#2 will be making an appearance around the end of March, 2014! It's going to be a whole lot of crazy around here next Spring...but we couldn't be more excited for the newest member of the family to arrive!
As I mentioned a while back...Kelly and I, along with 60+ others, traveled down to Montego Bay, Jamaica to attend her brothers wedding this past August. I graciously volunteered to take photos of the wedding thus I've been sifting through about 2,700 of them. I've edited a decent amount already and figured now was a good time to do a quick recap of the trip....
After about 3 hours in the air Kelly looked out the window and noticed we were about to reach land...I then leaned over and realized the resort we'd be staying out was directly below us, thus I was able to snap the shot you see below. Pretty cool right? We'd be staying in the last building on the tip of peninsula...
After about 45 minutes on the bus we arrived at the Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort...
We checked into our room and may have had one of the best views in the entire resort...
That other balcony is ours too! One view to the ocean, the other back towards the bay. Not too shabby!
A bunch of shots on Thursday hanging out at the cove beach. Bar near by and as much jerk chicken as you could eat!
Patrick's friend Bill with the epic photobomb! I could't have captured it any better.
Now for there actual reason we were there...the wedding! Slow down though...first up was the little welcome / meet and greet party that Patrick and Kristin hosted on Thursday evening...
Don't ask about the "Pat's Wifey" photo...it's a long story!
Around came Friday and it was time for big event. My day started early with taking photos of Kristin and the girls getting ready, then running back and forth between Patrick and Kristin to get photos of them both before the ceremony.
Ahhhh, the famous $60 case of Red Stripe! It's another "don't ask, it's a long story!"
It was finally time to load up in the golf carts and make our way over to the ceremony on the beach...even with the rumble of thunder looming in the distance! I raced over to get some shots of Patrick awaiting his bride...just in time for skies to open up!
And then it started to rain...
Just a little at first...but then it came down in buckets and the mass exodus was on! Everyone made a break for it....myself included, with 2 expensive cameras on my shoulder!
We missed our window by about 10 minutes...and the rain didn't stop for a good 2 hours!
Kristin and crew hunkered down in a room for about 30-45 minutes while a back-up venue got set up. Soon enough we all loaded up again and made our way up the hill to the hotel spa which had a very nice covered plaza.
"You may now kiss the bride!"
We took a number of group shots on the main steps of the hotel and here is the entire crew that attended the wedding. All 65 or so of us! [even managed to Photoshop myself in there too!]
Being introduced at the reception...
[a little behind-the-scenes shot of me capturing the above photo]
Plenty of help from my trusty, and lovely, assistant as well!
Eventually the dance music got cranked up and everyone hit the dance floor! Andy by "everyone" I mean the ladies...
As the ceremony wound down we were able to run down to the beach to get some shots in the "golden hour"...
Talk about some great shots, right?
That evening our entire crew took over one of the hotel pools for the night. Everyone was hot, humid, and sticky from the afternoon wedding in the rain and heat so it was more than refreshing to hit that pool. We had a blast! One of the guys had a great underwater camera...
On Saturday a bunch of us hoped a chartered bus to the famous Ricks Cafe in Negril. Talk about a crazy place. Drinks, food, and 35' high cliff jumping, what a combination. And you better believe I jumped!
A few of us did about 2 hours of snorkeling beforehand and Kelly snapped these great shots right from the balcony of our room...
Then it was off to Rick's!
Sunday morning came and it was time to load up, head to the airport, and get home to see BabyJ!
There you have it....4 days and 2700 photos boiled down to a medium length blog post. Hope you enjoyed!
With the playroom complete it was time to start on the family room...same color, Antique Marble. After lots of prep on the walls and doing 2 coats of Creamy on the ceiling, I was finally able to start putting color on the walls. Only problem, how the heck do I reach the higher parts of the wall above the stairwell? Kids...do NOT try this at home!
Finally got around to rolling a first coat ont he walls around 9:30 on Sunday night. Looked pretty good this morning once it had dried. One more coat and it'll look really sharp in there! I'll post more photos once it's all done and things are up on the wall.
Now for the new foods. J tried pierogies, as well as ravioli's from Severino...really loved both of them!
Kelly and I gave these guys a try...Dragon Beans! They're like a green bean, only better. We snagged them at the Collingswood Farmers Market on Saturday. When you cook them up they loose the purple color...pretty interesting!
So that was essentially the weekend! How was yours?
"I'll tell you where, someplace warm... A place where the beer flows like wine, where beautiful women instinctively flock like the salmon of Capistrano. I'm talking about a little place called... Aspen."
If you know what movie those two quotes are from we're going to do just fine!
So...Kelly and I were up at the crack of dawn last Thursday to catch a flight to Denver and then make the 3.5 hour drive from there to Aspen, Colorado, for a friends wedding a few days later! We'd be leaving the Mile High city and heading up and over Independence Pass at around 12,000' above sea level! What a beautiful and breathtaking drive. No really...it's hard to breath up there!
After the drive we grabbed some lunch in town and checked into our hotel, the Molly Gibson Lodge. We unloaded and relaxed for a bit before heading to dinner later that night. Check out this hotel...what a great little spot. And since it was a little warmer than usual, we even got to enjoy the pool. We didn't take too many photos at dinner, but let me tell you, Element47 was outstanding. When you're in Aspen and you want to treat yourself to a nice meal...this is the place to do it!
Friday morning we grabbed a quick breakfast and caught the bus up to the Maroon Bells.
Just the two most photographed peaks in all of North America! And trust me...you really can't take a bad photo of these guys. We spent a few hours hiking around some of the trails in and around Maroon Lake. Its very beautiful in every direction.
Friday night the bride and groom hosted a great welcome BBQ for all of the out of town guests, which was pretty much everyone. It was in a hotel function room that overlooked much of downtown Aspen.
After the BBQ we all spilled over to a nearby bar to watch the USA world cup qualifier game...unfortunately it wasn't a good outcome!
Saturday morning we rode the hotel bikes the whole 4 blocks into the center of town and had a great breakfast. Then we decided to ride the Silver Queen Gondola to the top of Aspen Mountain to have a look-see. Once again we'd be up nearly 11,000' where the air seems very, very thin. [not that down at 8,000' in downtown Aspen is much better coming from NJ which is about 20' above sea level!]
To be honest...there wasn't really a whole lot to do up there...so we hung out a bit and then rode down.
We snagged some great sandwiches to eat later and went back to the hotel for a swim and to relax before the wedding that afternoon.
The wedding was about 45 minutes away in Carbondale, where my college/gradschool buddy Matt and his now wife, Beth, live. They had it on the beautiful Flying Dog Ranch, yes, that Flying Dog. What a beautiful spot...and one of the nicest weddings we've ever been to! Every single detail was just perfect, even the weather. We had a great time getting the Cloisters E32 fellas back together and meeting some of Matt and Beth's other friends from near and far.
Once the sun started to go down the band moved outside, and so did the party...
Once the reception died down a good number of us checked out downtown Carbdondale for a few more drinks. We were at a place that had legitimate cowboys in it. I'm talking real cowboys. 10-gallon hats, spurs, the whole kit and kaboodle! It was very cool to see.
On Sunday morning we got up, grabbed some breakfast in town, then slowly made our way back to Denver; up and over the Pass again. This time we stopped in the small town of Leadville for lunch. Talk about your quintessential Western town.
If you get a chance to check out Aspen...or much of Colorado for that matter...GO! I'd love to get back and check out more of the state.