If you’ve been following me for any length of time, then you know I love Connor Scott Hitchcock, and you know we just got married at the end of February! After SO much counting down (I’m talking, years, people) I cannot describe the gift it is to finally be living in the same place (even the same city!) and to begin and end everyday together. But I have to admit that it feels weird to all of a sudden have the wedding behind us. I may be a little bit of a perfectionist, and I was so involved in every detail of that sweet day. For about 14 months there was one corner of my brain dedicated to colors and menus and timelines, and then I looked up and there was an extra ring on my finger! It was so slow and so fast all at once, but all I can say is just how grateful I am for this whole season of life.
There are no words for how magical our entire wedding weekend was. We were spoiled beyond belief by our closest friends and family, and it was such a sweet celebration of Jesus, love, and community. As you can imagine (or maybe you’ve experienced), our heads were truly spinning for about three days straight. I have blurry, happy memories of my favorite people and warm, fuzzy feelings about the happiest day of my life.
But we were tired. Oh man, were we tired. Weddings are a lot of work, and five years of long distance is kind of draining. So as much as were looking forward to the wedding, the honeymoon was equally as cherished. No details, no deadlines, no texting. Just soaking in the fact that we are (finally) husband & wife, and we never have to say goodbye again!! That’s a big deal for us. We decided that we wanted to get away somewhere where we could wake up with the sun and explore at our own pace, so we ended up in Northern California. Three days in Napa Valley, a drive down Highway One, and three days in Carmel-By-The-Sea.
Did I mention I’m a perfectionist? I spent an embarrassing amount of hours planning this trip, but I have to admit, it was kind of perfect. It happens to be Napa’s off-season, but we were blessed with incredible weather, so we had the entire resort almost to ourselves. We drank wine, made smores, and watched the sunset over the vineyards and/or ocean almost every night in California. It was kind of like Northern Michigan on steroids 🙂 I will forever the sound of Chance blaring as we drove the coast, the taste of fresh donuts at BoonFly Cafe, and the smell of the blooming cherry blossoms. California- we will be back!
Oh, and two more things:
I could ramble for another umpteen paragraphs, but I’ll let the photos speak for themselves. Most of them are just iPhone snapshots, but I like it that way. Real moments from the happiest week of our lives.