Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Wedding "recap" Wednesday

I can still participate in this even though I'm now an official wife, right?

Let's do a quick recap...

I made the "we're married!" announcement here and gave a quick sneak peek of one of our wedding pictures.
Then I told you all about the beautiful, breathtaking, "can you believe this view??" rehearsal here
And then you heard all about part I of our honeymoon in Hawaii, here.
...and if you follow me on instagram, then you've been seeing a few glimpses into our wedding pictures :) I'm in love.

I could honestly keep spilling every wonderful detail about the wedding here... but eventually you all will get sick of it, and eventually I will need to accept that talking about my wedding months down the road just isn't acceptable. Almost as unacceptable as eating a warm chocolate chip cookie without a freezing cold glass of milk... it's just wrong. 

But the good news for me is, it's only been a month since the wedding so I am giving myself the grace to still talk about it for the next month.... possibly bad news for you.

But this blog? It's about our life. And right now, our life is very much so still looking back and recalling the wonderfulness of our wedding day. Bare with us - eventually you will hear all about the exciting life of us newlyweds. We're up to a lot over the next few months - our weekends are jam packed this fall and I can't wait to get all of the festivities kicked off.

In the mean time - a few more wedding sneak peeks, shall we?

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Honeymooning in Hawaii {part one}

Did you see the pictures from our rehearsal? 

When C told me that we were going to Hawaii for our honeymoon... I was thrilled! But I honestly could have never expected the trip to be as incredible as it was.

We left from Atlanta and flew direct to Honolulu - from there we jumped on a plane and headed to Kauai.

Not many people have heard a lot about Kauai. It's the "garden island" of Hawaii, which is why we chose it. We aren't really into the 'commercialized' locations, Kauai is less developed which really let's you appreciate the beauty of the land. We stayed on Kauai the whole time and looking back, we wouldn't have done it any other way.

Our room! My gosh, our room. Waking up and looking at the pacific each morning became so dang addicting (view from our balcony in the picture above). Once we returned back home after the trip I kept waking up every morning and saying to C "will you please go open the blinds so I can see the ocean and palm trees?" Ha - reality really sucked.

We stayed at the Grand Hyatt on the island, and I can't say enough good things about it. The whole property was beautiful.

The 6 hour time difference really had us confused at first. Our first night there we were asleep by 8:30 and awake the next morning at 5. We were like kids on Christmas morning - jumping out of the bed and running around finding anything and everything there was to do.

We had access to the club room at the hotel, so that's where we always went for breakfast and it was soooo good. After having breakfast that first morning we walked around the property, checked out the beach, played some volleyball and then got to feed some of the koi. We had to kick some of the kids out of the way to get the prime spot ;)

After that, we hit up the saltwater lagoon - which was our favorite! Hawaii oceans aren't the safest, and when you're in Hawaii, who wants to just look at a pool? The saltwater lagoon let us get a piece of the ocean without the fear of drowning... plus, it was right on the beach so you could hear the waves crashing it. Perfection. 

 For our first dinner we went to a restaurant on the resort property called Tidepools. It's really well known and we were so glad that it was at our hotel. After the wedding and all of that traveling we wanted to just hang close by. Our swordfish and monchong were delicious.

We had the best mix of relaxation and adventure during this trip. The adventures we went on were really our favorite part of the trip! 

Part II coming up next. Until then, I'll be over here homesick for Hawaii...

Sunday, September 1, 2013

The practice "I do"

I will forever and ever remember our rehearsal for the wedding. It's got a special place in my heart. 

We pulled up to the ceremony location and there sat the chairs... Just simple black chairs, but I lost it. There it was. A dream turned real life. 

Then we actually started to run through the ceremony. My heart was so FULL! 

Being an outdoor wedding, there were times I wondered if we were doing something wrong by not getting married in a church. But y'all? This view? ... This is all Gods work. I think we were right in the midst of his house more than we would have been in a church. We found a lot of comfort in that. 

I even clicked my heels at the first mention of ..."and this is when I'll announce you as husband and wife" :)

When I say this was the perfect weather... I mean God and mother nature got together and ordered this one up just for us.  Perfect sky, with just the right amount of clouds. And it was a cool 65 degrees - y'all I never could have made it through the weekend without the little slice of fall weather that was given to us. It was a gift!!! And a much appreciated one. 

This spot right here was everything more than I could have ever imagined. I am a mountain girl through and through, and for us to have been married here? I am so humbled. 

Soon... You'll hear the story about whether or not the weather was this glorious for the wedding? ........ I don't think any of us could have guessed what was in store for the next day. 

But this? This was a "brochure day" - this was a day that only God and a few special people that we know in heaven could pull off. And that will forever remain engraved into our hearts and memories.