honeymoon excitement !!

the world is your oyster

This past weekend we made one of the biggest moves yet in terms of planning our wedding…

We booked our honeymoon!

On one hand I can hardly believe we’re making it happen and on the other hand, I’m all, of course we are doing this! WE ARE MAKING THIS HAPPEN!

Looking up flights was no walk in the park, though. I honestly felt like I’ve spent the past three years searching even though it’s only been a little over a month. Ha! Every night I would do a little bit more research and every night I would feel my head spinning one thousand spins. Until Sunday afternoon when I found the most amazing prices I’ve seen yet and VOILA! I booked it! The rush of booking a flight especially an international one is kind of surreal. My palms were sweating, for one. And my mouth was in the biggest grin it could ever make.

And now… the details!

We will be taking our honeymoon abroad for 20 days. Yes, T W E N T Y  D A Y S S S S.

We are flying in and out of Venice (with one overnight layover in Istanbul) and with 20 days and a passport I believe the saying is true: the world really is our oyster.

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Here is a very rough draft of our very tentative plan:

One night in Istanbul {this is because of the flight deal we snagged — we have a 19 hour layover and we’re choosing to look at it as an opportunity! We will have enough time for a bit of sightseeing, dinner, and an early breakfast the next morning.}

1-2 days in Venice

Train to Rome…

2 days in Rome

Train/Bus to the Amalfi Coast…

3 days on the Amalfi Coast {Sorrento? Positano? Furore?!}

Trek across Italy {by bus/car} to the Adriatic Sea…

Ferry across to Croatia…

10+ days traveling the coast and cities of Croatia !!

We hope to hit Dubruvnik, Hvar, Split, Plitvice National Park, Zagreb, Rovinj… and hopefully more! {Are we crazy? Maybe. Absolutely. Do we love it? WE SURE WILL.}

And then finally finishing off with a Ferry back to Venice before we FLY ON HOME.

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As I typed up that list now I just kept thinking, is this real life? Pinch me, please. Zan and I are definitely a pair of adventuresome travelers. The more we can see the better and we’re not afraid to jam pack a day full of everything, but we’re also not opposed to staying put for a few days on the beach throughout our stay. This trip will definitely be an exhausting one, but I also know that I feel so alive with each passing moment in a new place. I am so excited I can hardly stand it.

So far I am still in the research phase. Which means being on Airbnb and Pinterest all night every night until I feel like my eyes are going to bleed. But I’m not complaining! Never! I’ve also been returning to this post and this post and this post from Hither and Thither over and over because Ashley has amazingly detailed info and her travel photos are just so pleasing to look through!

I’ve also found this blog, which is fantastic, specifically for Croatia info. So much good!

And now, my very favorite question to ask:

Do you have any advice to give? Affordable places to stay, things you think we should see and do? Have you ever been to any of the places we’re planning on visiting? I’ve only ever been to Venice as far as Italy goes, and Croatia will be completely new to us! We would love any comments or tips you have to give. Any and all!

XO!

{P.S. THANK YOU SO MUCH for your
email on Croatia, Chrissy! I am cherishing it
and all the info you sent us!
INCREDIBLE!}

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the object enthusiast //

the object enthusiastthe object enthusiastI wanted to do a quick share about the object enthusiast because it’s truly one of the happiest handmade spots on the internet. Do you ever just find a shop that you love and want to tell the whole world about it? This is that shop for me. I first found Emily through pinterest. And also, of course, on instagram.

Just bits and pieces of pretty as far as the eye can see.

Best of all, you can buy her ceramic work here.

Oh lovely lovely day. 

taking stock // march

taking stock

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M A K I N G: A cake bunting for our wedding. Well, I’m not making it yet but I plan to soon– with the help of this pretty inspiration here.  Going all white though, of course!

D R I N K I N G: Coconut Water. I picked some up at Costco last time I was there and I am loving it. I bring one to school with me each day and drink it at some point when I’m feeling dehydrated. I never drink enough water while I’m teaching and I need to work on that.

W A N T I N G: This Brooklyn apartment. Oh my heavens. Maybe in my next life!

W A T C H I N G: House of Cards. And also, we started Alias and at first I don’t think either of us were very into it, but I feel like it’s starting to get good.

R E A D I N G: I just picked up this book about Venice from the library the other day and I’m excited to start reading. Also working my way through Yes Please and enjoying it very much.

L I S T E N I N G  T O: A little bit of this, and a little bit of that. In the car I’ve been flipping through channels lately but at home I like to play WGBH radio. Listening to classical right now and they’ve got a great celtic radio series on Saturdays at 3:00 if you’re into that sort of thing. Turns out, I’ve recently discovered, that I totally am.

E A T I N G: Lots of soup. It’s still cold as ever here. My favorite this winter has been a simple butternut squash recipe. I make it almost every week and take it with me a few days for lunch. So good and easy: peel and cut a smallish butternut squash {I often get the pre-cut!}. Roast at about 400 degrees until soft {about 45 min- 1 hour or so}. Add squash to large pot {a lot of times I just throw it into the Vitamix!} and add one can of coconut milk and 1 apple then stir til smooth with a hand blender– we have this one. Salt and pepper to taste then enjoy!

W I S H I N G: Spring would hurry up and come soon. Daylight savings is this weekend so at least that’s a start!

E N J O Y I N G: The moon tonight. Have you seen it? It’s straight out of a storybook.

