Glowing Bride + Groom

Hubby and I had the pleasure of attending one of his oldest friends’ wedding in Raleigh this weekend.

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I got some really awesome photos of the couple on the dance floor thanks to some wonderful natural light.

But stepping back…

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Hubby and I headed to Durham Saturday morning with Bailey in tow.

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We stopped at Panera on the way to get get lunch. I opted for a salad entree to get 2 servings of veg, since I wasn’t sure how much there would be at the wedding, and I was trying to get my 3 for the day for Project Veg-Up.

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(me and hubby’s mom)

After a couple hours of downtime at hubby’s mom’s house, we got glammed up to head to the wedding!

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The guests were given ice cold water – one plain and one with fruit – to sip on during the wedding…

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…which was outdoors.

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The weather was hot, but so beautiful! Look at that green grass and those blue skies!

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With Project Veg-Up still on my mind, I was extra happy to see the wide assortment of fruits at the pre-party before the reception. I always love fruit platters, but I really dug into this one, filling my plate with watermelon, pineapple, melon, and strawberries – lots of my faves.

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The reception room was gorgeous. I loved the tall windows and all the natural light.

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We had table #9.

This was possibly my first wedding where I didn’t know anyone but hubby and his mom (my MIL is great friends with the parents of the groom). Luckily, we had some really cool peeps at our table. :)

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I loved the cute story behind the couple’s Scrabble-themed favors.

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And soon enough, the couple came out for their first dance.

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The lighting was awesome and made the bride and groom look like they were glowing!

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Aren’t they cute?

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For eats, we had salads…

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…and I had the prime rib with mashed potatoes and crisp tender green beans.

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Plus this times 2. ;)

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After some dancing (where I may or may not have led the wedding in Cupid Shuffle, Zumba-instructor style lol ;) ), we called it a night and gave our best to the happy couple.

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And another fun play on a wedding tradition – the couple opted for wedding “Guest Libs” (like “Mad Libs”). Neat!

Congrats Bryan and Brie!

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What’s the most unique guest book you’ve seen at a wedding?

Plus de Get Well Eats

Besides enjoying some natural healing outdoors, good eats always make things better. Here are some more get-well-eats I’ve been enjoying:

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Emergen-C

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More raw cacao oatmeal

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This time with a yummy chocolate + coconut flavor combo.

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Almonds for crrrrunch!

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Mom’s Get Well Soup

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Always a winner.

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Turkey melt with deli goods from Earthfare.

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Salad and grass-fed-beef spaghetti.

Check out the different the background color makes. Here it is with a white background.

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And now dark wood!

Which do you like better: white or wood background?

Bahamas: Then and Now

I love look-backs. If only I were a video guru, I’d do some crazy video like the time-trick videos they did in Titanic…those were so cool.

When hubby and I were in the Bahamas last week, I couldn’t help but be reminded of scenes from our wedding in 2008 as we passed familiar places. Here are some of my favorite then and now photos from our wedding in 2008 to our Bahamas vacation in 2010:

NOTE: 2008 photos are by my wedding photographer and 2010 by me or hubby

2008 couples photoshoot:

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2010 photos on my spa day:

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2008 couples photoshoot:

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2010 another trip to the beach (and yes, I’m wearing the same skirt from our wedding couple photoshoot on vacay):

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2008 couples photoshoot:

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2010 just wandering around:

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2008 bridal photoshoot:

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2010 just arriving on the island:

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2008 couples photoshoot:

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2010 playing around:

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2008 bridal photo shoot:

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2010 leaving the pool area:

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2008 getting ready on my wedding day:

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2010 blogging from the balcony:

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2008 the boys before the wedding:

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2010 wandering around the hotel:

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2008 our reception dinner:

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2010 the restaurant that hosted our reception is now closed *very sad face*:

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2008 our reception:

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2010 the martini bar is now empty and unkept:

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2008 the patio where we our first dance:

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2010 now also empty and waiting for someone to re-open our reception restaurant (I’m crossing my fingers it’s reopened by the time we go back):

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2008 a walk on the beach:

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2010 the beach near sunset – our last beach trip of our 2010 vacation:

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…and they lived happily ever after.

