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Where I Went on my Summer Vacation (Part 2: Alaska)

If you haven’t checked out part 1 of this post, you can find it here. Once we returned from Germany, we had about a two week break before flying out to Seattle for our (late) honeymoon. We flew out first class and had a morning screwdriver on the airplane just because it was first class! Duh!

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When we landed in Seattle, of course we did some Pokémon hunting at the Sea-Tac airport!

Once we got our luggage, we got to play the game of finding an uber (this was the first time we ever used uber and we were in a place we had never been to). It took us about 30 minutes to actually find the Uber, but luckily he was nice enough to wait on us and talk us through how to find him. By the way, if you haven’t used Uber before, and you live in a big city or you’re traveling. Here’s a code you can use for a cheap ride (breannat697ue)! We spent under $50 by using Uber instead of calling a taxi. Seriously, our ride from the airport to the airb&b was only $5!

We stayed at a little apartment/condo place about 20 minutes from Pike Place Market. It was okay, but I wish we had found a cheap hotel closer to all of the cool things Seattle has to offer. Once we dropped our bags off, we got an uber downtown and went to get dinner at a super cozy bar. We walked about the town, headed for Pike Place Market. Pike Place isn’t as cool as I was led to believe. It was super crowded! We did get a glimpse of a fish being thrown and bought some really good doughnuts though.

Once we gorged ourselves with doughnuts, we battled the crowd and went searching for the Space Needle. We only had one afternoon in Seattle, so we wanted to do everything possible. Well… everything except visit the first Starbucks, ain’t nobody got time for that.

The space needle was about a 45 minute walk from Pike Place, and then we got there, it was packed. We had planned on going up but they were booked until nine that night and we didn’t feel like coming back because it was all the way across town. We did buy a really cool pepper shaker in the gift shop though! We checked out the parks surrounding the needle and found some really cool stuff. Stu actually had to help a street performer/magician too! And of course, like all good tourists, we got our picture in front of the space needle.

 

The next day we woke up to a rainy Seattle and called an uber to take us to the dock where our cruise ship terminal was. We got there about an hour early, and that was a mistake. The ship had just docked and there were already hundreds of people de-boarding and waiting on taxi’s. We were really confused on where to go, but eventually figured it out and got through security. We ended up because one of the first families on the ship! Which was super cool! Our room wasn’t going to be ready for about six hours so we went up to the Windjammer (place where we had breakfast and lunch everyday.) We also explored the ship a bit, played a game of put-put and had a drink at one of the bars (it eventually became our favorite bar on the ship).

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Seattle skyline in the background, ready to leave port.
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Where the people were leaving and arriving. Most confusing part of the trip.
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Drink of the Day @ the Schooner Bar!

 

The next day we spent all day on the ship, which called for more food gorging and hot tub time. We also didn’t realize how cold it was going to be, so we had to do some on-board shopping and buy some coats. This was the best time ever because we got free hot chocolate on the top deck! We also saw a really good comedian that night!

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The coolest thing we saw that day, ocean water meeting the fresh water.
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Our room with a view.

Juneau, Alaska

Our first stop was in Juneau, we scheduled a hike to see the Mendenhall Glacier. Our tour guide was super nice (and he have the same name) and knew a ton about the area. The second we stepped foot on the trail, we encountered a bear. It was fishing for salmon, you can’t get anymore Alaska than that! On the trail, we had the opportunity to eat some fresh berries. But beware! Don’t go picking just any berries in Alaska! There’s one berry that will make you really sick! The hike was about 3-4 hours long, and a bit treacherous for me because I’m so short. I was pretty much climbing the mountain, while my husband was taking a calm walk. On the hike, I managed to pick up a cool rock (it’s the one thing my dad wanted me to bring him back). It rained the whole hike, but honestly we had the best time ever.

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Start of the hike.
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Trail and bear warning.
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The bear we saw.

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Rainy hiking selfie!

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Skagway, Alaska

I believe the next day we had a full sea day, but then stopped in Skagway. We had a dog sled excursion scheduled here. Skagway was probably my favorite town because it was so tiny and wasn’t full of too much tourism. Our dog sled guy is actually running in the Iditarod in a few years, you can follow him here. We were driven up the side of the mountain in a military truck and then hopped on some training sleds for a little ride! Afterwards, we got to meet some adorable puppies that will one day be sled dogs! Once that was over, we went back in town and had some pub food. The food was amazing on the trip!

 

Here’s some more random pictures from the cruise, the next day and a half were spent as sea days. Most of the time we were either at the bar, eating, napping or swimming. 🙂

 

Victoria, Canada

Our final port day was in Canada, probably our least favorite stop because there wasn’t too much to do here. Most of the excursions offered were just tours of gardens. We decided to walk through town on our own, mainly because I had never been to Canada and I just wanted to check it off my list. We found a really cool marina where some seals were hanging out. And then we just headed back to the boat because we wanted to chill out on our second to last day of the honeymoon. This was also the HOTTEST day and we hate the heat. This was the only day we actually got in the pool because it was so hot.

