It’s with a bit of relief that I step into January. December was an incredible month, but it was also a little bit of insanity.

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We’ve had quite a bit of snow this year.

It’s nice to breathe again.

My wedding was incredible. Despite some mishaps with the catering, everything went smoothly.

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Yup it was cold, but worth it. (Photo by Brian Van Wyk)

The hall that we used as our venue is by no means fully renovated, but we managed to get the last few essentials done the night before the wedding (phew!). It looked incredible and everyone finally understood why we were working so hard to make this venue work.

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Most importantly, everyone enjoyed it, and it was the perfect celebration with the very closest of family and friends.

Then once that was over, it was time for Christmas. More roaring fires, family, friends, and delicious food.

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Cat-proof ornaments

December rather felt like one long celebration.

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This year’s tree topper: Santa Squid

Of course I think I have some residual stress that I haven’t quite gotten rid of. I’m still having a bit of a hard time fully relaxing. So much of my time and energy went into planning the wedding and making sure it went smoothly (I can see why some people opt to just hire wedding planners) that it’s kind of hard to believe it’s actually over. It’s done. I’m married, and life can finally move forward again.

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And now it’s 2017. January. And I come freshly armed with a new camera and a fresh excitement for the new year.

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The ornament I bought in Germany. Just like the ones my Grandmother used to send.

January will be a recovery month, but also a month to start getting back into the groove of real life and my goals.

I hope you Christmas and New Years were wonderful, whether eventful or relaxing.

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Forward, Ho!

Something incredibly exciting happened recently: I got engaged!

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Obligatory photo!

I’ll try not to gush too much, but it’s much too exciting not to share it with you all. Marriage was never the end-goal in my life. But the romantic part of me, which usually likes to hide away, really, really loves the idea of getting married to the person I love most.

Apparently my fiancé had been planning the proposal for months. I was oblivious to it all, which made the surprise all the more special. It was private, and intimate, and absolutely perfect. Of course, we’ve had to get the ring resized twice, since apparently my fingers are smaller than estimated.

Now that we’ve had time to enjoy our time as newly-engaged, it’s time to start planning the wedding! This means a lot of work between now and December. This certainly will not become a wedding blog, but there may be various updates on the process. We will be doing a lot of it by ourselves, so there may be some frustrated rants.

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I’ve started drafting wedding invite cards!

On that note, any advice and recommendations are very welcome! We will be having a very small wedding, but I don’t doubt there will be much to do. I would love to hear your experiences and any tips or tricks!