John and I booked our honeymoon this week! We did a ton of research (that's something he's obsessed with before ordering anything) before deciding where to go and spend our first week of marriage. After doing a ton of research, we reached out to Karen at Sea the World Travel. A few years ago Jeff and I did a KRZ Cruise with Karen and she was the most helpful travel agent i've ever met or spoken with. She just knows everything about almost every destination and she loves to talk about vacationing! John and I booked a trip through her 2 years ago and she set EVERYTHING up for us. We didn't need to plan a thing or worry about anything ... like where we would park our car or how we would get from point A to point B. She had it all figured out for us and tied up in a nice little packet! Needless to say, we called her when we were ready to book our Honeymoon because we wanted to be in good hands!
Because of the beautiful sights, the romance, and the fact that they tend to have nice weather year round . . . we chose to honeymoon in Aruba!
We are excited to be able to spend a week of togetherness immediately following our wedding weekend! Everyone who's already been to Aruba is telling us that we HAVE to do the Island Safari Jeep tour ... they say it's the ONLY way to really see the island.
So ... if you've been to Aruba, what else is a MUST? Places to see . . . restaurants to eat at?
And if you haven't been to Aruba, where did you spend your honeymoon?
This weekend was John's favorite part of wedding planning so far . . . the menu tasting! We spent the weekend at Bushkill Inn (our venue) and my mom and John's parents came to town for the tasting. When we first decided on Bushkill Inn, we loved how beautiful and modern the resort is. It recently underwent a HUGE facelift and everything is stunning. We are getting really excited and are so happy we chose to get married and host our rehearsal dinner and reception there too. Once our guests arrive, they won't need to leave because the hotel is there too! It's awesome.
The funny thing is, we booked our wedding before we had ever eaten there. I guess you can say we just knew it would be great. Our parents joined us for the menu tasting yesterday and it couldn't have gone better. The executive chef, Marcos (pictured below) prepared a little bit of EVERYTHING for us to try . . . and oh my goodness everything was amazing. Our guests are in for a real treat because the food was amazing. My absolute favorite thing - pineapple and chicken skewers! Yum! Those are totally being served at cocktail hour. Everyone says the bride and groom never even end up eating dinner at their own wedding, but after John tasted this food, he insisted we are SO sitting down to eat at the wedding! : )
The entire staff made our stay really special and we even came back to our room to find this wine box with a lovely bottle of zinfandel inside! So nice! My mom loved the wine box!
Before my mom and her boyfriend left to go back to Rhode Island, we brought them to Bushkill Falls (where we plan to take out wedding photos!) They loved it . . . but boy is it a workout! We are definitely taking the short route on our wedding day all dressed up!
Now the tough choices . . .out of all of the food we tasted . . . what to serve at the reception!?! Decisions decisions!
Hey there! THANK YOU if you were one of the wonderful samaritans who showed up for the bone marrow registry event on Thursday! We had the Boys & Girls Cub of Scranton on the air with us that morning to pump it up - we're trying to find a bone marrow match for Mari, a Scranton native who has Leukemia. No one in her family is a match, but hopefully of the 100+ potential donors who came to the event on Thursday - we'll find one! By the time I showed up 4:30pm on Thursday, the line was out the door! Well done, Northeast PA!
You can always go to bethematch.org to register if you missed it! THANK YOU AGAIN!
Boys & Girls Club in the studio - from left: Me, Larayne, Tricia, Etta (in the chair), Rocky.
Friday I checked out Blues Traveler on the Sherman Theater Summer Stage. Outside under the stars, gorgeous night! Went with one of my best friends, Nicole - we're both big music geeks and were BOTH blown away by their performance! I knew they were good, but I didn't know they were amazing! John Popper's vocals are sick! He gave me chills in 90 degree weather.
Much like my wicked camera skills....which are obviously awesome. Sigh. WHY IS THIS CROOKED?! I wasn't even drinking. Cool stage though.
Me & Coley :)
Saturday I helped out with the benefit for the Deutsch Institute, to help local people with disabilities and mental illness. It was an outside concert, behind Mulligans. Lots of great food, killer music, cool vibe. And my girls were even able to join me!
Desiree, Me, Holly
Graces Downfall playing in front of a beautiful Scranton background....
Again, THANK YOU to everybody who came to either of these events! Whenever I can use even a tiny portion of my weekend to help people, I'd say that's time well spent. Especially considering my alternative = dancing around in the lawn sprinkler to "I Got The Power" by Snap.... and I promised my neighbors I wouldn't do that anymore. As much.
Went with Amber & Desiree to Philly on Saturday to see NKOTB/Boys 2 Men/98 Degrees - SOOOOOO much fun! It might interest you (and by "you" I mean YOU, Mom, cuz you're the only one) to know I STILL remember all the choreography from their videos back in the day. In fact, Amber and Desiree did too. We may or may not have stage an impromptu reenactment of those dance routines in the parking lot pre-show. (There also may have been some Backstreet Boys and Tiffany in there- I DARE YOU to crank "I Think We're Alone Now" and NOT dance.... can't be done).
