November 29, 2011

one month of barlowness!

1st .. my husband is just so handsome.
see below.

2nd .. he hasnt shaved since our wedding day.
i love it.
he just accomplished his secret life goal of no shave november.

3rd .. we moved to Utah on saturday.
i know, short notice and right after the holiday but we are here!

4th .. i served in wisconsin so i should be able to handle the cold right?
i am really starting to wonder how i survived 2 wisconsin winters.
Utah is already cold to me and mr barlow is wearing tshirts and sandals yet.

5th .. we are still on the apartment hunt but today as a 1 month anniversary present from apartment heaven we have 2 solid leads.
things are looking up!

things we [i am choosing to speak for mr. barlow right now] love about marriage:
[the following are kinda cheesy/cutesy/lovey, just to warn you]

* not having to travel back and forth from monrovia to burbank
* getting to come home to each other at the end of the day
* falling asleep and waking up next to each other
*  sharing dinner together every eve
* traveling together and getting to stay in hotels together
* reading scriptures together every night
* praying together
* watching our wedding videos almost everyday

life is wonderful.
there are more favorites about why we love being mr. & mrs. but we'll keep it to that for now!

i love this marriage thing. he loves this marriage thing.
win! win!

we are looking forward to the many adventures we will have together.

here are just a few:

* living out of our suitcases for this whole month of marriage! we are pretty lucky to have such great family in California and Utah to let us stay with them till we get an apartment.

* driving to Utah in separate cars, mind you they were filled to the BRIM with our stuff and jacob didnt have a phone. we used the old age technique of flashing our lights and driving around each other to talk.

* mr. barlow taking me to the urgent care 2 days into our move to utah.
do not fret friends and family, all is well with me!
i got some meds and am feeling tons better.

lets just say life is interesting and fun and new.
i love it.

November 24, 2011

so much thankfulness

i am thankful for another thanksgiving with mr. barlow.

last year we had just been on our 2nd marathon date.
we had thanksgiving at the barlows AND the warners.

this year we are marrieds.
we had thanksgive with the barlows and marmie warner came over to join in on the feast.

i am thankful for family.
my marmie, my sisters.
i am thankful for the 30+ barlows i inherited less then a month ago.
i am thankful for love.
from all my family and my husband.
everyday i am more and more thankful for my mission and that i was able to serve in wisconsin.
i am obsessed yet.

life is wonderful! 
each day there are miracles that happen in my life.

i watched this mormon message the other day and just loved it so much.
enjoy. its beautiful.

November 20, 2011

savin' me some dates!

a lot happened right before mr. barlow and i got our marriage on.

i like to blog about these happenings but my life was consumed with work and wedding plans.

but here is the goodness that happened ..

yep that is right.
the last warner girl is off the market.

big bro A will officially be my brother in law and i could not be more excited!
they go together like beaches and the sun.
[cheesy i know but they live in florida.]

night of their engagement!

they make each other so happy and i just love it.

my L showin off her bling!
and some amazingly good Dole Whip.
thank you Disneyland!

exactly 11 months from today my big sister will be ..
Laura Anna Marie Warner Wann!
[and just a btw i made their save the date for them! i kinda love.]

can you and A row off together into the sunset at the end of your wedding?!

AND ..

this next couple just gives me smiles and smiles!


i love their engagement story and i am so glad there are so many photos!

on 10.28.11 they got their engagement on.
just the night before the barlow wedding!

cats sister, colleen, did all my hair and make up for my wedding [she is amazing btw!] and so i made cat get up at like 7am while colleen was getting me ready so i could hear all about her romantic scavenger hunt!

i love cat. i love pey.
i love PeyCat.

he treats her like a queen. 
and they rock the HK to LA dating/engaged relationship.

in 6 months and minus a day i will be at the PeyCat wedding of the year!

just like cat passed the baton to jacob when we got engaged i pass mine to you for cat. we will always be MelCat but i know you will forever make her the happiest women!

i love weddings and marriage.
especially when its your family and best friend!

November 18, 2011

marriage & photography = my speciality

as i was in the midst of plans for the warner/barlow wedding a lot of other people were gettin their marriage on as well!

heres to the other recent newlyweds!

first up i was asked to go back to my other fav state for!
I heart wisconsin yet.

Erik & Sara Johnson
August 27, 2011
Green Bay, Wisconsin

next up was just 2 weeks BEFORE my marriage day!

Jordan & April Zepeda
October 15, 2011
Arcadia, California


and then just 2 weeks AFTER the barlow wedding was ..!

Spencer & Rachel Su'a
November 12, 2011
Los Angeles, California

so much love!
so much happiness! 
so much marriage!

November 17, 2011

mark & terri warner

i love that they were born the same year, same month and only a week apart from each other!

i love that my mom started the tradition of a balloon on my dads birthday.
thank you husband for remembering!

thank you marmie for being the best of the best marmies us three ladies could have!
thank you and dad for being born and getting married!
and obvi having us three!

November 15, 2011

mr. & mrs. barlow

i am officially now mrs. barlow.
at least according to fb & gmail.
those are the most important right?!

as i have been updating my info to mrs. barlow i decided to take my blog on that adventure of change as well ..
[it really is quite an adjustment seeing your last name as not the one you had for the last 26 years of life!]

so if you are searching for my blog now you are gonna want to go to ..

got that?! i hope so! i like all of you in my life. 
i stalk you. you stalk me.
love it.

now onto the wedding goodness.

mr. barlow and i are pretty much OBSESSED with our wedding!
mostly because we had so much family & friends there to support us in love, song, dance & laughter!
seriously we have some great people in our lives.
thank you.

the whole day was filled with so so so much love & smiles!
even getting caught in an hour of LA traffic didnt even phase us this day.

10.29.11 goes on the record as #1 moment in my life.

some video was taken to highlight this wonderful day.
i can watch it over and over. you dont have to!
but at least watch all of the barlow flash mob!

i love watching us come out of the Temple & seeing all the love & happiness of all of you.
best ever.

best surprise to me!
welcome to the barlow in law club!
seriously best initiation ever.

barlow flash mob!
they had been practicing this for 2 months & we had NO clue!
even the warners were in on it!

and i think everyone now knows how much mr. barlow & i truly love to dance!
we have dance parties just on our own. it is just wonderful.

i love our wedding day.
i love this married thing.
i love mr. barlow

thank you hanya for such a lovely blog post & your wonderful instagrams!

thank you marcello for your amazing photog skills & being being able to handle such a large wedding party!

marcello posted some film photos of this great event here >>> jacob & melanie barlow

i love eternity.

more to come later on post wedding life.
i do have more to blog document but now i need to go cuddle with my husband.