Honeymoon time – Day 3

Day 3 of our honeymoon began with a trip to the Nassau Straw Market.  It’s a street market (picture the scene from the Disney movie Aladin where Jasmine walks through the market in disguise…”purses for the pretty lady…jewelry, bags, hats….come take a look pretty lady.”)  Yep,it’s just like that.  It was fun, and I walked away with a straw hat (of course!) and a fake Coach duffel bag. hehe

Oh, and we stopped at Senior Frog for lunch…

 We took a ferry ride from the Straw Market back across to the Atlantis property.
I just couldn’t get enough of that awesome resort. It looked so cool every time I saw it!
 The rest of the afternoon was super chill.  After the market we just went to the pools and relaxed. I got my pina colada by the pool, and I was set 🙂
 Greg wanted to enjoy his strawberry daiquiri on the lazy river…
 We decided to stay at the pool till sunset which was nice cause the pool decks cleared out early and we were the only ones left.  We had nowhere to be, so why not 🙂  I think we just went back to the casino lounge again for dinner that night.  Like I said, this was our slow chill day.

Honeymoon time- Day 2 (dolphin pics!)

So, I forgot to post a few awesome pics in the last post.  We got a waterproof camera to take with us when we did the dolphin encounters, and I was actually surprised they turned out!

 
We got to feed them…
and hug and kiss them… (and after some splashing around, the camera lens started getting a little wet…)
 and we danced with them!! 🙂
 
Dolphin kisses!
We had so much fun with the dolphins!

Honeymoon time- Day 2

Our second day began bright and early with a dolphin swim! It was so much fun!!  We took a boat ride over to another island and got waist deep in the water with a dolphin. The dolphin hugged us, gave us a kiss on the cheek, danced with us, and did some tricks. We also fed it a fish!  I loved it!

“Dolphin Encounters”…. some people have no photography skills. I asked the ferry guy to take our picture in front of the sign.  Is it too much to ask that you actually get the whole sign in the picture???

 This is their pregnant dolphin
 After our dolphin encounter we walked over to the beach area to sit for a few minutes until our ferry boat came back to get us.  Greg enjoyed a dip in the water while I obviously tried to get some sun 🙂
 That tan triangle shape in the water is a wild stingray that was swimming around in the water right along the beach.  It was so weird seeing wildlife so closely mixed in with humans.  He could have just swam right past you!
 The boat ride back to Paradise Island. Could the water and sky be any bluer?? Gorgeous! And there’s NO editing done to these 2 pictures below! Straight off my camera.
 
 Oh hey rings, aren’t you beautiful 🙂

lunch out at the Harborside pier by our condos

After lunch, we decided to hang out at the Harborside pool, since it was quieter and less crowded.  Well, both Greg and I literally fell asleep for about 2 hours.  And I’m talking deep sleep, like you would have thought we were in our beds!  Thank goodness we had lathered up on sunscreen prior or we would have been lobsters! When we woke up, we headed back over to the Royal Towers to do some more exploring.

This is Bobby Flay’s restaurant.  Unfortunately, the cheapest meal on the menu is roughly $65, and honeymoon or not, that was a bit out of our price range.

But we had our own nice dinner that night without Bobby Flay.  We freshened up and went to an awesome buffet at the Royal Towers called Marketplace.  And what did we do after dinner?? Yep, explored the aquariums again (and the casino).  Can you tell I love aquariums?  Oh, and you can’t go to Atlantis and not get this shot… (tourist alert!)

 

You can’t tell by this picture, but this manta ray is HUGE!! I mean really, really huge! He has a wingspan of probably 12 feet.  Yeah, he’s a big guy.

Honeymoon time- Arrival and Day 1

We had such a great honeymoon! The weather was wonderful.  It was sunny with a high of 85-90 degrees and 60s in the evenings. Perfect weather.  We had a ground floor condo separate from the main resort. So, we didn’t feel like we were in a huge hotel and that was nice.  We ate delicious food all week, rode on some awesome water slides and not-so-lazy rivers with rapids.  We played a little in the casino, found lots of aquariums, got massages, and swam with a dolphin!  That pretty much sums up the week.

