Our Wedding: Getting Ready & First Look

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

I originally didn’t want to do a first look – we were already breaking so many traditions in our wedding that not seeing each other before the ceremony was one I wanted to maintain. George wanted to do a first look because he felt like it would make both of us much calmer, and now I completely agree. We were so much more “in-the-moment” during the ceremony because we’d already gotten to bask in the excitement of our wedding morning together. It was also so much more efficient – our wedding party got to go to the cocktail hour because we finished photos beforehand, and we had some “We’re married!” time after the ceremony.

Thanks to Audre Rae Photography for capturing incredible moments from our wedding day.

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10,000 Days

Sunday, July 17, 2016

George doesn’t remember how it came up, but a couple of years ago he was curious about how many days old he was – so he looked it up and realized that he was almost 10,000 days old! He made a big deal about it, got donuts for his workmates, and just generally celebrated the day. 

Two years later and my 10,000th day finally arrived this weekend. It coincided with the end of our honeymoon, so we started the day with a breakfast picnic in Jackson Park (the site of the Columbian Exposition), went on an architecture boat tour of Chicago, and ended the day with dinner at a new local Mexian restaurant about two blocks from our house. 

Cheers to finding the little things to celebrate! (Although George would counter that 10,000 days alive is a big thing!)

Wedding Wednesday: Honeymoon

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

We’re married! And I’m still so overwhelmed with the amount of love I felt on our wedding day, that I can’t possibly craft a post about it yet, so I’ll settle for something much more manageable today – the honeymoon.

Our honeymoon was actually one of the most difficult parts of our wedding to research. Getting married in a small place like Madison made it easy to choose our other vendors – we just picked the best ones from the small pool of local vendors, but with our honeymoon we had the whole world! Based on our married friends’ recommendations, we knew we wanted something relaxing. Although we met in London, Europe was eliminated early on because we felt like we’d spend most of the time wanting to see friends, visiting our favorite places, and traveling nonstop. We wanted our honeymoon to be all about us – we didn’t want a strict travel itinerary or jet lag or super long flights. And so, after weeks of research, we decided on the Bahamas. We picked an all inclusive because we wanted people to feed us when we emerged from our cabana on the beach with endless strawberry daiquiris.

We were on a budget, so the indoor spaces of our resort definitely could have benefitted from an update, a dehumidifier, and better air conditioning, but the outdoor spaces were picture perfect. The ocean was clear and calm and beautiful – and we spent 8 hours a day under our cabana, reading books (including both of us reading The Martian, which we called our “honeymoon book club”), trying to remember every little detail from the wedding, and just enjoying each other. Our days we punctuated by 11am Aqua Zumba and our favorite song coming on over the resort’s speakers (Omi’s ‘Cheerleader’). We went snorkeling and saw tons of fish and sea turtles, ate conch fritters, and slept in. It was exactly what we needed after 16 months of wedding planning.