Category Archives: leesburg

school’s out (for summer)

{amazing cartwheel skills via flickr}

i’m feeling a bit like this adorable chica in her most awesome skirt right now. after turning in my final exam last night, i am done with school for a big fat four months. as most know, i was due to graduate this december, but it would mean a wicked series of finals starting the monday after our wedding. i figured i had better things to consume myself with over this upcoming thanksgiving break than my studies, so i get to treat myself to this little break which is much needed after two-plus straight years of two-plus nights per week in class.

now, i get to join steve in enjoying a return to free evenings which we plan to fill with cooking and walking and visiting the monuments at night and pretty much whatever we want. not too shabby and not too poorly timed considering we probably should reconnect before we tie the knot (wink!). on the agenda for these next few months are (among other things):

  • flowergirl shannon’s third birthday
  • our eight year anniversary (yowza!)
  • my bridal shower and, best of all, a visit from my parents & sis
  • fun couples shower for bridesmaid jamie and her fiance adam
  • jamie’s bachelorette weekend in the outter banks
  • my bachelorette weekend in newburyport (looookout!)
  • jamie and adam’s williamsburg wedding
  • no studying!

something tells me this summer and early fall will be nothing short of exhausting but we are certainly excited for all of the fun ahead. something also tells me that with some extra time on my hands, this blog is going to get a bit of extra attention so look forward to some extra, extra eleventwentyseven goodness!



Filed under 'maids, bridal party, family, leesburg, planning, steve + lara

it’s (almost) officially official


steve and i spent our morning at saint john the apostle roman catholic church signing our marriage agreement with father tran. this means our wedding ceremony date and time are on the books! since we are members of saint joseph’s in herndon who received an exception to bring our priest, father jim angert, to saint john’s chapel in beautiful downtown leesburg, there are still a few more hoops to jump through, but we’re well on our way.

we chose saint john’s in leesburg for our 2:00 pm ceremony because of my family’s ties to the area with two sets of aunts, uncles, and cousins. the historic church is also the prettiest in the area and perfectly sized for our guests. our intimate group of 150 will max out the pews making for a very cozy and special wedding mass. planning a catholic wedding is no simple task, even when you are both catholic, as we are learning. all of the excitement of pre cana begins in january and i know steve is especially looking forward to the couples retreat (just kidding).


Filed under ceremony, leesburg, planning