After a dismal summer and months of record rainfall, Aaron and I are finally leaving tonight for our honeymoon in Hawaii. JOY!
Here's the weather outlook for Juneau:
And here is the weather forecast for Honolulu where we'll be staying:
We have reservations do go on a sail/snorkel combo on Tuesday, and plans for horseback riding, surf lessons, and an outdoors luau and we've rented a convertible.
The good news is that even if it's rainy, it will be warmer there than here! And we'll be somewhere new and exciting (I went to grad school in Honolulu but Aaron has never been there before) with great restaurants to try, a FREE condo to stay at near Ala Moana Beach Park, and I will (hopefully) get to see a couple of my friends from when I went to school there.
Plus, neither of us will be working!
Of course, I have this exhibit deadline hanging out there and I still have a lot of work to do for that but I'm going to try and not think about that, and just concentrate on relaxing for a change.
Again, to those of you who have sent me very sweet and often uplifting emails, I am sorry if I haven't responded to you. It's nothing personal, I have just been extremely busy trying to get all my ducks in a row for this trip.
We plan to take lots of photos from the honeymoon so I will post some here when I get back.
I know I've promised wedding photos so I've posted a few below. I was holding back because (quite frankly) I was shocked at how much weight I've gained since hurting my back about a year and a half ago.
Still, it was a beautiful day and our photographer Patrick McGonagal did an amazing job so I'll post a couple now.
These were the candle holders we made from rocks my friends Jenni and Rick and I gathered from Lena Point Beach...plus, the infamous table cloths that I spent so much time sewing.
My friend Maren did an excellent job on the flowers and my sisters helped. We had planned for wildflowers but they were all beat up from the rain so they used white roses and lots of ferns
A photo of the flowers looking out of one of the shelter windows
A shot of the beautiful guest book my friends Rick and Jenni got for me.
My friends did an amazing job decorating the log cabin shelter at Sandy Beach. They lined the window shelf with ferns and candles...so pretty
A couple photos of the back side of the shelter where we had the tables for those who wanted to sit down during the reception. See those awesome table cloths I labored over!!!
A photo of Aaron and I before the ceremony, see the pump house in the back!
My dad walking me down the isle
Aaon's sister said a lovely blessing and his aunt Molly officiated. I cried like a baby during the ceremony.
The kiss, and a close-up of the beautiful bouquet my friend Maren had made for me especially with for-get-me-nots, Alaska's state flower.
Walking through bubbles at the end of the ceremony
Inside the shelter after the ceremony, we had two big fire places, one on each side of the shelter that made it very cozy.
Lots of people standing inside and outside the shelter. It quit raining for the wedding and the sun came out for awhile, after weeks of non-stop rain. Thanks for the prayers dad!
A photo of one of the seven cakes our friend Paul McCarthy made for us in exchange for a painting. Whoo hoo. They were delicious.
Later there was dancing, despite the music issues we had (Napster mysteriously chose to download a bunch of Berry Manillow to my mp3 player rather than the dance list I'd created.) Here my sisters Jenny and Kelly boogie down.
Here are a few shots from outside the shelter. I think we had over 100 guests and everyone seemed to have a great time. I know it was one of THE best days of my life and Aaron feels the same way.
As the evening wound down (remember, we have looooong days during the summer) Aaron and I didn't want the night to end!
Some friends brought the kegs back to our house where we hung out and drank for a little while longer.
The best thing about the whole thing is that we had friends and family in town for almost a week (in some cases) and there were no fights or major dramas of any kind. It just went so smoothly and was sooo much fun. I appreciate so much all of the people who helped make it so special. We couldn't have done it without you!!!