the best part of 2017

As I sift through the memories of 2017, the one moment that stands out is our wedding. This week-long vacation in Soufriere, St. Lucia, spending time with our loved ones, was the best week of the whole year.

Although I loved traveling to Europe with Adam (and for his first time too!), our wedding in St. Lucia was the absolute best and not just because of the destination. This was the beginning of our life together, and we started it off in such a spectacular way: we hiked Gros Piton.

Now the photos from that particular hike aren’t the best (I guess I’ll have to go back!) but I’ll state that, even though I was dying (from exhaustion) in the end, I was so proud of pushing myself and making it to the top to take in the beautiful views of the island below.

When it comes to the wedding, Adam and I worked with Awesome Caribbean Weddings, who took us around the island in search of some venues. When Adam and I saw Caille Blanc Villa, we fell in love.

After  booking the date and the venue, I went online and did all the searching needed to choose a gown. I ended up going to BHLDN and, since there weren’t any BHLDN’s in Florida, I took a quick little weekend trip to Atlanta with my mother, mother-in-law, and sister slash maid of honor.

It’s the best, that feeling you get when you know it’s the one. It’s hard to explain, but I guess it’s one of those feelings of “right-ness”.

I guess I felt like the planets aligned, like all was how it was meant to be.

The smile on my face couldn’t be erased. Nothing could stop the feeling of genuine euphoria – and that’s EXACTLY how I felt about Caille Blanc when we arrived.

The only other time I’ve felt that feeling? When Adam turned around and saw me (we did a first look) and, for those that aren’t super traditional, I totally recommend it. It was the most magical moment Adam and I have shared thus far.

The gown that I ended up choosing: the Penelope gown. I loved the use of both lace and tulle, and the sweetheart neckline of the bodice helped to make me look “un-flat”. Since I’m petite, the translucent straps that held up the dress was the perfect addition. And the train. Man, I felt like a princess.

I never had to pull the dress up. I didn’t have to twist or adjust it for photos.

My sister chose the Nyla dress, which isn’t available now. It was super gorgeous on her but the Jessa dress is super similar. I also love the Adeline dress.

For those that are headed out to try on wedding gowns, I’d definitely recommend BHLDN. Their Instagram has a lot of inspiration, and they like to repost real BHLDN brides, which is amazing.

And, for those that are thinking of getting married in St. Lucia, Caille Blanc was the most magical, beautiful villa I’ve ever been in. I told Adam that we are going back to celebrate five years. I also hinted that it might be my dream home.

Who out there has been to St. Lucia? Did you stay in Soufriere or Castries? Tell me all about it!

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