Justin & I connected as teammates and roommates at USF. He stood in our wedding, has been part of our kids' lives, and is a great friend to us both. We've watched his relationship with Amanda grow over the past few years as they moved out to Chicago. Gen and Amanda struck a friendship after meeting only a few times, and we couldn't wait to see her and Justin tie the knot. Any woman that can put him in his place with just one look is a keeper in our books.
Thanks to a generous offer from Grandma Deb to come hold down the fort, we were able to get away for 5 days and make the trek out to be a part of the unique wedding party and celebrations. Days were spent relaxing poolside, enjoying a great collection of new and old friends, and taking in the sights and surroundings. Timing couldn't have been better, as Gen continues to struggle with chronic pain issues (more to come on this soon.) The chance to unplug and relax was a luxury we welcomed with open arms.
Can't articulate how awesome the trip was - hopefully a few pictures can help illustrate the highlights.
|Google Earth has nothing on these views|
|Amazing sights on the decent|
|Arrived at the resort in time to hang out and catch some breathtaking views |
(photo courtesy of Janet Johnston Photography)
|Catching Dinner with Park & Michelle |
(and one awesome, photo-bombing waiter)
|A surprise guest on the walkway one evening... |
(Gen took the pic, while I watched from a safe distance,
trying to block out scenes from Arachnophobia in my mind...)
|A rehearsal, dinner, and a sunset on the beach. |
Not too shabby.
|Justin, Amanda, and the Malmstrom Clan - Great People!|
|13 years, less hair, and more laughs |
with Justin (a.k.a. "Muffin")
|Sunset Ceremony (photo courtesy of Janet Johnston Photography)|
|Gen, Kylie, and Michelle enjoying the reception. |
80s and 90s hits galore - nothing better
|Toasting Mr. & Mrs. Wells|
|Always the bridesmaid...never the bride. Or something like that...|
(Jeff & Park - Officiant & Best Man)
|Relaxing poolside the next day, with a tip o' the cap to Joe & Suz|
|Enjoying a final dinner with Michelle, Park, Jeff, and Kylie|
|Hard to be stressed out in this environment...|
|The long trek home - thankful and rested|
Meanwhile, back home...
Goofin' around with Grandma Deb -
pretty sure they didn't even notice we were gone
Amanda and Justin - thank you for allowing us be a part of your wedding experience. We wish you both a lifetime of happiness and laughter!