11 May

Thailand: The Anniversary of My Dreams

Hey loves!

I went to Thailand and it was EPIC! Sorry, if I was blowing up your timeline. But, it was truly  the best trip I’ve ever been on.

This trip was planned to celebrate our one year wedding anniversary. It’s pretty safe to say I have completely fallen in love with Thailand from our trip. Everything from the food, the beaches, night life, animals and the total vibe of the country was like a dream. It was the perfect getaway.

A couple posts ago, I mentioned Thailand being one of the places I wanted to travel on my bucket list (Read it here!), and I am so happy I got to fulfill that dream.

Now let’s get into!

One of the main reason’s I loved Phuket was that everything was super affordable which allowed us to do anything we wanted. To give you an idea; 1 US Dollar equals about 35 Thai Bhat. So, to put that in perspective a 90 minute Thai massage is about 350 Thai Baht or 10 dollars! Needless to say, I got a massage every single day! LOL

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I’m an island girl so beaches are a huge deal for me when going on vacation. The main reason we picked this trip was because Phuket is known for having some of the nicest beaches in the world. And man they weren’t kidding.

 I can’t wait to try the seasonings we bought there and make some authentic Thai food at home.

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The water is crystal clear, not a drop of seaweed, and the sand is soft like powder. I spent most of my time on the beach during the day. Note: Most hotels in the Patong Beach area of Phuket, do not have their own private beaches . The hotels are near the beach which is accessible to everyone, but I didn’t want to deal with the hassle of crowds. Le Meridien Phuket is one if not the only hotel in the area with a private beach.

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We couldn’t have chose a better hotel  for our trip. The staff, the cleanliness, the variety of food, and just the decor of the grounds were absolutely breath taking.  I felt like our hotel was the perfect hideaway in the hustle and bustle of Patong Beach.

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Now, Phuket is a very big island and every area is a bit different. We stayed in Patong because we wanted the ability to chill at the beach during the day but also party at night. Staying at Le Meridien Phuket was the best decision we made because it was only a 5 minute taxi away from Bangla Road (Downtown area).

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Everywhere you turn on Bangla Road someone is selling something, or trying to get you to try out their restaurant, or club. In a nutshell, they are hustlin’ all day every day to get tourists in their businesses. Not going to lie.. Bangla Road is pretty intense since there is so much going on, but I had a great time!

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Fake Yeezy’s at the market! LOL

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The food in Thailand was delicious. On our anniversary night we went to Mom Tri’s Kitchen  which is one of the most romantic restaurants in Patong. The food was delicious , service top notch and the view breathtaking. That was one of the most memorable meals of our entire trip.

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During the day we tried to do as many tours as possible. One of the most memorable days was when we spent the entire day island hopping! We took a speedboat to Phi Phi Island – famous for the movie Beaches, with Leonardo DiCaprio , Phi Phi Don, Khai, Yao Yai and Bamboo Island.
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I loved every second of this tour! It was beautiful to see the different islands and how they each had something different to offer.
Another day, we did a nature tour and elephant trekking through the Chalong highlands.
We learned how to make coconut milk and oil. We rode a water buffalo through a rice field, and learned how to make Thai curry and desserts. It was great!  I can’t wait to try the seasonings we bought and make some authentic Thai food at home.
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But, feeding the elephants and riding them through the mountains was the best part.At first, I was a little nervous because when you are sitting on the elephant it is like 12 feet up and very shaky.

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The view from the top of the highlands while riding the elephants was gorgeous!
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When I originally researched things to do in Phuket. The Tiger Kingdom was #1 on my list of things to do! I mean.. where else in the world am I going to be able to touch a tiger!
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Thailand was a trip of pure relaxation, from the amazing food, the night life , and wildlife . I am definitely looking to go back to Thailand in the near future. We even checked out how much it would be to rent out a condo LOL that’s how bad we didn’t want to leave.
The only con of the trip was the distance. 20 hours of traveling was pretty tough especially because my hubby and I are very tall, but I would definitely do it again. I am beyond grateful I  got to experience this trip of a lifetime.
Now, where should we go next?!
Thanks for reading, and go to Thailand!
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Love you mean it!
Ashlie
19 May

The Best Day of My Life..

You don’t understand how time consuming planning a wedding is; until your.. well PLANNING A WEDDING! I can remember the first day I got engaged and now I have been married for a month. Time truly flies, and the best advice I can give to any new bride is to soak up EVERY SECOND of this time in your life, because getting married is such an indescribeable feeling.

