Our Honeymoon

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And just like that, all things “wedding” related is OVER! We had the best day of our life on June 8th, and I wish I could relive that day all over again. We were surrounded by family and friends, and the day went absolutely perfectly. When our wedding photos come back, I plan on doing a blog specifically on our wedding including all the vendors, details and of course photos. For now, I’m talking about our HONEYMOON! In case you haven’t been following along on Instagram (follow here) we went to Fiji and stayed at the Fiji Marriot Resort Momi Bay. We went for the week and had an absolute blast! This blog post will be covering my Fiji outfit guide, questions regarding the resort/honeymoon, and everything else you need to know. Let’s get started!

WHERE WE STAYED

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I knew from the beginning, and by beginning I mean when I started planning by wedding at age 10, that I wanted to honeymoon in an over water bungalow. It was a must—without a question, without a doubt, that it is what I was going to do no matter what. When the topic of honeymoon destinations came up, I told Tim about my life long dream and he easily agreed. I mean…would you need persuading to stay in an over water bungalow in a dreamy destination? Probably not! We started looking and weren’t sure where we wanted to go, since several locations have these types of places. Tim’s mom ended up sending us a link to Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay and I fell in love within seconds. Without even browsing through photos or doing any research, just by looking at the main page, I told Tim “this is it!”. Our honeymoon was booked that day and we were all set.

If you did see all my photos and stories while we were, I’m sure you know how beautiful it is! But just in case you didn’t see or you forgot, don’t worry, I got you covered. ;) Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay is located in Nadi, Fiji about 45 minutes away from the main airport. This resort sits right along the water, giving you views of the South Pacific Ocean and a private beach that flows into the resort giving you the over water bungalows and a few private beach areas. The property itself is huge, and of course absolutely stunning. This hotel just opened in 2017 after 10 years of construction, and is one of the top resorts in Fiji. Known for a great honeymoon location, but also very much a family resort. Serving mostly Australian families, this is like their Hawaii since it is only a 5 hour flight. They have an adorable and entertaining kids pool—so much that I told Tim it is my goal to come back and bring our future babies! Overall, this hotel checks off everything you will ever need for your honeymoon (or family vacay!) and we are SO happy with how our experience was. A lot of you DM’d me with questions about our honeymoon and the hotel while we were there, so I wanted to make sure I answered all of them. Here they are— I hope this helps! If you have more or questions in the future, don’t be afraid to comment or message me. I’d be more than happy to answer!

HONEYMOON QUESTIONS

What is the weather like?

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The answer to this question really does change depending on what time of the year you are going. While we were in Fiji during late June (June 16-23), the weather was perfect. It was in the high 80s, but there was also a bit of humidity. The humidity was barely any so it was totally doable, and the sunshine made for beautiful skies and perfect pool days. Before you leave, I would do research and simply google, “what is the weather like in Fiji during ___”. You most likely get an on point answer that way, since I can only answer what the weather was like during June. But do note—the seasons in Fiji are opposite.

Is Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay all inclusive? How was the food situation?

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No, it is not. I got this question quite a few times actually! I think I got this question a lot because if you saw my stories, Tim and I did not leave the resort at all. We stayed at Momi Bay the whole time and ate a bunch of different places, so I think that made it look like/gave the idea that it was an all inclusive. With that being said, Fiji Momi Bay Resort has 3 restaurants that you can eat at. Lagoon House & Bar, Fish Bar, and Gogi Kitchen & Bar. Those are the only places they have as far as restaurants go, and that’s where we ate the entire time! We started each day with a buffet breakfast at Goji Kitchen that was delicious. Their french toast is the best I’ve ever had! The Fish Bar has a swim up bar that connects to one of their pools, so you could find me ordering mudslides almost everyday there ha! We also grabbed lunch inside and were able to order and eat on our lounge chairs. Highly recommend getting the french fries & onion rings— the dipping sauce made them spectacular! For dinner we switched off between the three restaurants, but mostly ate at Lagoon House and Fish Bar. Goji had jaw dropping views but it was kind of trek from our room, and it was only plated. We had dinner their on our fancy night (not the restaurant, just the night Tim and I dressed up) and it was nothing short of dreamy. Over looking the infinity pool and watching the sun set…something I will always remember! Overall, the food was pretty delicious, and please keep in mind I am a picky eater. I did eat a lot of snacks like french fries and onions, and side dishes, as a lot of the entrees weren’t my jam. I’d say dinner was maybe the “hardest” for me in the sense but that’s because I’m picky, like I said. On the resort as well they had WHSmith which was a store where you could grab things like snacks and water bottles. It was basically a one stop shop for anything you could need from medicine to pool toys. We didn't find the need to leave the resort to get anything!

