WEDDING PICS, well the preview anyway!

I’ve bragged about her before on here, but our photographer and “new” friend over at emilymillayphotography.com did such an outstanding job capturing our wedding day. Seriously, outstanding. I’m not sure how she narrowed it down to these for our highlight reel and I’m not sure how Mark and I are supposed to narrow it down and pick ones to print, but we will see.

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My reception dress!

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My sweet mother and I!

My handsome groom getting ready!

My handsome groom getting ready!

The best girls I could possibly ask for!

The best girls I could possibly ask for!

Mark and I did a "first look" right before the ceremony. It was such a special moment to see each other for the first time alone, except for the photogs and videographer of course.

Mark and I did a “first look” right before the ceremony. It was such a special moment to see each other for the first time alone, except for the photogs and videographer of course. Highly recommend doing a first look on your special day!

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First kiss! See that shiny new ring on his finger?!

Our adorable flower girl!

Our adorable flower girl!

Our favorite people in the world!

Our favorite people in the world!

love him so so much

love him so so much

The sunset was the perfect end to our special day and led to some gorgeous pictures!

The sunset was the perfect end to our special day and led to some gorgeous pictures!

You can view the entire preview here! password: rmwedding.2014.0.5

Hope you enjoy our pictures as much as I do!
xoxo,
Rachel

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Turks & Caicos Wrap Up

So we were scheduled to depart at 4:20 pm to be on our way home. Unfortunately our plane hasn’t even left Miami yet (current time 4:21). ugh. This has not been the easiest of travel for this vacation (our flight was cancelled on the way here and delayed 24 hrs) but I’m not complaining because I got to spend a week in paradise with my HUSBAND! Plus it just makes me that much more excited for our RV Honeymoon because.. guess what.. NO FLIGHT DELAYS!

As I’m sitting in a remote corner of this airport, sipping a bloody marry (why not?) & struggling to connect to wifi I’m thinking back over the past week and reliving all the memories. We are 10 days happily married, yes I’m going to be that person.. at least for now & just had the best week!

Here are some more pics from this week:

 

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My hubby strolling on the beach

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The sunsets were to die for.

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Life-size mural of the Turks & Caicos Island.

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I’m so happy my husband/best friend will let me be goofy in public (and sometimes he plays along too :o)

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You know you’ve had a good vaca when THIS is your tan line

I’m a Pure Barre fan and spent one beach walk “Lift, Tone, Burning it across the white sandy beaches. Missed my post about Pure Barre? Check it out here!

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How cute is this wifey sweatshirt? It is soooo comfy too! Check out teambrideapparel.com for other super cute Bride & Bride To Be clothing!

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showing off my “wifey” shirt – how cute?!

 

And that’s a wrap everyone! It is now 5:07 and we’re told our plane is on the way. I’m secretly hoping that we get stuck in Miami tonight because I don’t want this week to end. Fingers crossed?

 

xoxo,

Rachel

Mark’s Birthday In Paradise

Mark celebrated his 31st birthday while down in Turks and Caicos. He started the morning off with a lovely surprise massage arrange by the world’s best wife (me). We lounged around all day as per usual and then I had arranged for a private beach dinner at one of the other resorts on the island. We had done a beach dinner the last time we were here for my birthday so we decided it would be a little “tradition” if you will. Celebrate birthday in Turks and Caicos = beach dinner. I couldn’t remember where we did the dinner at the time before and we all know Mark’s memory is worthless for things like this so I turned to my trusted Google. Search… “dinner on beach + turks and caicos + tiki torches” because that is literally all I could remember. I called the first place on Google and asked the same basic questions and it sounded like the same place so I booked it! Turns out it wasn’t the same place, but it was delicious and even better than the place we went to last time! Score!

Here are some pictures from the night!

 

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The dinner set up – fancy eh?

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my hubs – sorry the lighting is weird but I loved my dress

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our names were even printed on our menus!

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love cute birthday desserts

 

And then the wine hit us. Hard. I cannot bring myself to upload the pictures in their entirety but the collage sums up the rest of the night quite nicely. Wine & selfies by the hotel pool. We put ourselves to bed soon after. Hope you had a wonderful birthday my love!

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xoxo,
Rachel

Pre-Honeymoon

I feel guilty every time I type that, but I still do. I’m the worst.

So we are all set to go on our RV Honeymoon Road Trip across the country, except we remodeled the RV and it wasn’t going to be done before the wedding. We had also always planned to wait a week or two to get our house all cleaned up from the wedding, give me some time to legally change my name (yay!) and to wrap up a few business things but something seemed wrong about having this whole wedding weekend just to return to work come Monday. Even having a huge road trip planned just in front of us, it just didn’t feel relaxing/loving enough. So we booked a “prehoneymoon” (sorry) to the only destination we knew we couldn’t get to in our RV. Turks and Caicos. We came down here about 1.5 years ago for my birthday and absolutely fell in love with the island (more specifically, Providenciales).

The water is an incredible shade of turquoise, the food is excellent, the locals (belongers) are friendly and the mantra of the island is calm and relaxing. Just what we needed.

We spent the first few days lounging around our room, reading (I read 4 books by our 3rd day here) and just relaxing. By the way, we are staying at the West Bay Club which is a great place if anyone is in the market.

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Our room & view at The West Bay Club 

We then decided to spend a day driving around the Island. Probably one of our favorite things to do while traveling is to explore. It doesn’t have to be anything dramatic or Christopher Columbus-esq but we love to just drive around and see what else is outside of the traditional tourist things, which love too. We ventured around the island with a goal of seeing Chalk Sound.

