Sorry for the delay, all. I’m working to get the house organized, so I can start decorating for Christmas, but I am excited about sharing some of our honeymoon adventures with you!

For those of you who have known me for a while, you know that I’ve always wanted to go to Ireland. Therefore, the honeymoon location was a no-brainer. We booked through Costco Travel (no affiliate links here, just a 100% impressed customer). Basically, I knew roughly where we wanted to go, and they booked us into hotels they had nearby. I knew we would be staying in nice hotels, but didn’t bother to research them. Scary, right?  IT worked out SO well.

Actually, I’ve never stayed in such crazy, nice hotels!  I’ll touch on each hotel as I go; don’t worry.

Our rental car and airfare were included in our package. We flew out of Dulles on British Airways. On the way over, our plane was incredibly nice. We had pondered the idea of upgrading to business class as a treat, but it was WAY too much money per person.


Obligatory plane selfie


The longest part of the trip was from the US to Heathrow Airport in London; then we transferred to a commuter flight to Dublin. We shared the flight from the US with a large portion of the cast of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, so that was a neat experience. We got lucky and our row of seats wasn’t full, so we could spread out a bit and try to sleep. But as expected, it wasn’t very restful.

When we finally got to Dublin, we found our shuttle driver. The driver was a blast, greeting us in Irish (Irish mind you, not Gaelic), and pointing out neat sights around Dublin before dropping us at the Westin Hotel.

We loved the Westin. It was super nice, and the bed was amazing. We were so tired we laid down for a quick nap, and then headed out to grab some food before we went to explore Dublin.


One of my bridesmaids had been to Dublin and insisted we visit Leo Burdocks for their fish and chips. It turned out to be just a block or two from our hotel.

The fish and chips were yummy, but what stood out the most was the music – 80s pop! And not bands we’d never heard of, but Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up.” Honestly, the music threw us off the whole trip. If we weren’t in a pub listening to traditional Irish music (or “Trad” music as they called it), it was things like Billy Joel’s “Brown-Eyed Girl” or Toto’s “Africa.” Not at all what we were expecting.

Next post we’ll finish our time in Dublin, including our tour of the Guinness Factory and meeting some new friends.


Our Enchanted Wedding – Part III

Alright y’all, are you ready for the next post about our wedding?

We enjoyed a wonderful buffet meal catered by the same restaurant that had catered my parents’ wedding. Well, the guests and my groom did anyway that is. I only had a tiny bit of pulled pork and potato salad. I completely missed the chicken, but I did get to sample one single delicious meatball (stolen straight off of a bridesmaid’s fork – lol). We didn’t do any toasts or speeches, although my MOH had written one which she shared with me later:

“My goodness. You got married today. Once upon a time. At dance weekend, my first dance weekend, there was this incredible moon at the dance Saturday night. There were a group of people discussing nerdy things I had no clue of, but I was really infatuated with this ring that seemed to encompass all 500 acres of Jackson’s Mill. C was the only one to see the beauty I saw in that ring. From then on, we were friends. The type of friends who discuss boys and heart break (which came for us multiple times in many different forms). Then when we were about to age out of dance weekend, there was this boy – who I was skeptical of, because, if you knew her choices… It was different. It was good. The whole weekend was spent picking apart this boy. Then she told me he was a knitter. I told her to marry him. Today she did. Here’s my speech/toast. I l.o.v.e love you, all the t.i.m.e time.”

It’s funny because I’ve wondered a few times if she remembered that moon, and moons were certainly a theme for the day.

Our wedding dance songs were an interesting mix. The Father-Daughter Dance was to Forever Country, a mix of Country Roads, On the Road Again (a nod to all of our WV road trips), and ending with I Will Always Love You. Yes, I bawled like a baby.

The Fellow and his mother danced to In My Life by the Beatles, and we finished the dances out with My Lady’s House by Iron and Wine. After that, we cut the cake and settled down to just relax for an hour or so.


We left the reception in the same Beetle I had arrived in to head to a campfire with our reenacting friends.

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As if there was any doubt I’d be barefoot on my wedding day.

That night the head of our household walked with me to grab a bottle of water from the fridge and stopped me in the field. He turned me to where the moon was shining right above the trees and made me stop for a moment just to breathe and enjoy the view of our wedding moon.

After returning to the campfire, we continued celebrating our wedding with a special gift – a wedding-themed teacup from which to sip my moonshine as we sat around the fire. I truly couldn’t think of a more fitting way to finish a truly spectacular day than with the most wonderful of people at the start of being married to the most wonderful of men.

Our Enchanted Wedding – Part II

Alright kids, here we go with part two of our wedding!

As I mentioned earlier I was a little serious about my timeline so at exactly 12:29, my father started the drive from the picture area to the pavilion in my 1967 Volkswagen Beetle.

As soon as we got out of the car, I got a stone in my shoe, but I didn’t care. I could barely keep from tearing up as we headed to the arch.

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There were so many people, and the pavilion looked beautiful. Someone made me take a second to look at it all put together, and I wish I would’ve stopped longer, but the processional music was already playing, and I was panicked that there would be a long awkward pause (there wasn’t), and we headed down the aisle.

For those wondering, the family and bridal party walked to Let Me Be Your Wings from Thumbelina, and my father and I walked to Soon from the same. Come on now, what would my wedding be without some animated classics? Our reception music was also instrumental arrangements of Disney songs.

I made these fairy balls to string in the pavilion.

The ceremony was short and sweet, and I was terrified I was going to put the ring on the wrong hand, stumble, or miss a cue. It was over so quickly; I can barely remember everything that was said.

We hadn’t intended on a receiving line but wound up having one anyway, which worked out well because I got to see everyone, especially as a few guests could only attend the ceremony and needed to leave immediately after.

I loved our officiant Lee Braithwaite.

I loved seeing everyone. I tried to make sure that I sat at each table during the reception and visited a bit, but I’m sure I missed people.

After we made it through the receiving line and while everyone was enjoying the tea and scones (which I sadly do not have a picture of), we took the family photos. By that time, I was SO tired that I opted out of staged photos with my groom. I was just DONE. I wanted to sit and drink something and enjoy the food and fellowship. Can you blame me?

Table settings and pavilion draping
Escort card tea bags – Our favors were cookies, so everyone got tea and cookies.