BYU 175th Opening Social

My wife and I serve in a BYU Stake, in particular the Provo YSA 12th stake, 175th ward. This past Friday (Sept 2nd) was our ward opening social. Opening socials are always fun because everyone is trying to get to know everyone else. The bishopric made hamburgers and a good time was had by all.  Follow this link to view the pictures.

Diane and Rob

Diane and Rob were married in February in the Sacramento Temple.  I have to say that the Temple grounds are the most unique of any of the temples that I have had the privilege of attending. The grounds are huge, this is saying something in California, and deer and wild turkeys were everywhere.  At one point Jo (my wife) and I counted over 30 turkeys just in the area we were observing.

Diane and Rob were a joy to photograph, take a look.

We’re Back…

It has been a craaazzzzyyy year.  Between family weddings and babies and life, the blog has been neglected; to say the least.  I have started the update process by posting some wedding albums from the past year (right hand side, down just a bit under wedding albums.) Over the next month or so, I’ll get them all current and you can see what has been keeping life interesting.

In the meantime I be playing catch up on the posts…

 

Oregon Coast. Black & White Version.

Earlier this Fall, we took a drive through California and up the Oregon Coast. It may or may not have taken 8 hours to go roughly 200 miles, simply because of all the amazing scenery that was just dying to documented by my camera. These are just a FEW of the shots taken…

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Baby Jacob.

This little dude is 6 weeks old and only about 6 pounds- my oldest, yet tiniest baby to date. He was born several weeks early, and by the time he came home from the NICU for me to get my hands on him, he had already turned into a little man. It was strange to me that such a tiny little person could already have so much strength and personality.
Such a sweet little guy.

Benson & Albree. Reception.

Welcome to the amazingness that was Benson and Albree’s reception. After 2 short, yet very long months of planning, everything came together beautifully for the perfect night to celebrate. We were in absolute burlap and lace heaven! Love!

All the flowers were provided by Willow and Wildflowers and they were absolutely stunning! 

Pulled pork, BBQ beef, hotdogs, salads, pies, soft serve ice cream and homemade rootbeer. 
If you left hungry, it was your own fault!

Jane Cluff made skirts for all of the sisters, nieces and bride’s maids. That’s nearly 60 skirts in all (see them all HERE in their family picture). They were SO cute! This girl has some serious talent…
Their cake was made by Carolee, Benson’s sister. Not only did it look beautiful, it was SO good!

And mini jars of honey and jam as parting gifts. Perfection.
Congrats you two!

The biggest family ever!

This is my family. Well, my in-laws. 14 siblings and 45 grandkids. Every one of them was in town last week for the wedding of Benson (the youngest Cluff and final one to get married) and Albree. What an incredible family this is… and not just in size. 

Blake & Cassi. Reception.

Yes, I know… I’m a little behind in my reception posting. Better late than never, right?
Instead of your typical “Mormon Reception”, Cassi wanted to have a somewhat intimate gathering/dinner with some of her closest friends and family; those who helped get her and Blake to the point they are at now in their lives-happily married for all eternity. This girl had a very specific vision in mind and it turned out so classy. It was very “Audrey Hepburn goes to Paris”. They requested that every guest wear black and white and celebrate with them their black-tie affair. 
A beautiful occasion for a truly beautiful couple!
Bon Appetit!