So, fun fact for those who don’t know our story: Tim and I actually met at work a few years back. April 7, 2015 to be exact. 🙃 . I always admired Modern Survey (a vendor at my current job) and dreamt that I would get a job there someday. They were a small technology company in NE Minneapolis that created innovative talent management software and employed the smartest, nerdiest, most fun and interesting people you’ll ever meet. There was an energy and spirit about the place you couldn’t help but fall in love with. (Apparently that wasn’t all I fell in love with) 🙈 . After a little liquid courage 🥂 to send an email one night, I landed my dream job. Tim still remembers the day we met. Lucky guy got the lottery - I sat right behind him. Apparently his first thought was “uh-oh”.. I guess he knew better than I did what life had planned for us! (or he figured out quickly I would never stop tapping him to help me with questions).. . Tim and I became fast friends. We ate lunch together every day, went yoga on Thursdays, and helped each other with projects. We watched each other’s dogs when traveling and I even tried setting him up with a few ladies 🙈 . While we didn’t understand the big picture then, that experience built a strong foundation of trust, respect, and appreciation for each other. We learned how to work together, rely on each other, and rise above challenges. We created new things, learned new things, and made a great team. We also made a lot of great memories. Fast forward through some life lemons, it all makes sense now. . I truly believe everything happens for a reason. Things fall apart so better things can come together. It’s fun in hindsight to look back at the threads God has weaved through our lives and to admire the work of art He’s created. Every moment has led us here, and I can’t wait to see where the next steps take us. . Thanks Modern Survey. You have been a catalyst and a stepping stone in so many ways. I will be forever changed and grateful.
Let the wedding planning begin! . So excited to spend our special day in our favorite place; the mountains are calling! . . #carlylavigne #montana #mountains #beartoothpass #pentax645 #kodak #portra400
So, the cat's out of the bag... WE’RE ENGAGED!! . . I can’t even believe I’m writing these words, and I can't tell you how lucky I am to have this guy's heart. I am so excited to spend the rest of my life with my best friend. 💕 I can’t wait to be Mrs. Stevens! . . Cheers to an incredible 2019 and all of the amazing things ahead!
Had the most beautiful weekend in Duluth! . It was an icy road trip north, including life lessons on zipper merging and one very angry man who flipped us the bird.. Thankfully we made it in one piece and no one went off the road. At least the crazy winter storm made for a beautiful sight while driving (my side of the window at least.. apparently Mischa is due for her first set of new windshield wipers).. . Tim and I grabbed some lunch and shopped around at Fitgers. I got a new book (second one by my favorite MN author, @laynepfliiger let’s see if you can read this one in a day again!), a MN t-shirt I've been searching for, and all of the delicious honeys and spices from the Gourmet Market. Thankfully (for Tim) the only kitchen gadget I walked out with was a cookie cutter and a jar opener. . We continued on to Two Harbors to soak up gorgeous views of the Split Rock Lighthouse and the north shore on our sunny winter hike. After a heavy winter snowfall and perfect evening light, it was nothing short of magical and I have way too many photos to prove it. And thanks to my new coat I was sweating the whole time 👌🏻 . Our day ended with a bottle of wine and Pizza Luce delivered to the hotel, and a game of Scrabble in front of a cozy fire. Of course Tim won, but only by 8 points this time; I'm getting better! We fell asleep watching the tail end of Ready Player One (GREAT book by the way) and a night view of the lift bridge over the canal. The South Pier Inn never disappoints, I highly recommend staying there if you're ever in town! . The next morning we finally got our taste of the famous pancake French Toast at Uncle Loui's Cafe. While it was delicious, we are determined to coin our own secret recipe. Stay tuned. . Duluth will always hold a place in my heart, and has been a special place for Tim and I since the beginning. It was so much fun to reminisce our time in Duluth last summer. So many beautiful memories together and it's amazing to see how much our relationship has grown. 💕 Can’t wait for what 2019 has in store for us! . . #carlylavigne #splitrocklighthouse #lighthouse #duluth #twoharbors #capturemn #iphoneXs #vsco #winter #lakesuperior #upnorth #northshore
Hehe.🙊 . . . #carlylavigne #montana #redlodge #family #ranchlife #pentax645 #shootfilm #kodak #portra400
I’ve been home sick with the flu for the last week off and on.. days filled with lots of hot tea, rest, and concoctions full of any meds I can find in our cabinet. Classic instrumental plays on the Google Home while I snuggle up with my fur throw and a pile of dogs. . The snow came out and put on a beautiful show outside the window this morning which made it a little sweeter. I've never liked winter, though I’ve always found it very pretty. And I hate to admit it, but it's starting to grow on me more and more (hard not to when you are dating a hockey player whose favorite season is winter). 🤦🏻♀️❄️ . If there’s one thing I am terrible at, it’s resting. I don’t know how to stop moving and slow down, especially cooped up in bed for days. Hoping to shake this off soon so I can enjoy the weekend and get back to work! . . #carlylavigne #winter #snowfall #snow #pentax645
In contrast to my previous post, my childhood and lifelong best friend @rachelatortora moved to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida last year. (Florida and I are not getting along).. . But I am so excited, I get to see her on Monday along with a group of dear friends I haven't seen in awhile! It's going to be so much fun to catch up and hear about her new adventures, see how big her baby boy has grown, and laugh like we've never been apart. . This photo was taken on a random day trip we took to Hastings. We were on a hunt for a greenhouse but ended up at an antique shop row along the river instead. Chatting in the car, enjoying the sunshine and taking photos (looking like total dorks and not caring) are some of my favorite moments with her. 💛 . I miss you every day Rachel, but I am so happy to see you building a beautiful life and chasing your dreams.. (but if you ever want to come back home, I wouldn’t be too sad about it)😘. . . #carlylavigne #pentax645 #kodak #portra400