Honeymoon Bliss

It’s been a few weeks since our wedding and honeymoon adventures but we are definitely still soaking up all the honeymoon bliss! Our story is a little bit crazy because our original Puerto Rican honeymoon that we had planned for over a year was suddenly threatened by Hurricane Irma. So we cancelled our trip the night before and flew down to Key West, FL. Little did we know, Irma would make its way towards us and keep us moving north with the rest of the Florida state until we finally made it safely to North Carolina by the end of our honeymoon.


If you know anything about me you would know that I am an obsessive planner and organizer. If things don’t go the way I planned (especially my honeymoon) then it really throws me off. So you can imagine the stress I was feeling the night before our honeymoon as well as the whole trip. I had strategically planned out every day of our Puerto Rico honeymoon and the destination change 6 hours before our flight was set to depart left me with no time to plan out a new itinerary. I’m sure my brand new husband was wondering what he got himself into during this whole fiasco.

Anyways, we ended up seeing a good chunk of the east coast on our mission to avoid Hurricane Irma. We spent one day in Key West, Orlando, Savannah, Myrtle Beach, and Wilmington before flying out from Charlotte, North Carolina. This actually ended up being a great story to tell and we had a lot of fun exploring a new city every day!


So here is each city broken down and our recommendations:

Key Wes, FL: First of all, the drive to Key West was an adventure in itself. The entire drive from the Florida mainland down to the Keys is filled with beautiful ocean views and quaint little towns (check out all of the overly creative and adorable mailboxes on your way down!). If it’s your first time visiting the Florida Keys (it was our first time) I would recommend stopping by the very first Visitors Center you come across once you enter Key Largo (on the right hand side). The workers were some of the friendliest people I’ve ever met and one of the workers was even kind enough to give us his cell phone number in case we had trouble navigating the island or were looking for more things to do. They gave us insight on all there is to do. Trust me, I did all my research about what there is to do in the Keys but they were able to get us discounts and recommendations you couldn’t find online. They ended up giving us a great deal on a local hotel (which we ended up not staying at due to the hurricane evacuation) and also booked us a snorkeling excursion through Fury Key West. We did the Rum and Reggae Sunset Snorkel package, which was one of the most incredible experiences I’ve ever had. If you’re a bit hesitant to get in the waters that’s perfectly fine! On this trip, snorkeling is optional. You can get in and out of the water whenever you please. If you prefer to stay on the boat, they have an open bar and music to keep you entertained. HIGHLY recommend this company and this specific excursion. Plus, sailing during the sunset was the perfect way to begin a romantic honeymoon. And if you’ve never been to Key West, be ready to encounter wild chickens and cats that seem to take over the entire island!


Orlando, FL: Of course, when we made it to Orlando we decided to spend the day at the happiest place on Earth, Disneyworld! Ever since I was a little girl I always thought the Disney parks were such a magical place and I dreamed of sharing the experience with my significant other one day. We got the 1-day park hopper pass that allowed us admission into Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot, and Hollywood Studios. We were able to hit three of those parks. One of the things we really wanted to do was visit the brand new Pandora (for all my Avatar fans out there) theme park located in Animal Kingdom. It was amazing and better than anything I could’ve imagined. However, since it was so new the wait time for the rides were over an hour and half long.  So we opted to just do one. We ended the day with our inner kid-selves completely satisfied.


Savannah, GA: I was really excited to visit Savannah, GA (mainly because I’ve been connecting it with my name my entire life). Arriving in Savannah feels like something out of a fairytale. The trees and historical buildings make you feel like you’re in a movie. First, we started our exploration by attempting to find food. By this point in our honeymoon, the hurricane had caused some pretty intense commotion among these southern states and most businesses had closed down for the weekend. However, we came across a fun and festive tex mex restaurant called Tijuana Flats. The food was average (although Nathan claims it was the best burrito he’s had), but the best part was the outgoing staff and raunchy yet lighthearted decor (see photo below). We also had dinner at Savannah Seafood Shack, where we tried the low country boil. It was AMAZING! We don’t have anything like it up in the Midwest so this is going to be added to the list of must-try restaurants. Since we got to Savannah so late in the day many of the historical museums and tours that I so badly wanted to visit were just closing down for the night. So we decided to just take a walk through Forsyth Park, which is just breathtaking. Every single local we talked to recommended we stop at Leopold’s ice cream and if we didn’t then we’d be losing out on the whole Savannah, GA experience. Of course, Leopold’s was closed down for the weekend as well so we will be saving that for our next adventure there.