But, you know I can’t do a honeymoon post without some a ton of pictures. And believe me, we have tons.  So, to make this easier, I’ll divide it up like the wedding posts.

The night of the wedding, the best man’s parents drove us to Atlanta to stay at the Boggs’ condo since we were catching out flight out of ATL Sunday morning. Here we are about to crash for the night, and boy were we tired…

Bahamas bound!
Sunday afternoon we basically just wandered around Atlantis checking out some cool stuff…like this guy…
 and this guy…
We slept in Monday…actually, we pretty much slept in every day.  Clocks, phones, schedules…none of that matters on your honeymoon 🙂  But, by noonish we were finally up and ready for some pools and slides at the Atlantis resort.
Here we are at the Royal Towers, and behind us across the marina are our Harborside condos.  Aren’t the cute?!
 After some lazy river and water slides, we ate lunch out by the lagoon, which was delicious. This was honestly my favorite meal of the trip. Delicious chicken fettucine alfredo. And Greg had an awesome shrimp pizza.
 

 
 beautiful sunset by the dolphin cay

  We ended our first day with massages, which were AMAZING!  And wandered through some more aquariums before heading back to get ready for dinner.

 
 We went out to dinner at Bimini Road in the marina.  It was yummy!
 

it’s official, I’m a Boggs!

A lot of these details are for my own personal journaling, so if you get tired of them…well, I’m sorry. It’s my blog and I’ll write what I want to! hehe 😉   Our wedding day began with a 9am hair appointment for me.  Our photographer had suggested Raemi Spencer over at Lady Fingers in the Colonade (don’t judge them based on their website. The website could use some Greg Boggs Vehicle Media love…).  Anyways, ladies, she is awesome!  I actually went for 2 trail runs the week leading up to the wedding because I didn’t love the first “do,” but not because of anything Raemi did.  I just realized after having it done, a full up-do was not the look I wanted.  She listened to all my ideas and paid close attention to the pictures I had clipped from magazines, and after the 2nd trail, I loved my hair.  So, I highly recommend her!

After hair, mom, Katie, Emily and I grabbed some quick breakfast then headed back home to gather up the rest of our gear and head out to Odenville.  Of course we were supposed to be at the Newton-Davis House by noon to begin getting ready, and the 4 of us didn’t make it until 1230.  I swear, Graves girls cannot get anywhere on time. It’s a terrible flaw in our gene pool. Maybe I’ll do better as a Boggs.  Anyways, so we get to the reception house and my other bridesmaids are all there getting ready. Our photographer, Graham Yelton, was also there setting up.  The one thing that did stress me out about our wedding day is this… because I had done so much of the planning myself and brought so much of the decor with me instead of just using the caterer’s supplies, I felt like I was also doing a lot of running around telling people what goes where and people kept asking me, “where’s this” “where’s that”…so yes, I love that it made for a very personal wedding reception…but my wedding day was certainly not stress-free.  We also got very behind schedule with our picture taking.  I love our photographer, but I think her creativity got a little carried away and we took WAAAAY too long doing wedding party pictures.  I haven’t seen the pictures yet, so I’m hoping we have tons of good ones considering how long we spent on them.  But I’m sad that we literally had about 15 mins for all of our family shots back at the church, which meant we didn’t even get all the shots we wanted.  One of my absolutely favorite aspects of our wedding was the historic country white church, and I would have loved to have gotten some bridal pics with just me in my dress in front of the church.  But we were standing outside the church trying to hurry through as many family pictures as possible when guests started arriving. So of course I had to rush inside and go into hiding for the ceremony to begin.