H O P I N G: We can get to Croatia for our honeymoon this summer. The planning seems daunting at this point, but also so exciting. I swear I could spend HOURS each night (and quite often do) googling/pinteresting “CROATIA” and sometimes I feel like I’ve made progress and a lot of time I feel like I haven’t. I tried to send out a call for help on instagram last night and got some great ideas so hopefully we’ll make some strides soon!

N E E D I N G: To find bridesmaid dresses that I love. I want each dress to be different which you think would be easy, but is actually proving to be harder than I thought! And I only need three! Looking for ivory and beautiful so if you come across anything like that send it my way!

F O L L O W I N G: elephantine // I have been reading Rachel’s blog for a little over a year now and love the simplicity throughout it all. She has wonderful book reveiws, gorgeous photography, and such a calm peaceful way about her. I am always so happy to see a post from her– sometimes her entries are only a couple of photos or a single sentence, but I enjoy them every time.

F E E L I N G: Tired. Such a long week! And March has no days off or long weekends so I guess I better get used to it– or train myself to get more sleep {I’m a night owl lately!}.

W E A R I N G: Still these boots all day eryday. I don’t think I’ve ever been so dedicated to a pair of shoes in my life. 

B O O K M A R K I N G: This post. Forever and ever amen.

L O V I N G: THE WEEKEND! Cheers, everyone!

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♥ top image by anne mumford.
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on finding the dress.

Ceremony // Boston

Wedding dress shopping is such a surreal thing. You have one hour to try on as many dresses as you can in an entire store filled with the most gorgeous gowns you have ever laid your eyes on and then hopefully, maybe fall in love with one. Overwhelming is an understatement here. But about a month ago I did just that. I found the one and I love it to the moon and my sister loves it, and my mom– well, if wiping tears from your eyes means anything (which I like to believe it does), then we got it right! We found a winner!

finding the dress

We took one weekend and went to 3 places. This worked for me, and I’m grateful– but it’s a lot of brain work trying on those dresses! On Friday we visited Anthropologie in Chestnut Hill where they actually have an entire section of the store dedicated to the BHLDN line. You must make an appointment online and when you do so you mention the names of the dresses you’d like to try on during your time there. I requested quite a few, but some of my favorites were The Persiphone Gown, The Penelope Gown, and The Daphne Dress. {Also, now that I’m browsing the website the Lucca Maxi is INCREDIBLE, but I don’t think this was one of the choices at the time of my appointment.} Looking at them again I’m completely googly eyed, but my thoughts on the dresses in person were actually quite different. I didn’t love them! THE TRAGEDY! I wanted to love them because Anthropologie is the definition of my LOVE LANGUAGE, but I just didn’t. I couldn’t! Try as I might I didn’t feel any feelings and this honestly made me quite sad.

And also a little bit nervous, too. WOULD I FIND A DRESS TO LOVE?

finding the dress

I want to be sure to mention that my experience at BHLDN was wonderful. We were helped by the nicest people {thanks, Olivia!} and everyone was so kind– the nicest. And! We were served champagne! How it should be, you know? I would definitely recommend it to others looking to find a dress. The bridal shop is gorgeous and their dresses are lovely– it just turned out there wasn’t one for me!

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The next morning I got up feeling good and ready to take on the day. Since my mom came for the weekend we spent the morning dreaming up a few wedding details and then we ventured to Beacon Hill. Ceremony is a little boutique tucked away on River Street and it’s interior is just divine. My heart felt a flutter a soon as we arrived and looking back it seems perfect that I found my dress here. Alix, the owner, opened the shop up in 2013 and her style on all things, especially Bridal things, is just exactly right.

finding the dress

{That’s Maura up in that photo. She works at Ceremony and helped me at my appointment that day. Thank you, Maura! Another lovely bridal boutique soul. God bless them all.}

finding the dress

Ceremony is everything a bridal shop should be and more. It is light and bright and filled with the most gorgeous dresses you could ever dream up. Perfectly simple, perfectly pretty. Appointments are one hour and for that time you literally have the entire loft to yourself. It’s a dream! I arrived a little early and as the previous appointment was coming to a close I was able to browse the sample sale rack a bit and found a few I liked. I also worked my way through a few other racks in the front of the shop, but prices are fairly steep here so I had to be careful! Nothing worse than finding your dream dress out of your price range I kept reminding myself. Once I had a good number of choices I began trying them on one by one. It is so fun to step into a wedding dress. Pure happiness, I tell you! Each time I would come out from the dressing area my sister would gasp with delight.

So. Much. FUN.

:)

finding the dress

It was here at Ceremony where I found it. I felt it right away and at first I felt joy and then I felt peace.

G L E E E E E, glorious glee.

We still had one more dress appointment that afternoon and Alix so kindly offered to hold the dress for 24 hours {it was a sample dress, so I really needed to make a decision!}. Our last stop was the Vows bridal outlet in Watertown. Our experience here was not as lovely or private {Saturdays are busy!} but they do have plenty of dresses and the prices are RIGHT. I felt like I needed to come here because I made the appointment and also just to be 100% sure that I’d found the dress for me. And of course, I just kept thinking of the Ceremony dress. It was in my mind the entire time. Every dress I tried on was nowhere near as magical, not-a-single-feeling!— It was crystal clear what I needed to do.

I dialed that Beacon Hill number and made that dress mine. 

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P.S. That last photo is not MY dress, but a pretty one indeed!

P.P.S. Find a reason to visit Ceremony. :)
You’ll be so glad you did!

Email: hello@ceremony-boston.com
Phone: 857-277-1669
Instagram : @ceremony_boston