Did you feel safe the entire time?

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Absolutely yes. If anything, I am overly cautious because I have heard so many horror stories. You know, the ones where couples go missing on their honeymoon? Those ones. So, whenever we travel (within the US or outside) I am overly cautious and sometimes paranoid. Before we go to our resort, we did stay at an airport apartment hotel because we landed at 5 AM and our room definitely wasn’t ready yet. Not to mention the 12 hour plane ride that we didn't get much sleep on! During our couple hours here, I did feel a little iffy. We were on our own, and walked to lunch into town, and I did feel paranoid. BUT, looking back now it definitely wasn’t the town or the people that made me feel that way. It was the fact that I was trusting Tim to navigate us through a place we’ve never been before which makes me instantly anxious. Lol, if you couldn’t tell by that, he’s gotten us lost in places we’ve never been before which makes me scared. Little bit of a rough patch for us ;)

Were any excisions offered? Did you leave the hotel?

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A ton of excursions were offered at the tour desk, but we did not do any of them and we did not leave the hotel. A little back story as to why. When we booked this trip, we did not realize what big of a time difference it was. From California, Fiji is 19 hours ahead which makes Fiji a day ahead. When our trip was booked, we thought we had 7 days and 6 nights. It wasn’t until it got close that we realized we have 6 days and 5 nights, due to the time difference. If you are thinking about booking a trip here, PLEASE look into the time before you book, because if we did we would’ve stayed much longer. Anyways, with that back story, since we didn’t have as much time on the resort as we thought so we decided to not do any. The hotel is jaw drop gorgeous you guys, and I do not regret not doing any excursions whatsoever! We were able to really take it all in, experience everything it had to offer, try the different restaurants and go to the different pools, and also do activities the hotel offered. When we left on Sunday after arriving early Tuesday AM, I felt like we had finally experienced everything there. Had we stayed longer, that is when I would have felt comfortable to book excursions/activities outside of the resort because that is the point that I felt like we really did everything. I can’t offer any advice on the ones that they offer since we didn’t do any, but I can say if you are only staying for the same length of time we are, I wouldn’t bother booking any. You will find plenty to do and enjoy right where you are.

What was the budget for your trip? How much did it cost?

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This is always the popular question. We got this question about our wedding, and I think it is because people are truly curious and want to know how realistic these things are. Let me start off by saying everyone is different. Everyone’s budget is different, and everyones weddings are different. Some people fully pay for their own weddings by themselves, and completely fund their honeymoons. Then there are some whose families pitch in for honeymoons and host weddings, and we were fortunate enough to be these people. In 2019, it is pretty rare nowadays (or so I feel) for parents to pay for their childrens weddings and honeymoons, so Tim and I are truly blessed and insanely lucky— and trust me when I say we don’t take that for granted. Our honeymoon and our wedding was a dream true thanks to both of our parents, and I will never forget that!

Onto the “is it affordable” part of the question. This truly depends on what you are planning on doing, and what type of room you are staying in. Are you staying in the over water bungalow the whole time? Are you getting a bungalow on the beach? Ocean view or lagoon view? How about the regular hotel room? These are all questions that you need to answer, based on your budget. I do think this resort though is great for people on a budget, because there are options for each budget. All the above rooms I mentioned are different price points, and this also goes with how long you are planning on staying, and if you are going during on season or off season. We met a couple who was staying for two weeks, but they got a regular room and only the most expensive one (overwater bungalow) for 2 nights. This is also an option if you want to experience both!

