Our Honeymoon! Where We’re Going

Friends, I am relieved to finally share where we are headed for our honeymoon! After much discussion and research, and comparing a dozen different locations, we are excited to announce that we are going to Whitehouse, Jamaica! Can you already feel the warm Caribbean breeze? šŸ™‚

Initially, we had planned to go to Italy, as that is a country we are both dying to explore. However, after reviewing the itinerary and date availability, we decided we would rather save that trip for one of our anniversaries, so that we don’t run the risk of being too exhausted from the wedding to fully immerse ourselves in Italian culture. We also considered a cruise, but after some thought, we decided to go with an all-inclusive resort, where relaxation and romance was at the center of our attention.

There are so many islands in the Caribbean, so narrowing it down to which country to visit was actually a bit challenging. We wanted an island that offered more than just the resort itself; where we could have a taste of the culture but still have the ability to spend the day in the blue waters. Flight times actually ended up playing a roll in our decision making — it took an entire day to get to a lot of the islands we were considering, with most of the flight times leaving only 5-6 hours after our reception ends. Because leaving the day after the wedding is important to us, the distance and flight options helped rule out several options. So, the morning after we say “I do”, we will be heading to the airport to take a direct flight to Montego Bay. Once we land, we have a 1.5 hour transfer to our resort, and if all goes according to schedule, we should have our newlywed bums in the sand exactly 24 hours after becoming husband and wife.

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We are excited to see what Jamaica has to offer. Many of our friends have highly recommended Jamaica as a honeymoon destination, and we are eager to learn more about this country as neither of us have been. We are looking forward to tasting local jerk chicken, snorkeling along the shore, and hoping to climb Dunn Falls and explore a little bit off of the resort.But mostly, we are looking forward to celebrating our first few days as husband and wife!

 

MEP to MEC: Four Months to Go!

I honestly was nervous starting this post because I feel like I haven’t gotten as much done as I had hoped. However, after listing all of the things we did complete, I realized we did a lot more this month than I remembered! There are still a million decisions to make, but for the most part, every big decision is complete.

I know I say this every month, but I cannot believe we are now only 4 months away from our wedding! It stills feels like we have another year to go before we reach our big day, but I know it will be here before we both know it. This has been such a fun part of planning — between choosing our wedding cake (YUM), trying on our wedding bands, dreaming up flower arrangements, and trying on MY dress that I’ll marry the love of my life in — makes all of the stressful moments and decisions fall out of focus.

 

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Y’all, look at all of this cake! There wasn’t a flavor that wasn’t good!

CompletedĀ in February:

  • Had our lastĀ cake tasting
  • Booked our cake baker
  • Booked our florist
  • Started a workout program to tone up
  • Started ourĀ couplesā€™ devotional with Jody
  • Ordered sample invitations
  • Picked up the bridesmaid dresses
  • Picked up my wedding dress (!!!)
  • Bought our wedding bands
  • Toured a potential rehearsal dinner venue
  • My mom found her Mother of the Bride dress/Project
  • Booked our Honeymoon
  • Ordered our passports (Jody’s already came!)
  • Created our rehearsal dinner guest list
  • Bought my rehersal dinner dress
  • Decided on beer for our bar menu
  • Created a rough sketch of the reception layout
  • Bought supplies for one of the bigger DIY projects

On Our List for March:

  • Order invitations
  • Book our rehearsal dinner venue
  • Book Hair and Make-Up artist
  • Pick my bridal shower dress
  • Find and purchase bridal accessories
  • Complete the big DIY project
  • Book our Wedding night hotel
  • Decide on wedding favors
  • Chose the linens we want to use and order them
  • Begin writing our ceremony

Creating Our Registry

For the most part, Jody and I had figured out what we wanted the general feel of our future home to be (If you missed that post, you can see it here). Soon there after, we began to create our registry! We actually did right before the holidays, because we knew we were adding some items that we hoped to use at our wedding, but it has been a forever work in progress since. We were so anxious to register and create a list of items we wanted to have that would help make our house a home!Ā Jody and I have dreamed about this home we are about to create for a while now, and it is so exciting to be so close to making that dream a reality.

