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

How Cute Are My Parents?

Hi Everyone! We’ve been super busy getting things ready for the wedding and for our RV Honeymoon! I’ve been crafting away and arranging and re-arranging reception layouts and Mark has been working on remodeling our RV (stay tuned for pics from that) & planning some routes for our road trip! Buuuut, I did have my final dress fitting the other weekend and something really fun happened afterwards!

I asked/begged my mom to pull her wedding dress out from under my childhood bed and try it on! AND SHE DID, because she is a doll. Isn’t she such a babe?

My mom’s wedding dress circa 1985

 

 

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The back of her dress

I was having so much fun I couldn’t stop  there! So I tried on her dress too! I’ll admit, she rocked it better!

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Like mother, like daughter

 

And then my dad got himself involved in the festivities!

 

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I mean, how cute are they?!

 

Overall it was a good day! My dress fits like a freakin’ glove and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! I literally cannot wait until May 10 (btw, 12 days away) to show it off to my fiance/husband!! My mom pulled out her wedding dress for the first time since she wore it 27 years ago and my dad even turned off whatever game he was pretending to watch (while actually napping and snoring and disrupting dress up time) to take our pictures and pose with an old wedding picture! I can only hope that Mark and I have a marriage like my parents do and that 27 years from now, I will be pulling out my wedding dress and trying it on for my daughter after she has her final wedding dress fitting!

 

xoxo,
Rachel

Throw Back Thursday

Feeling nostalgic as of late. Probably considering our wedding is FAAAAST approaching. I normally don’t participate in #tbt (Throw Back Thursday) because I’m far too lazy to find pictures old enough to be considered a throw back. I’m talking baby pictures from Mom & Dad’s house. One day I will remember to just scan a lot of them when I’m there and have a backlog of them ready for every Thursday for the rest of my life. I could throw back some middle school pictures, but wait, no, way to awkward looking. [White eyeliner and glitter on my cheeks, yikes] or high school, but wait, no, way to awkward looking. [heavy black eyeliner and refusing to wear anything but inside-out-hoodies and sweatpants to school, yikes again] I could Throw Back some college pictures, but I fear my future in-laws will judge me in a very negative way. Also, these college pictures are still prominently framed in my office and I refused to acknowledge that my college days are now enough in the past to be considered Throw Back.

So on this fine Thursday, here are some Throw Backs of Mark and I. As much of a Throw Back as you can get from only knowing each other 2.5 years.

 

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Throw Backs from: the dinner after Mark proposed, the first time I took Mark to THE Ohio University, our first (and only) time skiing, a holiday work party, a dinner date at Gervasi Vineyards, the actual proposal, my favorite picture of us of all time, a picture of us climbing some bamboo trees in Hawaii, us at the Grand Canyon, a night out at Velvet Tango Room in Cleveland, us at a comedy show in Chi-town, a picture of us being slap happy in Arizona, a casual stroll along the beach in Malibu, The eve of New Year’s Eve, a Jason Aldean concert at Blossom, a picture from a spontaneous birthday trip to Florida, us posing for a picture while on a safari in Africa, and finally, a picture from a party we had on Dec. 21, 2012 (End Of The World Party). The End. Happy Throw Back Thursday everyone!

P.S. Sorry for all the pictures but it is fun to take a stroll down memory lane sometimes!

I Bought Myself A Present…

… and it took me on a trip down memory lane.

 

A little back story for all you readers out there –>

Mark and I had quite the start to our relationship. There is no saying this more eloquently: Mark Was My Boss/CEO/Owner of the Company. I had been employed at my first (subsequently only) big girl job for just about 3 months before I thought it was a perfectly acceptable and normal decision to start talking to Mark outside of work. It started out innocent enough (think dinners and nights out in downtown Cleveland) but fast forward 2 more months when I was sitting in my parents’ living room telling them that I had just quit my part-time job at The GAP and was going to quit my big girl job and temporarily move to Austin, TX with Mark and some of his friends to spend winter in a warmer climate.

Wait, what?

Surprisingly, it didn’t go over as horrible as I thought it was going to go with my parents. They had their doubts [as any parent would] and frankly, so did I. But I was determined follow my heart on this one. I found comfort in Charice’s “Louder.” How I even heard this song for the first time is beyond me, but her lyrics “Let my hear speak louder than my head” really resonated with me at this point in my life. It was one of the craziest and best decisions I have ever made in my life. I hardly knew this person and yet here I was, quitting my job and moving across the country – away from my family and friends and the only support system I had ever known.

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Of course Mark and I have had our ups and downs since that “move” to Austin almost 2.5 years ago, but each and every high and low have made us who we are.  Austin didn’t really play out like it was supposed to (another story for another day) but we had jumped right into a relationship not really knowing what we wanted out of it at first, but we slowly figured it out along the way.  See my Facebook post from 2012 below. See a theme emerging about following my heart here? I’ll get back to the present I bought myself here shortly, promise!

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I recently went to Jewel Kade party and as I’m flipping through the catalog, a necklace jumps out at me. “Follow Your Heart.” It was one of those customizable necklaces where you can add a gem here or there and add whatever words you want to the pendants. Perfect. See the final product below! As soon as I saw it in the catalog I immediately thought of that FB post from Austin and I truly believe that if I hadn’t followed my heart  back in 2012, Mark and I would not be where we are today!

 

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xoxo,
Rachel