Show Us Your Life ~ More Wedding Stuff

Today Kelly’s Korner’s blog trail is Reception and Honeymoon.

Reception
We got to the reception and I remember the one thing that I couldn’t wait to see was my wedding cake. It was a surprise from Mom. WOW, did she go above and beyond!!!
Seeing the cake for the first time.
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We had a fairytale theme.
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We did toasts, first dances, the bouquet/garter toss, my Mom sang to me in front of everyone and we danced the night away!! We also had a video that was shown – everyone sat and watched and laughed/cried and had a great time! It was our love story. Pictures of us growing up and then stories about us that our videographer recorded just days before the wedding. 🙂
Watching our Love Story.
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Even I gave a speech! I’m not one for public speaking! ha
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Even my 86-year-old Grandma got out on the dance floor.
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My sister tried SO hard to catch that bouquet! haha
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Ric’s grandparents won the anniversary dance. (Longest married couple at the wedding.)
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“First a Princess, Now a Queen” to the rythym of “Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen.”
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Honeymoon
For our honeymoon we went on a Carnival cruise to the Caribbean. We stopped at San Juan, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas and St. Maarten. (Ironically I wore my St. Maarten shirt just today, actually.)

Our reception was over pretty late on 11/12. Then we stopped by an after-party at one of the groomsman’s hotel rooms. After that we headed to our hotel room to try to get a few hours of sleep. Luckily, our reception was in the same hotel that we stayed in that night. The next morning we had to get up BRIGHT and early. 4:00 a.m. came WAY too fast! Then we were in Ric’s parents’ rental car and were on our way to the airport.

Now, the honeymoon was a total surprise for me. Ric did all the paying and planning, so I had NO idea where we were going. He wouldn’t even tell people the night of the wedding, just so people wouldn’t spoil it for me. We were about 10 minutes into our drive to the airport when Ric asks me if I wanted to know where we were going. All I knew is that it was going to be “tropical”, just so I knew how to pack. I was anxious, so OF COURSE I was ready for him to tell me! SO he tells me that we’re flying into Miami and hopping on a cruise ship to head to the Caribbean. HEAVEN! 🙂
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Then we do just that; we get to the airport, fly to Miami, hop on the cruise ship and we’re ready to go.

One clear memory I have is calling my parents to tell them that I FINALLY know where I was going (they knew, but kept it a secret). This is when my Mom tells me that when I brought my dress to their hotel room early that morning, I also left my make-up bag with it. WHAT. . .I’m on my honeymoon and I don’t have my make-up?! No really, that was not really my reaction. It was more like, “OH well!” I’m not a big make-up person, so it really didn’t bother me. Once we were out in the ocean and the “shops” on the ship were able to open up, I just bought a few things, and then bought some at the Walgreens in San Juan. (Yes, there was a Walgreens, and we stopped into it, in San Juan. . .on our honeymoon. ha)
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While in San Juan we just did a short shore excursion. We really weren’t there long and by the time we got there, it was dark anyway. More or less we just toured the area close to where the ship stopped. Then we walked around a little and ended up skipping dinner on the ship for dinner at a “hole-in-the-wall” burger joint in San Juan. It was tasty. Then it was back on the ship.

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The next morning we woke up in St. Thomas. It was GORGEOUS. We started the morning off with a tour of the island as our shore excursion. After that shore excursion it was time for another one in St. Thomas. We went on a mini-boat tour to one of the small islands near St. Thomas. It was TONS of fun!!! It was about 12 mini-boats, two person per boat (so just Ric and I), that followed each other to the island. Ric was driving, I was passenger. When we got to the island, the tour guide asked how we were doing. I let him know that I was fine, but that I didn’t think that we hit enough waves on the way out there. He said, “Are you serious?! Usually the women are all crabbing because their backs hurt or something from hitting too many waves.” Heck, not me. I was enjoying hitting all the waves! We do our snorkeling and then it is time to get back so that we can get back to the ship to board. On the way back one of the other tour guides drives past us and waves us on to follow him. So we do just that, and he hits every wave that he can on the way back. It was SOOO much fun!

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The next day was St. Thomas. We did another snorkeling tour on this trip, which was TONS of fun. Ric even turned Rastafarian on me. 😉 haha
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On one of the formal nights, the professional photographers that they have on the boat took this photo. It is one of my favorite photos of us!
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(If you couldn’t tell, I was getting a little tired towards the end of this post – which is why the end went kind of fast. haha)