So we’re back, we’re MARRIED and we are so excited to finally have a chance to update this blog of ours! Thank you for sticking with us in our absence, we hope you have enjoyed the pictures on Instagram and intermittent twitter updates!
It is fair to say we had the time of our lives (queue music) and we did it surrounded by the friends and family we love the most. As you will know from our previous post, we crammed a fair bit into our two and a half weeks and with over 3000 photos collected from our nearest and dearest – we will be reliving the experience for weeks to come, which coincidentally is when our official photos are due back!
We still haven’t figured out quite how best to share the memories in the blog but we thought we would start with a quick run down of our top 10 highlights (in no real order, besides of course the first one!), then we’ll follow this up with the stories in the coming weeks!
1) The Wedding:
It was perfect. The entire day was fabulous but the wedding came together better than we could have dreamed. From the decoration in our mountain hideout to the flower heart that hung above our heads at the ceremony. Looking out a sea of faces, some wiping away tears, and then into the eyes of my gorgeous wife looking more beautiful than I have ever seen her. This is the stuff of love songs and dreams and in the words of John Legend I couldn’t stop saying ‘all of me, loves all of you’.
2) First look, and bridal photo shoot pre-Wedding:
It was just us, well us and our amazing photographers, but in our own world. From our first look to our separation to walk down the aisle I couldn’t stop beaming.
|The first professional pic we’ve seen!|
3) The Pink Night in Vegas:
This night stands out for all the right Vegas reasons. A simple theme that united the group was helped with the addition of pink and purple wedding personalised sunglasses.
|Our group all met in the Friends Cafe in Vegas|
4) 4th of July Fireworks in McCall
My first and a trip down memory lane for my wife. This celebration brought an end to an amazing few days in the mountains and ended with an awesomely non-ironic patriotic chant of ‘USA, USA, USA’ – there was no denying where we were! Oh and I can’t forget the mini firework display we held at our own cabin courtesy of L’s little bro, Jason.
|4th of July at McCall|
5) Dinner / hanging out with Jason:
A notable event in itself but as Jas is a busy man and we haven’t got to see much of him in our last few Boise trips so after fitting us with proper trainers at his New Balance store we headed for dinner (the seriously amazing 3 cheese mac and cheese at Applebee’s) before checking out the new Boise Mall and being very impressed with the fountains that danced to music. Not quite the Bellagio but still worth seeing!
7) Bridal Shower:
Vegas was brilliant! Everyday in Vegas was glorious sunshine, every night was a party, but on our final full day our marvelous Bridesmaid Kate had organised an area in the Mirage for a pool party with all our guests. My fantastic sister led the way with a pub quiz (I’ll go into that more later) and we were presented alcoholic cupcakes…….and then the night was led by our wonderful Bridesmaid Alison and her ever-so-helpful (and our Usher) boyfriend Dave!
|We were on top of the world, we rode a bull and we stuffed ourselves with cake! A great day all in all!|
8) Pampering with our Mum’s:
Once we had reunited with L’s Mum on arrival in Boise we announced that we had a surprise and took our Mums off to have a pre-wedding manicure and pedicure at a cute boutique just outside the city. We had a great time coordinating colours, having a foot massage and recalling our Vegas memories as well as all the wedding plans. It was such a nice, calm time that allowed us to relax with our special ladies.
10) Pub quizzes:
I love a pub quiz and it turns out it runs in the family. As I mentioned my sister started our Bridal shower with one and I did my own pub quiz at our welcome BBQ. It was such a good way of getting everyone together!
Oh and then there was Seattle – so many highlights, Ice Cream alley in McCall, ChuckaRama, the Sugar Factory, the limo ride, the Mirage and it’s amazing pools, Boo-Hood our friend at NY airport, the amazing gifts and messages, the wedding lodges, the after dinner dances, the speeches, the late night BBQ’s, s’mores and beer pong………
OK until next time, it’s nice to be back!
So the plan:
|Mirage we are coming for you!|
Saturday 21st June: We’re on a jet plane heading to Vegas to arrive at 9pm local time! We have a party of 16 joining us so the fun starts here!
Sunday 22nd – Wednesday 25th June: Hanging out in Vegas, grabbing a limo, seeing Calvin Harris, making the most of American food and you know checking out Vegas! Also topping up the tan and starting to relax (hopefully). Plus Laura will be checking out ComicCon at some point #exciting!!!!
Thursday 26th – Friday 27th June: We also plan to float the Boise river, climb Table Rock to get the best vista of the city, show the non-American’s the joy of Walmart and all you can eat diners and other American treats.
Also at this point we’ll be fitting in a hair trial and other last minute wedding prep.
Friday 27th June (evening): Heading to our venue to set up our welcome BBQ ready for the rest of the guest to head up later that evening (GET SUPER EXCITED)
|Sneak-peek of our Venue!|
Sunday 29th June: Throw ourselves and a fair amount of our guests down a river, white water rafting! The others are taking a leisurely trip on a trip in the mountains!
|Hopefully we return with ALL the guests!|
Monday 30th June: We say goodbye to most of our guests at the airport or wave goodbye as they head off in various different directions in the world
Tuesday 1st – Thursday 3rd July: Chill out in Boise, hang out with Laura’s family – recover 🙂
Thursday 3rd July PM: Head back to a different area of the Idaho Mountains – McCall – for a traditional, all American 4th of July with Laura’s family and some of our Aussie friends! Lots of food, hanging out on the lake and then fireworks – Sarah’s first 4th of July!
Wednesday 9th July: We land back in the UK!
Thursday 10th & Friday 11th July: Back to reality
Saturday 12th: Prepare the house for guests as Sunday the 13th is Sarah’s Birthday!!!!
OK – trying to do anything that isn’t wedding related or talk about anything non-wedding is impossible! I am that person, we are that couple! It’s the last week before we go and the wedding is literally EVERYTHING!
This is not to say that we are intentionally making this week all about us, but we are still running around like mad women and the wedding seems to be the main reason – that and the epic holiday we are about to embark on! Oh and the fact that we have 16 other people descending on Vegas with us and 57 coming to the wedding itself!
It’s less than two weeks to go! That’s right, 2 weeks!!! Did we miss the last 18 months? I swear my life is just flying by – but when you have been waiting for something so long, it is amazing how long 2 weeks seems.
Right now, and I’m not sure either of us should admit this (what, with work and such still going on), it is hard to do anything but think of wedding stuff. Neither of us want to miss a moment and that means that we are distracted with thoughts of the wedding at pretty much ANY time. Seriously, people at work have stopped asking about the wedding now as they fear that they will be caught in a monologue about all the exciting things we’ve been doing!