Saturday, October 24, 2009

Congratulations Jeff and Autumn!

Last week we traveled to Puerto Rico for a long weekend getaway to celebrate the wedding of our close friends Jeff and Autumn. For the last few years, our only vacations have been with them, so we felt right at home spending a few days in the sun with them... oh and 20 other Bentley friends. i must admit, this trip felt more like a spring break/bahamas senior trip dejavu than a wedding weekend getaway but it was a great weekend. we logged major hours at the pool (falling in love with frozen mojitos) during the day with friends, ate wonderful dinners, and then retreated to the casino at night for our chance to win big.

The wedding itself was absolutely gorgeous. The ceremony was held on the rooftop of the hotel at sunset with a gorgeous view of the beach below. The ceremony was officiated by the Herman family's friend Alan from St. Maarten which was so special and we were excited at the chance to catch up with Captain Alan again!

View of the beach from the rooftop ceremony

The Ciccarellis pre-ceremony

Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey Herman

The reception moved down the party down poolside where there were mojitos aplenty and also a yummy taco bar and cupcake tower. Of course, the highlight had to be the group of people who decided to take a jump in the ocean. This was led by Coach, then the ASP boys, then by the bride and groom! I actually turned to Larry at one point and said "wow, this is really happening". But it was a great time, so what's a little salt water and seaweed among friends? Note, Larry and I were not in :)

Yup, that happened!

Well, that's because we were more excited to get to the CASINOOOOO. We had been flirting with the casino all weekend. I was up a couple hundred on slots and roulette (aka my new favorite game) and Larry was in a heated battle with the craps table. Somewhere around 2:30 (after watching the Yankees win!) I left Larry with my roulette winnings and went up to bed until I was woken up by him around 4 with him kneeling beside the bed, shoving hard plastic chips in my face. Turns out, he won big on the last roll of the night (aka closing of the casino) and won enough money to pay for our entire trip!

Here is Larry with his winnings

So all in all it was a great trip and a great way to bring an end to wedding season 2009. We already have 3 on the docket for 2010 and if they turn out to be anywhere as great as the 2009 parties, we're in for a treat!

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