thankful for great friends like Lindsay and Luke who will always be lifelong friends to us.

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(Their amazing view from their condo)

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(Sorry for the overload pics on Bentley, I just love this little guy)

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(Hotel Del Coronado… Can we stay here one day Steven?)

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(Love her! From freshmen roommates, graduating together, marriage and a baby!!)

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#CoupleGoals

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(Looking for the dogs)

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(What a hottieeeee)

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(Carrying Lindsay’s baby bag and walking away from me saying.. “I am not INSTAGRAM HUSBAND)

xoxo,

Lizzie Lin Johnson

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Christmas in Carlsbad & Las Vegas

Our first “married” christmas together! Steven and I left Provo Wednesday, the 23rd and headed south to sunny Las Vegas, NV! We spent 2 days with my family before heading down to Carlsbad! It was nice because my mom and stepdad made an effort to actually have some sort of “Christmas” at our house for Steven.  Growing up, we would always have a Christmas tree but not a lot of presents under the tree because my parents would just give my brother and I money in a Chinese Red envelope. My parents worked the graveyard shifts at the Casinos so they were always asleep Christmas morning.  (I know, so sad..) Anyways, we brought gifts for my family and my family had gifts under the tree for Steven and I! We had the chance to open our gifts on Christmas Eve and it was a ton of fun! It was a special time for me especially because my parents put the effort in to make sure we had a Christmas in our home before we left for Carlsbad. My mom really loves Steven and it’s tender to see that I married the right guy who loves my family and vice versa!

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(That’s Shark Fin… A Chinese delicacy… worth $2,000)

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We also had the chance to spend time with my baby brother George, my dad and my stepmom Sandy! We had a huge FEAST at their home with Sandy’s family as well. After spending time with my dad’s family, we went to Erick Yamagata’s annual family Christmas party.  They are basically like my second family and every year i’ve gone to their family Christmas party! I brought Steven (Obviously) & introduced him to everyone of Erick’s family. I’m glad Erick & Tricia could get to know Steven better!

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Christmas Day –

We left Vegas and drove South another 5 hours to Carlsbad, CA where Steven’s parents live! We got to open presents with his family and it was a ton of fun seeing his nieces & nephews open their gifts! The BEST gift that was given was fart silly putty. hahaha you press your fingers down into this putty stuff and it makes a loud fart noise.  The kids were going crazy and Steven’s dad bought it for $.99 at the dollar store!! Also, Steven’s family stays in their Christmas PJ’s all day for Christmas.  But, when you’re married you buy your own PJs and Steven forgot about that so… sweatpants & leggings for us hahaha next year we’ll get matching PJs.

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(Steven’s dad in his Darth Vader ONESIE LOL)

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(I helped Ethan, Kylie & Lexi make their gingerbread house!)

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(First Christmas with my husband was perfect.  I can’t wait for many more!!)

I love love spending time with both of our families. I’m grateful for this Christmas season that reminds us of what matters most in life & how we can spread cheer to everyone that we see! Check out this AWESOME video and I hope you all have a great holiday break with your families wherever you may be!

XOXO,

Lizzie Lin Johnson

Our Wedding Day

Okay, so it’s been exactly 4 months since our wedding day! I know I know… I’ve procrastinated. Please forgive me.

If you follow me on Instagram or you are my friend on Facebook, you’ve already seen a LOT of photos from our favorite day ever. Also, this is my first post on this new blog.  My New Year’s Resolution is to be consistent for an entire year on this blog! I know if I am consistent in 2016 it’ll help me later on in years to come.  Yes, this is my 3rd blog but I have a feeling this will be my best blog yet!

I’m focusing on a “lifestyle blog.” Yeah yeah… Lifestyle.. that can be anything right? My main focus is on my family, the adventures we go on, the food we cook in our home, and whatever I want my life to be hahaha I’m starting this as like my online journal for Steven & I. If it gets big, then yay! If not, totally fine.

So on to our wedding day! Wow. I can’t believe it’s been 4 months already. Time definitely goes by fast when you get to spend everyday with your best friend. Steven and I got sealed in the Los Angeles Temple on August 22nd, 2015. A day I want to relive over and over.

The day before we took bridals and did the “first look” photos at El Matador State Beach in Malibu, CA.  It was a beautiful, sunny day and it was SO MUCH FUN! Some of my favorite photos are from the beach. That night we had our really relaxed rehearsal dinner at one of Steven’s groomsmen’s home in La Cañada, CA.  After the rehearsal dinner, Jaime, Emilee, my photographer Hunter, My make up girl Tiffany, and My videographer’s assistant stay in my teeny tiny but cute hotel room.  I got to share my last night being single with some of my best friends though!

