Friday, October 2, 2015
So, it appears that I haven't written a blog since 10 days before the wedding. Man oh man, so much has happened since then. Up first...my bridal portraits. We were fortunate enough to have RayEric Photography, a wonderful couple from College Station as our photographers for my bridals and the wedding. At that point, Ray and Chloe lived here in town as Chloe was finishing up her schooling at the Vet School here at Texas A&M. Since then, they have moved to the Austin area and are still taking beautiful pictures. If you are in that area and in need of a wedding photographer, I would HIGHLY recommend them. As soon as Kevin and I met them at a local coffee shop to talk about potentially being our wedding photographers, we loved them! They were easy going, had beautiful pictures, and just wanted to be a part of our day. Kevin discussed potentially taking "Groomals" in addition to my "Bridals". For a minute, I thought he had convinced Ray to do it. Ray and Chloe rolled with our punches and we had a lot of fun with them. Our wedding photography was one of the easiest part of the wedding planning process for us. I took my bridals on a cloudy day in March. I was worried it was going to rain, but luckily, it held off. It all became real on that day. My hair was up, my makeup was perfect, I put on the jewelry, and then...the dress. At that moment, it really all came together and I realized that this was it. This was what I was going to look like on the day I married my best friend. Mom and both of my sisters tagged along and were a huge help me to me that day. They held my flowers, they added my veil, and yes, even helped me carry my train across campus. I was so glad they were with me to share in that special moment with me. So, here are a few of my favorites from that day. Wish I could share them all!
Posted by Lesley Vaculin at 7:45 AM
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Welp, I haven't been doing as well as I was in documenting my wedding journey lately. I made it up to March...and then...well...wedding things just started happening! Sorry for leaving you hanging. I will do my best to catch you up on as much as I can in the next 10 days. Yes, I said it. 10 DAYS. We are just 10 days away from me being Mrs. Kevin Gleason. Oh crap, how can it be here already? At times it seems just like yesterday that I saw Kevin on his knee asking me to marry him. And then other times it seems like it has been years. Lots has changed, lots has stayed the same. But through it all, I still couldn't be more confident with my decision to become Kevin's wife. Since January here is what we have been up to! We had two wedding showers...
Posted by Lesley Vaculin at 7:41 PM
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Change is one of life's inevitable actions. There are times that I look back at the past 7 years and realize just how much has changed. I see how much I have grown as an individual. I see all the opportunities I've had to travel. I see all the moments I was able to connect with the people around me. But most importantly, I look back and think of one particular lady who inspired my actions over the past 7 years. Without a doubt, her legacy has led me to where I am. Today, 7 years since that sad day, I celebrate the life and legacy that Miss Lauren Lewis left for us. Just thinking about her, always has, and always will leave a smile on my face. Those of you who have known me for a while know that Lauren was an extremely influential person in my life. Her love for education, serving others, and connecting with people is the reason I got into student affairs. I was planning to finish my degree in agriculture and head into the world of extension. But as I got involved in organizations at A&M and saw just how important student affairs professionals are, I knew that was the field for me. Over the past 4 years, I often stop and think of her as I meet with students. I see that same sparkle in their eyes for Texas A&M and leadership. Last semester, we also had the opportunity to talk with Maggies (a women's organization that Lauren loved) about Lauren and the impact she had on so many during her time at Texas A&M. It was an amazing night remembering her and honoring her...a night that I will treasure forever. In my office, I keep her words right above my monitor to remind me of why I am in this field. For being so young, she indeed was wise beyond her years...
