On February 10, 2018 I went from Miss to Mrs. and married Drew. Even though it was a rainy day, it did nothing to dampen our spirits. Our day was filled with love, laughter, family, and friends and I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.
As an avid traveler, I’m sure many of you are asking Why didn’t you have a destination wedding? Why didn’t you elope? Where would you have gotten married if you had a destination wedding? Well, here are my answers…
Why didn’t you elope?
I didn’t grow up dreaming of the perfect wedding, so planning a large wedding sounded like a nightmare. However, it was important to Drew that we have a traditional wedding. He wanted to share our day with as many of our friends and family as possible.
So that’s what we did. We had a 200 person wedding in Atlanta at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. And even though it was everything I never wanted, it ended up being one of the best days of my life. Being surrounded by so many loved ones made having it in our hometown worth it.
Why didn’t you have a destination wedding?
At first, we considered a destination wedding to potentially cut costs and stress. Honestly, I preferred the idea of a destination wedding. However, once we drafted our guest list, we realized a destination wedding wouldn’t help narrow the list and would likely end up being more expensive than staying in Atlanta. Additionally, having the world’s largest airport in our backyard made it easy for our family in faraway places to attend.
Where would you have gotten married if you had a destination wedding?
Banff. A thousand times Banff. When we were considering a destination wedding, this was the first and only place that came to mind. Getting married next to one of the unbelievably blue lakes would have been unreal.
Now that I’m a Mrs., nearly all of my travels will include Drew–and I couldn’t have asked for a better travel partner! And our first married trip was our honeymoon to South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Zambia. In the coming weeks, I will be sharing our honeymoon adventures that included cage diving with sharks, attending our first rugby match, hiking Table Mountain, visiting Victoria Falls, and going on safari.