Friday, October 21, 2011

Derek and Alli's Wedding (also known as Noah's First Wedding)

Last month, Ryan's older brother Derek got married to a fabulous girl.  I am so excited that Alli is my sister now!  We got to know each other on the family trip to Hawaii this summer, and she is so fun and easy to talk to.  We think Derek is pretty awesome, and now he has an awesome wife!

Noah and I went to Idaho a week before the wedding to "help" Ryan's mom, Sally, and his little sister, Ashley, prepare for the festivities.  We didn't really do much in terms of helping, but it sure was fun to spend the week with Grandma and Aunt Ashley.  Noah was in heaven with all the attention (though we didn't get enough photos to prove it).

One night, Noah and I drove to Utah to visit Katie and Drew.  It was so fun to see them.  When I pulled up to Drew's house, they were waiting outside, and Katie started jumping up and down in excitement, and Drew gave her a high five.  It was priceless.  I love those two, and I love how much they love Noah.  The relationship we have with them and their families is such a blessing.

We stayed the night at Katie's house, and Noah had fun playing with her and her siblings in the morning.  It is really special that Ryan is related to Katie and we are so comfortable in their home.

Everyone agreed that his Halloween pajamas are stinkin' cute.
We returned to Idaho for a few days, and then it was back to Utah for Derek and Alli's wedding!  Hooray!  The night before the wedding, Noah met his Uncle Tanner (Ryan's youngest brother) for the first time.  The two of them really hit it off:

Noah loves to be swaddled tightly like this.  Tanner said he wants one of these "burrito blankets" for himself! :)

Noah enjoyed his first wedding rehearsal dinner...

The happy couple
The way Derek is holding Noah in this picture cracks me up!
He better learn how to cuddle a baby because we're all counting on them to provide Nielson Grandchild #2 very soon! :)  (But no pressure, guys!) 
And bridal shower...

Noah is not pictured, but he did attend.
And this is the apron I gave to Alli. :)
And wedding...

Noah slept through the entire thing.

Coming out of the Salt Lake Temple

Aren't they both so cute?  
Handsome brothers...sixteen months apart!  (Not sure how Sally survived that!)
All of the handsome brothers!
The fam minus Noah (he was sleeping)
And wedding reception...

Aunt Ashley made him this adorable purple tie to match the big boys.
The amazing seamstress
Noah was getting tired by this point.
Ryan gave a great toast!
Katie and her family came to the wedding. :)
Four generations
After such a busy few days, Noah zonked in Grandma's arms:

Now that we're home, Noah's resting and building up his energy...because next month, we'll head back to Idaho and Utah for another Nielson wedding!

Cole and Sara will wed on November 19th!
CONGRATS, YOU TWO!  Can't wait!
I don't know how this post, like all of the others, ended up being about Noah.  I intended this post to be about Derek and Alli!  Will I ever again be able to blog about something other than Noah??  I kind of don't think so!


  1. There are so many cute photos here I can't even pick a favorite! I know what you mean about not wanting every post to be all about the babe but it always happens. I'm pretty sure nobody minds though.

  2. Of COURSE it's all about Noah! :-) He's so adorable, Rach. I better get cracking on more pictures on my blog of Little Man!

  3. I don't mind every post being about Noah. HE IS THE CUTEST!!!!! So fun that you got to spend some time with Katie and Drew.


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