Liz and Mike are Married!! | Intimate Backyard Ceremony – Chesapeake, VA

There’s nothing quite as sweet as an intimate backyard wedding ceremony! And what a perfect, sunny May afternoon they had for their big day! We all met at a marriage commisioner’s home in Chespeake and her tree-lined backyard made a gorgeous backdrop for the ceremony and their kids made sure we were in the perfect spot.

Congrats, Liz and Mike!! And thank you so much for inviting me to capture these memories for you and your awesome kids!

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They chose to include a sand ceremony – even making sure to measure out just the right amount of sand – to show how all six of them would come together to form something new and beautiful.

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After the big kiss that made it all official, the kids wanted in on the action and called for a big, family group hug!!

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Don’t they make a gorgeous family!??!

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Congrats Liz and Mike!! And thank you again for sharing such a special day with me!

Disney World, Orlando, FL | Anniversary Trip – Personal

Be sure to check out the first two days of our anniversary trip here and here!!

Our last day in Florida we headed to Disney’s Magic Kingdom. I was super excited about this part of our trip because – wait for it – I had never been to Disney before!! Yes, yes, it’s true…

Let me just say, not having experienced Disney as a child, making this trip with one of the Surfer Hub’s best friends and his little boy and seeing the park through his eyes made it just as magical.

Here’s a little group shot as we first entered the Magic Kingdom:

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And Surfer Hubs and I with the Great Goofini!

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I have to give credit to the wonderful landscapers and maintenance people… this park is pristine and the greenery is just gorgeous!!

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We managed to make it back to the the Castle just in time for the parade!!

**Here’s a little piece of advice** Don’t wear super thin flip flops or sandals to Disney. And if you do, find a little patch of shade to stand in. We waited for a few minutes for the parade to reach us and the pavement was so hot, the bottoms of my feet got burned. Through my sandals!! I would hate for that to happen to someone’s kiddo!

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This shot was taken inside the Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse. Isn’t this pully system amazing?! The treehouse looks just like the one they built in the movie!

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Surfer Hubs and his Princes… yes, I had to go there 😉

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And one last shot of Main Street:

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We had such a great day. Who would have thought you could do Disney with a 2.5 yr-old, no stroller, and he’d walk the whole park with no problem?? Jeff’s Little Man was a champ!! And the magic and excitement we all got to share with him – I wouldn’t trade that for the world!

Amelia Island, Day 2 | Aniversary Trip – Personal

Our second day on Amelia Island was spent very much like the first – on the beach!! (If you missed the first post, be sure to head over here to check it out!)

This time we stayed a little closer to the house and headed to the waterfront right next to the Amelia Island Hilton. This beach was a little more crowded than American beach but we didn’t mind a bit!

Here are some of the images from our 2nd day on the beach:

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Surfer Hubs and I on the beach.

Surfer Hubs and I on the beach.

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It was another day full of searching for seashells, flying a first kite, trying to catch the biggest fish – or shark! – and finally talking the little man into dipping his toes in the water!! Once he got his feet wet, there was no stopping him. This kid might be part fishie himself!

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Little Fisherman

Little Fisherman

First kite!

First kite!

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Chris’ Bonnet Head Shark

Finally brave enough to get his feet wet.

Finally brave enough to get his feet wet.

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Not scared of the water any more!

Not scared of the water any more!

What a wonderful anniversary trip!

What a wonderful anniversary trip!

Perfect end to our second day on Amelia Island – relaxing with my hunny.

Be sure to check back for some of the pictures from our trip to Disney!!

Amelia Island, Huguenot State Park, and American Beach | Anniversary Trip – Personal

The first weekend in April we headed to Amelia Island, Florida, with a friend of ours and his little boy to celebrate our anniversary. His mom lives on Amelia Island in the most charming gated community full of blooming azaleas and spanishmoss-clung oad trees. AND… she happens to have a little guest house… which felt like staying at a friend’s bed and breakfast! It was amazing!!

This palm is literally in her front flowerbed!

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The first day of our vacation, Surfer Hubs and I headed down to Huguenot Memorial Park.

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Gulls and Pelicans at Huguenot Memorial Park

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The ride from Amelia Island to Huguenot Memorial Park was just gorgeous!! Spanish moss and azaleas everywhere!

Love all the Spanish Moss!!

Love all the Spanish Moss!!

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After our little drive to Huguenot, we all headed to American Beach on Amelia Island. Here’s a little history lesson for you: This beach was purchased during the segregation era by Abraham Lincoln Lewis, owner of Afro-American Life Insurance, as a place for his employees to vacation and own homes by the shore. It remains a historic beach community to this day.

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What does a crab say?  **pinch, pinch**

What does a crab say? **pinch, pinch**

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Fishing on Amelia Island

Fishing on Amelia Island

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As you can see, there was much playing in the sand, searching for sea shells and fishing done by all and it was a wonderful, relaxing day at the beach. If you’re ever on Amelia Island and looking for a quieter beach to take your family, American Beach is the place to go!

Check back next week for more pictures of our Amelia Island and Disney World vacation!