Posted by Lesley Vaculin at 8:19 AM
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Right before the Christmas holidays, Kevin and I headed to the stores to take part in one of the most exciting and definitely one of the most tiring tasks that comes with getting married...THE WEDDING REGISTRY! Now, let me start by saying that I have spent a LOT of time looking at registries. I am a professional wedding goer, so if there is a registry...I have seen it. I like to think I am a master at reading a registry. I know exactly where every item is in the store, I know exactly which coupons get me the best deal, and I know EXACTLY how to use that coupon to get 15-20% off! One Sunday after church, Kevin and I decided to head over to the beautiful Bed, Bath, and Beyond. No, not Bath & Bodyworks. Although every time I try to say the name of one, I accidently use the other. While these two stores are unrelated, something about them both having the word "Bath" really can throw a girl off. Kevin and I sat down with one of the workers there and received instructions on how to make the perfect registry. He had lots of good tips that really helped us get started. Kevin took on the important role of registry scanner (which secretly I think he enjoyed), while I took on the task of pointing at items. Hey, both take a lot of skill. ;) After spending almost 3 hours in the store, we had compiled a list of almost 100 items. While to some, these are just items. I burst with excitment thinking of the wonderful conversations Kevin and I will have over a dinner prepared in those pots and pans. I smile when I think of the glasses of wine I will get to enjoy with Kevin after a long day at work. I melt when I think of the memories we will make as we bake cookies with our kids some days using those cookie cutters and cookie sheets. I am thankful when I picture us taking a casserole in those pyrex dishes to a friend who is just had a baby or who someone who just lost a loved one. Really, all these items are just that, items. But as I start to think about all these "items" that make up life, I just get MORE and MORE excited that I get to do life with Kevin. So, to all of you who will take a look at our registry and/or purchase items, please know that we are both so appreciative for these "items" and do not take take the blessings we have for granted. Here's some pictures of us after we conquered the Bed, Bath, & Beyond registry! We were exhausted and decided to take on store #2 (Target) another weekend!
Posted by Lesley Vaculin at 4:26 PM
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Today marks 100 days until I marry Mr. Kevin Gleason. So, today my blog post is a special shout out to him. Here are a 100 reasons I love him. Over the next 100 days, I pray that we can continue to grow together and enjoy this special time in preparation of the sacrament of marriage.
Posted by Lesley Vaculin at 8:56 AM
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
I am little late but on Sunday, October 26, 2014, Kevin and I were very blessed to take Engagement Pictures with our sweet friend, and one of #LesleysLadies, Bethany Womack! Bethany and I have been friends since high school and have continued a special friendship over the years. Bethany and I have one of those relationships built on trust and honesty. So, who better than someone I trust and who will be honest with me to take pictures of my man and I! I spent a couple weeks shopping for new clothes, digging in the back of my closet, and hoping to find the perfect outfits for Kevin and I to wear for the pictures. After a weekend of laying out every option and not being able to see the bed, we had the outfits selected! Up next, the location. If you know us well, you know that country and laid back is our style. So, I told Kevin to start searching for some cool spots in Milam County. The week before our pictures we drove around as Kevin showed me all the spots he had picked. A few were good....a few were bad....some were impossible to get to in a vehicle. But after searching and searching, we decided to take most of them right behind Kevin's house on his land in Cameron. With the sun setting over the tree line, we knew it was the perfect fit. I had been looking forward to pictures for a long time...I like to think I am a natural in front of a camera. I mean, have you met our family? Pictures are a part of our daily life. I got my hair cut, my nails done, this was it. I was ready!! We started with our first shots in front of the tin barn then decided to drive to Milano to take some at the sale barn. The wood was a really cool tough and some of my favorites. Kevin found pictures a little more challenging. I told him to act normal but apparently, this wasn't normal. Haha...he was fun to watch and after a while started having fun with it too. Right at sunset we came back to Kevin's house and took the last round of shots in the pasture...with us....his cows...and his guitar. FINALLY, this man was in his happy place. And you can definitely tell as a result. The pictures turned out more perfect than I could have imagined. As I look at them (on a daily basis), I can see the love we have for each other captured perfectly in these shots. A huge thank you to my B for loving us, for being our friend, and for taking pictures that I will treasure for a lifetime. If you are looking for a photographer, check her out!
Posted by Lesley Vaculin at 11:48 AM
Monday, December 15, 2014
Now that I had picked my 6 ladies to stand by me, I started thinking of creative ways to ask them to be in our wedding. I spent hours on Pintrest...browsed stores for days...and then finally decided that I wanted to put together a "Bridesmaid Box". These boxes ended up more perfect than I imagined and they were full of special items for each of my ladies. This best advice I can give to others planning to make a box for your bridesmaid, is to make it personal. Buy items that are special to you and your girls! That will make it even more unique and special for them! First, I started with the boxes. I was planning to make them with a variety of pictures but found these at Michael's and decided that pre-made boxes would save me time and money in the long run. So glad I picked these. Next I started collecting supplies to go inside.
