honeymoon part 2: upcountry maui part 2

My last post left off with us about to leave Oheo Gulch. Now there were exactly two ways to go once we left…back the way we had come, or we could continue around the southern part of the island. The place that we wanted to go for dinner* was toward the southern end, so we headed that way. About 15 minutes in to our drive Keith said something about “Don’t you need 4 wheel drive to go on this road?” And I said, “Of course not!” And then we drove a little further. And the road turned to dirt.

And then we spent the next 2 hours twisting and turning along cliffs.

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The road appeared to be about 1.5 car widths. And some portions had vertical cliffs on either side. Once or twice a gigantic truck/tour bus came at us from the other side and we had to inch closer and closer to the wall in order for them to be able to pass. Luckily we were inching to the right, not the left.

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These pictures don’t do justice to the grade of the road. It seriously felt like we were on a roller coaster. You’d come to the top of a hill and just be looking straight down. I have re-occuring nightmares about out of control vehicles and this road was pretty much those nightmares come to life. IMG_0985

Keith was a little bit unhappy with me. I never thought I had to research the ROAD we were taking, but apparently I should have. Along with the chance of plunging to your death…we had zero cellphone service. A few cars passed us…but if anything had happened, we would have been waiting quite a while for help. But man…it sure was beautiful.

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I desperately wanted to take my real camera out, and desperately wanted to ask him to stop, but I knew the first would annoy him and the second was definitely not going to happen, so I just kept snapping away on the iPhone telling him, “Maybe you’ll want to look at these later?”

Finally, we hit paved road and after another ~45 minutes of that we hit civilization. We had some great pizza at Serpico’s and then went back to the house and crashed.

Oh, I forgot! On Friday, between the beach and the basketball game we went to Ocean Vodka. We had a few brewery/winery tours planned so we threw in this distillery tour. I think it was $5 per person and we had the entire tour to ourselves. We got there a little early, so we walked around a bit, enjoying the grounds and the wildlife.

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Ocean vodka is 100% organic. So instead of using pesticides on their sugar cane…they use chickens! We had a very nice ~30 minute tour and got to see the sugar cane, see all kinds of machines, see the bottling process. It was really interesting and informative and at the end, we got to taste some vodka! Hooray! One of the coolest things was they have a “martini garden” that has all sorts of different herbs that you are welcome to cut and take home to mix with your vodka. Such a great idea!

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And then we come to Sunday. Time to leave upcountry Maui. But one more stop!

Well, two more. First, one of the coolest things, all over the island, people have fruit stands at the end of their driveways. I can’t believe I didn’t take a picture of one, but they range from simple to elaborate. And they are all unmanned. They just have a little bucket for you to put your money in. The house next to the one we were staying in had such a stand and we spent $5 (because I had no change) and loaded up on fruit. Starfruit for 25 cents! Passionfruit for 50 cents! Breadfruit for $1.00! (I thought breadfruit was something completely different. Apparently the way to eat it is to cook it. We tried to eat it raw. It was like a sticky potato.)

 

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So, all loaded up with fruit, we headed to Maui’s Winery at Ulupalakua Ranch. We had actually passed it on our way back from the Road From Hana the previous day, but it was late and they only do tours at 10:30 and 1:30 so we traveled back.

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The tour and tasting were completely free and there were probably 20 people taking the tour. It was very neat hearing all about the ranch and how they starting making wine. Apparently they had some trouble with grapes at first so they started making pineapple wine just for something to do and now it makes up 80% of their production. And it was delicious! I’ve never been on a winery tour and it was really interesting, though we didn’t actually see any grapes. Or pineapple. I especially liked how the explanation of how they bottle the sparkling wine and there was even a neat demonstration.

 

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The grounds were beautiful and they had all these enormous and crazy trees. One of the first owners of the ranch had collected trees from all over the world.

 

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This was my favorite. It looked like something from Dr. Suess.

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A camphor tree.

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I can’t remember the name of that one, but it was from New Zealand.

Then we left and were off to Kaanapali Beach.

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That little squiggle should be on Hawaii’s state flag. They are everywhere.

 

*HAH, except the road it was on and the road we were on never connected so we never got to go because it would have been another 2 hours of driving to get there. Ugggghhh.

 

#mcwed part 8

One final post with party photos. As always, all photos by hot metal studio. I’m kind of glad it took me so long to do these because looking back at these makes me so happy. It was such a wonderful day. So filled with love. And laughs. And tears. The good kind.

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I was having a lot of fun, okay? Haha, but so was everyone else by their faces.

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I was a bit more into that smooch than Keith.

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My friend Jason did the video, but at one point my stepdad told me to grab his camera because Jason had the best moves of anyone on the dance floor and someone needed to capture it. So, video-bride to the rescue!

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Former roomies and our honorary roomies.

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#mcwed part 7

More photos!

(All photos by hot metal studio, they are incredible, aren’t they?)

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This picture really makes me wish I had gone with a tea length dress. Damn!

