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!
6) Calvin Harris in VEGAS!!!!
So this happened by chance - a few weeks before we went, Jason found out Calvin was playing at the EDC in Vegas and was doing an after show at Hakkasan. It was awesome!
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.
9) Being in the water (Jetskiing, whitewater rafting, floating the Boise river):
I knew Boise in the summer would be all about the outdoors, but in fact we were all about the water.
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!