Five Years!

Don’t forget my one true shoe love is in stores today. I suggest you hustle to your nearest retailer then have a blissful run home!

I can’t believe it has been 5 years since Nick and I were married. It seriously has felt like it was forever ago and also like it was yesterday. Crazy how that happens. We’ve had an apartment, bought a condo, bought a house, sold our condo and have had an amazing little boy. Life is beautiful and I am so happy to share this journey with Nick. I didn’t have a blog when Nick and I got married so I figured I would share a few pictures of our wonderful day.

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The Groomsmen & Nick

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THe Bridesmaids & I

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My sister, sister-in-law, and good friend. These girls I love to death!

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In the limo on the way to the church, this is one of my favorite photos and those earrings were lent to me from our jeweler, amazing.

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Dad & I. I was so incredibly nervous, not to get married, but to be the center of attention, and my dad was trying to remain composed.

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I love this moment between Nick and his Papou (grandfather).

To give some background, we got married in a Greek Orthodox church. The ceremony consists of two parts which are distinct and separate from each other: The service of the Betrothal and the Ceremony of the Sacrament of Marriage. Everything in the ceremony has a special meaning and significance, especially the repetition of each act three times to symbolize and to invoke the mystical presence of the Holy Trinity.

The highlight during the service of the Betrothal is the exchanging of the rings. The priest blesses the rings. The koumbara (religious sponsor) then exchanges the rings three times. The exchange signifies that in married life, the weakness of one partner will be compensated by the strength of the other, the imperfections of one, by the perfection of the other. By themselves, the newly betrothed are incomplete, but together they are made perfect. The rite of the betrothal ends with the priest praying for betrothal of mutual promise, officially given before the church, may prove in true faith, concord and love.

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The Wedding begins as the white candles are handed to The Bride and The Groom. These candles symbolize their spiritual willingness to receive Christ.

The crowning is the focal point of the marriage ceremony. The crowns are signs of the glory and honor with which God crowns them during the sacrament. The wedding crowns (stefana) are joined by a ribbon which again symbolizes the unity of the couple and the presence of Christ who blesses and joins the couple and establishes them as the King and Queen of their home, which they will rule with wisdom, justice and integrity. The priest takes the two crowns and blesses The Bride and The Groom. The Koumbara then steps behind The Bride and The Groom and interchanges the crowns three times as a witness to the sealing of the union.

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The common cup, the cup is denoting the mutual sharing of joy and sorrow, the token of a life of harmony. The drinking of wine from the common cup serves to impress upon the couple that from that moment on they will share everything in life, joys, as well as sorrows, and that they are to “bear one another’s burdens.” Their joys will be doubled and their sorrows halved because they will be shared.

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Parents & Grandparents

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The ceremonial walk. The priest then leads The Bride and The Groom in a circle around the table on which are placed the Gospel and the Cross. The Bride and The Groom are taking their first steps as a married couple, and the church, in the person of the priest, leads them in the way they must walk.

You are never announced as man and wife. The bride and groom kiss but this is when you are married. It is obviously different from a traditional Catholic marriage ceremony.

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Coming out of the church

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Nick’s sister was our Koumbara and my maid of honor, and we had a bit of an emotional moment following her speech. They have such a wonderful relationship, I can only hope the same for my children.

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Nick’s best man was ready to give us some laughs! Another wonderful speech.

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My sister and I, love her.

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This photo is amazing and currently hanging in our living room. Bride and Groom, Maid of Honor and Best Man.

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First Greek dance of the night.

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Greek Dancing

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Father/Daughter Dance

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Mother/Son Dance

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Nick and his Dad play a lot of gigs with their Greek band, and they both ended up sitting with our band and played during the wedding.

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My man has moves. Nick is dancing, the money on the floor is a traditional Greek thing, people throw money during special dances etc… some couples take the money, some give it as tips to the band. We chose to do the latter.

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Nick, his sister and I dancing.

I had such an amazing wedding, so happy to be here 5 years later. Here’s to 95 more, I love you.

Have you ever been to a Greek wedding? What was your favorite part?

Old School Blogging

Remember when you used to do those surveys and send them to everyone that you knew. Now, you can fill one out and if people want to look at it they can. I saw PR’s and Krissy’s, so I thought I would do my own, enjoy :)

A. Attached or Single?
Married, for 5 years on Friday, woah.

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B. Best Friend?
Many, and they know who they are.

