wedding // the best week ever.

[J] + I are still living on a cloud. neither of us can get over how incredible our wedding week was. or how exhausted we are.

wedding // the best week ever c/o

we arrived at the hard rock resort & casino in punta cana, dominican republic on tuesday afternoon. we were greeted by my father & a tray filled with five frozen tropical cocktails, called the van halen. did I mention one of our suitcases never made it on our airplane? another cocktail please. we immediately put on our swimsuits & went towards the water. then came our first group dinner, 13 of us for hibachi.

wedding // the best week ever c/o

we spent the next two days [wednesday + thursday] greeting guests & relaxing and drinking poolside. on wednesday night, there was a romantic dinner planned for just [J] + I. it was perfect. [our lost luggage arrived to our hotel on wednesday evening. no big deal, it just had all of our wedding items in it. I can finally breathe ..easier].

wedding // the best week ever c/o

wedding // the best week ever c/o

friday came entirely too quickly, and kicked off our wedding events. we accidentally skipped the actual rehearsal entirely. when you’re on island time, it can be hard to get people on a schedule [us included]. it ended up working out perfectly. our wedding party was only two bridesmaids + two groomsmen so we figured it would be no problem. [true statement: I didn’t see our ceremony site until I walked down the aisle to get married]. our rehearsal cocktail hour + dinner took place on a terrace overlooking the ocean. so breathtaking.

wedding // the best week ever c/o

wedding // the best week ever c/o

saturday: [J] + I’s wedding. which I’ll save for a later day.

on sunday, exhausted was a word that couldn’t even be used to describe me. I was beyond that. but there’s something about being surrounded by palm trees and crystal clear water, that forces your eyes open. so we spent the day at the pool with our families + friends. [it’s all about the dirty monkeys. yum!]. besides saying goodbye to many guests, monday looked much the same.

wedding // the best week ever c/o

tuesday was our day of departure. and of course, came too quickly. we woke up early to walk around the resort & snap photographs. we said goodbye to our ceremony site. drank our final dos equis. shot a champagne cork off our balcony. and sipped down one last dirty monkey before our shuttle picked us up at noon.

we’ve been home for 4 full days and are slowly adjusting back to “real” life. with countless loads of laundry + trips to the grocery store. but more importantly, catching up on sleep.

I am very, very excited to share all of the details of our big day.

happy monday.

Orlando: where dreams come true.

My brother & I “fled” the nest years ago. But during college, I was only a short drive from my hometown, making this the first year I had to board a plane to visit. After a Christmas minus my brother and my parents big 25th anniversary approaching, they were ready for us to be together again. So they planned a family vacation. to orlando.

To sum it up …

we celebrated my parent’s anniversary.

we laid on a bed of nails.

it hurt. hurt a lot.

we drank many of these. [after all, we were on vacation]




& my [margaritaville] burger.

the last time I was in Orlando, I was w/ my high school dance team …competing @ nationals ’03.

so you can imagine the memories that came flooding back, when I saw the Hard Rock [where we performed].

we went to islands of adventure.

drank butter beer @ the wizarding world of harry potter.

wished [J] was there, a little ;)

blurry, must be the end ..

thank you parentals. love you :)