Wow, things have been crazy lately! Not only is planning a wedding from thousands of miles away tough but simultaneously planning a reception in January is hectic! I thought wedding planning would be super easy, low stress and fun, but instead it's a lot of trying to figure out how to make things work logistically while still wanting everything you'd get with a wedding here in the states. I've had to throw out a lot of ideas and do a lot of DIY projects. That part I don't mind!
We've finally found an affordable place to have a reception here in Albany. I haven't gone to see it in person but it looks really nice from the pictures! Here's the link to the Albany Wheel House. It's a new building down by the river with really pretty views of the Willamette.
In other news, we're just now figuring out and starting to put deposits down on things like a rental house, hotels, rental cars, beach dinner etc. I'm still working on a boat - that's my next hurdle!
Can't wait until November 9th! It's going to be beautiful and amazing with some of the people we love!
I was just told today we need to get the full passport book, which is good for 10 years. The passport card will not do.
"Visitors from the US are reminded
that effective Janaury 8, 2007, all US citizens visiting the Caribbean
must be in possession of a valid US passport."
I know it's more expensive, which stinks, but hey we'll just have to use our passports again in a few years! I'm thinking Fiji, The Maldives, Italy....
Here's the website for Turks and Caicos Tourism . They list the differentairlines flying out of various East coast cities and their flight times. Ugh...3 hours from New York? Why can't we just live there! ;)
And just a little image to get those of you who need a little pep in their step excited....
One of the best beaches in the world! I mean seriously, how amazing is that water!?!
Please feel free to email or message me for more info!
Colin and I have decided to tentatively travel to Turks and Caicos on November 5th/6th to Saturday November 16th. Everyone is welcome to stay as many days as they'd like! Stay a few days or the whole time! We're excited to vacation with our family and friends and aren't worried about "needing time to ourselves." We'd rather spend the time together with all of you! Ticket prices haven't been moving, but I'm keeping an eye on them so I'll keep you all updated! :)
We're so excited to book Stacy Jacobsen as our photographer! She does amazing work and I'm really excited to fly her down to photograph our wedding! She's well known in the Seattle area and has done a lot of my friends pictures which have all turned out amazing.
I'm also in talks with Bay Bistro to host our small reception after the ceremony. Word on the street is they have some of the best food on the island. Dinner on the beach and bonfire anyone? Yes please! Bay Bistro is located at the hotel next to The Sands which is the hotel we're staying at. So, we can get liquored up and still be safe. :)
We're really excited that planning is finally coming together a little. I feel so much less stressed now that some of the big things are being taken care of! If any friends or family has not yet let us know they're interested in coming, please contact me ASAP. I can get you more information!
We set a date!!! And this one will NOT be getting changed. :) We will be getting married in Turks and Caicos in the Caribbean on November 9th, 2013! We are elated and so excited to share our special day with friends and family.
If you are interested in coming, please let me know sooner than later. We are looking into getting room blocks to make our stay at The Sands on Grace Bay less expensive. Rooms are around $200/night and airfare will be most likely around $800. I know it's spendy so of course we don't expect anyone to be there. But if you have the urge to plan an amazing trip and want to come, you're so very welcome!!! :)
As Colin and I plan our wedding, we kindly ask that all family and friends check back on our blog regularly for any new information. I'll be updating regularly on hotel and airfare prices, attractions and any information we think you'll need to have the most amazing vacation ever!
We can't wait for you to join us and are so thankful for the amazing people coming along on our journey!