People always told me once the wedding day got here, I wouldn’t care about little details, I would just enjoy the day.  Well, that was sorta true.  Despite the stress of the afternoon, I breezed through the ceremony.  I was so nervous during the rehearsal the night before that my knees were literally shaking, but somehow I was calm and collected during the actual ceremony.  Even when our flower girl pitched a minor fit during the ceremony and had to be taken outside, I honestly didn’t care.  I’m just proud she made it down the aisle 🙂  Ok, I am going to complain about 1 other thing.  We decided not to get a videographer for our wedding, because first of all, they are so expensive.  Secondly, I didn’t figure we’d ever watch the video besides maybe the 1 time.  But, I really wish now that we had gotten one just to film the ceremony, or at least had a family member with a video camera record the ceremony.  I say this because, 1) I didn’t even get to hear much of our soloist sing, and she’s one of my dear co-workers who has a beautiful voice. 2) I don’t know what it looked like to see our friends walking down the aisle, and I wish I could have seen that, and 3) I want to see our kiss!  I know that will be in a photo obviously, but I still wish I could see it in action.  So, brides-to-be…if you think it’s too expensive to get a videographer, at least just have one for your ceremony, cause as the bride… you don’t even get to see it all taking place, and what you do see flashes by so quickly you won’t hardly remember it.  It’s sad, but true.

The little details I do remember is I almost cried as I walked down the aisle, cause my eyes met with my mom’s and she was crying…so of course I quickly had to gain my composure so we wouldn’t both be blubbering at the alter.  I remember my communion bread piece was a bit too big and I had to give some of it back to Jamie.  Both Greg’s and my hands were so sweaty during the ceremony!  I didn’t feel nervous, but maybe subconsciously we both were.  Greg and I had our own little chat during the communion song in which he asked me if he could dip me when he kissed me, and I told him yes, as long as he did it gently.  He also asked if he could do a fist pump into the air, and I agreed to that as well. haha.  I also remember feeling the urge to turn and see who all was out sitting in the church, and Greg even commented the same thing during our little chat. But we both agreed, we probably weren’t supposed to do that!

After the ceremony, Graham (and her assistant, Hillary) whisked us away to get some really neat sunset shots of Greg and I before we headed to the reception.  I really hope these turned out great.  I always feel awkward doing serious poses. Ya know, like the ones you’re not supposed to smile in.  The “smeyes” pose, as Graham would call it.  Smile with your eyes…Tyra Banks, anyone?  Anyways, I don’t think I’m good at these…but we will find out I suppose.

Here are a few shots of the day that my mom snapped…

 If you look closely in the above pic, my mom happened to catch the guys in the background.  The groomsmen and the father of the groom were all Sigma Nu’s at Samford University. So they decided it would be funny to blindfold all the groomsmen (with their ties), line-up, and Mr. Boggs is railing them like a senior frat boy would do…  lol
Ok, this picture cracks me up and I have to post it. During the reception, I asked Emily (my 18 year old sister) to hold my 1 beer that I drank.  She probably had it in her hands for maybe 5 mins, and of course, she got busted!  haha

Next up…reception!

Friday night fun

Friday night was the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.  The rehearsal went as most rehearsals do. Everyone figured out their spot, we ran through it all a few times, and then if we still didn’t know what to do, we just winged it the next day if need be. haha.  This is me and my uncle Jamie. He performed our ceremony 🙂

 G-man got some Bennett love

After the rehearsal, we headed back for dinner at Outtakes in the downtown Homewood area.  We had the whole diner to ourselves for the event, and it was great!  It was the perfect size for our dinner party, and my mother-in-law Kendall did a great job decorating the place!  She made these beautiful centerpeices from rectangular vases with a burlap sash tied around them, and lovely green and white flowers to fill them. 

We had friends and family there from both in town and out of town, and it was so nice mingling amongst one another.  Dinner was Italian themed with lasagna, salad, garlic bread and tiramasu for dessert!  Yumm, yumm.  And we also had a slideshow playing with fun pictures of Greg and I together, and of course the all-too favorite baby pics 🙂 

 
 

After dinner, Greg’s dad gave a lovely toast, and then the floor was opened up to our friends, who also had many kind words to say.  Everyone was so nice!  Even Greg gave a small speech and it warmed my heart with the sweet things he said.  I’m a lucky girl to have such a caring and compassionate husband, and I couldn’t be happier!

