Wow, I can’t believe I have been away from the blog for so long. Life as I know it seemed to warp speed the day June 1st approached. Every day and almost every hour was scheduled with either work or wedding planning, but even with all the chaos and craziness it was totally worth it. I couldn’t have imagined a more perfect day than June 30th. Every detail went above and beyond all of my expectations and it truely was the happiest and greatest day of my life. I feel incredibly blessed to be called Mrs. Brookshier.
The following morning after our wedding, Trent and I met with our families for brunch and then we headed straight for the airport to go on our honeymoon in Jamaica! My dad is a pilot for Southwest so we took our chances and flew standby to Florida while taking mannnny (notice the emphasis on the many) pit stops along the way. One of our flights led us to Chicago and since our final flight to Florida reached capacity, they denied us seats and we had to spend our second night of marriage in an airport. The airport was cold, all the chairs had metal armrests (so you couldn’t spread out), and every light and TV seemed to shine extra bright as we strived to receive an hour or two of sleep. It was a long day/night of traveling, but thankfully at 7:00am the next morning we made it on the next flight to Florida.
I didn’t bring my camera, but luckily we had Trent’s point and shoot which helped us capture so many fun memories from throughout the trip.
Florida Airport (… and our cute airport bedheads)
I loved filling out this immigration card
Anticipating that we might miss a few flights while flying standby we gave ourselves two days worth of travel time. We purchased tickets to Jamaica (since Southwest doesn’t fly there) and after spending our third night of marriage in Florida we woke up early the next day and we finally made it on our way to our honeymoon destination. When we landed in Jamaica we were picked up by a bus which drove us to our resort. Our bus ride was another two hours, but it was a perfect way to start off the trip. Neither of us have been to Jamaica and having the chance to drive through and look at the world that surrounds this beautiful country was such an amazing experience. When we arrived at our resort we were in absolute awe. We decided to do our honeymoon at Sandals: White House, which is a couple only and all inclusive resort. You pay upfront, but throughout your stay your food is free, your drinks are free, and all the water sports are free. The resort employees are not allowed to accept tips so when you go to dinner you can order whatever you want, eat, and then walk away. It’s the ultimate dine and dash. When you want a Pina Colada you walk (or swim) up to the bar, order your drink, and walk away. It was craziness! My favorite part about the dining experience was how they seperated the restaurants into genres. You had Italian, Asian, Seafood, Steakhouse, American, and Jamaican (my favorite). The food and service was top notch and we concluded all of our nights by going into the dessert bakery for sweets and crepes. Goodbye wedding diets!
Sandals: White House
The thing I loved most about this trip was that Trent and I had seven days to devote completely to one another. No phones, internet, meetings, sessions, editing, along with all the other tedious tasks we do everyday. I am so thankful for Trent because he is so thoughtful, fun, he keeps me laughing until my cheeks hurt, and I love the I always feel taking care of when we are together. We spent our days soaking up the sun and enjoying the beautiful warm Jamaican water. Trent and I are the ultimate beach bums and we made sure to be in our lounge chairs in the morning and enjoy the day until the sun goes down. We took advantage of the water sports by going sailing, snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding, and wake boarding. We read two books each, played chess, shuffle board, and Trent even entered into a basketball tournament (and came in 2nd place). We took naps everyday, played in the tropical thunderstorms, chased peacocks, swam in the ocean, floated in the pools, and danced every night (either at the concerts/performances they put on each night or by slow dancing to a simple violinist after dinner). The trip was everything we dreamed about and more. It’s hard being back in reality with work, busy schedules, and paying/tipping for our meals, but I can’t wait for this exciting new chapter we have in our lives. Eight years later, Trent still has to ability to make me feel like the luckiest girl in the world.
Smoothies for breakfast, lunch, and dinner
We pulled our lounge chairs into the ocean
… and Dancing!
Naps, naps, and more naps!
My cute husband… xoxo!
Ocean front dinners
Our favorite spot to layout
Lazy Pool Time
… and our final beach day!
We will miss you Jamaica. Until next time!