Posted by Lesley Vaculin at 3:19 PM
As you probably know I have been a bridesmaid in eleven weddings. Those eleven days were eleven of the most special days of my life. There is nothing better than standing by your best friends as they vow their lives to their partners. A wedding means a lot to me in regards to the bonding of two people. However, it also means a lot in regards to the bonding experience you have with the women who are included in your wedding. So, naturally, when it came time to sit down and pick the lovely ladies who would be standing by my side as I marry Kevin, it was very important to me that I take into consideration all the lovely ladies that I know and call my best friends. I have been so blessed to have a large group of women who have been a part of of my becoming who I am. Now, for those of you haven't had to do this yet...narrowing down your closest friends to a select few is without a doubt one of the hardest things I have ever had to do. After much thought and prayer, I came down to choosing six lovely ladies who have been integral parts of who I am. Two of these women have known me my entire life and I am lucky enough to call my sisters. Two of these women are not only best friends to me, they are also my cousins. And then the other two of these women are without a doubt my very best friends. Collectively, they have inspired me, loved me, supported me, cried with me, and been there for all the important moments in my life. I am honored that they will stand beside me as I marry Kevin. Naturally, there are additional women who I would have loved to have standing by me as well. I am so blessed to have SO MANY amazing women in my life and over the years this is something that I have not taken for granted. I have been blessed with the ability to really connect with other people. And through my connections I have gained so much as result from the women in my life. I hope that as I marry Kevin, ALL the women who I am lucky enough to call my friends will know that I look up to every one of you. I admire some of you as strong, independent women and I pray that I will always know who I am and fight for what is right.I admire some of you as wives and pray that I can be a wife like you are. I admire some of you as mothers and I pray that I can love my future children in the ways that you love yours. I admire some of you as faithful servants and pray that I can show my love for God the way that you do. No matter which category you are in, please know that I look up to all of you and I am so thankful for the example you have set forward for me as a woman, a wife, a mother, and a friend.
Posted by Lesley Vaculin at 2:27 PM
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
When Kevin and I sat down to start looking at potential dates for the wedding, it was immediately a puzzle that we would have to put together. Before Kevin proposed, I had always pictured a fall wedding. Since I was assuming he would propose in November, I was thinking that a year long engagement would be perfect ending in a November wedding. So, you can imagine the kink Kevin threw in my plans when he popped the question in August. Looking back now, I am SO glad that he didn't wait until November. I would have been impatiently waiting and honestly, was ready to marry him back in early Spring! So, the fun began of really considering how long we wanted our engagement to be and what would be the perfect day for the Gleason Wedding! November was over a year away and I just didn't want to wait that long. When we started RCIA classes at St. Mary's our teacher shared this quote with me...and it of course rang very true with us...
Posted by Lesley Vaculin at 9:18 AM
Everyone has heard about "that moment" happening when a bride slips on that white wedding dress. Well, on October 25th, 2014, I had "that moment"! It was a day that I hadn't really pictured in my head. Throughout the entire wedding planning experience I have struggled with picturing myself. I could always picture Kevin, walking down the aisle to him, the hall, and my friends and family having an awesome time at our reception...but the one thing I couldn't see was me. That all changed, with my dress shopping day! It was hard to decide who to take with me on the dress shopping adventure. I wanted to take the whole crew of #LesleysLadies, but after reading a few blogs and thinking about it, I knew that due to space in the dressing rooms, I wanted to stick with the moms and my sisters! We have spent many weekends in a dressing room together over the years and they have never steered me wrong in regards to an honest opinion before, so why start now. I also was very excited that Kevin's mom got to join us for the weekend. Having two boys, I knew that this was a special day for her and who would know what Kevin would like better than his mom. So, to Houston to Houston we went. As I got ready I heard some racket going on in Lindsey's living room. As I walked out, I was surprised to see this waiting for me. My family always knows how to make little things into big moments with unforgettable memories. This day, was no exception.
Posted by Lesley Vaculin at 8:25 AM