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!!
Lizzie Lin Johnson