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Wedding Planning (Part 1)

One way to complicate wedding planning is to pile health issues on top of it. Back in June and July of this year, I was really feeling the stress of having liver disease and what that meant for our wedding. Since hearing the great news that my liver seems to be behaving now, Erik & I have been able to focus on planning our big day. This will be the first of multiple blog posts that chronicle our planning process.

natural-lifestyle-blog-hashimotos-thyroid-disease-nature-wedding-planning-19-of-19Being a wedding photographer, I’ve had the advantage of having a decent idea of the venues in our area. I’ve also studied other photographers’ work and have had knowledge of some venues that way as well. That’s where I found this lovely space. I showed it to Erik and we both immediately fell in love with it and made plans to go check it out.

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The lawn in the back is my favorite part about the venue:

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Anyway, that’s where we’re at so far. Back at home, it’s finally locals’ summer. For those who are reading from outside the Jersey shore, locals’ summer is the group of weeks between Labor Day and the first day of autumn when the folks who live at the shore get to experience what’s great about summer in New Jersey without the tourists. It’s what us locals look forward to all summer long. To celebrate, we went to the boardwalk to go mini golfing with my Mom.

The weather was so perfect, as were all of my Mom’s facial expressions after almost every putt she made, haha.

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natural-lifestyle-blog-hashimotos-thyroid-disease-aih-34-of-67 natural-lifestyle-blog-hashimotos-thyroid-disease-aih-35-of-67 natural-lifestyle-blog-hashimotos-thyroid-disease-aih-36-of-67 natural-lifestyle-blog-hashimotos-thyroid-disease-aih-38-of-67 natural-lifestyle-blog-hashimotos-thyroid-disease-aih-39-of-67 natural-lifestyle-blog-hashimotos-thyroid-disease-aih-40-of-67  natural-lifestyle-blog-hashimotos-thyroid-disease-aih-42-of-67 natural-lifestyle-blog-hashimotos-thyroid-disease-aih-vert-3-of-3Then, it happened: I got a hole-in-one!

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Thanks for reading,

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1 Comment

  • Reply Richard (Vincent) Morton September 17, 2016 at 4:22 PM

    Ashton This is your dad’s cousin. Your grandmother was my aunt and she was 6 days younger than me.

    Now I was looking for more info about the part 1 of wedding plans.

    In case you need someone to witness your wedding vows let me know. I am available.

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