St. Lucia Honeymoon Finale

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Catch up on Part 1 of our love story here, Part 2 here, Part 3 here, Part 4 here Part 5 here, Part 6 here, Part 7 here, Part 8 here, Part 9 here, Part 10 here, Part 11 here, Part 12 here

First off, I want to say a huge thank you to those who have followed along with our love story. When I first started recapping our story three months ago, I had no idea I had so much to write about but I really do appreciate y’all following along and putting up with {and being so sweet about} our crazy long story! I’m so excited to have all these memories written down blogged so I will never forget where our journey as man and wife started.

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St. Lucia Honeymoon part 1

St. Lucia honeymoon

Catch up on Part 1 of our love story here, Part 2 here Part 3 here, Part 4 here, Part 5 here, Part 6 here, Part 7 here, Part 8 here, Part 9 here, Part 10 here

I know everyone says the honeymoon is the best part of getting married {get your mind out of the gutter!} but for us, it really was! After months of planning a wedding, Cory graduating and starting a new job and buying a house, we needed to recuperate. We spent seven incredible days at the Sandals Grande St. Lucian! A St. Lucia honeymoon was the perfect way to start our lives together.

We loved everything about the resort and the employees were the friendliest people I’ve ever met. They were willing to do whatever they could to make our honeymoon perfect. In my opinion, you really can’t go wrong with all-inclusive. It was so nice not having to worry about how much money we were spending or who we needed to tip. I just can’t say enough positive things about our time at Sandals.

The first couple days looked very similar.  We purposefully didn’t plan too much on our honeymoon but especially didn’t plan anything on Monday and Tuesday. Our days looked something like this…breakfast, beach, pool, lunch, pool, beach, dinner and hanging out in the lobby. Every night they had live entertainment in the lobby and bars {and it was all open, facing the ocean} so it became one of our favorite spots each evening.

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The Wedding Day: The Reception

Catch up on Part 1 of our love story here
Part 2 here, Part 3 here, Part 4 here, Part 5 here, Part 6 here, Part 7 here, Part 8 here, Part 9 here

It’s no secret that I didn’t enjoy wedding planning. After months and months of decision making and stressing over it, I was so excited to have the ceremony behind us and be able to enjoy myself at the reception. We had our reception at Occasions at Wedgefield, right outside of Clemson, with a great DJ {and wedding planner} to keep things moving smoothly and everyone danced the night away {so cliche, right?}. Obviously, I’m biased but our reception was the funnest one I’ve ever been to and I believe that’s apparent by the pictures below!

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Our first dance was to “You’re the Reason I Come Home” by Ron Pope. Sound familiar?

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Candy apple favors and they were the bomb!

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My dad and I danced to “Walk with You” by Edwin McCain. I still remember letting him hear the song for the first time and his response was “it’s good if you wanna make everyone cry”. He was right.

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Funny story…when we got back from our honeymoon, we couldn’t find our marriage licenses anywhere. We searched for weeks and were convinced it was just lost in all the chaos of the wedding day. When we got our proofs back and saw this picture, we remembered the preacher told us he was giving it to Cory’s dad to hold on to for us. Don’t let our faces fool you, we clearly weren’t listening.

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After all the formalities of a wedding reception were done with, the DJ told everyone to grab the prettiest lady in the room and head to the dance floor to get the party started. Cory’s best friend Zach grabbed my mom {not that I disagree}. How funny is that!?!?

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Remember right before our ceremony, Taylor couldn’t fight sleep anymore and crashed hard? Well, good thing she did because she had an absolute ball at the reception and hung in there with us all night!

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We were ready to get the fun started but you can’t really tell by the looks on our faces.

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Two people who I never thought would dance…my dad and Cory’s brother Caleb. Ahem.

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This would be Cory’s aunt Debbie dragging Zach across the dance floor. By. his. tie.

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Cory backin it up!

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By the last song of the night, we were all exhausted. Poor Taylor was just aimlessly wondering around at that point.
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Off to St. Lucia with a little help from our friends.

Check back next week for a recap of our St. Lucian honeymoon!