Aug 08, 2010
Me getting ready-
Him getting ready-
Some pictures around our cabin-
getting into the car to drive to the ceremony-
walking around the lake to get to the ceremony-
some pics of us and some guests while we're waiting for the ceremony to start-
- random hiker talking to my dad - my sister - my dad - aaron's mom
- yes, it was sunny
signing the license-
- us and my family - us and his family - us and friends - me and my family - me and my sister - me and my parents - him and his mom
some random couple shots-
our champagne toast and hor d'eourves hour-
at our dinner reception-
For more, here's the a link to the 247 pro pics I've uploaded.
Since a couple people have asked about the cost of my honeymoon roadtrip, I've gone through my bank statement and calculated the estimated cost of the trip, and here's the breakdown.
Firstly, this is for the entire route, but I did not count our 6 night cabin and anything wedding at all in Colorado. That's a separate cost breakdown at this link.
This is for 23 nights in total.
This is an estimate because we would occasionally spend cash, so not everything is in my bank statement, so I slightly overestimated for that.
Gas and Grocery Food ~$1200
(see below for more about food)
Lodging ~$800 (includes 2 nights cheap motels - sleep inn, 1 night wigwam, 1 night yurt, 10 nights camping, 2 nights tipi camping, 7 nights hostels)
Our most expensive was ~88 for a hostel in teton village, and our cheapest was camping at Zion (16) Here's a few pics of the various lodgings we stayed at for the 23 nights:
Misc Cost - ~$700. going to the expensive yellowstone clinic for an UTI, national park pass, guided tour at Arches, random entrance fees, a diner in albuquerque, etc.
So total is around $2700.
(And we had two cost emergencies - my UTI at yellowstone, and we had a tire blowout in Montana and had to buy a new tire)
Now, we already had some camping equipment, but we did buy a few more (sleeping bags from acadamy, sleeping pads and lantern from walmart, a butane stove and a 4pack of fuel, cheap pots from goodwill, some disposable utensils and bowls, etc - but that shouldn't be more than $200, so the total should still be under $3000)
I think we only ate out maybe 2-3 times total - but we did buy snacks from places sometimes like ice cream, fresh baked breads, muffins, and cookies from bakeries, etc. The rest of the time we bought food. For lunch we ate a lot of sandwiches (both peanut butter and meat/cheese). We cooked a lot of pasta (mac n cheese and pasta sauce). We booked boil in a bag rice a lot. We also made canned soups occasionally. Also made noodle soups sometimes (like ramen but the better tasting ones you get at Asian stores, not the cheapo ones). We tried to eat fruit but getting bananas, peaches, apples, etc. We also made a lot of hard boiled eggs - we'd boil them and them put them back in its container and just eat it on the way. And cheese sticks - we snacked on a lot of cheesesticks along the way. Our meals weren't super exciting but we didn't go hungry.
Here's a couple of pics of us and our cooking:
For the same cost we could be spending less than a week at a resort when we're not resort-y people at all, or we could spend more than 3 weeks "roughing it" but having fun while doing it and seeing more of the country. No regrets on our choice at all. Highly recommend this for anyone who wants a different type of honeymoon.
So for our destination wedding and honeymoon, we went on a month long national park roadtrip extravaganza!
This is pretty much our route, and we went to a ton of national parks, including: Rocky Mountain (where we got married), Grand Teton, Yellowstone, Glacier, Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon, Zion, Grand Canyon
And of course we stopped by a ton of roadside sights, including some prison museums, a ranch, a flintstones park, route 66 diner, some dinosaur statues, etc.
To keep costs down, we camped about a third of the time, and stayed in hostels and cheap motels the rest of the time. We hardly ever went out to eat, we cooked a lot either over charcoal or with our butane stove. It was an awesome honeymoon, much more than I expected, and we had a ton of fun as well.
And now for the pictures!
Pictures are not in any order, but if you have any questions about where a specific picture is from, feel free to ask.
And fun roadside sights:
And if anyone is interested in the rest of the pictures, we uploaded a ton of them at my picasa album as well.
On the wedding day, my friends came over to our cabin, the makeup artist and hairstylist came over, the photographer came over, and we were running a bit late. I had wanted to take some pictures of us at the cabin, but we only ended up getting a few shots done before we had to rush to the park for the ceremony.
The ceremony was pretty good, except it was a bit sunny and there was a fly that kept on flying around our faces, and I did stumble on my vows a bit, but overall, it was pretty good. My feet started to hurt a bit so I changed back into my keds. And then we did some family pictures and then some couple pictures.
We then had our hor d'eourves at the picnic tables near the parking lot. It was a pretty casual, fun, yummy affair. We had pink lemonade and iced tea, and some various hor d'eourves like mini quiche and deviled eggs and fruit tray and such, which was all tasty. We also had a champagne toast, which my dad made the toast.\
Afterwards, we went to the local restaurant had a nice sit down dinner. Our guestbook was one of those engravable frames, and we only had a small one tier cake, but it was still pretty tasty (it was chocolate with raspberry) and beautiful, when decorated with flowers.
I have posted some more non-pro pics, so if you want, feel free to check out this link.
On Saturday (the day before my wedding) me and 3 of my girls who came from all over (one from Texas where I lived, one from Canada, one from California) had some fun around Estes Park. We went horse back riding and then went to lunch at the Baldpate Inn, which we had some pretty yummy food and lots of cute hummingbirds right outside the windows. We wanted to do a spa afterwards but it was all booked up (damn we forgot reservations) so we just had some ice cream and walked around town. It rained later on, which worried me since my wedding was the next day (which I didn't need to worry about)
That evening, we had our rehearsal/welcome dinner at Mary's Lake Lodge. We sat right on the deck, and it was a pretty nice view of the mountains, and the food portions were HUGE. I was expecting a dainty little dish, but I ended up not being able to finish half the plate!
Just in case anyone is curious about our budget, here is the breakdown.
All costs are approximate
$30 Marriage License
$1800 Officiant, flowers, cake, videography, hor d'eourves
$500 Dinner reception, room fee, cake cutting fee
$900 Wedding gown
$70 Guestbook Frame
$50 Shoes (fancy shoes and keds)
$25 His ring (my engagement ring was already in a set)
$120 My hair and makeup
$320 His suit, shirt, tie, shoes, and socks from Macys
$~300 Rehearsal Dinner
$1200 Our cabin for 6 nights
and ~100 for gas to drive there
For a total of ~$7000, like what we estimated in the beginning.