Even though I’m not going to shout from the rooftops how much our honeymoon costs, I will say this: we booked through a third party and got a huge discount. It’s called Cheap Tickets. I had never booked with them before, but it got us our room (the most expensive one!), flights, a driver to and from the airport when we were arriving and leaving, for a NICE deal. If we would’ve booked through the resorts website, our stay at the resort would’ve cost what we paid for for everything, and probably more. My advice is to definitely book through a third party. This made our honeymoon a little over $5,000, instead of paying $10,000 booking each thing separately.

You mentioned on stories that a lot of families were staying at the resort. Did you feel the kids around the hotel ruined your honeymoon or was it not really noticeable?

I’m a hard person to ask because I’m a nanny. I work with kids, babies and toddlers more specifically, for a living. So, unless the child is a flat out you know what, then I’m not bothered by them. If I was someone who didn’t like children, I probably most definitely would’ve been annoyed by the amount of families that were staying. It wasn’t like kids were screaming constantly, or the whole place was out of control, but… I definitely got splashed at the swim up bar every now and then, and multiple strollers and high chairs were everywhere we ate. Me though? I just got (even bigger) baby fever from all of this. So yes, it was noticeable, but not annoying, and I’m a kid person. I’d say the majority ranged from babies to tiny toddlers which were all so adorable and not whiny or cry babies. The “big kids” were present, but under control acting like normal kids.

I got a lot of repeat questions, so in total these are all the questions I received. If I didn’t get to your question, or you’re reading this in the future, do not hesitate to shoot me an email or message me, I’d be more than happy to help.

FIJI LOOKBOOK

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That about wraps up Fiji! I’m still blown away that its over and now we are married. It is my new life goal to go back to Fiji and next time, bring our babies with us. I mean, did you see the kids pool?! If you are thinking about honeymooning to Fiji, if you couldn’t tell, I HIGHLY recommend it. After going for a week, I am so pleased with our experience at Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay, and I wouldn't stay anywhere else. As much as I love to explore, the resort had everything I needed and more that I don’t need to go anywhere else! The entire week was a dream come true, from staying at the most beautiful place, to getting an uninterrupted week in paradise with my new husband. I hope this blog post helps give you insight on the hotel and maybe some inspiration for your future honeymoon! Do not hesitate to reach out if I missed anything.

XO,

Danielle Alana


Meet chip

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We are officially DOG PARENTS! Meet Chip Schlueter, who we rescued from OC Animal Care on June 15th, 2019. It has been just a little crazy over here adjusting to new married life, getting home from our honeymoon, and jumping straight into parenthood with this little guy. I know you guys probably have a ton of questions, so I’m taking you through the beginning of this process! How the topic of dogs came up, how we found Chip, getting him while we were on our honeymoon, and how it’s been since he’s been home with us. Grab some popcorn (or wine) and let’s start from the beginning.

Wednesday, June 12th

Tim casually brings up getting a dog. This isn’t out of the ordinary, because we’ve been talking about getting a dog for awhile. I wanted to get one right after we got engaged, but Tim shot it down pretty quick. He said we needed to be married first which was fair since we didn’t live together, so I dropped the whole thing and stayed busy with wedding planning. We’ve literally been married for 4 days at this point, and Tim tells me he’s browsing our local animal shelters website. I jumped in on the idea because I of course wanted one! But I didn’t think of it too realistically because we were leaving for Fiji on Saturday, so it just wasn’t possible. Tim continues to browse and finds an app called Pet Finder and searches on there too. In the meantime, I’m getting ready for Fiji.

Thursday, June 13th

Tim finds puppies. Oh boy. These particular puppies were a group of 3, that were dropped off at the animal shelter Thursday day. Tim tells me he’s going to look at them on his lunch break tomorrow (Friday) and drive over to look around. I immediately got anxious with a million thoughts going through my head! My initial ones were 1. You are not getting a puppy without me 2. We’re leaving for Fiji in 2 days and 3. …AH! I go to bed thinking he might not go after all.

