Friday, October 26, 2012

Islamorada Florida

 On our way to Florida.
We got to drop the girls off at Grandma's house,
then head to the keys for Steve & Chelsea's wedding.
 Entertaining the girls with pop beads on the plane.
They made a gazillion bracelets.
 Ellie modeling her necklace
{that you can't see}
 Even though we had the most wide open flights that I have
flown on in a long time, we had to overnight in Atlanta.
Serioulsy there were over 60 seats open on one flight.
All the flights were oversold from Atlanta to Tampa,
so we got a hotel and it was still early so we got a good dinner
and went to bed early since we had been up early and
would be getting up real early in the morning.
  The result of waking at up 5:30 am
{3:30 Utah time}
Emery fell asleep standing up not wanting to
get in her seat.
 We were in Tampa by 9 am,
this happened by probably 9:15.
Ellie and Eme playing with cousins
Shaelyn and Braden.
{Thanks Grandma for watching the girls
so we could go to the wedding,  thanks
to you and Joelle for all the fun things your did 
with them while we were gone}
 Thursday morning we got our rental car
and headed to the Keys.
We took "alligator alley" it is very swampy, very Floridian.
 We didn't see one alligator.
We were going to fly from Tampa to Miami then drive from there
{much closer}
but we decided we didn't want to get up Sunday for a real early flight.
 I really enjoyed the drive so it was kinda fun.
 Love this retro sign.
This was our first hotel we stayed at.
We went down a day earlier than most everyone
to have a little longer vaca with no kids.
 The grounds of the Islander were beautiful.
The beach was just out our backdoor.
 Can you say paradise?
 Chelsea and Steve were already in Islamorada,
we met up for dinner at our hotel.
 Thanks for the excuse for a tropical escape.
So excited for you two!
Having fun on the beach after dinner.
We just sat out in the chairs on the beach and listened to the waves. 
 Friday we changed resorts,
this was the sign to meet all the guests.
{Caribbean Resort, Islamorada}
 Our house for the next few days.
Chelsea's Dad rented out every single house on the
property for all the guests.  So we literally had
our own little wedding compound.
 This amazing pool was just steps from our front door.
 Exploring the grounds.
On the dock at the back of the resort.
{Don't let me forget to tell you how HOT it was,
in October.  The humidity was insane!  My hair
was "Monica" status the whole time}
 Ahhhhhh!
I could live in this pool.
 Checking out the property with Terrence and Melissa.
 Finally everyone started to arrive. 
On our way to lunch.
 Lunch at Islamorada Fish Co.
I swear everywhere we went was a tropical paradise.
 Time to get in the pool!
We all got to layout and swim before the rehearsal dinner.
 Jenny, Melissa and I on our way out to the rehearsal dinner.
 The rehearsal dinner was on a private section of the beach.
 The food was amazing.
{probably my favorite meal the whole trip}
 My favorite picture of the whole trip!!
{the other boys missed the memo to jump}
 Steve was staying at Cheeca Lodge
right next door.  The resort was beautiful.
We had to come explore and check out his digs.
At the famous Robbie's.
The boys had to be ready early for pictures
the day of the wedding. I went exploring the island.
On a different trip to Key West we had stopped
here with Bob and Donna, it's a famous dock that
you feed the HUGE tarpon on.
 The girls ready for the wedding.
We had extra time since the boys were taking pics.
We got to lounge in the pool, and take our time
getting ready.
 Mr. & Mrs. McFarland
{beautiful ceremony and beautiful couple}
 Tent set up for dinner.
 Personalized koozies.
"to have and to hold, and keep your beer cold"
 Jenny, Me, Sara, Melissa.
 Cute card for each guest from the couple.
 Table guests.
During cocktail hour they had lots of yummy seafood
and hors d'oeuvres.
 Lots of good food and dancing.
 All the guests lighting paper lanterns off the dock
It was like Tangled!!!
{well almost, the only time we were not begging for a breeze,
the wind was not cooperating with lighting the lanterns}
 Each Groomsman giving a heartfelt toast.
So neat to see how highly they all think of Steve.
{yes I cried}
 Sparkler sendoff. 
The couple exited in style on a boat,
with everyone on the dock waving their sparklers.
Perfect ending to a perfect wedding.
Can we stay please?!?

I feel like we have been talking about going to the Keys for
Steve and Chelsea's wedding forever.  I can't believe it is already
over along with our incredible vaca.  I have said several times this 
was the perfect vacation, we got to spend time with the girls, 
and have our own alone adult time too.
The Caribbean Resort was beyond amazing.  We were so
generously put up with a few other couples in each house.
We loved staying up late, ordering pizza REAL late {twice}
and spending time with friends.  We ate the most amazing
food the whole time.  Damn you conch fritters! haha
back to the diet and gym for me.
We could not be more happy for the new 
Mr & Mrs McFarland.
  Thanks for letting us share in your special day.

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