August 22nd, 2015 –

I woke up SO EARLY because our sealing time was at 9:30 – AKA you had to be at the temple an hour AND A half before it started so 8AM. I woke up around 5:45AM, showered, blow dried my hair (which takes forever), and woke up Tiffany to start doing my hair & make up! Thank goodness for best friends who bring you breakfast from the hotel kitchen AND blow dry your dress from you since they washed it the night before to get all the sand out. If you could see the sight of our little hotel room, you would die laughing. Steven came to pick me up and it was all getting SO REAL. Like I was getting MARRIED. Seriously mind blowing.

Steven and I got to the temple and I met up with Sis. Paul (Meagan Paul’s mom who’s like my 2nd mom) because she was my escort throughout the sealing and helped me in the Brides-room to get ready! This was my first time inside the Los Angeles temple and it’s just so BIG and so beautiful.

Our sealing was amazing.  Words can’t even describe the feelings that I had when I walked in the room and saw all of my closest family and friends. Funny story: I started tearing up and when I blinked… it was like BOOM. Black makeup just running down my face. I guess my makeup girl forgot to put waterproof eyeliner on me lol oops. I looked like a wreck.  But, thankfully Steven wiped those tears away so I wouldn’t get black on my dress.  It was a perfect PERFECT sealing.

After the sealing, Sis. Paul was helping me get ready and I put my wedding dress on and I was so excited!! But, all of my makeup was ruined! Tiffany, my makeup girl wasn’t endowed yet so she couldn’t go inside the temple but luckily she gave all of her makeup to Kari and she saved the day! Thank you Kari! Steven and I were supposed to be the first couple to come out but since i took forever to get ready, we were the last couple (there were 7 couples I think?) Luckily, we went last because that means more time on the stairs for family pictures!

The temple workers were so friendly and when it was our time to step out to see all of our family and friends.. they said “Introducing Mr. & Mrs. Johnson!!” We came out of the temple doors and it was like one big party!!! Oh man, I loved seeing everyone I knew outside the temple! The first person to hug me was my mom.  She looked so happy and that’s when I knew I just did something right! Since my family are not members of the church, they were not able to go inside the temple to witness my sealing.  They patiently waited outside and I greeted all of them with big hugs.

Then we took photos.. lots of them.  Hunter was so fast and efficient that we were done with family photos in minutes! Then we took bridesmaid & groomsmen photos. Also props to Hunter for working with 14 bridesmaids and 12 groomsmen! it was a huge party! I’m glad I had that many bridesmaids because when are we all going to be together in one place ever again? I love all of those girls so much!

Steven and I took Bride & Groom photos around the temple and it was so fun just being newlyweds! I’ve dreamed about this day my entire life and I can’t believe it was happening! After the temple, we went to Diddy Riese so Justin can film us eating our favorite dessert! When we got there our friends were already there! As we were walking out of Diddy Riese, the pizza place next door – Pieology were in aww that we just got married! We went inside because Hunter & Tiffany went and got pizza and they were like “We are so glad you came in!!! Here, come.. order a pizza, it’s on us!!” Tender mercies because we were STARVING! and they were so fun! We took pics with them in the kitchen and got to make our own pizza!!

After Pieology,  we drove to Vista Hermosa Natural Park because of the great views of the city. It was a little hike up to this bench where it’s the best place to take photos and film.  Google did not lie and the view was breathtaking of the city.  Steven and I were kinda tired and it was really hot so we were only there for about 30 minutes. Then we were on our way to our ring ceremony!!

Our ring ceremony was located at the same backyard our reception will be.  We got there and the caterer was still setting up so we had time to freshen up and relax before the ring ceremony.  The backyard looked AMAZING by the way.  It was everything I pictured.  Black & white stripes, lots of colors, flowers, everything was what I wanted. The ring ceremony was supposed to start around 5:15 because the reception was at 6PM.  We only invited our close friends and family because we wanted this to be more intimate.  But, my dad was running late!! So we decided to have my stepdad walk me down the aisle.

The ring ceremony was perfect.  it was what my family needed to see to know for sure that we actually got married since they couldn’t go inside the temple.  I’m really glad we had a ring ceremony because it made our non-member friends participate in some type of wedding event. Steven and I told each other why we love each other and yes, I cried.  I always cry lol

The Reception –

The reception was so fun!!! We had a pasta bar, crepes, mini doughnuts on top of shot glasses of milk, photo booth, lots and lot of dancing! So many of my friends from high school came and it was so great to see all of them! It was like a mini reunion. I loved dancing the night away with steven and all of my friends and family! So many people came from everywhere!! Honestly, i was so shocked but I love everyone that came and the people that I met as well! We had a bubble exit & we were off to our hotel in Pasadena!

Thank you all so so much for making our day so perfect.  We couldn’t have done it without any of you.  We feel so loved and we are definitely blessed to have the most amazing friends and family. It’s been a great 4 months of marriage and I can’t wait for the many more months we get to spend with each other! Enjoy the photos and our wedding video!!

xoxo,

Lizzie Lin Johnson

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