They tell you that as soon as you say ” I do” things instantly change. That sounded crazy to me, because I couldn’t understand how saying two simple words could change EVERYTHING! Especially when I felt things were pretty great in my relationship already.

But, it did! Something happens when you express to your close family and friends your unconditional love for someone, it changes you. I never knew I could feel so connected to another person in my entire life. This man isn’t my boyfriend, or fiance, he is my HUSBAND forever.

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Our wedding day was April 23, 2015 and we chose The Rockleigh Country Club as our wedding venue in New Jersey. As soon as we visited The Rockleigh we knew we had to get married there. We previously saw about 30 wedding venues and we were just in awe as soon as we walked in. The premises were so pristine and elegant that it just seemed like the perfect choice for our simple, elegant, wedding.

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Now, just for the record I didn’t hire a wedding planner for two reasons. First, I thought it was a waste of my money. I know wedding planners work hard to bring your  ideas to life, but I just didn’t want to spend the money when I knew I could do it my self. Secondly, I have trust issues, and would have been micromanaging whoever I hired! In hindsight, I should have hired a wedding coordinator just to alleviate some stress while planning all the little details. But, for the most part if you are newly engaged you can really save money by planning on your own.

The color’s of our wedding were gold and emerald green.

The flowers we used throughout the wedding were white roses and white lisianthus.

I made all of the place cards, and frames my selves. I am not really the best at DIY projects, but I love how everything came out.

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My bouquet consisted of white roses, white lisianthus, white freesia, white dendrobium orchids, eucalyptus, and green berries.

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For the reception area we wanted to keep the room romantic and dim so we opted for;  hundred of candles, tall glass stem vases combined with floating candles, white roses, and lisianthus.

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Now, let’s get to the dress! I tried on a bunch of dresses, all different styles because I really had no clue what I wanted. I thought I needed to try on everything because I didn’t want to miss out on the dress of my dreams! But as soon as this Vera Wang gown touched my skin I knew it was the one. What really stood out to me most with this gown, was the halter top and the flower details. It was pretty hard to find a dress that wasn’t  strapless, so that really caught my eye.

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It kills me that I will never be able to wear my Vera Wang dress again. Ultimately, I want to have my dress framed and hung in my closet. But, until then I’ll continue to hug it every morning!

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My maid of honor had these Converse made for me to change into during the reception.

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I wore a 130 inch cathedral drop veil. I loved how delicate and grand it looked with my gown.

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Mommy daughter moment!

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My bridesmaids wore lux chiffon gowns by Dessy in hunter green.

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For my wedding nails, I decided to do a lace detailed manicure that I tried before in the past and loved. I had my fellow nail guru Cassandra do my nails, and they came out perfectly! The color is Brigette by Zoya.

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Most brides see their groom for the first time when they walk down the aisle. But, my husband and I decided we wanted to do a first look before the ceremony to get rid of any jitters. This really was one of the most memorable moments of my wedding day, and I recommend this to any future bride who wants to get the bulk of their pictures done prior to the ceremony. I am so grateful we decided to do this because I would have been even more of a nervous wreck walking down the aisle, then I already was.

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The entertainment at my wedding was amazing. Absolute Celebrations had my guests ready to turn up as soon as the reception started. Everyone knows good music makes a party, and I was so worried about that. But I really had nothing to worry about, everything was on point! I still have people telling me how great the DJ and MC were.

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Advice to future brides

1. Don’t worry about the little details. On your big day your not going to worry about if your flower girl basket and ring barrier pillow match. In the grand scheme of things, NO ONE cares or notices these things.

2. Make sure you pick the right wedding party! I cant stress this point enough . You want to have a wedding party that will help alleviate stress not cause it. I was very lucky to have such great bridesmaids to share this time with.

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3. Make sure you cut corners and budget in the right places. For instance, don’t get a cheap inexperienced photographer and splurge on flowers. Remember it is only one night , so think of what you are actually going to keep from that day. Flowers die, pictures are forever.

I am beyond thankful and blessed to have had such a beautiful wedding. Thank you to my gorgeous mother, mother in law, bridesmaids, family, friends and my husband for helping make this day perfect.

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Getting married was like adding a period to the sentence which was our love. I just feel so complete, and I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect, more beautiful, more honest wedding day. It was the best day of my life.

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Love you mean it.

Ashlie

A special thanks to all of my vendors who made this day perfect!

Photography – Kristina Traficante Photography

DJ – Absolute Celebrations

Florist – Jardiniere Fine Flowers

Nails – Cassandra from On Wednesday’s We Wear Polish

Hair – Debbie Dazulme @abcdebbie

Makeup – Sumayyah Cathcart @makeupbymaymay