With joyful hearts we request your presence in….our walk down memory lane! Grab a seat and enjoy the show!
Adam and I got married on Friday, August 10, 2012, a little over four years after we started dating. We got married on Mackinac Island, a tiny 8 mile island in the middle of the Great Lakes. Our wedding ceremony and wedding reception took place at the Island House Hotel.
It was always my dream to get married on Mackinac Island because it was such an important place in my family and in my life, as well. It is gorgeous, romantic, and everything you could want for a destination wedding. It also helped that I met my future husband on Mackinac Island, as well (so clearly it wasn’t too hard to convince him).
As we are embarking on our 7th year together, I thought it was only appropriate to make a blog post about how Adam and I met.
Before you read the next part, let me emphasize that I am VERY good at making first impressions and you will see why.
Seven years ago, when I was living on Mackinac Island, I had quite a few friends from the previous summer. One of those friends is John. We were friends from the summer before and spoke throughout the winter. I had been trying to track down John all day, but I could not find him. A friend had borrowed my flip flops, stayed at his place, left them there, and did not return them. I was heading to his place to pick them up, but he was not home. As I was walking down the street I came across one of our friends on the porch who told me that John is at the ferry dock picking up some new employees. I started walking down Main Street towards the dock when I came across John with his two friends from Harrison who would be living on Mackinac Island for the summer and working at the Mighty Mac. They were pushing all of their belongings down the street on a big wagon to the employee housing. John decided it would be a good time to introduce his friends to me. As he was finished saying their names, I look at them like okay whatever?, said nothing, and then continue talking to John. One of the people I was introduced to was Adam. This was his first day being on the island and moving onto the island. I was one of the first people he met on the island and clearly I made quite an impression…
It’s summer and all I am thinking about is biking, swimming at the Grand Hotel while eating snow cones, and blasting Jack Johnson on repeat. I am having nostalgia for my summers on Mackinac Island and it is in FULL swing.
It has been nearly seven years since I have worked, lived, and spent my summers on Mackinac Island, but it is still very much still apart of me. Before working on the island, I spent my childhood going on vacations during the summer on Mackinac Island in July. My family has resided on the island for several hundred years, so it is a very important place to our family. It was there that we took big family vacations with uncles, aunts, grandmother, and cousins.
This week’s Flashback Friday is the 2010 Winter Carnival in Houghton, Michigan from when we lived up there together in 2009/10. The Winter Carnival is a tradition held during…the winter (go figure?!) at Michigan Tech University that dates back to 1922. Students build ice sculptures for weeks on end, get judged, and placed. During this time there are a lot of festivities going on, but let’s be real: me and cold/snow don’t mix. I went outside long enough to take pictures and see them all and then was inside thawing out (a phrase my mother introduced me to as a child). This year’s theme was “Games We Know, Captured in Snow.”
I have always been very intrigued by the Winter Carnival and I really wish they had something like this near us. I would make it an annual tradition because they are so beautiful in person. It’s amazing how well these students build such detailed sculptures in a matter of weeks. Where do they find the patience? They should really bottle it up and sell it because I could use a jar….or 10.