I figured I better get the rest of the Thailand pictures posted since the trip was over two months ago! Wedding season has taken my life by storm but I have a little break here in the end of June so I'll use it to catch up and get my life (and my blogging) in order, in that order. Stop number two for Jeff and me was Koh Samui, another island in Thailand where we enjoyed another week of beaches and relaxation before heading to northern Thailand to get our exploration faces on.
We spent the first part of the week at Anantara Beach Resort in Bohput Beach which for me, was a perfect example of why I work the rest of the year. We indulged in the spa treatments, the pool, the beach, and the nearby fisherman's village and really enjoyed ourselves. The resort itself was breathtaking with constant groundskeepers watering the lush gardens and flowers. The rooms were beautifully furnished and designed and the library (pictured below and mostly red) was a room I would love to model a room in our future home after. I felt so calm and happy just sitting in it (and checking my email).
We ate most of our meals in the nearby Fisherman's Village which was within walking distance from Anantara. The fish was always out in front of the restaurants so you could just pick out your fish and they would prepare it for you. Needless to say, things were pretty fresh! While the food was fantastic, we thought the pringles left a little something to be desired.
We spent the second half of the week at Lamai Beach which had quite a different scene to offer. Personally, I probably would have been happy lounging at the beach and reading books for three weeks but of course that sounds a little ridiculous when you've spent over 15 hours on an airplane to see another side of the world. This is where the adventures began :) We started by renting a motor bike in Lamai to see the rest of the island and drive around for the day. Neither one of us had driven (or ridden, for that matter) a bike before but we saw EVERYONE doing it so we figured we could figure it out pretty easily. I'll spare you all of the boring details but I will tell you that after about 3 hours with the bike, we decided to return our day-long rental and find a bar to "cheers" our survival of the experience. I can't say I'd be anxious to do it again anytime soon or anytime ever.
We had some stormy weather in Lamai but in the evenings, vendors popped up in the center of town making street food and selling it for the equivalent of about $2 a plate. We had some really great food there and overall, it was an interesting experience. They sold all sorts of food at the night market but we stuck to the curries and noodle dishes. Oh, and the coconut shakes : YUM.
We ended our stay with some of their ever-popular Thai boxing. The night we went, the draw was ladies boxing. We saw both men and women box (more like kickbox) and again...it was an interesting experience. I can't say I've really seen anything like it before.
One last post to come from Chiang Mai!
Christine and Bryan are getting married in PA but they live in NYC. I was so glad they wanted to shoot in DUMBO, one of my favorite spots. We took advantage of the new Brooklyn Bridge Park which has a stunning view of Manhattan. Both Bryan and Christine are super laid back and easygoing. They make each other laugh...a lot. It was refreshing to witness their sweet relationship and how much fun they have together.
It is an honor to be featured on a blog as wonderful as The Bride's Cafe! I'm so happy that Lauren and David's photos are on display and everyone will be able to see all of the beautiful details that went into planning this wedding. Lauren did a fantastic job and when I emailed her to let her know she would be featured, she said that she had been following Janie's blog during her whole planning process! I'm so happy to be included on this fantastic site. If it's not already on your google reader....
Julianne and Ronnie were married at Riverview Country Club nearly a month ago! I am trying to catch up on my blogging and I don't want to leave anyone out so I'm going back to the start. I have 3 weddings and one engagement to blog before my wedding next weekend so hopefully, the next week will be filled with a flurry of posts. Fingers crossed.
Julianne is family so naturally, I was super excited for her wedding. It's always fun knowing the bride and groom and even some of the wedding party. It makes the day go by so fast when I feel like I'm just hanging around with friends and taking pictures. Ronnie is from the Philippines and his grandmother graciously made ALL of the clothing worn by the wedding party. By wedding party I mean the bride, groom, bridesmaids, groomsmen, parents of both bride and groom, flower girls, sponsors, etc. etc. etc. The most amazing part is that everything was sewn and created in the Philippines and nothing was tried on until just before the wedding! I think it is amazing that she was able to pull it off and even more amazing how well everything fit given that she was working only with measurements taken by Julianne. Everything came together wonderfully and it made the wedding so special to have such a personal touch on all of the clothing.
Speaking of the talented family Ronnie has, his other grandmother is an opera singer and sang beautifully during the ceremony. When the ceremony was over I caught a shot of them in the back of the church once they were real newleyweds. I always love following the bride and groom rather than shooting everyone leaving the church. There always seems to be a special moment when everything sets in and both people realize they are MARRIED!
I love how you can really see the detail in Ronnie's shirt in the last shot with the sun going down. All of the men wore garments made of pineapple fibers (correct me if I'm wrong!). From what I was told, the fibers eventually brown and then the shirt can't really be worn anymore. Imagine if that's how wedding dresses worked, not that we would wear them again...but still!
Now for the party. I think the pictures speak for themselves, people were having a GRAND time! It was quite the dancing crowd from the oldest guest to the youngest. Everyone had a fantastic time and some even made it to the end of the night :) Note the little guy who did an absolutely amazing worm. I wanted to ask him to do it over and over, he was so fun to watch. I asked him how he learned how to dance like that to which he replied, "me and my friend self-teach". Wow, I'm impressed.
Thank you, Ronnie and Julianne for inviting me to be part of such a beautiful celebration!!