honeymoon: part two

well, the honeymoon is over (in the literal, not figurative sense, haha).  cory had the brilliant idea to take advantage of our final few days off from work, by planning a small getaway to the more local, yet slightly less exotic, wrightsville beach.  and let me tell you, after a week at an all-inclusive resort in jamaica... homegirl needed a little transition period :)

we were treated like royalty by the amazing staff at the holiday inn resort on wrightsville beach.  they surprised us with an upgrade to a beachfront suite, and a fruit and cheese plate with a chilled bottle of champagne.  how nice!

 the above photo is a fairly accurate representation of what we did with most of our time.  we soaked up as much sunshine as we could!

beach cuteness.

we visited some of our favorite spots we've discovered over the years, including chop's deli in wilmington (i went with the marseille, although none of their creations ever disappoint).

we both indulged in each of our vices. me: vanilla ice cream.  cory: a good cigar.

oh, and those sunsets!  why are they always the best at the beach?  can you believe this was taken with my iphone #nofilter?

now, allow me to indulge a bit in my newfound obsession of night photography.  and what a great weekend i chose to discover my new hobby :)  there happened to be a supermoon the last night we were there.  it was so beautiful, my pictures don't even do it justice...
can you believe these were all taken in the pitch black of night?  thank goodness for slow shutter speeds (if only i had a tripod)!

it's been a long week, but i think we've both adjusted back to normal work life just fine.  while vacations are so much fun, they can be exhausting too (it's hard work laying out on the beach all day, ya know?) so it's actually been kind of nice to get back into the day-to-day routine... at least, for now :)


honeymoon: part one

a few days after our wedding, cory and i decided to go to the mall to shop for honeymoon clothes.  i saw a super-cute dress in the storefront of madewell, so i made a break for it while cory went into banana republic for a bit.  i found a few cute things, slipped into the dressing room, and was doing my best marilyn monroe pose in front of the mirror (what, you don't do that)... when i hear a shuffle outside and loud voice with a michigan accent saying "oh, i'm just in here looking for my wife."  and i realize... it's cory... i mean, my husband.  i have a husband.  it's really weird, but really fun to call someone your husband at first.  it just makes you feel kind of giddy inside, like we just did this together, just you and me.  i hope that feeling never goes away.  anyways, we just returned from the first leg of our honeymoon.  we visited sandals grande riviera in ocho rios, jamaica.  it was incredibly beautiful, and was indulgent in every sense of the word.  there was lots of eating, drinking, tanning, eating, kayaking, drinking, napping, eating, drinking, snorkeling, dancing, drinking and sleeping.  haha.  it was a great week, but i have to say... i'm glad we are back in the states where we both feel a bit more responsible with a greater sense of self-control.  here are just a few photos from our amazing week in jamaica.

     ^^^leaving the airport in style

we took a catamaran cruise to dunn's river falls.  i may or may not have fallen on my butt during the 20 minute hike up the falls.

only one fedora per crew.


^^^gimme dat tree!

 ^^^this guy was awesome... until he lost his balance and cory's drink spilled all over me.  but hey, it's jamaica, mon.

 i like to call this photo, "swiss family trottier."

my fourth of july breakfast.  cafe au lait and croissant.

 our chill spot.


oh jamaica sunsets... you rock my world.

we are now onto the second leg of our honeymoon... wrightsville beach, north carolina!  (seriously...we couldn't let our systems go completely into shock by going immediately back to work).  it is definitely nice to have something to look forward to upon our arrival back from jamaica, and we are so excited to spend a few days at some of our favorite spots in north carolina.