Sunday, June 26, 2011
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Friday, June 24, 2011
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Monday, June 20, 2011
The book Two Kisses for Maddy is Matt's story of heartbreak and loss, resilience and hope.
I read it over the first 24 hours of my honeymoon, and while it wasn't traditional honeymoon beach reading, there was something special about it - about Matt's unwavering devotion to and love for his wife and daughter - that made me so appreciative of what I have today. (Matt's cool - and raw - way of writing was another reason I finished it so quickly - it was tough to put down).
The book is not easy reading - there was an especially tough-to-read scene when Liz dies that had me sobbing on American Airlines - but the book is good- really, really good and I'd highly recommend it.
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Saturday, June 18, 2011
How loving, interested and attentive Scott was on the wedding morning. The morning of the wedding, I woke up to a sweet text from Scott saying how excited he was for the day to begin. Then, he had a bouquet of beautiful white roses sent to me at the salon where I was getting my hair done. The note said "To my beautiful bride. Love, Scott". There's so much nervous energy floating around the morning of a wedding, that it was really soothing and comforting to know that Scott was as eager - and excited - as I was.
Primping in the church basement with my bridesmaids and mom. I got dressed in the basement of the church along with my bridesmaids and the MOB, and that time was some of my favorite during the day. There was this level of excitement, anticipation and support that was absolutely amazing.
The first look. After I got engaged, one of the first decisions I made was that I wanted Scott to see me in my wedding dress only once I was walking down the aisle to him in the church. My original vision was for it to be during the actual wedding ceremony, but as we began planning the logistics around the wedding day, I realized that it was made more sense for us to do some photos in advance of the ceremony, so I tweaked my vision. I still walked down the aisle to Scott for our "first look" but we did it in advance of the wedding ceremony. After I was dressed, I went up to the sanctuary, and there was a small group of wedding participants gathered (immediate family, bridal party, etc). When my brothers saw me for the first time, they clapped. It was spontaneous, supportive and just... one of those moments I've smiled about a lot in the past few weeks. After that, I kept walking down the aisle for my "first look" with Scott. It was even better than I'd pictured.
Friday, June 17, 2011
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Monday, June 13, 2011
1) Have a bustle contingency plan This is absolutely the most important piece of advice that came about after my own wedding. If your dress has a train, an alterations person will make the necessary adjustments so that it bustles (folds-up securely) after the ceremony. I had that (obviously), but the material of my dress was so heavy that the bustle didn't stay. In hindsight, I should have gotten it double-bustled. Another word on this: bring safety pins, and even a sewing kit along for day-of blunders. By 6p, I literally had a wedding guest sew my train to the rest of my dress. (This was after the train fell for the 47th time).
2) Have a hair and make-up trial Whether or not you're getting your hair and make-up professionally done, I'd suggest doing a run through of exactly how you're wearing your hair and make-up before your wedding day. I wore more make-up and different hair than in regular life, and this allowed me to test how it would photograph, how the hair would look after 12 hours, etc. 3) Spray Tan Early If you're going to spray tan, do it three days prior to the wedding day, not two. (In all my rehearsal dinner photos I look like orange jelly on burnt toast. Not a good look).
4) Write EVERYTHING down on a master calendar With many weddings having many events over several days, it can be a challenge to remember all the details. ("Am I bringing the hard copies of the wedding readings to the rehearsal or to the church the morning of the wedding?" or "What's the rehearsal dinner address?") It saves a lot of headache, especially once the wedding-week arrives and you're trying to remember lots of little details.
5) Two words: Google Docs We had everything from the master guest list with addresses, to food choices, to table arrangements in Google Docs, and this helped so much. In the early days of wedding planning, we were constantly sending documents to each other titled "Guest List v3 Nov 21" or whatever. That gets confusing fast. Google docs allows everyone (the bride in Chicago, the MOB in Iowa... for instance) to see the same document and be sure it's the most up-to-date version.
6) Choose your bridal party - and people in your wedding ceremony - carefully After the wedding, I realized that one of the best decisions I made was who to have in my bridal party. I couldn't have picked better maids-of-honor, bridesmaids and personal attendants. The wedding would truly have not been the same - or wedding planning as fun for me - without them being beside me. Further, sitting on the alter watching an aunt walk up to do a reading, or an uncle and aunt walk down the aisle with the Communion gifts.... it added something to the ceremony that I hadn't full realized until I lived it. It was really
Friday, June 10, 2011
Thursday, June 9, 2011
This was my favorite meal of the trip. Grilled salmon, green beans, and corn on the cob (not quite as good as Iowa sweetcorn, but it was still delish!)
We typically started out each day with a healthy breakfast - fruit, yogurt, a little waffle or omelette and a variety of juices (that green juice was a spinach, mint and orange blend... sounds strange, but it was fabulous).
We often drank cappucinos with dinner:
We never actually ate this monster, but I couldn't resist a photo:
Twice during the trip we ordered room service breakfast (see that green juice again!):
I ate guacomole almost every day. It was the largest thing of guac I have ever seen:
We went "off campus" to Playa Del Carmen one night, and had the best salsa I've ever had:
Of course, we had a lot of "Mexican Water":
On Saturday June 4th, we had champagne to celebrate our one-week anniversary, and watched a beach-front wedding from our balcony (see them to the right of the champagne glasses):
Margaritas in Mexico are practically required:
And, what's a trip to Mexico without a little tequila?
I thought I'd taken more food photos, but apparently I was too busy eating and drinking. Yum!
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
We left Chicago really early on Monday (May 30th) morning. Scott handled the travel arrangements, and told me that he'd arranged a 4:00a pick-up time for a cab, so imagine my surprise when the elevator doors opened in my condo lobby and this was waiting for me:
A black limo! It was a very fun surprise (and a great way to start of a honeymoon).
Our flight was pleasantly uneventful. Scott and I were seated in the second row of the plane (which was fabulous when we deplaned - we were 2nd in line at customs) and both napped and read throughout the flight. It was a direct flight, so by 9:30am we had landed in sunny Cancun. A short shuttle (car) ride later, and we'd arrived at our resort. It was beautiful:
I can't say enough good things about the resort. It was beautiful, clean, safe and luxurious (what more could you want?) It had ocean and pool, and it was an all-inclusive resort, so you could eat and drink as much as you wanted.
(... and eat and drink did we EVER! Honeymoon food recap coming tomorrow).