Saturday, February 27, 2010

Jackson Hole Honeymoon

Most homeymooners jet off to tropical locales to celebrate thier newly minted marriage, but not us we opted to head to Wyoming in the dead of winter where temperatures range from -10 to +20! Seriously though, we decided to pick a ski area for our honeymoon and "embrace the winter!" We picked Jackson Hole, Wyoming and had a marvelous trip!

A lovley wine and cheese spread awaited at the hotel sent by my very sweet boss who arranged for small gifts to be delivered to the room each day of our stay.
We enjoyed our treat while watching the last five minutes of the Super Bowl. Sorry Peyton.
The Gros Ventre mountains flank the town of Jackson and were a beautiful sight right outside of our hotel.
We LOVED our boutique hotel, The White Buffalo Club.

We also loved a little bakery called the Bunnery were we ate several breakfasts.
The TV behind Andy is showing the it was -1 on our first day in Jackson.

The famous elk antler arches stand at the four entrances to Jackson's Town Square.
The Million Dollar Cowboy Bar is a famous Jackson landmark.
It is known for its saddle bar stools. Sadly, I wasn't all that impressed with the place!
A store for me!

Andy warming up by the fireplace before we head out skiing. Doesn't he look like a pro!

Wednesday we took a sleigh ride tour through the National Elk Refuge. Several locals recommended it and it didn't disappoint.
We also saw "The Man of La Mancha" at the local theatre and thought it was great. We love going to musicals.

Thursday was Andy's big day as we went snowmobiling in Yellowstone! It was a very cool experience.
All that I really wanted that day was to see a buffalo and I went home sad and buffalo-less. However, we did see a moose when skiing!
We spent a ton of time in town eating amazing food and also got a few massages at some fabulous spas. Andy planned an unforgettable trip!

Wedding Weekend Recap

We had so much fun on our wedding weekend. We welcomed many friends and family from all over the midwest and southeast for our Rehearsal Dinner at the University of Tennessee's Down Under and wedding at Second United Methodist Church and the Historic L&N Station.

It all started with pizza and bowling at UT.
Since we are both from St. Louis, but live in Knoxville we blended our two hometowns for the Rehearsal dinner. Stefano's Pizza and Moon Pie's from Tennessee added to the St. Louis traditions of Gooey Butter Cake and Vess Soda.

The wedding day started with a bridesmaid breakfast at the Hilton and then getting ready with my family.

We decided to do all of our pictures before the ceremony so that we could spend more time together. We had our first look at the Downtown Hilton and then traipsed around the city to our favorite places.
On our way to take pictures we saw two of my favorite people checking in to the hotel. Katie and Rachel and I met as summer camp counselors eleven years ago.
We took our traditional pictures at Cafe 4 because it is the place where Andy initially told me about his feelings. And, it is super cool.
Handsome fellas

Lovely ladies in gray
The Bowdens
The Nacks
Here we go!

Jenny, Jenny and Austyn are my lifelong best friends

We had so much fun dancing the night away!

The LL & LB piggy back tradition had to happen on my wedding day!

Our place cards and train whistles were one of my favorite details. We asked guests to, "give their whistle a toot to make the newlyweds kiss!"

A wonderful night!