September 30, 2013

Jackson Engagement Celebration

The engagement season has been sweet for many reasons.  Some of our most treasured moments have been times when we have been surrounded by family and friends.  My parents’ friends hosted a party for Kern and me in Mississippi recently and it was a wonderful evening of hugging old friends and a fun opportunity for Kern to meet people that have been important to me over the years.  It is humbling to be in the presence of so many folks who have known me my entire life—many of whom have loved me throughout my childhood and taught me in Sunday School, shepherded me in high school and who still deeply care about me—and now us.

A dear friend I have known my whole life (and who I used to take art lessons from as a child!) painted the fabulous Mississippi canvas!

My best friends' mother painted the tandem bicycle watercolor painting of us.

There were lovely "E & K" signs everywhere!

The beautiful Linda Richards puts some final touches on the food table!

My favorite people!  Dad, Mom, me, Kern, Jody and Greg.
Kern almost looked at the right camera!

These girls!  Liz, Sara Tyson and Mary Jane were there to help us celebrate!

Sweet grandparents--where would we be without them?

All the siblings, minus Josh and Lee!
Kensy, Kay, Chris, me, Kern

My Gran Fran--lovely as ever!

Mom, me and Aunt Susan

And lastly, Greg and me.  He and I are ready to cut a rug at the wedding!

Words are truly inadequate to thank each person who had a hand in making the evening one we will never forget.  I get sad when I think about the party being over...until I remember that we get to celebrate again at the wedding!

September 18, 2013

Celebrating with Friends

I woke up before my alarm starting ringing on Saturday morning...because I was so excited about getting to spend the day with six of my best friends.  The DC girls who are in our wedding had planned a perfect day, complete with wine tasting, delicious food, quality girl time and cool fall weather.

I always forget how much I love the Virginia countryside until I return.  It's beautiful!

I felt so special with my "Future Mrs. Hoff" sash on all day!

We had an amazing picnic on the edge of a little pond.

When we got back to DC, we had dinner at one of my favorite Italian spots followed by a lovely little party at Laine's apartment.

The treats were amazing!

Let's just say this: there was lots of laughter and a good time was had by all!

Carolyn made my adorable MRS wooden blocks!

"In friendship...we think we have chosen our peers. In reality a few years' difference in the dates of our births, a few more miles between certain houses, the choice of one university instead of another...the accident of a topic being raised or not raised at a first meeting--any of these chances might have kept us apart. But, for a Christian, there are, strictly speaking no chances. A secret master of ceremonies has been at work. Christ, who said to the disciples, you have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, I can truly say to every group of Christian friends, you have not chosen one another but I have chosen you for one another. The friendship is not a reward for our discriminating and good taste in finding one another out. It is the instrument by which God reveals to each of us the beauties of others."
C.S. Lewis

September 16, 2013

Engagement Photos in DC

Washington, D.C.

The city where we met and fell in love.

DC will always hold a special place in our hearts--and be an important part of our story.

Erin Scott is the photographer who took our pictures.  We had a great time walking around the Hill with her and she made the experience relaxing and fun.

Eastern Market - our go-to weekend spot

East Capitol Street

Kern's front steps - my favorite place to "people watch"

East side of the Capitol 

The Summer House on the Capitol Grounds

Sunset with the Washington Monument behind us

Here's to happy memories and an exciting future!
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