Friday, June 14th

Its Tim’s lunch break. He’s heading over. Crap. When Tim went, there was the 3 puppies he saw who had a pretty big crowd around them. We learned when puppies go into the shelter, they are gone pretty quickly. I thought the puppies were adorable, but I wasn’t set on them by any means. I met Tim and since we were there, we walked around and looked at the other doggies…just because I guess. Within the first couple cages I stroll down I happened to find these 2 pups— and I was shocked that no one was paying attention to them!

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This brother and sister duo was dropped off on Thursday. I was pretty much immediately fell in love and decided in that second that I wanted them both. Tim and I’s goal is to have 2 dogs, and this worked perfectly in my head. 2 puppies that are both adorable, they’re brother and sister, boy and girl… it’s meant to be! I wanted to put a deposit down on both that day, which means you get them if the owner doesn’t come. Since we didn’t come for those puppies, and we were leaving on our honeymoon in 2 days, we decided to sleep on it and see if we could figure it out and if we still wanted them the next morning.

Saturday, June 15th

The dog shelter opens at 11 and we (thought) showed up right on time, which is when it opens. We were going to see if they were still available and how we could hold them until we got back from Fiji. When we walked in to go say hi to them, there was a crowd. I instantly got anxious and didn’t even want to say hi to them- I just wanted to go straight to the office and put a deposit down. I had a freak out, told Tim we needed to beat all of the other people, and basically sprinted back to the front office.

Once we got to the front desk, they informed us that the female was already taken—someone had put a deposit down. The only way we could get her is if on her pick-up day, the deposit people didn’t show up. So, how it works is you put a deposit down, and the owners have a few days to come get the dog if it is found. If no one picks it up, they go through the process of neutering the dog if it isn’t already, shots, and everything else. Then, you have one day to come get the dog you put a deposit on. If you don’t come that day, the dog then becomes available again and you don’t get your deposit back.

After the worker told us that, I told Tim we needed to go find the people that put the deposit down and talk them out of it. I’m not kidding. I wanted to find them and tell them that these pups couldn’t be separated, and that we were willing to take both and keep them together. I mean come on— look at that picture! They LOVED each other and were the sweetest things. It puts me to tears writing this right now because it breaks my heart that they couldn’t be kept together. But, everything happens for a reason so I know deep down it just wasn’t meant to be. But…I’m still sad.

After we figured out the female was taken (which we now know was named Luna), we wanted to get the male. But if you read up a little in this post, you have to get the dog the day it’s available or you’ll lose it. The day he was going to be available we were for sure going to be on our honeymoon, and they do absolutely no holds. I was upset because I wasn’t sure how it was going to work, but we knew we had one possibility. We could ask Tim’s parents to pick him up for us while we were on our honeymoon, just for 2 days since they said he was supposedly going to be ready on Friday, June 22nd. We called and were shocked, thrilled, and anxious to hear that they agreed because…that meant we were getting a puppy!

Tuesday, June 18th

Uh-oh. Not Friday! The shelter called Tim’s mom and informed her that he would be ready for pick-up tomorrow. It happened SO fast, and we were not expecting him to be able to come home that early. Neither were Tim’s parents! We instantly felt guilty because one, they had to have him longer than we expected. And two, he was going to be very confused when we went to pick him up and take him yet to another home, because we weren’t coming home until Sunday.

Wednesday, June 19th

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Chip is ready for pick-up! We’re not sure why he was ready way sooner than we expected, but in the end we were ok with it. We figured since both him and his sister had a deposit, the shelter probably just wanted to get him home to us. He stayed with Tim’s parents from Wednesday to Sunday until we got home, and then it was time for him to meet us.

Sunday, June 23rd

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Straight from the airport to get our fur baby. He was such a sweetheart, but we could also tell he was comfortable at Tim’s parents house. He was confused when we took him, but got settled in as soon as we got home. By settled in, I mean immediately peeing and marking everything he could!

WOW!

