Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Reception Info

Our reception will be held Friday June 19th from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. at an outdoor pavilion behind an LDS Church building located at 9260 S. Quail Run in Sandy.

Directions to the reception can be found using the map below.

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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Wedding Cake

This is the idea for the wedding cake. Mine will be three tiers with a little bit of gold thrown in and the icing will be cream colored cream cheese icing. Delicious right? I am so excited! I think it is funny that I am really not that into flowers but I will more than likely have them on my cake. Hmmm....well i love icing roses!

A great week so far

I flew into Utah a week ago to visit Angela and take care of some of our wedding plans. While our plans were a little hindered by Ang's heavy school load, we managed to to get at least two major things accomplished. As Angela has already written about, with the help of her sister Angela got the wedding dress of her dreams. I know I'm not supposed to see her in it before the wedding, but she couldn't stop herself from stepping out of her room to show me how she looked in it.... and let me tell you, she looks AMAZING.

Another big item we have been able to check off on our list was picking out a photographer. This has been a difficult choice as Angela and I do not want to have the standard wedding photographs that most couples get and were trying to find a photographer with the right eye and creativity that we had in mind. Unfortunately most photographers who fit that bill also cost a lot of $$$$. Luckily, a friend of mine had a friend who recommended Katherine Loveless to me. After looking over her photos, I was praying that her costs would at least be below $2500, to my utter surprise, she was well below that, and was actually less expensive than most other photographers we had seen. On Thursday, we drove out to Mapleton to meet Katherine and left VERY excited to have her as our photographer. Driving back to Provo afterwards, Ang and I both commented to eachother about how much of a weight it felt like had just been taken of our shoulders.

Beyond those things, our week included picking out a family friend to help make our cake; single-handedly mixing, wrapping, and cooking five dozen gyozas for Ang while she studied; all you can eat animal flesh at Tuscanos with a couple of friends; sneaking in to see Robert Downey Jr. and Jamie Foxx;  post-poning a bunch of other wedding demands until I return in a month; a delicious puu-puu platter; and a lot of cuddling.

I'm not looking forward to returning to California in a couple days to slave away at my own studies before my semester ends.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Wedding Dress FOUND!

Remember when I was having "wedding dress blues", well my sister Camilla found my dream dress on E-bay and bid on it for me. I told her not to worry too much about it, as I had found another dress. Well, today I got a package from some unknown person. Camilla got the dress for me! It fits PERFECTLY! It is about 90% ready to wear. It needs to be brought up just a litte in the front and a bit of fabric added under the armpits, but other than that it is perfect! I love it so much! I wish I would have recorded myself because I was jumping all over the house! hahahaha! It is so true that having the perfect dress makes all the difference in the world!

Bridesmaids Bouquet

I put together this bouquet for my bridesmaids. This is the rough draft. My sister Candida will put the rest of them together. I purchased everything at Micheal's. The flowers are pinecones! and then dried baby's breath and some cute little dried plant.

My First Dress

Months ago as I was searching for my wedding dress I saw one on the Dillards website. I wasn't sure about it, but ordered it anyway. I was getting so excited to open it! This is a recording of me opening my first dress...

As you can tell I was not excited about the dress, but I continued to debate whether or not to keep it. I knew I did not want the dress after I found Loyd's tie. His tie is AMAZING! When I saw how the dress clashed with the tie I absolutely knew I had to keep looking for a dress because I wasn't about to return Loyd's tie.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Marriage preparation

Every day I make a conscientious effort to put both the seat and the lid of the toilet down after using it.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Dress Blues

A few weeks ago I received an email from JCrew telling me that my dream dress will not be available until mid-July.

At first I thought "ok, wedding is getting postponed!"

But after only a few seconds I came to my senses. So the hunt for my dress continues. I have a few options, but the fabric is heavy. I am going for light and flowy. I do not want stiff or puffy or too shiney. **big sigh** i really did like that dress.

Sunday, April 5, 2009


Well based on the reactions of some of the Ericsons, I pronounce the preceding post an astounding success. I must especially give a small apology to my grandmother and aunt Angeles who we gave a bit of a scare to. As funny as the joke was, I have to share with you a little what happened the day after we posted the joke.

Rachel is a real person and a good friend of ours. When I was conjuring up the joke, I asked her if it was alright that we named and used a photo of her to provide more realism to the joke. She was cool with it.

On Thursday I sent her a short text message to let her know that the joke worked, however I didn't word it quite as I should have. My text read:
"Some of my family freaked out that angela and i were serious."
She unexpectedly responded:
"I am so so SO sorry. I didn't realize you were actually serious. I thought you were just looking for reactions. I'm a little lost for words right now."
"Oh. I misunderstood. I thought you were saying that you were serious. Haha. I got scared for a second. Sorry I'm and idiot!"
"Haha I know! I just paused (when I read your message) and said crap. Haha. Phew! Love you two to death, but not that much!"

While freaking out some of my family was awesome, for Rachel to briefly think that she unknowingly agreed to be our second wife made this April Fools joke perhaps one of the best ever.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Why Angela and I have decided to live a celestial marriage

Some of you may already know this, but for the rest this is probably going to come as a big surprise. We spent many hours discussing how we were going to tell you, and thought it best to perhaps to do it on this blog and give you all time to take it in before personally discussing it with any of you. We realize that probably most of you will have strong feelings against this and don't want this to fracture any relationships with our families. At the same time, we feel that we need to be honest and open about this decision. Living this as a secret and/or lie will ultimately rupture our relationships even more.

In the second book of Nephi the prophet Jacob says that the Lord, at times, directs his people to live plural marriage in order to raise a righteous generation (2:30). Through much prayer and fasting, Angela and I believe God has extended this call to us. Compared to many of our friends, we are a getting married at a much later age, making it difficult to safely build the large family we hope to raise. By bringing in another wife into our marriage we will be able to increase our posterity and have the type of celestial family we have always dreamed of. Also, with an extra spouse both Angela and I will be able to have still have kids and continue our higher education without having to leave our children in the hands of caretakers.

With that in mind, we are happy to introduce you all to Rachel.

Rachel has been a great friend of mine that I have known for several years now. When Angela and Rachel first met a couple years, they quickly connected and seemed as though they had been friends since birth. When the call came to Angela and I to enter into celestial marriage, we both instantly saw Rachel in our minds and knew she was the one that was meant to help us expand our family. Now I'm sure that you can all easily understand how nervous we both were to approach Rachel and tell her what we both knew in our hearts. We were both scared of rejection, certain that she would find us absolutely crazy. If Angela and I hadn't felt so strongly about it ourselves, we would probably think that the other was crazy! However, when we met with Rachel and told her how we felt, she felt the call at that moment as well and didn't hesitate to give us an excited YES! - though we still told her to think it over and make sure she felt it was right and that it was what she wanted to do.

Angela and I are still planning on getting married (just the two of us) on June 19th. This will give us some time to make up for the long separation we have had to endure over the last several months. We will be adding Rachel to our marriage later in the fall. We hope and know that once you get to know her you will love her just as much as we do.