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While the girls were getting ready, the guys got some photos taken around our house. This is our yard. It looks so freaking epic, haha.
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#mcwed part 6

Soooo you are probably sick of reading about and looking at my wedding, but since it took me nearly 3 years from engagement to wedding, I’m going to milk out another post or four.

After Keith and I did a first look, but before the ceremony, we did our photos. I didn’t want to take time after the ceremony for pictures, although we did get some family photos then, but only about 10 minutes worth and then everyone was free to mingle and snack/drink.

Our photographers also requested to steal us for a few minutes during the reception for some “golden hour” photos, so those are scattered through as well. These are just some of my favorites, photo heavy…be warned.

*Okay I have way to many favorites, I’ll split it into two posts. As before, all photos by hot metal studio.

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#mcwed, part 3

Taking a break from the details and getting to what everyone wants to see – the ceremony.

Keith and I took advantage of the fact that we live in Pennsylvania and had a Quaker self-uniting ceremony. What that means is we didn’t need anyone to officiate our wedding and declare us married, we could do that ourselves – we just needed two witnesses.

But we did want a sort of traditional ceremony, so we asked my cousin Adam to officiate. He had never done anything like it before, but did a wonderful job. The caveat to him performing the ceremony was me writing it.

After googling for weeks, I ended up buying a book – The Wedding Ceremony Planner – and I highly recommend it if you find yourself needing to write a wedding ceremony. It takes you through a ceremony, the typical order of things and then gives you options to play around with to make it religious, secular, traditional, modern. I used it for the structure and some of the wording, but I also used some internet sources and rearranged some stuff. I’m really happy with how it turned out.

So when we left off from getting ready, Ryan, Jason and I were zooming up to the barn to meet Keith. Since I wanted to do all of our pictures beforehand, we did a first look. It would have been sweet to have us see each other for the first time when I walked down the aisle, but it just made more sense to have all the photos done beforehand.

As before, all photos by hot metal studio.

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After we were sufficiently first looked, we took some photos, then the bridal party joined for more photos and then we moved down to the basement until the ceremony began. We had drinks and snacks and although we were down there for longer than planned – whoops! it wasn’t too bad!

And I had an onsite makeup artist.

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The song that started the ceremony was Regina Spektor’s cover of Real Love…

At the end of this song, Adam, Keith and Dave (best man) walked upstairs.

The rest of the bridesmaids and groomsmen walked down to Death Cab for Cutie – I Will Follow You into the Dark…

Mayyyybe a little morbid, but beautiful, nonetheless.

Then I was escorted down the aisle by my mom and stepdad to Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova’s cover of Into the Mystic…this was one of the first songs I settled on, love it so much. I could have populated the entire wedding playlist with their music.

As soon as the song started to play (still outside) I started to cry. And I didn’t stop until the ceremony was over. But luckily I was only crying out of my left eye, which only Keith and Adam could see, haha.

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Then, 15 minutes later, we were wed!

Oh, I stopped the ceremony to take a picture on my phone. I had seen someone else do that online but with their real camera. I didn’t have anywhere to stash a dSLR and I unfortunately use my phone for more photos than my camera, so I thought it would be a fun thing to do. I didn’t tell anyone I was doing it, except Adam and Ryan, who had my phone, so it was pretty funny to see everyone’s reactions.

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The best part of the entire ceremony, minus being married and stuff was how many people cried! Haha. I didn’t want to be alone in my tears and I definitely wasn’t. Keith even cried. That was really the best part. These are some of my absolute favorite photos in life.

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Next up, the reception! And some posed photos! And more details! Hooray!

#mcwed, part 1

As of today, Keith and I have been married for a month! It’s hard to believe it has been that long. People keep asking me if it feels any different and the answer is a big fat no. I guess when you have lived together for 5 years, have a house, a dog, joint bank accounts, a little piece of paper doesn’t change much. I finally got my new social security card, so I’m in the process of officially changing my name, and that’s the only part that feels a little different. But enough yapping, let’s get to some pictures! I’m not going to *try not to* post them all here, just some highlights. The rest will end up on facebook.

The day began early. I woke up around 7:45, grabbed the bag I had packed, smooched the still sleeping Keith, grabbed Daisy, and my father in law picked us up.

Got to my in-laws approximately 3 minutes later, and Ashley was already there, prepping her hair supplies. She got me in some hot rollers while we waited for the rest of my bridal party to arrive. Jonathan and Tiffany arrived and Jason arrived and my very own reality show was born.

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Daisy was bored.

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Daisy gets all the love.

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Jonathan snuck down to take some pictures of Keith. Man my grey walls look good. I wish I had remembered to take those sheets off the couch though.

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I started to get a little nervous about time at this point. For some reason I thought my wedding would be the one wedding to actually run on the schedule I had set it. I enlisted my mom and Brooke to help me get my dress on.

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Then Ashley came up to put my veil on, and show Brooke how to remove it.

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Then I got my lips on and Ryan, Jason and I zoomed up to the barn to meet Keith.

