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Catching Up Part 2: Weddings - Dominican Republic Style

Posted Dec 12 2012 10:15am
In early October, we took a trip to celebrate the wedding festivities of our great friends Amanda and Justin.  It just happened to be located 4,000 miles away at an awesome resort in the Dominican Republic.

Justin & I connected as teammates and roommates at USF .  He stood in our wedding, has been part of our kids' lives, and is a great friend to us both.  We've watched his relationship with Amanda grow over the past few years as they moved out to Chicago.  Gen and Amanda struck a friendship after meeting only a few times, and we couldn't wait to see her and Justin tie the knot.  Any woman that can put him in his place with just one look is a keeper in our books.

Thanks to a generous offer from Grandma Deb to come hold down the fort, we were able to get away for 5 days and make the trek out to be a part of the unique wedding party and celebrations.  Days were spent relaxing poolside, enjoying a great collection of new and old friends, and taking in the sights and surroundings.  Timing couldn't have been better, as Gen continues to struggle with chronic pain issues (more to come on this soon.)  The chance to unplug and relax was a luxury we welcomed with open arms.

Can't articulate how awesome the trip was - hopefully a few pictures can help illustrate the highlights.

Google Earth has nothing on these views

Amazing sights on the decent

Arrived at the resort in time to hang out and catch some breathtaking views
(photo courtesy of Janet Johnston Photography)

Catching Dinner with Park & Michelle 
(and one awesome, photo-bombing waiter)

A surprise guest on the walkway one evening... 
(Gen took the pic, while I watched from a safe distance, 
trying to block out scenes from  Arachnophobia  in my mind...)

A rehearsal, dinner, and a sunset on the beach.
Not too shabby.
Justin, Amanda, and the Malmstrom Clan - Great People!

13 years, less hair, and more laughs 
with Justin (a.k.a. "Muffin")  

Sunset Ceremony (photo courtesy of Janet Johnston Photography)

Gen, Kylie, and Michelle enjoying the reception.
80s and 90s hits galore - nothing better
First Dance 

Toasting Mr. & Mrs. Wells
Always the bridesmaid...never the bride.  Or something like that...
(Jeff & Park - Officiant & Best Man)

Relaxing poolside the next day, with a tip o' the cap to Joe & Suz

Breakfast views
Enjoying a final dinner with Michelle, Park, Jeff, and Kylie
Hard to be stressed out in this environment...

The long trek home - thankful and rested

Meanwhile, back home...

Goofin' around with Grandma Deb - 
pretty sure they didn't even notice we were gone

HUGE thank you again to Grandma Deb for allowing us to get away and enjoy the wedding.  The kids didn't skip a beat on the weekly schedule, and couldn't wait to tell us about all their adventures the second we got home.

Amanda and Justin - thank you for allowing us be a part of your wedding experience.  We wish you both a lifetime of happiness and laughter!

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