After the rehearsal dinner, Greg and all his buddies went out to their favorite little Homewood bar, while I of course still had way too much to do.  Believe it or not, wedding programs had still not been printed at that point.  Thank goodness for my dear friend Dana, because without her there would be no programs at all.  She designed them, and although I proofed them earlier that day, I realized at the rehearsal there were a few changes that still needed to be made.  So of course we were working on that at 10pm the night before the wedding.  But, again, props to Dana cause she pulled it all together and printed them the wedding day morning. She’s a lifesaver.  What else did I wait until the last minute to do?  Oh yeah, pack for the honeymoon.  Burn the CD with our ceremony music which inlcuded our communion song and the processional song.  Which by the way, I LOVE the music choices I ended up with for our ceremony.  I debated music for so long, but I’m so happy with the final decisions.  I chose a few favorite hymns to be played during the prelude of the ceremony, and the attendants all walked down to “Winter” from The Four Seasons. I walked in to “Butterfly Waltz” by Brian Crain (it’s not a well known song, but I was so pleased when our pianist actually knew it! Look it up, you’ll love it!).  We played “The Prayer” during our communion, and the whole wedding party walked out to Handel’s “Arrival of the Queen of Sheba.” Oh, and Monica, my dear friend from work, sang Stephen Curtis Chapman’s I Will Be Here at the beginning of the ceremony.  I wished I could have heard more of her singing, but I did get to sneak up to the door of the church for just a minute to try and listen.

Back to my late Friday night. I believe it was about 3am before I went to bed that night. Katie and Emily spent the night with me, which was nice to have their company!  We all piled into my queen bed and slept together one last time.  It was like Christmas Eve, and Greg was my long awaited gift from Santa 🙂  And this Christmas morning started bright and early with a 9am hair appointment.  But, I’ll tell you all about that on the next post!

Post wedding catch up!

My oh my, where do I even begin?!?  Since my last post I had my bridesmaids luncheon, rehearsal dinner, wedding, honeymoon, moved (partially) into Greg’s OUR house, and have completed my first week back at work  Each one of those tasks deserves it’s own blog entirely…actually, the honeymoon deserves 3 considering how many pictures we took!  And to avoid a total computer system meltdown with the amount of pictures I would love to share with you all, I will definitely need to divide my updates into multiple posts.

So, to start us off, let’s go back to the beginning of “the wedding week.”  Sunday afternoon kicked off the week with my beautiful bridesmaids luncheon hosted by my good friend and fellow co-worker, Becky.  She did such a great job decorating the table settings, and the location was perfect. I had picked out Another Broken Egg Cafe in Mountain Brook months ago because I absolutely fell in love with it the first time I ate there, and it did not dissappoint!  We picked out a menu of choices including cinnamon roll french toast, banana’s foster, breakfast croissant, and chicken salad.  Word around the table was it was all delicious!

Here’s some pics of the fun afternoon…

pretty table settings made by Becky
all my beautiful bridesmaids
my mother-in-law Kendall, and new sister in-laws Jordan and Callen
the lovely host!

and this is why I love Becky…she always makes me laugh!

me and the mom’s and host


my dear friends, Dana and Leah

the whole gang

It was a perfect Sunday afternoon with some very lovely ladies.  One week and counting to wedding day!

fun filled wedding parties- Part 2

I had to separate the wedding parties into 2 posts.  There was just too much going on that weekend!  After my bridal tea on Saturday, we had our big couples shower on Sunday.  This one was hosted by Greg’s family.  His parents, aunt Kim, Jordan and Eric, and Callen all helped throw a great party!  Kim was so kind to host everyone at her house, and the weather was great and perfect for an outside lunch party.  They cooked all of my favorite things!  Greg teased me a few days before that he knew what we’d be eating at the party and I didn’t.  But, I convinced him to tell me, and he said Jordan had called him and asked him what some of my favorite foods were.  And that’s just what we had!  We ate chicken, macaroni and cheese, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, and had chocolate cake and caramel cake for dessert (the caramel cake was for Greg!).  It was all so yummy!  Man, we ate good ALL WEEKEND LONG!

