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Independence Day Union

John and I got married this past 4th of July. Thank you SO much to all of our friends and family who traveled from around the world to celebrate with us! To those who weren’t able to come, you were missed. I put together a mood board roundup of sorts to give you a sense of the day (click on the image below to enlarge):

Mood Board

1. Guava and Grey: Color palate according to me. As far as I know guava is a color invented by David’s Bridal but it basically means dark peach.

2. Tropical: Color palate according to my mom- mango, guava, and raspberry; We may have had a philosophical difference on color palate but we certainly agreed on the end result.

3. DC Backdrop (without ever having to go into DC): Our reception was held at the Key Bridge Marriot, which has floor-to-ceiling windows with views of Georgetown, the Potomac River, the waterfront, and a handful of monuments.

4. Salsa Dancing: Because what makes more sense when you get married on the 4th of July and have a mixed heritage of Italian, German, Irish, and Norwegian?

5. Carol thinks of everything: My mom is the greatest party planner of all time. If you have never carried a color swatch in your purse for 12 months, trolled craigslist for vintage British toast holders, put together two full-size post card racks, hosted 120 people in your backyard, or considered wedding planner as your next hobby then you might not be ready to compete with her for that title. She was the mastermind behind our wedding and she thinks of everything:

  • Guest names were printed onto vintage postcards and organized on two full-size postcard racks
  • Our cake was frosted in white buttercream with lacey details. The top three layers were chocolate mousse. We learned that a fourth layer of mousse would smoosh under the weight of three stories above so we picked lemon curd for the bottom layer.
  • After graduation John and I traveled to Istanbul, Turkey to visit my cousin Madeline and her husband Ansel. Our favorite souvenirs of the trip barely made it home because they were delicious chocolate covered almonds. We loved them so much we recruited Maddy, Ansel, and my Aunt Moira to fly 20 pounds of chocolate almonds (in our tropical color palate) all the way from Istanbul to share with our guests!

6. Entertainment: We were blessed with beautiful weather! Not only was it unseasonably cool for July in DC but no rain meant a national display of fireworks over the monuments!

7. Groom’s Cake: My childhood babysitter is now an extraordinarily talented pastry chef ( When she offered to make a grooms cake we were thrilled to accept. After discussing a few ideas over District Taco she came up with this cake which could not be more perfect. John still has two toadstools and a goomba displayed in the office.

8. Deely-Boppers: Our good family friend Mr. Ricig is an amazing artist. Not only did he design our invitations, he also surprised us with a personalized champagne bottle and Deely-Bopper hats!

We have never felt more loved and surrounded by talent! Thank you especially to our parents who hosted an exceptional rehearsal dinner and wedding!

Thanks to Jessica for Hair and MakeupThankful for these Beauties

Best ManBest Men

hershisMom and Dadgoing to the chapel


too cuteJimmy!

My dad <3my husband

his new fammy new fam

beautiful familyStevens family



GuavaThank you Will, Uncle Don, and Aunt Shelia!



Fireworks and Resolutions

I found out that getting married and launching a new career have a way of thoroughly derailing a blog.  But encouragement from a few of you and our impending kitchen remodel has me motivated to try again!  My 2015 resolution is to finally give a wedding and basement renovation recap.  It’s only been 6 months!  In the meantime here is a review of Running Uphill in 2014:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,500 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 25 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.