C. Cake or pie?
CUPCAKE – obviously

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D. Day of choice?
Saturday – long run days and then I get to relax!

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E. Essential Item?
Uhhh, water? Scratch that – Champagne.

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F. Favorite color?
Pink, Black and Silver. Don’t make me choose.

G. Gummy bears or worms?
Bears. Once I made my mom make me a jello bowl with gummy sharks, worms, bears, turtles, etc… in it – it was disgusting.

H. Home town?
Small town, VT, although I’ve been in MA so long I definitely call Boston home now.

I. Favorite Indulgence?
cupcakes and champagne.

J. January or July?
July – January is just too gloomy and bitter around here.

K. Kids?
one amazing little boy

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L. Life isn’t complete without?
My family

M. Marriage date?
July 5…didn’t we cover this?

N. Number of brothers/sisters?
I have 3 sister, only one of which I am close to. I have 1 sister-in-law, and two brother-in-law’s, all of which I love dearly.

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O. Oranges or Apples?
Apples, all day every day. Preferably picked straight from the tree.

P. Phobias?
Crickets. Don’t even ask.

Q. Quotes?
“Well behaved women seldom make history” Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

R. Reasons to smile?
So many!

S. Season of choice?
I really used to be a summer person, but there are so many more fun things to do with kids in the fall!

T. Tag 5 People.
Everyone!

U. Unknown fact about me?
I make lists for everything. Everything. Grocery store, packing for a weekend away, how to organize the house…Nick hates it.

V. Vegetable?
Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts and Peas are all my favorites. But lately I have been digging the parsnip.

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W. Worst habit?
Biting my nails when I am stressed and stress eating.

X. Xray or Ultrasound?
Well I have great memories associated with ultrasounds and bad memories with x-rays so we will go with ultrasounds!

Y. Your favorite food?
Grilled Cheese, melty goodness.

Z. Zodiac sign?
I am a cusp baby, Gemini & Cancer, I will let you decide which one I am more like.

Pick one and answer in the comments! Did anything surprise you?

A Love Affair: Mizuno Sayonara

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Fitfluential LLC on behalf of Mizuno. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Whenever anyone asks me to recommend gear for running, I always tell them that the first thing they need to do is to get fitted for the proper sneaker. Most find the perfect shoe after trying one or two pairs. I used to have a favorite shoe, then once I had B my feet changed and my favorite shoe no longer fit.

I went back to my favorite running store, Marathon Sports, and got fitted, and then I got fitted again, and then I got fitted two more times. While the shoes were okay for short distances, I didn’t feel 100% comfortable, and eventually I returned them. I kept two pairs because I needed to run.

I let my running slack a little in the winter months and did mostly strength training at Achieve Fitness and when I strength train I wear a minimalist shoe, so putting on my running shoes after a few months off made my legs and feet feel extremely heavy.

Recently, through my relationship with FitfLuential, I was given the opportunity to try out the Mizuno Wave Sayonara.

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How gorgeous are these sneakers? I almost tackled the FedEx man at the door when he arrived with these.

While, I prefer the perfect shoe over a pretty color, I really love it when the two meld together.

The Wave Sayonara is Mizuno’s lightest training shoes, the women’s shoes is 7.1 oz and the mens is 8.1 oz, The euphoric foam midsole ensures the proper cushioning without added weight and bulk so runners experience a light,
smooth, comfortable, and responsive ride. via Mizuno

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I have been doing my long runs as a mentor with Team In Training, and I have to say these shoes are the lightest running sneaker I have ever worn. For most shoes I have a “breaking-in” phase. It usually takes me a few weeks to feel completely comfortable in a pair of shoes, but not with these babies. I felt comfortable with that first step out the door. My feet fell softly on the pavement, my pace was faster than last year, and even though it was excruciatingly hot out – I felt like I was flying.

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I have even taken them on short runs and speed work. The dating game is over folks, I have found my perfect shoe and I am saying, I do – to the Mizuno Wave Sayonara. If you want to try them for yourself they go on sale on July 5 for $119.00.

Until then, you should check out this Mezamashii Running video, it is full of inspiration, including a story from one of my favorite bloggers, Michele.

Have you found your “I do” shoe?