I started to recap my wedding with a series of Wedding ABC posts - where I would capture the day and the events leading up to it one letter at a time. You can catch up on all of that here or by visiting the wedding link in my link bar. In case you don't look I will tell you I only made it to the letter J. That's only 10 letters. And 16 letters remaining. Can I really bore you with 16 more posts about my wedding? I mean it was a great wedding - but let's be serious.
So instead I will knock through the letters two/three at a time - for a total of 6 posts for the next six Wednesdays. This will bring us up to speed just in time to wish my handsome husband and I happy anniversary. If you want to send us a card - let me know - I can hook you up with my addy. I do love mail. Did you know I got a pen pal? Completely unrelated but I can't wait to both introduce her to you and more importantly start crafting - hope she likes my granny crafts.
So with that out of the way back to where we left off.
There are a few things from our wedding that are super special to me - besides my amazing dress that is sadly hanging behind a door screaming/begging to be put back on. Maybe I will wear it on our anniversary - maybe I will do a trash the dress session? Maybe I will sleep in it. Don't think I haven't thought about it. Whatever it is I'm doing I'll look awesome.
Alright this isn't about my dress. This is about the mementos from the day. The guestbook. With a wedding of 20 + guests a guestbook seemed ridiculous. And to be quite honest I didn't want something that would just collect dust sitting on the shelf. I scoured Etsy like it was nobodies business. Man I wish I had heard of Pinterest. It wasn't until on a message board that I came across a brilliant idea. A framed map. Where guests would sign on the matte. This was perfect for our small destination wedding. And - it now proudly lives in our dining room. I love passing by it everyday and read all the love from the most important peeps. It's truly special. I've considered having it insured.
This is basically just an excuse for me to share with you not only where we got married - but just how awesome this small coastal town is. Steve and I had been to Varadero, Cuba twice before. When selecting a wedding destination we thought of two factors 1. the cost for people to join us. And 2. the ease to get into town off the resort. If our guests are anything like us - being stuck at a hotel for 7 days isn't always enjoyable. It's nice to get off the resort and explore the towns. Mingle with the locals. And take pictures. Get kissed by dolphins. You know everyday normal guy stuff.
Now keep in mind that Varadero is a tourist town but nonetheless it's pretty awesome. Prior to the wedding - we travelled to Cuba to do some location scouting. Another perk to planning a destination wedding. Having both been to Cuba before we knew that 5 stars in Cuba doesn't translate into international ratings. So checking out the hotels and the rooms was necessary before making a final decision. We finally decided on Hotel Iberostar Laguana Azul. If you're interested check out out wedblog: Steve Plus Emily
Here is what we found during our research trip.
|Prior to research - you need a little R&R so we hung out here a bit. I mean we needed to assess how awesome the ocean and beach really was. Maybe the sand would be too sandy?|
|After a lengthy assessment - the result - the ocean is awesome!|
|We then went on a catamaran trip - to assess the quality and fun factor. Oh and the beer. Of course we had to sample that too. Result - catamaran booze cruise=fun|
|A trip into Varadero to check out the scene - result Varadero is pretty rad.|
|Back at the resort - to sample the beers and to celebrate selecting our wedding location.|
|Oh - and I think the kisses from this dolphin sealed the deal.|
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