Thursday, August 1, 2013

my best friend's wedding

Last Wednesday, Greg & I {along with 40 other people} boarded a plane to Jamaica for a week to celebrate Sara and Chop {Jesse} tying the knot. We had waited about 9 months for this trip and were so excited it was finally here.

In short: we had the time of our lives. We stayed at Couples Resort in Negril and it was great. So many activities to do. We kayaked, paddleboarded, learned to stir a hobie boat, took a glass bottom boat tour and Greg played numerous games of beach volleyball. And the food? The food was amazing. Lots of jerk sauce, goat cheese and callaloo {sauteed spinach}. My favorite restaurant at the resort, Patois, served wood-fired pizzas and yummy entrees. As an entire group, we went to Rick's Cafe for drinks and cliff diving. I was too chicken to jump but my hubby effortlessly dove from a 35-foot cliff and jumped off of the 25-foot one. 

My favorite part of the resort was the ocean/beach. Clear blue water and white sand. We spent many afternoons on a raft with a drink in hand on the water. We loved the atmosphere of the resort. It felt so quaint and every room was literally a few steps from the beach. The attitude that comes from Jamaica is contagious. That laid-back, no worries feel is exactly what vacation is all about. 

Sara and Chop's wedding was even more beautiful than I had imagined. They chose the garden at the resort versus the beach so it was intimate. It rained an hour before the wedding, stopped during their vows {with a little thunder in the background} and after the wedding the rain came down again. I will never forget all 43 of us piling into a little gazebo and watching it pour. We made the most of the rain by toasting with many bottles of champagne as we waited for dinner. Sara looked gorgeous as did the wedding party. I loved that they wrote their own vows to one another. Not a dry eye in the crowd!

Going through photos of the week and reminiscing about the memories made already makes me miss the fun times with had with everyone. Yes everyone! Sara and Chop have amazing friends and seeing everyone travel thousands of miles to see them get married is a true testament to the kind of people they are and how much they mean to everyone.

Congrats to Mr & Mrs Elder! After being best friends for over 20 years, it's sure going to be weird saying a new last name! We cannot wait til the reception at the end of the month. Now I gotta get going on that speech of mine!!

Oh, and if anyone is wondering where Avery was the entire time - Greg's parents came up to Omaha to spend the week with her. She had a blast and was in good hands.






























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