Happy Friday! I am looking forward to a relaxing and fun-filled weekend! We have plans for a basketball game tonight with friends and an early Thanksgiving celebration with a few relatives that live near us.
My plan is to recap my wedding and the whole planning process from beginning to end (proposal, engagement, bachelor/bachelorette parties, couples shower, bridal shower, dress shopping, venue and vendor hunting, rehearsal dinner, ceremony, and reception. We had quite the year from our engagement to our wedding (lost my grandmother, lost our dog, moved from Cincinnati to Dallas, planned a wedding long distance, quit jobs, started new jobs, and the list goes on) so it will be fun to see our year recapped. It was quite crazy and stressful at times, but it was one of the best years of my life.
When wedding planning got intense and stressful, there is one thing I always kept in mind (besides that I get to marry my sweet man)… our honeymoon! We started thinking about our honeymoon early and did a lot of research on the best destinations for what we wanted to spend. I originally wanted and all-inclusive, but my husband was against the idea. He wanted something more exclusive and less crowded. I eventually obliged. We soon decided on St. Thomas (Ritz Carlton) for a few reasons. Number one was that it was not too difficult to get there and we wouldn’t have to spend an entire day traveling to get to our destination. Number two was that it is a pretty exclusive resort that is mostly adults. We also went during hurricane season (could have been a bad idea) so there weren’t many people there. We never had to wait for a chair on the beach or at the pool and we never had to wait for a drink. It was amazing.
Now on to the good stuff!
Our beautiful resort in St Thomas–>Ritz Carlton
Beach at the resort (not crowded at all !!!)
Our wedding bands and my engagement ring
*Funny story: My husband was swimming in the ocean on the fourth day of our honeymoon and it slipped and fell into the ocean. Even though the water was so clear, it was heavy and got pulled under the sand pretty quickly. We looked for it for a long time and my husband even recruited some children to “search for the treasure.”
My husband and his new friends searching for his wedding band.
They never did find it, but my husband has a pretty neat story behind his new ring (we bought him a new one in St. Thomas (pictured below)).
The beautiful beach we could not get enough of.
My dad bought us a cocktail cruise to St. John one night and bought us dinner at a delicious restaurant overlooking the ocean. Definitely a highlight of our trip (picture of my husband and I that night).
My beautiful rings!
One cloudy day we hiked up the only trail on the island of St. Thomas. It was worth the hike. The views at the top were stunning.
We spent the majority of our days lounging at the pool or beach with a few fun drinks. The resort also provided an amazing gym, paddle boards, snorkeling gear and kayaks that we utilized daily.
It was such an amazing trip and we definitely want to go back. It was a great way to unwind from all the craziness that occurs during wedding planning and the actual wedding weekend. I can’t wait to share more from our amazing year!
- Where did you get married? Destination or local wedding?
- How big was your wedding? Ours was about 150.
- Did you go on a honeymoon? If so, where did you go?