10 years

10 years is a long time. 10 years ago I was 19 years old and living in Des Moines, IA. 10 years ago yesterday, my brother married Carrie Rufer. And this weekend we drove to Iowa to celebrate their 10 year wedding anniversary. Are you getting sick of the number 10 yet?

For months my brother had been planning a surprise party for his wife Carrie. He rented a beautiful barn in Johnston, IA, invited over 100 people, recruited friends to cater, decorate, run sound, and booked two amazing musicians, Kelley McCrae & Andy Zipf. It was an incredible night. And the one of the best parts was that Carrie had no idea. She was completely surprised! They arrived at the barn at 6pm to a hundred of their closest friends, and one of the most beautiful and creative decorating jobs I have ever seen. They walked down "the aisle" to the front of the barn and participated in a vow renewal ceremony. Lots of tears were shed (not by me because I'm not much of a crier. ok well, maybe I cried a little) and many heart felt words were shared. They lit a unity candle (again) and were pronounced husband and bride (again). It was so fun to witness and I am so thankful we were able to be apart of it.

The Simpson Barn
Johnston, IA

Kelley McCrae and her husband Matt
Andy Zipf
Moments like these are especially cool when you know the journey has not been easy. It's cool when you know that the reason you are celebrating is because hard work has been put in, promises have been kept, sacrifices have been made, selfish agendas have been squashed, and love has conquered.

Happy Anniversary Josh and Carrie!


  1. That is so sweet! Happy 10th Wedding Anniversary to your brother and his bride!

  2. such a small world. One of my students just put me in contact with Kelley:) Hoping to do a show with her soon. Looks like it was a beautiful night.

  3. This is beautiful, Courtney!! So glad you could be there to share it with us. Hoping to see you all again soon. Much love.