Wedding Festivities Part 1

Hey friends! Long time no blog, right?!? I feel like my life has been a whirlwind with the wedding and all, and I just haven’t had time to blog at all! I am hoping to be better about it now that I’m getting settled back into real life.

I’m going to break the wedding festivities and honeymoon into a couple posts because there are so many pictures!! So for this post, we will do all the pre-wedding festivities!!

We got to Santa Rosa Beach, FL the Sunday before the wedding. I had never been to that part of Florida before, and it was gorgeous! We normally stay in San Destin, which is about 10-15 minutes east of Santa Rosa, but has a totally different feel! More of a small beach town, no high rise hotels, mainly houses and condos so it wasn’t so “touristy”. I really liked that. Plus, the beaches were gorgeous! No oil anywhere!!

I spent the first couple days just relaxing and working on my tan! I worked so hard not to get burned and did a great job of it! No red on my skin!!




I love being on the beach! It was definitely hot though! At one point, we all had our chairs in the water to let the waves come up on us!

Both sets of my grandparents arrived on Tuesday and Wednesday. My mom, Nana, and I went and got out nail and toenails done on Wednesday afternoon. It was fun, but my fingernails were already chipping by the wedding. That didn’t make me very happy!!

Wednesday night was my Bachelorette party! My parents rented us a limo for the night, it’s definitely a good thing they did!!


Inside the limo.


Me! So excited for my Bachelorette Party!!


Katie doing her make-up in the limo!

We started out on a Dolphin Cruise. It was fun, the water was really rough and poor Katie started getting sea sick :(


Luckily, Jaime had her daughters seas sick bands that Katie could wear! They seemed to help!! We only saw 1 dolphin though.


View from the Dolphin Cruise.


Another view from the Dolphin Cruise.

After the cruise we went and ate at a restaurant on the water. I honestly can’t recall the name of the place! It was good though and so nice to sit on the deck overlooking the water!!


Katie and Maryl at dinner.

After dinner, we headed to Rum Runners, a dueling piano bar in Baytowne Wharf, and that’s when things start to get fuzzy! Haha :)


Jaime and Maryl at Rum Runners.


Katie and I at Rum Runners. Notice the devil horn veil I had to sport the whole night! About this time, everyone decided it would be fun to buy me tequila shots. Definitely fun at the time, not fun after. Just use your imagination :) My brother, his friend Vincent, and my cousin Jesse ended up at Rum Runners too so of course they joined in on the Bachelorette celebration. I think they were the main culprits of the tequila shots!! At one point, some random table bought me a shot and had me go onstage and take it! Again, very fun at the time! LOL.


This was the stage I ended up on TWICE! Once to take the shot and a second time I ended up sitting on top of the piano while these piano guys serenaded me. Apparently, it was a very raunchy song that had my brother cringing! Haha, don’t really recall that!!


My brother and I. Haha :) Needless to say, we all ended up going home in the limo. I’m sure the limo driver thought we were bringing some random guys home. Haha.

The next day, Thursday, was my trial hair appointment and our rehearsal / rehearsal dinner. I felt so bad that morning until it was time to get my hair done that afternoon. Luckily the nausea went away by the rehearsal dinner!!


Jennifer and I at the Rehearsal.

Sadly, I did not take any pictures at the Rehearsal Dinner! I was too busy enjoying it :) It was at a restaurant called Stinky’s Fishcamp and it was fabulous!! I think everyone had a GREAT time!!

And I will leave y’all with that for now! Up next….THE WEDDING!!!


  1. Ohh so exciting! Your bachelorette pictures are so fun! I've lived in Florida but have never been to that area; I'll have to visit sometime! Looking forward to seeing more pictures and hearing all about everything!

    Congratulations on being married!

  2. Oh, girl…. looks like a blast. Sounds like one of those what happens at the bachelorette party stays at the bachelorette party, haha!!!! That area of FL looks amazing. Can you believe I’ve never been to the beaches near the panhandle?? Crazy!

  3. I glad you enjoyed your bachelorette so much!! I hope you weren't too sick afterwards!!

  4. OH My GOsh Girl!!!! You got married!!!!! I mean I knew it was coming up, but I didn't realize it had already happened. Wow! Congrats!!! I can't wait to hear all about it. :) Missed you!

  5. Looking forward to seeing more pictures and hearing all about everything!
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  6. I figured you were too busy getting married to blog! Looks like a fun bachelorette party...not too many people go on dolphin watches during their bachelorette parties! How fun, even if you didn't get to see many dolphins!