What a secret to keep. I’m honestly pretty proud of myself that I haven’t let it slip before today, because I can’t tell you how many times I almost did let it slip. As you can tell, we have been non-stop busy over here and have had a LOT going on! We truly jumped right into doggy parenthood, but I wouldn’t want it any other way. When Tim and I do something, we do it with our whole hearts. We both love hard and that’s what I love so much about us as a couple. Some people (let’s be real, a lot of people) think we move to quickly. We got engaged too fast, the engagement wasn’t long enough, the wedding was planned quickly, we should’ve waited longer to get a dog…but here’s the truth. Tim and I know what we want, and we have for awhile. So our motto is, if you know what you want…why wait? And now here we are— less than a month into marriage, already as a family of three. We couldn’t be happier and we truly couldn’t have picked a better dog. Chip already has both of us wrapped around his finger and we are in love! I figured you guys would have questions, so below I’m answering the ones I’m anticipating on getting the most. If you have more, go to Instagram stories for a Q + A!

Why did you name him Chip?

Tim and I both growing up had dogs, and both of our families did themes for animal names. Tim’s dogs were named after mountains and my dogs were named Hispanic names. We decided to go with food for our dogs because there’s just so many options! We chose Chip on the spot, actually. But we went with it because whenever we do get a second dog, there’s a lot of things that go with Chips that are food duos. Chocolate & Chip, Nacho & Chip— these are just ideas, but you get the point.

What kind of dog is Chip?

Honestly, we have no clue. The animal shelter labeled him as a German Shepard, but the vet definitely think he’s a mix. The first place winner for right now that we see him growing into (we won’t for sure know until he’s older), is a Sheprador. German Shepard + Labrador mix.

What is Chip’s story?

Literally the only information we got was that Chip and his sister were dropped off at that shelter, and that was it. Everyone seemed to be really unsure and kind of skeptical, so who knows.

How old is Chip?

Chip is approximately 14 weeks old. His birthday we’re saying is March 14th, but that’s our guess since we have no background on him.

How big will he get?

Regardless of his breed, we know without a doubt he’s going to be a big dog. He’s 14 weeks old and he is already almost 40 pounds. Kinda scary! Im guessing he’s easily going to be over 100 pounds and a big boy. We’re hoping by the time he’s fully grown, which will be when our lease is up, we’ll out and in a place with a yard for him. If anything it just puts the pressure on and now motivates us even more!

Life as a Family of Three

It has officially been one week with Chip today that we’ve had him home with us. During that time, we’ve learned quite a few things about each other! Potty training is pretty easy, as long as you take him out every 30 minutes. If you don’t, there goes that. He also LOVES to sleep! The first night we had him we were worried we were going to be up all night, but nope. Chip sleeps through the night and doesn’t go to the bathroom which is huge. He holds it all night and waits until Tim takes him out in the morning! We also learned that he hates being left alone. Like hates it. He whines, barks, howls, and destroys the apartment every time we leave! It’s definitely added a good 30 minutes to leaving now because of the whole process we have to do. The vet instructed us to keep leaving him alone more often, as he needs to get used to it. We leave the radio on, toys, treats, but it doesn’t matter. He just wants us. Chip is a typical puppy but his personality is definitely starting to show and we’re excited to see him grow more.

The secret and all the info is out and I can finally breathe, ha! We’re both so excited to be sharing Chip on here now and obviously have him as apart of our lives. You’ll be seeing this guy A LOT as he is now the official third member of our family! Thank you so much for reading and I can’t wait to start sharing dog stuff now.

XO,

Danielle Alana

What to wear to rehearsal dinner

Holy crap you guys. I AM GETTING MARRIED TOMORROW! The day I have been dreaming about my entire life…it’s finally here. It still doesn’t feel real quite yet but I am definitely feeling excited, anxious, emotional, and just all the feels! But with tonight being our rehearsal dinner, I thought I would take the time to whip out a quick blog post sharing some ideas of what to wear to YOUR rehearsal dinner. I know since I have gotten engaged some of you have started following me who are also fellow brides, and you want all the advice and help you can get! So, that’s what I’m here for :) And if you aren’t engaged yet, you can keep this post in your back pocket— or if you are know where close or already passed this, think of this as a white dress blog post for all of your Summer needs!

