Life’s a Beach

The colors of the Caribbean never cease to blow my mind. Have you ever seen so many shades of blue and green in one place? Each shade vying for the title of Most Awesome Color Ever.

And the sky just continues where the sea leaves off. It’s the kind of scenery that makes you remember how tiny you are, and how much bigger It all is. It definitely puts life’s little (and big) worries in their place. I guess that’s why vacations by the sea are so relaxing – mind, body and soul.

And somehow it’s all so metaphoric if you allow it to be. It reminds you that in life, storms blow in out of nowhere…

But just hang in there and weather the tides because inevitably there will be sunshine, baby!

Life’s a beach.

8/5/2011: Alex & Anthony’s Wedding Day in Pictures

I never knew a bride could be so relaxed on her wedding day. Alex seriously had some wedding zen going on, and it made for such a fabulous, enjoyable, memorable and beautiful day for everyone. Tropical Storm Emily had been taunting the Dominican Republic the two days leading up to the BIG day, but on Friday the clouds parted and the sun came out. How did we spend the morning? By the pool of course, we all took a water aerobics class and then took jumping pictures on the beach, naturally πŸ™‚

Alex and her bridesmaid, Jill

There goes the Bride!

Alex & her Dad practicing their Father/Daughter dance

The Last Single Girl Kiss - stopping by the pool to say goodbye to her groom before heading off to our hair appointments

Time to get pretty - outside the resort's spa

We all got ready in Alex's villa -- talk about a view!!!

Doing my MOH duties and helping the bride into her gorgeous gown! I love this photo πŸ™‚

Stunning

I've never seen Alex so happy! She was so excited and happy to be walking down the aisle to meet her groom. I loved this moment.

Mr. & Mrs. Strawn! I told Alex to look up because a huge crowd had formed on the balcony above to watch her wedding. They were all clapping and cheering!

Alex and her MOHs. We love this girl!

The First Dance to "The Way You Look Tonight" -- so sweet!

The food was great and the reception was a blast! People were dancing their butts off, and while there was a nice breeze coming off the ocean, I’ve never seen people (myself included) sweat so much!!! When I changed out of my dress that night, my entire stomach was dyed blue πŸ™‚ In my book, that’s just a sign of a really awesome wedding!

Another personal highlight of the day was giving my Maid of Honor speech. More on that to come soon.

Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. Strawn!

The Countdown Begins: Dominican Here We Come

My big accomplishment this week was booking our trip to the Dominican Republic for Alex & Anthony’s wedding in August. Here we come white sand, crystal blue water, hot sun and cold drinks with little umbrellas in them!

Now I can just sit back and laugh at winter because with this trip on my radar ain’t nothin’ gonna bring me down! I’m already thinking about little sun dresses, a new bikini and how cute that re-sail bag will look on the beach (hint hint).