A year later…

It’s so hard to believe it’s been a year! We love looking back over our amazing wedding photos and reminiscing about “the year of craziness,” This year has been a lot more relaxed than last year! I (Lindsey) am much more relaxed in my second year of teaching and Darren is busy studying for his PE (professional engineering license) exam.

Heather Durham Photography

We spent our anniversary weekend in the mountains at Darren’s family cabin and despite all the rain, had a great time! We hiked in the rain with Bailey and Emma, walked around the Highlands shops and had some great local food.

Loaded up and ready to head to the mountains!

Loaded up and ready to head to the mountains!

The next weekend we raced in our first team race! The Coosa River Challenge is a 4 mile trail run, 8 mile mountain bike, 7 mile kayak/canoe down the Coosa with obstacles and more running and extreme challenges throughout. We finished in 6 hours and 12 minutes! We plan to race again next year and try to beat our time! Here’s our race video… (Lindsey’s first time editing and putting together a GoPro video!). Grab some popcorn and treat it like a short film because it’s 15 minutes long! We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Love,

Love, Lindsey & Darren

The couple who bikes together…

We both love to bike. I (Lindsey) grew up biking with my brothers. I also remember taking family bike rides from our house in Forest Park to Johnny Rockets in 5 Points. Being a biking family, the boys (ahem. men.) have taken a yearly bike trip to Tsali, NC since about 2004. When Darren and I started dating he was invited on the trip and after a couple of years he invested in a new bike. We were talking recently about how convenient Oak Mountain State Park is to our home and how it would be fun to bike together but it was an ordeal to borrow a bike for me and then trek all the way back to the park. So…. we bought a bike for me! We have been biking Oak Mountain and it’s so fun! The weekends that we have biked together were amazing weekends. It’s so much fun to do something where we can be active and laugh and give each other praise and support. We also have rented paddle boards on the lake at Oak Mountain and it’s really fun! I would love to eventually purchase our own paddle boards too!

We are currently training for the Coosa River Challenge where we will mountain bike, trail run, and river paddle as a team in a 6 hour race!

Just purchased Lindsey's new bike and ready to ride!

Just purchased Lindsey’s new bike and ready to ride!

Love & sweat,

Love, Lindsey & Darren

Yearly ski trip…

For the past 4 years we have taken a yearly ski trip out West with a group of friends. It is the highlight of our winter every year! Here are a few pictures from our adventures in Keystone, Colorado.

*Coming soon: video footage from Darren’s GoPro camera!

The whole group on day 3 of skiing

The whole group on a very windy day of skiing

Kurtis and Darren taking a break on the slopes

Kurtis and Darren taking a break on the slopes

Very windy on day 3!

Very windy on day 3!

The boys: Triple, Darren, and Kurtis

The boys: Triple, Darren, and Kurtis

The girls: Mallory and Lindsey

The girls: Mallory and Lindsey

So bright on the ski lift!

Bright and sunny day on the ski lift!

Happy skiing,

Love, Lindsey & Darren

Lindsey & Darren, Married

Our wedding is on the Heather Durham Photography blog!

Lindsey and I have known each other for years through teaching fitness classes at the YMCA in Birmingham. We’re kindred spirits in that way, so I was thrilled when she asked me to capture her wedding day with my camera. I had already spent some time with she and Darren at their Engagement Session on an extremely hot and humid Alabama day, so we were thrilled with the beautiful and mild fall weather we were blessed with on their wedding day at Matthews Manor.

Lindsey and Darren adore each other and it was evident all day in how they looked at each other. They also adore their fur babies, two beautiful chocolate labs named Emma and Bailey, who they brought along for the engagement session and also wanted included in their wedding day. Yes! After all, beloved pets are family too!

I had such a fun day with Lindsey, Darren, their sweet family and friends. It’s days like this I’m…

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of our friends and family! We have decided to keep our blog as a family blog to keep you updated on all of the exciting things in our lives! We are excited to keep a virtual scrapbook of all of our adventures as “The Dachelets”!!!

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Bailey and Emma… Christmas 2013

Much happiness and joy for you and yours this holiday season!

Love,

Love, Lindsey & Darren