We Made It!

The blog that is. Well we made it to New York too, but first things first!

For those who do not know, Chelsea and I got married on June 30th! I would go into some sort of detail about the day but my friend Rachel Coward has done a better (and more stylish) job on her blog than I feel I could do right now. (Read it here.) Many thanks to Rachel Coward and Parker Miles Blohm for shooting our wedding. They did a marvelous job and far exceeded our expectations (as you should click above and see for yourself). But what happened after the wedding? Well what happens after any wedding?

We went on a honeymoon of course.

We stayed in this little condo in Savannah, Georgia for the week after the wedding. Savannah is a beautiful little town (note the Spanish moss everywhere) with tons of historic spots, and places to eat, and a nice River Street, and lots of restaurants, and a beach and good spots for food. Oh yeah, there are a lot of places to eat too.

So we ate…

And drank…

We made some pretty tasty stuff too. But of course eating isn’t all we did.

To the beach!

and the pool!

Aside from some town squares and parks, this was probably the most historic spot we stopped at. Unless you consider Paula Deen’s The Lady and Sons Restaurant historic. But I would not. I’ve had better fried chicken, Paula. I’ve had better.

So if you’re bored to tears by our honeymoon now, I’ll move on. After the ‘moon, we were back in Tulsa for a few nights. We had this awesome reception where we nom’d some hot dogs and burgers with all of our Tulsa friends.

Of course the one evening we plan a reception with outdoor games in a garden is the one evening it rains in Tulsa, after a month of drought. But it was good. It was intimate. And there was some mad Jenga played that night.

When we had said our farewells to our wonderful family in Tulsa, we headed back to Alabama to pack up our stuff. At about 5am on July 18th we set out for West River, Maryland, our break point for our long trip and the convenient residence of my wonderful Uncle Dobbie and Aunt Dawn.

Dobbie and Dawn hosted us in their amazing home right off the bay and treated us to some real Maryland crab cakes. We also got to connect with some other family I have in Maryland that I haven’t seen in a while, which made me very happy. Then finally we were off to New York. From June 30th to July 20th we drove roughly 3,000 miles – about 50 hours in the car. By the end of it we were very good at solving board game mysteries and my body was composed of 60% Mt. Dew instead of water (bucket list check). We crashed in Astoria for the first weekend with Chelsea’s friends from Alabama, Eric and Jamie Young.

I didn’t know Eric and Jamie before but now I consider them good friends. They are truly great people not to mention awesome hosts and a great help in our slightly grueling apartment search. We had a fun week with a Norwegian couch-surfing host in the heart of Manhattan. This was the view from his 22nd story apartment right outside Madison Square Garden.

For now we’re back with Eric and Jamie. The amount of love, support, and hospitality we have received in the last month has been God’s grace incarnate to us. Our friends and family are unbelievable and we have been incredibly blessed. Many many thanks to all of you.

Well, hopefully this catches you up on our last month. It has been wild since we’ve been married for a month but still live out of suitcases. The apartment search goes on! Chelsea will post soon all about that fiasco (with fun pictures no doubt) and more about life in New York. But speaking of posts! This one is finished. The blog has been made. The first post written. Bucket list check.

Grace and peace,

Elliot and Chelsea

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