So many of our friends came to the shower! Almost all my girls were here!  (Liz and Elissa, you were greatly missed!!!)  Brit and Sara even came up from Orange Beach!  Of course they did also go to Bama game Saturday, so I’m sure that had a lot to do with it 😉 

And of course Greg had several of his old fraternity brothers there.  And some friends and family of the Boggs were all there.  So it made for a great mix of all our favorite people 🙂

 oh hey Leah! haha
 
LOVE my sisters
 Hey Mr. and Mrs. Abbey 😉
and future Mr. and Mrs. Lemley!
no matter who we marry, we will always be Graves girls 🙂
mom and her new hubs
 
ya think mom’s itching for some grandbabies??  haha

all my sisters

Towards the end of the party, a few people (Katie and Mrs. Boggs, in particular) really wanted us to open their gifts. So, since most everyone had left besides family, we decided to sit and open all of our gifts.  We have such wonderful friends and family, and they treated us well.

We were really excited about the 75 piece tool set that Dwaye, mom and Emily gave us! House projects here we come!
I got lots of cake stands which I will use on my bridal cake table.
Yep, it’s a Shake Weight. Thanks Dana and Chesley 😉

All in all, it was a great weekend!  And as of today we are officially 1 week away from our big day. OH. MY. GOODNESS!

fun filled wedding parties-Part 1

Man, there is so much to write about, I don’t even know what to start.  And I’ve been itching to do this post for weeks, but I just got the pics from my mom’s camera.  So, with all the craziness that has gone on in the last month or two, between everyone else’s weddings, and school starting back for some people, and football season, we decided to do our big wedding shower and my bridal tea all in one weekend.  That way people who were coming into town for the festivities could just knock it all out at once. 

So, a few Saturdays ago, my dear friend Christine and her mother hosted my bridal tea.  It was wonderful!  Christine is my oldest friend. I met her in the 2nd grade and I’m so glad that we have remained friends for all these years.  The tea was a success. Her and her mother are amazing cooks and whipped up a delicious brunch of cinnamon rolls and orange rolls, fruit kabobs, breakfast quiches, and blueberry muffins! Yumm!!!  Seriously, everyone was raving over the food.  And, if you would like to taste some of this goodness, you should go check out her mother’s booth at the Farmer’s Market at Pepper Place, Saturday mornings from 7am-noon.  Just look for “Darlene’s Kitchen.”  Ok, back to the tea.  It was so nice to see friends and family all together on a beautiful Saturday morning.  And it may sound strange, but the location was perfect.  Christine and her husband and kids rent the house that my Grandaddy and Nana lived in ever since my mom was a baby. My Grandaddy built the house, and after my Nana died 2 years ago, we have not wanted to sell it. So, we offered Christine and her sweet family to rent it.  And I love being able to keep going back to that house.  I have so many family memories in that house and it was nice to add this special day to that list.  Ok, so let’s show some pictures!

Here is me, mom, and our lovely hostesses.

And with the in-laws. Look how wonderfully coordinated we are! None of that was planned, if you can believe it.

Sorry, the lighting on this photo is so awful. But, it’s a cute pic!

  Here’s me and my sweet friends. By the way girls, I keep meaning to tell yall what Katie said to me that morning. She leaned over and said, “man, you have such cute stylish friends!  🙂

 Pretty sure this was during a “why am I so tall??” conversation, followed by a squat 😉  Which is funny, cause in my family, I’m NOT the overly tall one
Me and my sisters, and mom and her sister. Only thing missing in this picture is my dear sweet Nana.
 Love you friend!

And we got some great gifts too!  Check out that copper pot! My in-laws brought that back from their recent trip to Italy a few weeks ago. And I heard they actually got to meet the guy who crafts each pot.  He hammers it out of one giant sheet of copper. So cool!