I have included dresses of all different types for you guys so you have a wide variety to browse through. All these dressers range from different price points depending on what you are wanting to spend, and different retailer like Amazon or Nordstrom depending how fancy or casual you want to be. I have decided to be somewhat casual for mine since the big day is such a rush! Also, dressing casual makes me a little more calm. Head on over to Instagram stories today to see me try on a few of the dresses I have linked and to follow along the bridal party!


Happy shopping, and if you have any questions feel free to DM, comment, or email. I may take longer to reply since…tomorrow is my wedding, lol! Happy Friday and I hope you all enjoy the weekend.

XO,

Danielle Alana

Wedding Diary #4 | Holy Shit, I'm Getting Married

Yes, you read the title of this correctly. I try not to use bad words on any of my social media pieces, but this time— it’s appropriate. Holy shit, I’m getting married. In three days! Last time I did a wedding diary (only 7 days ago), I poured my heart out. If you missed it, you can read it here. I talked about the stressful moments, the heart ache, and really just all of my feelings. Not to mention everything I said was going to happen, did! My bachelorette (a BLAST), ear wax removal surgery (so fun), and. Without further ado, here is the FINAL, wedding checklist…

Ha, only two things changed. My hair is ready to go and Tim’s outfit is picked up! The rest of what is left (honeymoon stuff, spa appointments) is all happening either June 7th or not until after the wedding. We waited a week in between the wedding and the honeymoon because we wanted to be here for Father’s Day, and not miss it completely by being on a long flight. All of my checklists compared back to back, you can see a huge jump between diary 2 and 3. I basically finished everything during that time period. When I visioned it from the start, I totally thought it was going to be done in more equal parts. Instead, I just kind of went into “let’s get finish everything” mode which left me two weeks out from the wedding with everything crossed off the checklist. Looking back, I wish I maybe spread it out more evenly so I wasn’t so flustered trying to cram everything in. On the other side though, being two weeks away from my wedding and having nothing to do…the best! It must have been all the horror stories about doing last minute things the night before your wedding that kicked me into gear. ;)

Since I got all the emotions out in last weeks wedding diary, this week is plain and simple, straight to the point. The big day is 3 days away. All I have left to do is enjoy myself at rehearsal dinner, enjoy girl time before then, and marry my best friend. Sounds like the best “all I have left to do” list I’ve ever heard! Really though, the whole point of me doing these wedding diaries was to let you all in on the wedding planning process. Not only that, but also for me to have something to look back on in the future to read and also (hopefully!) show my children one day. Now that this is the last diary, it does make me a little sad! I know some of you found me and my blog through wedding related stuff- whether it was a giveaway, my wedding dress try-on, or just on Instagram. I’ve said it before, but connecting with my followers and creating relationships with you guys truly is one of the best parts of doing this whole thing. If you aren’t engaged or not even close to it, I hope everything I’ve documented can someday help you in the future. If you’re engaged, I wish you the best of luck during your wedding planning process and hope you’ve had fun following along and going though the same steps together! If you’re already married, or have been for awhile, I hope all this wedding talk didn’t annoy you TOO much. And, I hope this brought back all the memories you had while you were in my shoes, and maybe you got to relive it a little.

Whatever step you are at in life, I hope all of this wedding talk benefitted you in one way or another. And, I thank you truly for letting me open up to you guys about everything in the past 9 months. For letting me talk your ear off, complain a little (ok maybe a lot), and sharing everything with you. It has been so much fun, and I can’t wait to share future seasons of life with you all.

Now, for the moment that has seemed so far away, but is somehow already here…so long, wedding diaries.

