Seagrove Beach, FL Recap
As much as I love traveling I always love pulling into the driveway of our home after a week of exploring just as much...if not more. Last week we flew down to Florida to celebrate the wedding of JF’s sister and new brother-in-law. The wedding was beyond picture perfect, with a light breeze and the beautiful gulf shores behind the ceremony; it really could have been something straight out of a fairy-tale.
We flew out at 6am.
This is what happens when you ask your significant other what time they’d prefer to fly out and you get no response or… “I don’t care”. You book the earliest flight available and start vacation at the crack ass of dawn.
We decided to get a hotel room at the Hardrock and head down to Tulsa the night before our flight so we wouldn’t have to drive as far in the morning to get to the TUL INT’L Airport. 3:15am came mighty early. So there we were, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed leaving our vehicle at the airport valet because…who wants to walk 2 miles at 4:30 in the morning with 50+ lbs of luggage. While checking our bags, the receptionist gladly informed us that our luggage was 6 lbs overweight and we would need to pay an add’l $100 for the extra 6 lbs…………….
There I was, chucking clothes into my carryon bag like I was robbing a bank. Of course you feel like everyone in line is staring and judging like ‘omg, is this their first time flying’. LOL, no Gerald, I just like to be prepared—who knows if I’ll want to wear a cute romper or yoga pants on Sunday?
After making it through security we run to the nearest coffee shop and I scarf down a bagel, fresh fruit cup and a large black coffee—don’t judge me, I like my coffee like I like my clothes—blacker than black.
We arrive in the ATL and have a couple of hours to spare before our next flight so we hit up the TGIFriday’s and grab a couple appetizers and mimosas. If you ever want to try an $11 mimosa, go to TGIFriday’s. That shit better have been Cristal.
Sooner or later we arrive at the Panama City Airport, the tiniest airport I’ve ever seen. I think there were only like 4 terminals. I call for an Uber and we enjoy one more adult beverage—because #vaca. We finally arrive at the house we’re staying at and literally all I wanted to do is sleep. The house we stayed in was a 3 story home with 3 different units. It was beautiful, the top floor was it's own unit and the bottom and second floor were both split level units; all 3 units had their own kitchens / full bathrooms and entry doors.
We waited for a few people to fly in and just hung out on the deck and caught up with old friends.
Come Friday morning we got up, some walked down to the beach to watch the dolphins and others enjoyed the plush pillows + soft sheets.
The guys made a liquor run and the girls all headed down to the beach to catch some rays. It was the perfect afternoon; friends, pina colada's and mexican food on the beach.
That evening we had the rehearsal dinner and the groom's family rental. This home was literally something out of an HGTV magazine. It was a modern home with a slight touche of Joanna + Chip.
Saturday morning comes and all of the bridesmaids shack up in the Bride's room to get hair & makeup done. Of course we snacked on cheese + fruit platters and sipped on Mimosa's.
When I tell you Jessie looked like a Model out of the Oklahoma Bridal Magazine— I am not exaggerating in the least bit. She looked absolutely stunning. So did the entire bridal party; what a great looking group of people 😉
After the wedding ceremony + photos, we all headed back up to the house where we held the reception / after party. We had Nick N' Jim's BBQ and all kinds of adult beverages on tap.
I don't think Jessie + Billy could have picked a better location. Everything about their wedding was beautiful and magical in the most simplest of terms.
Day 4 rolls around and the guys (graciously) woke up early to pick up the decorations and clean up a bit. I considered this our 'chill day', all of the anxiety and worrisome of pulling off a destination wedding was finally lifted off of everyone's shoulders. We all sat on the beach, soaked up the sun and enjoyed each others company.
Sunday night we went out to dinner at 723 Whiskey Bravo; I think there were nearly 30 of us so they sat us all in our own little room. The food was so good. We ordered fried mac and cheese sticks with a chipotle aioli sauce and a smoked gouda cheese dip topped with ground beef and tortilla chips for appetizers. I ordered the shrimp pasta + JF ordered the filet. It was all so so good.
We hit the sack at a decent time Sunday evening because our flight left Panama City at 9:45 the next morning and that was at least a 40 min drive from the house. I could barely sleep Sunday night because I was so scared we wouldn't be able to find an Uber at 7am. Luckily we did!
Our friends, Bekah, her husband Cody and Shannon were on the same flights back home so when our first flight landed in the ATL, we stopped at the Carrabba's and had a bite to eat to pass time until our next flight to Tulsa.
We make it to Bartlesville to pick up the dogs from Grandma's house and we finally opened the gates to our house about 6p. It felt so good to be home. I lit ALL of my fall-scented candles, jumped in my chair, cuddled with my dogs and enjoyed the peace and quiet. I am already looking at my calendar and trying to figure out when I can get back to Seagrove Beach. I'm hoping Jessie takes us on their anniversary trip next year 😉
Until next time.