Myrtle Beach: I’ve always wanted to visit Myrtle Beach so of course we made it a must-stay destination on our impromptu honeymoon. We opted for the beachfront DoubleTree hotel which turned out to be one of our better ideas on this trip. We had dinner at Simply Southern, an authentic southern buffet full of fried chicken, grits, mashed potatoes, and any comfort food you can imagine. While the food was good, we ended up enjoying the staff and atmosphere of the restaurant more than anything. One of our favorite memories of the trip was getting to hear a local church choir belting worship songs while we enjoyed our meal. We spent the rest of the day lounging on the beach, playing mini golf at one of the hundreds of mini golf courses in the city, and then sipping on drinks while watching the stars and listening to the crashing waves from the comfort of the hotel patio. It really was a perfect and romantic way to spend the last night of our honeymoon. 


Wilmington, NC: When I realized that we would have to eventually end up driving all the way north to North Carolina to avoid the evacuations I automatically penned Wilmington into our itinerary. I am a HUGE One Tree Hill fan and much to Nathan’s dismay we decided to make Wilmington our last stop before our flight out of Charlotte. Of course, the first stop I wanted to make was to the River Walk (downtown Wilmington) where my favorite TV couple, Nathan and Haley, had their first iconic scene together. I really do have to applaud Nathan for being such a trooper and happily posing and taking pictures wherever I asked him to. It was surreal being able to tour the very town that I grew up watching on TV. We also made some stops to different homes featured in the show, and if you’re as big of a fan as I am you’ll be able to recognize which houses belonged to which characters. On our tour of homes we did encounter some of the people that actually lived in the homes, who reassured us that it was ok if we wanted to get a photo in front of their home because ‘it happens all the time’. We also stopped into Poodle’s Island Wear gift shop that houses tons of OTH apparel and I just needed to own my very own ‘Clothes Over Bros’ baseball cap! Even if you’re not big into One Tree Hill, Wilmington is such a gorgeous town to spend time in. Nathan loved the atmosphere and even wished we would’ve spent a night there just to explore what the rest of the city has to offer.


So that was our crazy honeymoon adventure! Although nothing turned out as planned, we ended up getting the vacation of a lifetime and got to see a whole lot more than we were planning. It was memorable and we now have a fun story to tell everyone! It really didn’t matter where we were or what we were doing. I was just happy to be able to spend some time alone with my brand new husband and cherish this beautiful marriage that we’d just established.

I also recommend this exact same itinerary for anyone looking for a fun, on-the-go vacation. If you start in Key West and head north to North Carolina you’re bound to make some amazing memories meeting the locals, visiting historic sites, and crossing off bucket list items. If you’ve visited any of these spots and have any recommendations let me know! We are hoping to revisit these places and be able to spend more time enjoying things that we’ve missed.

Sincerely,

Savanna

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Advice From a 2 Week Post-Wedding Bride


You guys! I’M MARRIED! And after 2 weeks of honeymoon bliss and getting our married life routines down I feel like I can finally relax a bit to let you all know how our big day went (which was perfectly, by the way). And if your wedding day is creeping up on you too then here’s some advice from a 2 week post-wedding wifey: It’s all going to be ok!

I’m not sure if there is anyone else in the world that is more of an organized control freak than I am and I somehow managed to pull off planning an entire wedding without crying or ripping anyone’s heads off.


But I do want to touch on a few things about our wedding. And hopefully some of this is helpful for my future bride friends as well!

-The small details don’t matter (SERIOUSLY!): During the wedding planning process I heard this line probably 500 more times than I really cared to. As I debated over whether the white tablecloths would clash with the off-white chair covers people told me that I was silly for stressing out over these details and instead of laughing with them I cursed at them in my head for making a mockery of my entire wedding (I was a little emotional and overdramatic at times). But really, when it came down to it, all of  my guests (including me) were too busy socializing and enjoying ourselves to notice the little things that got screwed up. Some of the chairs were missing chair covers. Some of my flowers were falling off of the flower wall I built. The seating chart looked like a tornado had ran through it. But I can tell you that it was the most beautiful wedding (in my totally unbiased opinion) and our guests are still raving about it. So here I am… Being that fly in your ear telling you once again that the small details don’t matter!