 

On the very last day, we stopped to see another big glacier from the boat but it was still a sea day.

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That’s about it! It was the best trip I’ve ever taken in my life! If you’ve never been on a cruise, go for it! The entire staff was fantastic, food was awesome, views were breathtaking and it was just a fun time. We went through Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas. If you want to check out my video, go here. You’ll see the bear walking through the water, some dogsledding and hiking!

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So you’re a bookworm and getting married…

 

 

Book-Wedding-Ideas

 

Are you obsessed with books? Do you dream about marrying your favorite fictional character? Do you feel like books just understand you? Well, apparently we can’t marry our perfect fictional boyfriends, so we have to settle for the next best thing, another person who loves books as much as us.

I got pretty lucky, I met my husband online and our love for reading and writing brought us together. We both love writing (he’s published, I’m a procrastinator) and we both have a butt-load of books that we’ve been hoarding. So of course when it came time to say I do, we both wanted to incorporate our love for books into our wedding.

Though our theme was mostly Halloween (we got married that day last year), we managed to find little ways of including our love for books without ending up with two different themes.

Engagement Pictures 

Our engagement pictures were pretty fun, if you’re looking for poses to incorporate your books into, just go to Pinterst and search ‘book poses’ and you’ll pretty much be covered.

Here’s a few of my favorite pictures from our engagement shoot that included books. The books we used were either my husbands German bible or (surprisingly) old German dictionaries.

 

 

Save the Dates

Our save the dates were very inexpensive, we went through the same company that does Stu’s bookmarks for his novels and had plenty left over because you have to buy them in bulk. We chose bookmarks because we thought it was a useful item that guests aren’t just going to toss once the wedding is over. Plus we love reading and we’ll never run out of bookmarks now, between his novel ones and the save the dates, we probably have over 5000 bookmarks in our house.

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Wedding Invitations

Our wedding invites were pretty pricy but the store where we purchased them was very cute. To my surprise we weren’t pretty plain but very book-ish. We got a plain white card stock and put the wording on as if it were a book page. We had a quote on it from The Nightmare Before Christmas (most of our wedding music was from the soundtrack), the chapter heading, the actual invite and then the page number at the bottom. These ran us about $500, but I don’t regret them because they were so gorgeous. As a wedding gift, someone even had our wedding invitation turned into a picture frame, so cool!

 

Engagement Ring and Wedding Bands

This is where my husband amazes me. He didn’t want to buy just any engagement ring at a jeweler. He wanted to make something one-of-a-kind, so him and his brother talked over a design and then went to the jeweler. The first jeweler he went to actually drew out the engagement ring but wanted to charge him an arm and a leg for it, so he took the design (jeweler who created it gave the okay) to another family-friend jeweler. He said he could definitely do it and he also designed our wedding bands. The engagement ring sits on my finger like an open book while our wedding bands are supposed to just look like book pages.

 

 

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Wedding Flowers

I was so excited about incorporating books into our wedding. When I was browsing through Pinterst, I saw a wedding bouquet made out of book pages and I loved it! Sadly, I’m not that crafty and the idea of me ripping pages out of a book and then trying to make a bouquet was a bit depressing so I went to Etsy to search for one. I found a shop on there called Diddlebug and the owner was great to work with! I ordered five boutonnieres, two single flowers, two corsages, and one bridal bouquet. My price came to about $250 dollars which is cheap for wedding flowers (so I’ve been told), and they don’t die!! It was a cute little wedding memento for our bridal party/parents. Everyone complimented them. Once the wedding was over, I contacted Diddlebug again because she makes book page flower Christmas tree ornaments. So now every Christmas I can hang that up.

Charlene of Diddlebug can add personal touches on her items so they match your wedding theme perfectly. She really gets into making them for each and every bride. I would get a few emails during the process where she’d ask if she could add a feather or certain gears. Of course I agreed to all of her suggestions. For mine we added a pirate skull cameo from another Etsy shop, some gears, a clock face, and some feathers. She also added a skeleton key to my husbands boutonniere to make his unique. We also chose purple and black for our ribbon. Diddlebug has many books to choose from and she can also order books for an additional fee, we chose all fairy tale books.

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Christmas Ornament
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Photo courtousy of Diddlebug (left and right)

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If you do go this route, and you want to ‘preserve’ your bouquet and also display it, I recommend getting a football helmet case from Michael’s Crafts. The bouquet is bigger that you think!  We have my bouquet in our bedroom.

Overall, I’m very happy with how we included our love of books into our wedding. These are just a few examples of how we included them in our Halloween wedding, but the ideas are endless. I totally recommend making a account on pintrest and getting ideas there. As our guestbook we ordered a Shutterfly photo book with our engagement pictures in it. If you sign up, they’ll send out offers for a free one every now and then! That’s how we got ours. My brother-in-law and his wife also had a cool book idea. They bought a book on each of their hometowns and had guests sign in those. I sort of wish we would have did that with maybe a horror themed book or something.

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