Punk Rock Dance Fitness Par-Tay! Two Years Ago Today…

I know you guys are dying to see what was in the bag yesterday (ok, probably not but that’s the coolest thing to me…lol), so I’m going to brush over the eats and get to the goods!

But first, man, I had the WORST night of sleep ever last night! I think I was awake for like 4 hours of the night! Ugh! I felt like a zombie at work today! haha

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Rice milk oatmeal with dates, coconut, pepitas. Coffee.

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More coffee – Starbucks Monday! Grande vanilla soy latte.

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Super vegged out salad:

  • org romaine
  • org spinach
  • org baby carrots
  • org grape tomatoes
  • org green bell pepper
  • org celery
  • sunflower seeds
  • hemp seeds
  • Drew’s rosemary balsamic. this stuff never gets old!

Two GH Virginia rolls on the side. These would have been so much better reheated in the oven and drizzled with honey…mmm!

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My co-worker left me a treat – TJ’s Seriously and Seedy Wafers. I had to try one. Delish!

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Pre-workout snacks. Half a banana (b/c half the darn thing was all bruised up and icky inside) + Cashew Cookie Larabar.

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Here’s what was in that bag from yesterday! A punk rock outfit for a punk rock party we had with my dance fitness group.

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In class.

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Leading Let Me Think About It on stage. SUCH a fun song! If you don’t do this in your class, request it! The video is online (click) by the fabulous Heather Rounds who choreographed this song.

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Group shots!

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Best couple!

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Twins!

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Serious

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Not-so-serious.

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Hit up Big Daddy’s post workout. Split a spiked cookies and cream milkshake 3 ways.

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Started with a side salad:

  • spinach
  • bell pepper
  • cucumber
  • feta
  • strawberries
  • walnuts
  • balsamic vinaigrette on the side

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Alex’s Western burger.

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Kat and I split the black bean burger. Yummers! Sweet potato fries on the side!

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Guess what today is? Me and hubby’s anniversary! Two years ago today hubby and I were in the Bahamas getting married!

You can check out photos from our wedding by clicking here. Buuut here are some more:

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Pictures from my bridal portrait.

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Happy 2 Year Anniversary Hubby! Love you!

Touring Key West + the Conch Tour Train

After our delicious brunch at Blue Heaven, we said our “laters” to Rachel and Frank and headed out to explore Key West.

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Key West is about 2 by 4 miles and is basically comprised of many narrow streets (originally designed for carriages, not cars) with lots of cute, beach-town buildings, house, cottages, inns, bed & breakfasts, restaurants, and shops. It reminds me a bit of Charleston, SC – lots of history, lots of shopping, but not really any beaches (you have to go to surrounding cities in SC to get to the beaches like Isle of Palms).

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Main methods of transportation are your feet, bicycles, bicycle-drawn mini-carriages. There’s no real reason to bring a car here. Parking is difficult, hard to find, and expensive.

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Some areas are more touristy than others, like this famous bar Sloppy Joe’s, which is known for being frequented by Ernest Hemingway.

There are tons of outdoor bars and restaurants.

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As we were walking around, I found a man chopping up a coconut. Score! When I got married in the Bahamas, all I wanted was a drink in a coconut. Alas, I was too busy with wedding stuff to rouse one up. So, 2 years later and I was REALLY excited to see this guy and his little stand.

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Success! I was also really happy to get fresh coconut water for the hydration benefits – natural electrolytes.

We walked around, coconut in hand, to explore town some more. We were short on time, so I just snapped photos of everything. Would have been nice to tour more of these places, but we only had a day, so we tried to hit up the highlights.

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The Audubon house.

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A museum.

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Umm….another museum?? I forgot! :oops:

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We saw a giant cruise ship.

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Saw some quirky art work – this building had lots of statues all around posed doing various activities. This scene is a painter statue painting naked statues.

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Since we had a late brunch, hubby and I decided to go ahead and do a tour before lunch. We went on the world-famous Conch Tour Train, which lasted 1 1/2 hours long and was very informative. I wish we would have done this first to get a sense for how the island was laid out and what activities and historic sites would be good to hit up.