XO,

Danielle Alana

Wedding Diary #3 | Let the Countdown Begin

We are officially 10 DAYS AWAY FROM JUNE 8TH, 2019. I will be walking down the aisle to marry the love of my life in exactly ten days. All of the planning, stress and everything is leading up to this very monumental, life changing day. Last time I checked in with you guys with Wedding Diary #2, which you can read here, I was talking about how stressed I am. I’m still a little stressed, but I also have gotten a lot more emotional over the whole thing. Here is an update on the checklist before I dive into how I’m feeling:

Wedding Diary #2 Checklist:

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Wedding Diary #3 Checklist:

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As you can see comparing the checklists back to back, A LOT has been accomplished since I last checked in with you guys! This blog post is also getting up way later than I expected. Hence what I said in the beginning, these last couple months have been super stressful. If you’ve watched my Instagram stories you know I had two “oh shit” moments. One completely being my fault, and the other completely out of my control. A little recap in case you missed it: the one that was completely my fault, has been fixed! My hair stylists are coming from out of state and I bought them airline tickets, but I bought them BACKWARDS. So instead of Arizona to California, I bought them California to Arizona. Thank GOODNESS I realized this now instead of the day before the wedding, because that is when the tickets were bought for. American Airlines has been a huge help with their customer service and we got new tickets without any trouble. I was seriously SO lucky, and I honestly can’t believe I made that big of a mistake. The second “oh shit” moment was with my photo booth, that is still TBD. A couple of local brides have told me that this company has cancelled on them the day of the wedding. With only a few hours notice. Obviously, our wedding hasn’t happened yet, so I’m not sure what the outcome is going to be yet. I will say though, that I have finally gotten a response from them and am in contact with them. Every story has two sides, so referring to the wedding cancellations, I’m glad I got their side of the story. We are both on the same page for June 8th and are planning for it to be perfect! So fingers crossed it stays that way.

Now that I gave you a recap and an update, do you see this checklist?! Get ready for a huge bragging moment for a second. This whole wedding planning thing was A LOT harder than I thought. Towards the beginning I felt really on top of things, really organized, and really relaxed. The first part of our engagement was a dream come true. Mostly, all the fun things happened during that time. Our engagement party, our engagement photos, wedding dress shopping, the holidays, it was a blast. Not to mention my bridal showers and my bachelorette coming up this weekend, If I could relive these over and over again I would. But as most of you know, 2019 was a really, really, bumpy start.

My Dad’s health took a turn for the worse as soon as 2019 started, and he passed away early February. This put wedding planning on hold for a little, and I (as expected) haven’t been myself much lately. As we creep slowly towards the big day, I’m getting more emotional over swallowing the fact that he won’t be there. I know he will be there in spirit, and that the entire day will be perfect thanks to him watching over us… but it just won’t be the same. It’s really hard to explain, but all the stress from the wedding I have definitely worn as a shield. A shield to block the fact of how heart broken I am that my sweet daddy won’t be here to walk me down the aisle, or do my first dance. Before he passed away, his wish was that his brother walk me down the aisle and give me away. If you asked him, he would say his brother was his best friend. I know having him next to me at the ceremony will give me so much comfort, since I see so much of my Dad in him.

At the end of the day though, after it’s all said and done, this is the way it was meant to be. I trust in His plan, even through the dark times. Whenever I get into these moments of “no light at the end of the tunnel” when it comes to all of this, I try and sit back and reflect. I replay Tim proposing in my head, the feeling I had walking into my engagement party, the looks on our families faces when they saw us both, the parties, and most of all…saying yes to marrying the love of my life. The flowers, all the guests, yummy desserts—it’s all just a huge added bonus. The most important thing on this day will be Tim, and I, making a commitment to each other for the rest of our lives.

Talk about a roller coaster of events. Not to mention, everything I just went into detail on are not the only things that happened. I think highlighting what happened though, really allows me to give myself grace through all of this. I’m a total perfectionist, so obviously when it comes to one of the most important days of my life, I’m going to be even more so. Going off the checklist, the only things left to be done are next week or the day before the wedding. And boy does it feel good! Three wedding diaries down, only one more to go. Next time I write one of these it will be my last one, I’ll have gone to my bachelorette, AND had surgery. Woo! I hope you all have a great rest of your week and thanks for letting me take you along this process.

XO,

Danielle Alana