…to be continued.

pluses and minuses: pre-wedding addition

I would be blogger of the year if I actually sat down to type all the entries that I compose in my head. Favorite places to compose? The shower and the car. I’ll get to work and realize that I haven’t heard one minute of the podcast I was listening to since I was in outer space.

The wedding is next week, so that’s pretty much all I have been thinking about lately. THANK YOU past Katrina for deciding not to take those two summer classes that started in May. I don’t even want to think about the wreck I would be right now if I was dealing with that.

Now for some pluses and minuses since I don’t have the mental capacity for much else.

+ I had a bachelorette party on the 3rd and it was a lot of fun! It was super low-key. No South Beach or Vegas for this broad. We went to El Campesino and then to the South Side. We were probably home by 1am (I, uh, can’t remember) and it was just a blast with some of my favorite ladies (and gentleman).

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+ They threw a bridal shower for me at work yesterday and it was really nice! Lots of people signed the card and came, so although I may feel unappreciated sometimes, they really like me!

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+/- The rain! I think every year I forget how much rain Pittsburgh gets and we are in full rainy season now. While I am hoping that it holds off for the wedding and stressing a liiiiiiiiiiiiiittle bit about that, I love what it is doing to the outside. Our backyard looks like a jungle since everything has been thrown into hypergrowth, but I love it. It’s so lush and green and makes me so happy after so many weeks of snow and brown, dead grass.

+/- It feels so surreal that the wedding is next week. We got engaged July 4, 2011. Making this almost a 3 year engagement, with almost 3 years of planning. And in 8 days, it will all be over. And in 18 days, no one will think about it. And in 28 days, it will be a distant memory. And in 38 days, people will have forgotten all about it. So weird. I will have a whole bunch of wedding posts to write after the fact, so that can prolong it a bit but it’s honestly surreal to spend hundreds (maybe even thousands) of hours, thinking, planning, dreaming, crafting for ~8 hours? I also know I’m not the first to have this realization, but dang.

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+ Everything is coming together! I have two crafty things to finish up and then my big thing is to NOT FORGET TO TAKE ANYTHING. I have bits and pieces of everything in every place and I’m sure I’m going to leave something at home. Luckily we are not very far from the venue, but I’m trying to write everything down so someone else can realize I’ve forgotten something before it’s too late. Since I’ll be a little preoccupied.

+ I don’t think I posted this but straight A’s in my Spring classes! Woo! 12 more credits and I am done. But I’ll drag it out until next Spring because it’s easier that way.

+ My friends Sarah and Megan gave me this locket! So sweet! It has a kitchenaid, some books, an engagement ring, Keith’s birthstone, my birthstone, a cupcake, a daisy(!) and “blog.” Haha it’s the best! And a kick in the pants to blog more!

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pierogi class!

On Tuesday, Ryan and I went to a pierogi class at S&D Polish Deli. I saw a groupon for it and bought it almost immediately. I love pierogi, I love cooking, it sounded like my idea of a wonderful time.

I had no idea what to expect and we got to the strip WAY too early. We had a nice dinner at Chicken Latino, since I have been wanting to try it. Then we literally walked in circles for 80 minutes. I didn’t realize the strip DIED completely at like 4pm on weekdays, but it does. At one point we even went back and sat in the car but it was too hot, so we resumed our circling.

We were the second people to get to the class so we had prime seating. We sat for a bit entertaining ourselves until everyone else arrived. I think our class tally was 17 people + 2 instructors.

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And that’s when I realized how ridiculous I looked posing with a rolling pin, haha.

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Marta was our main instructor and she introduced herself and told us a little bit about her background before class started. I liked her immediately. (“Like Martha Stewart, but without the H. And I don’t have her money. Or her attitude.”) She was hilarious. Agnieszka was also there helping and she was equally awesome.

Marta first showed us how to make the dough, but she made it in her stand mixer, so we just watched. Then she made the filling and had a little help from people in the class.
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Then we each got a portion of filling to roll into balls.

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She showed us 4-5 different ways to pinch the pierogi.

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We did have a groupon so the class was essentially half-off, but in hindsight I would have absolutely paid full price for it. It was really fun, Marta and Agnieszka (sp?) were so nice and hilarious and we learned a lot! It was a 2 hour class and you left with a dozen pierogi (minus whatever you ate there). I’d highly highly recommend it!

 

(Also my pictures are way darker on this monitor than they were on my computer, so pardon the moody lighting that begins halfway through.)

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Two Saturdays ago, I shot a wedding, for my cousin Adam’s sister, Ashley. This was the second wedding I’ve done and I was a lot more prepared for this one. For starters, I knew how to use my camera, and I also enlisted my much more talented friend, Jason, to help!

It was a beautiful day with a ceremony at Phipps, two photo stops and a reception in Bridgeville. Here are some of my favorite shots, Jason’s can be found here. We made a pretty good team!

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My photos are far from perfect, but I am really happy with how they turned out. I had a lot of fun with Jason and it’s fun to see how we approached the same event differently. Definitely never going into the photo business but it was fun to play for a day.

xo, daisy

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