Last weekend, Kirk and I headed to the East Coast for the wedding of some friends. Scott & Joanna tied the knot on Jekyll Island, an small island near Savannah in Georgia. Kirk has known the groom since high school, I have known him since college, and we’ve both known the bride for several years.
The timing of this trip wasn’t ideal with competition prep, but that doesn’t mean I let that stand in my way. I adjusted my nutrition plan to make sure I had airport security approved foods when we would be in the air, with other options packed in our checked luggage.
With that detail out of the way, it was time to enjoy our short time at Jekyll Island. While we didn’t have much “free time”, the couple chose a gorgeous location for the event. The chapel where the ceremony took place was a small, beautiful, old church. I admit I spent part of the service admiring the architecture, as well as watching them exchange their vows.
After the service, we had some time to wander around the grounds before heading to the reception. As you may have seen on facebook and instagram, the grounds were covered in huge oak trees covered in irish moss. It was a great place to just enjoy the scenery and take lots of photos. This was one of those times I really appreciated that Kirk enjoys taking pictures almost as much as me!
Did you recognize the shoes? When I packed my outfit for the wedding, I realized that the best shoes for this dress were actually my competition heels. As crazy as that sounds, I decided it would be a great opportunity to get more comfortable in the 5 inch heels. Although my feet were tired by the end of the evening, it was great for my confidence that I made it the whole day without tripping and falling. That bodes well for the stage!
The reception was lovely, although I am not used to bugs after living in Colorado. I forgot how annoying those darn gnats are! I planned the reception dinner as my cheat meal & drink for the week & it was fantastic! Shrimp & Grits, mashed potatoes, green beans, and some cream-stuffed pastry. Probably one of the most sinful meals of prep, but that is kind of the point of a cheat. I admit I would have loved to enjoy a few of the specialty cocktails, but I kept it clean and just had a glass of wine.
On Sunday we had a quick lunch with a friend in Jacksonville, before starting our trip back across the country to come home to Colorado. It did make for a tiring weekend, but it was absolutely worth it to celebrate the marriage of our friends!
Questions for you:
Where was the last wedding that you attended?
Do you prefer casual or formal weddings? Kirk and I love formal – our own wedding was black tie optional.