One thing is for certain - good music is wonderful, but it's made a million times sweeter when you can enjoy it with great friends :) LOVE these girls....
Getting ready at the hotel...
BEAUTIFUL DAY in Philly!!
about to go inside..... I have no idea what's wrong with our faces....
Hopefully you learned an important lesson on today's show: when giving a toast to the Bride & Groom at their wedding, it's best to go conservative. If you're not a funny person, don't try to be with a live mic and a few drinks under your belt.
Here's a few examples from KRZ listeners of toasts that went horribly wrong.
I was at a college friend’s wedding where the best man not only called the bride the groom’s ex gf's name during the best man speech, but he was also later escorted from the reception by the groom’s father for trying to drink the water from the centerpieces.
My sister was my maid of honor. She was trying to be funny but wasn’t successful and by the end of her speech, people were asking why she was in our wedding if she hated us so much.
My best (male) friend had gotten married. I was the Bride's Maid (since I introduced them) and my buddy's obnoxious older brother was
Best man. He started out his toast ok, but then pulled a Cybil and mentioned when they both went to Tijuana and thought they got clap from 2 girls they picked up, only to find out they had bites from bed mites. The room got quiet and I had to jump in to stop him.
I was maid of honor in my sister’s wedding. I didn't make an embarrassing speech because I promised my sister but I proceeded to get really drunk and gave everyone lap dances!
My bro best man, said "not sure what that pastor was smoking". My wife's family is very religious. Ummm did not go over well.
I went 2 a wedding earlier this year & the best man (which was the groom’s brother) got up 2 make a speech & was drunk & in his speech told everyone that he slept w/ the bride the day before the wedding!
Just went to a wedding where the best man talked about the bride being a reformed whore. He talked about the time he and the groom took home these girls that turned out to be men and that he wanted to sleep with the bride’s sister.
I was at a wedding and the best man said in front of everyone that he and the bride were sleeping together for quite some time and then starts laughing and says oh I'm only kidding. And then he says no really I honestly I would really like to have sex with the bride she's hot so if this marriage doesn't last I would really like to have sex with her. She looks like she would be fun in bed!
As part of the best man speech he let it slip that the bride was pregnant.
3.5 months to go until the I DO's! Just like I expected, things have been super mellow for months and now everything is kicking into high gear. My goal this past weekend was to get as much done now that I could. There's so much that HAS to wait, but there's plenty that I can get out of the way now ... so ... this past weekend I put together our bathroom baskets. That was one of those things on my to-do list that we don't NEED now, but it was something I could check off my list and get it over with already!
This isn't the basket I did, but it looks pretty much the same. Just a bunch of little items our guests might find useful. I pinned the idea on Pinterest a long time ago and have only been to one wedding that had one ... and I love the idea, so we had to have them!
The basket for the men's room is a little different, but along the same lines.
Must haves included:
Mini tooth brushes
. . . you get the idea . . .
Besides the bathroom baskets, I also ordered our custom cocktail napkins. I don't want to give away all of the little surprises, so i'm going to keep those a secret. I'll try to remember to post pics of them after the big day. I'm OBSESSED wtih them! Love love love it! If you're looking for a great idea, I'm not opposed to sharing it, I just don't want all of our guests to know the little surprises ahead of time. If you're stumped for an idea and don't want to just get monogram napkins - email me! Amanda@985krz.com!
My next task - choose songs and check in with John Mackey Designs to decide what to do with our linens and florals!
As we approach Fathers Day, I have a message for my Dad back in Michigan: HOW DARE YOU?! How DARE you be so cool and fun and funny that you make it virtually impossible for me to date because any dude I go out with seems less fun by comparison. Haha!
You've raised me to be too picky! For instance, I've saved every birthday card you've ever given me. Most of them including poems like this one:
You always took us to cool places on day trips....
You didn't laugh when we put on a "circus" in the front yard...
You always made sure we did things as a family, even if mom wouldn't get in the picture... haha
You let me wear my flower girl dress to kindergarten graduation. I actually wish I could still fit into this...
You didn't laugh when your children thought they were Jedi knights....
You always came to our Christmas plays! (pssssst - I'm a cat. Cuz everyone loves a Christmas.........cat.)
You've always been an amazing hubby/best friend to my Mommy :) You have no idea how much your kids appreciate that!
And you & Mom constantly make time to come visit me in Pennsylvania whenever possible - I LOVE THAT! You guys are awesome parents but you're also incredible FRIENDS!! I'd hang out with you even if you weren't my folks....
So HOW DARE YOU, Dad?! How dare you be such an outstanding father that you make me miss you every hour of every day and wanna be like you in every way! I love you so much! Happy Fathers Day! Sorry if any of these pictures embarrassed you. But I'm in a cat costume, dammit. So suck it up.