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Chalk Sound

We stopped first at Da Conch Shack. We ate a delicious lunch of fresh fish. How fresh? Well one of the employees was literally fishing/getting Conch out of the ocean directly in front of us. Mark even helped take the conch out of the shell. So yeah, pretty fresh.

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Mark helping remove the Conch from the shell

We kept driving around with our map. Map is a very vague term here. The roads aren’t named, less the “highways” and some roads don’t even make it onto the map. Directions go something like this. “Take a left at the second big tree and then a right at the church.”

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the map you get when you rent a car

Here are some more pictures of our exploring the island!

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Enjoying our lunch at Da Conch Shack

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We spotted a starfish on the beach

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We ran into another couple exploring who kindly took our pic! 

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The water is nothing short of incredible.

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Mark busting me for taking a shameless selfie in Chalk Sound

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Some places, the water doesn’t even look blue because it is so clear all you can see is the sand on the bottom!

and finally, we found a bajillion dollar house. Don’t believe me? It is for sale, check it out here. 

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xoxo,
Rachel

We’re MARRIED!!!

Well, we are officially married!!! It was the perfect day! Although we had to go with plan b for our ceremony because of some heavy rain the days prior to May 10th, everything else went off without a hitch!  And most importantly, I’m married to my best friend!!! I’ll post probably 100 more times about our wedding day but here are some sneak peeks from our photographer! She does GREAT work! You can check out her Website Here or her Facebook Here!

 

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At some point she told me she has already taken 1000 pictures, I don’t think we had even started the ceremony yet…

 

xoxo,
Rachel Jenney

My Wedding Will Look Like Pinterest Threw Up

Pinterest and I have a very strong love/hate relationship. I love that Pinterest has so many great ideas on it. I love that I can waste an entire day pinning things I will never do but think that I might one day. I love that Pinterest inspires me to be creative. I hate Pinterest for all the same reasons. I started my wedding board exactly 5 minutes after Mark proposed and I keep adding things to it every.single.day. Our wedding is in 25 days and I still call my mom almost every day and say

“I saw this really great ____________ on Pinterest today. I think it will only take us a few hours to craft and I neeeeeed to have it on May 10th.”

She sighs deeply but knows that she won’t win the battle of convincing me I do not need yet another Pinterest project on my plate. And so the list keeps growing. My mother has been a saint during all this wedding planning. She has basically put her life on hold for the last year to help me with all the planning- Sorry Dad! She spends all her days off going to appointments, surfing Pinterest and helping me craft. Some days we get a lot of stuff done. Some days we don’t. I literally could not have done this without her. THANKS MOM!

On the … short … list of things we have crafted for this wedding:

  • table runners
  • table numbers
  • cake stands
  • card box
  • pallet signs
  • succulent “J”
  • “LOVE” marquee sign
  • wine bottle glasses
  • drink stirrers
  • menus
  • wood plank centerpieces
  • photo booth props
  • various little decorations pieces here and there
  • a candy bar
  • place cards
  • favors
  • directional signs

Without giving too much away, here is a little collage of some of the above items. I simply cannot wait until May 10th to see it all come together. Thank you again Mom for all the hard work you’ve put into this wedding!!!!

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Want to follow me on Pinterest? You can do that here: PINTEREST!

 

 

See you soon Thorncreek! Isn’t it beautiful!!!


Thorncreek

Mark’s Surprise Bachelor Party

Where to start with this story?

Perhaps here: Mark is very busy with work. He is trying to get systems in place, people hired and ready to thrive in their roles and new initiatives planned out and ready to roll all before we leave for our RV Honeymoon. He can’t just walk away from his companies for a few months without putting in some serious time right now. That being said, he didn’t really have the time to plan a bachelor party and/or actually take time away from work to go on a bachelor party. A few weeks ago he had sort of decided that he was going to do a “post bachelor party” [he made this term up, it is NOT a real thing] and that was the last I heard about a bachelor party. Side Note: I was perfectly fine with the idea of no bachelor party 🙂 

Mark and a few of his business partners had to go out west to Vegas and then to San Francisco for a few trade shows this past week starting on Tuesday. These are annual trade shows, nothing out of the ordinary. Tuesday – Thursday pass without anything out of the ordinary happening. Friday morning, I get a text message from Mark that is a video.

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I first notice my brother, Jason in light blue. Weird. Why is Mark sending me a video that has my brother in it while on a work trip. Then I notice that I know all of these people sitting around the table. But they DO NOT BELONG TOGETHER. ever. for any reason. ever.

Turns out, Mark has some pretty great friends including his business partner and longtime friend Vinnie Fisher that planned a Surprise Bachelor Party on the tail end of this business trip! How Fun!! Everyone (who wasn’t already on this business trip) had flown in Thursday evening and was ready to party Friday-Sunday! They did the standard bachelor party heavy drinking on Friday night (I’ll spare you the onslaught of videos I received in the wee hours Friday night) but they also did some non traditional party things!

Boat Ride Around San Fran Bay

Boat Ride Around San Fran Bay

Outside the Google Office!

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Some of the Group!

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They visited the offices at Google, Nasa (one of Mark’s friends works there – wow!), took a boat trip around the San Fran bay and walked around Muir Woods! I’m told there was no drinking Saturday night because everyone was whooped from the night and day before! I’ll play along with that story for now….

It made me so happy to hear the surprise in Mark’s voice and the excitement to spend a few days with his friends. I’m so glad he got to experience a real bachelor party and not a “post bachelor party!” The only issue is: I was banking on his fall “post bachelor party” as a convenient excuse to have another girls weekend. So, I’ll have to work on a different approach to that.

39 days and counting!!!

xoxo
-Rachel