-Splurge on your photographer and definitely consider hiring a videographer! Of course you’ll always have the memories of this super special day but it’s always nice to see photos and videos of what was going on. Sometimes the photographers/videographers might also catch something that you missed or were too busy to notice. And when you talk about how beautiful your day was you’ll want some beautiful photos to show off as well. We spent a little bit more than we originally wanted to on our wedding photos but it is sooo worth it!! We haven’t even gotten all of our photos back yet but I was blown away when I saw some of the sneak peeks our photographer gave us. As for videographers, just do it. I’ve already watched mine 1,001 times and I’ve cried almost every time. It was such an emotional day filled with all of our loved ones and I’m so glad we captured it on video to show everyone and to re-watch for the years to come. (P.S. I’ll be posting that video in the near future as well so keep an eye out!).

-Make sure your maid of honor is highly skilled in organization, aggressively instructing your guests and wedding party, and talking you down from whatever situation it is that is getting in the way of you enjoying your day. Basically make sure she has all the qualities of a mom. Although I only limited myself to one bridezilla moment on my wedding day, I probably would not have survived without my best friend by my side. The role of a maid of honor is so important and if you don’t have their 100% support then it’s easy for your wedding day to get chaotic. So here’s a quick shout-out to my  main lady, McKell, for always  making sure I had what I needed and being part of the reason why I was able to keep my stress levels down and just enjoy the day. I LOVE LOVE LOVE YOU!



-Lastly, enjoy your brand new husband and cherish every single second of your wedding day. It’s easy to get caught up in all of the flowers and cakes and to forget that at the end of the day all that matters is your new marriage. Very rarely do all of your family and friends come together to just celebrate you guys as a couple. And if that’s not enough to make your heart explode then I don’t know what will.


So, there you go. Now that I’m married I’m kind of sad that the wedding hoopla is over because I really did enjoy planning one of the most important days of our life together. But then I remember that I get to wake up next to the most amazing human being every single morning and that takes the [wedding] cake any day.

So to my future bride friends… Have so much fun during this exciting time in your life. I promise it really will be one of the best days of your life.

P.S. Shout- out to our amazing wedding photographer, Cassandra Oldenburg, with Narrowleaf Photography. You can check out more of her work here.

P.P.S. Shout-out to our amazing videographers, Matt and Dana, with We Do Wedding Videography. You can check out our video as well as more of their work here.

Sincerely,

Savanna

 

My Bachelorette Weekend

I survived my bachelorette weekend! Although I am writing this post while half asleep… I was able to spend two days with my closest girls and I can’t even describe how much fun we had.



I must say that I was blown away by all of the cute decorations that the girls had put up! They all were amazing in putting this whole weekend together.

We spent our Friday night just enjoying each other’s company with drinks, fun games, and a quick dip in the hot tub. And although this is a little “off brand” the highlight of our night was the Pure Romance party. Our reps were amazing! They kept the group laughing, talking, and made us all feel comfortable. I would highly recommend this for your next get-together with your girlfriends!

On Saturday we met up with my fiancé and his groomsmen as well as some of my family members for a small wedding shower. We spent the day on the lake and filling up on good food!


That night some of the girls and I spent a night out on the town in Minneapolis. I always love a night out dancing with my gorgeous girls!



I’m so glad that all my bridesmaids could make it into town for this special weekend! I truly do have the best group of girls that care so much about me and about making this whole experience memorable.

Sincerely,

Savanna

My Forever Love


So like I said I’ll be posting about things that I absolutely love. While fashion is one of them, I must say that I’m also rather crazy about my fiancé, Nathan. So here is a quick blurb about who he is since you’ll be hearing plenty about him!

We’ve gone to school together since 2nd grade and at 16 years-old (the summer before junior year of high school) he finally asked me out. Of course we’ve had our ups and downs through the years but I cannot say how excited I am to able to walk down the aisle to him in a few weeks!

My favorite thing about Nathan is his full dedication- to me, his family and friends, and most importantly, to God. He makes me laugh like a child, reminds me to stay humble, and let’s me know that he’s continuously praying for me. I really could not ask for a better person to do life with.

So here are some cheesy photos of us. And I promise this is one of the few posts that will stray away from my fashion/beauty theme we’ll have going on soon!

Xoxo

Savanna