Here are some photos from our tour:

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Shannon was our guide and she was pretty awesome.

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We learned about the local trees and other plant life.

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Begin Highway 1.

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We learned about different house styles.

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And passed lots of pretty houses.

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We passed many historic sites – too many to remember!

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Sand sculpture.

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I think this may be the Cuban area of town…eek, we saw so much, I can’t remember!

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One of the beaches.

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The southernmost point of continental USA.

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I thought this scene was interesting – just some random guy staring out at the water.

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Roosters and their chicks running around.

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Church.

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More pretty houses – I loved the flowers spilling all over the fences and all around the houses.

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Me + hubby on the train.

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Entering the Bahamian area of town.

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Painted by a famous painter.

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More quirky stuff – a bicycle attached to the second floor balcony.

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A shop.

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A house designed to look like a wedding cake.

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And speaking of wedding, we passed the church where Serena and Dan were married the day before.

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Rooster! Why did the rooster cross the road?

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We learned about gingerbread – the special cut-outs of the woodwork on houses where the craftsmen left their marks. Here are some actual gingerbread men-shaped gingerbread.

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Prohibition gingerbread – bottles, hearts, spades.

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Hubby and I really enjoyed our tour. We saw a TON of the island and learned a lot, too. I recommend trying out this tour if you visit Key West, but go as soon as possible so you know where you’re going afterwards.

Next up, our Sunday lunch…

The Keys to Wedded Bliss

Hubby and I hit up the Simonton Court breakfast bar first thing Saturday morning.

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They had bread, bagels, french toast, waffles, fresh fruit, toppings, hard boiled eggs, juices, tea, water, and coffee.

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I had a coffee, WW toast with PB, french toast with quasi-syrup (the sickly sweet stuff), and a hard-boiled egg.

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I had an OJ for a fruit serving and some vitamin C.

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We stayed awhile and eventually the bride, Serena, joined us.

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The weather was gorgeous.

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After a shower, I headed to Serena’s room to get ready for this fabulous Florida Keys wedding.

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We had mimosas. Yum!

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Serena got her hair and makeup done up.

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We had Subway for lunch. I had about 2 pieces of turkey sub.

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Soon enough, it was time to head to the church – Mary Star of the Sea.

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The inside of the church was gorgeous.

I didn’t take many photos since I was a bridesmaid, but hubby snapped a few.

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First kiss!

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I loved how they had doors all down the length of the church open.

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We said hello to the guests on their way out.

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Aww….Serena’s all married and stuff! ;)

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Rachel (she has a blog – check it out!), moi, Andrea. Lexi was here, too, but I didn’t get an OK from her to use photos of her yet, so I cropped her out for now. Sorry Lexi!

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We went back in the church for photos.

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Then, more pictures on a beach and then a pier.

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I grabbed the bride and groom to do a couple quick wedding photos of my own. Does this one look familiar?

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Then, back to one of the cottages for a couple cocktails before the reception started.

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New ring!

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The reception was at the famous Ernest Hemingway house.

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The weather was gorgeous…all night long, too!

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Cheese!

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We found a few of the six-toed cats. I didn’t check this one’s paws, but there were a few of them running around.

I snacked on some of the appetizers being passed around.

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Chicken kabob.

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Endive leaf with goat cheese, candied nuts, dates, and balsamic vinegar.

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Brie and jam puff.

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Bruschetta.

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Cocktails!

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I went with mojitos for most of the night.

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But there was also a cool hibiscus flower / champagne concoction that looked really yummy.

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Dinner time!

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The menu.

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Wedding favors – tea and honey.

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Bridesmaids getting introduced.

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The happy couple!

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First dance.

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And as the sun set, it was time to eat. Salad with tomato and watermelon.

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Cuban Ropa Vieja. Omg…soooo good! Loved this!

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Cutting the wedding cake…err…key lime pie!

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I missed the wedding cake, but I enjoyed my slice of key lime pie.

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As night time hit, it was time to dance!

And we danced the night away!

What a fun wedding! Hubby and I had a blast! :mrgreen:

Congrats to Dan and Serena!!!!!!!!!!

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