Picking the places to register was the easiest decision by far. We both love Crate & Barrel; we use to walk through our local store in Richmond pretending we were shopping for a new house, pointing out items that were our favorites. We also wanted a store that had a wide variety of items that would be useful in a home, in addition to the standard bedroom and kitchen supplies, so we chose Bed, Bath and Beyond. We actually didn’t even consider any online registries, mostly because we wanted the experience of walking through the store and scanning items, and I love to pick things up and hold them, which you really can’t do online. However, we are planning to create a Honeymoon registry, which will have some excursions and extra goodies that we have the option of participating in on our honeymoon, that we may not buy for ourselves. More on this to come soon šŸ™‚

As I had mentioned before, Jody and I decided to make a date night out of registering. Our plan was to head to Crate & Barrel first, refuel at dinner, and then continue on to Bed, Bath and Beyond. I admittedly had an unrealistic expectation that when we headed home that night, our registry would be completely done and I would be able to check it off of our list. Y’all, it is not possible. There are so many items to look at, sit on, and play with at each store and a couple hours on a Saturday night is not enough time. Plus, who knew there were 17 different types of bath towels in 30 different colors. These are not easy decisions for the indecisive.

However, after several trips to each store, we filled our registry with items that will be useful in our home, as well as some fun gadgets that we can’t wait to get our hands on! I thought it would be fun to share some favorites and how we plan to use them.

  1. Kitchen Aid Artisan Stand Mixer: I have been eyeing my mom’s for years now, and absolutely would love this in our kitchen. I really enjoy baking, and we hope to host family and friends often, so this mixer would make the process of prepare the sweets a little faster.
  2. Belgium Waffle Iron: This is one of those items that is definitely a splurge. I honestly didn’t realize how much it cost when we registered for it, but now we are convinced we need it (it has a removable plateĀ so you can have a mini griddle!).
  3. Natural Throw Blanket: I don’t know about you, but I think throw blankets are one of those things that makes a home more cozy! We’d like to have a blanket latter in our living room and this one I chose from Crate & Barrel seems like a perfect addition, plus it looks so soft.
  4. Boxed Bar Set: From the time we first started talking marriage, we knew we wanted to be theĀ couple to host our family and friends. Jody thoroughly enjoys making cocktails and drinking fine liquors, so it only seemed appropriate to have a bar set to complete our bar cart! This set is great because it comes with just about everything we would need for a variety of drinks.
  5. Stearns & Foster Down Pillows: One of the first pieces of advice I read regarding registering for a wedding is to splurge on bedding. While we haven’t pick out a bedspread we love yet, we definitely fell in love with how comfortable these pillows were! We decided to each register for a nice, memory foam pillow for our bed, in addition to regular pillows for the guest room. I literally think of these pillows every night when I lay down on my cheap Walmart pillows šŸ™‚

As we approach the big day, we get more anxious to finally have our own place together and looking at these registry favorites gets me excited all over again. If you had a favorite item you registered for or received, let me know in the comments below!

Newlywed Home Inspiration

One thing Jody and I have extensively talked about is our newlywed home! We’veĀ never livedĀ together, except for staying at our parents’ house for the past year, and even then we had our own separate rooms. We made the decisionĀ before we got engaged last year (and revisited the topic when we moved) to wait to live together until after we got married. While we both still agree that was the best choice for us, it doesn’t mean that it wasn’t hard, especially when most of our friends did live together! Needless to say, we have spent a lot of time dreaming about our future home to get through some of the tough days.

Thanks to our obsession (well, mine. Jody just tolerates it :)) with Fixer-Upper, we both love the rustic with a bit of classic style. However, picking colors and some of the decorating items has been a bit of a challenge. I like a light filled house, while Jody opts for all things in dark wood. We’ve been trying to work to find some items that will please both of our tastes, while making the house look complete and matching. Here’s a little of our inspiration to guide our registry pickings!

February Goals

How is it possible that it is February already?! January flew by, and I imagine February, and all of the months approaching the wedding, will be the same. February is one of my favorite months, mostly because of all of the pink and hearts everywhere. I’m excited to see what this month holds, even though I know it is about to get really busy around here!

January 2017 Goals

  • Find a way to exercise at least twice a weekĀ While this started off rough (yay for being sick for a week), I would say that I’ve been good at being active this month!
  • Complete more entries in my Write the Word Journal I hope to complete more in February but I made a good start
  • Read ā€˜Jesus Callingā€™ every day (I didn’t read it once. Fail.)
  • Find a coupleā€™s devotional for Jody and I to start
  • Book our honeymoon
  • Mail save the dates

February 2017 Goals

  • Book our honeymoon!
  • Read ‘Jesus Calling’ every day
  • Celebrate Valentine’s Day by having a no-wedding-talk date night
  • Try 3 new healthy recipes
  • Send someone happy mail
  • Start devotional (picking it up today!)
  • Pick out invitations
  • File 2016 Taxes
  • Book cake baker
  • Finish reading ‘Grace Not Perfection’

These goals barely touch on the amount of wedding tasks to accomplish. My biggest hope for this month is to live and love intentionally and cherish these moments preparing for the best day of our lives!