So Miami was a lot of fun. We got there on Thursday afternoon. It was good that we were busy, because the weather wasn't too nice. Once we got our rental car, we headed straight to pick up Eric's tuxedo, then we checked into our hotel, changed and left for the wedding rehearsal.
Since there are so many people that came from out of town to the wedding, there wasn't a rehearsal dinner. Just cocktails at a bar in South Beach. Both the rehearsal and cocktails were earlier in the evening, so we watched a movie and ordered room service after getting back.
(All photos were taken with my iPhone)
Friday was the day of the wedding, only, Eric didn't have to be anywhere until 4:30pm. He officially dubbed this the best wedding to be in, ever. Since we were able to spend most of the day together, we decided to explore a little. Eric worked a little in the morning, but once we left, our first stop was Starbucks, obviously. The weather wasn't great again, so we wandered around a shopping district, saw a movie and got one of the best shakes I've ever had.
Eric left to get ready for the wedding with the groom and other groomsmen so I was able to take my time before hailing a cab to the church. This wedding was probably one of the most unique I've ever been to. Not because of what happened, but mostly because the timing of things. The wedding was at 7, then there was a cocktail hour followed by the reception. Only, the reception started with the bride and grooms first dance, and then the dance floor was open to everyone. And lots of people danced. After an hour or so, the toasts were given and dinner was served. That was at about 10:30pm. Then there was more dancing, until we finally took a cab back to our hotel at almost 4am.
Now, I know I'm from the midwest where it's nice and conservative, but I've just never been to a reception that served dinner after 10 and that broke out mardi gras masks at midnight. It wasn't what I was used to, but it was one of the funnest receptions I've ever been to.
Since we aren't used to being out that late, we decided to take it easy on Saturday after getting breakfast with some friends. We were fortunate because the sun made an appearance for us. It was so wonderful. We just napped near the pool most of the afternoon. That evening, since it was our anniversary, we headed out to a nice dinner, just the two of us. I would have loved to take pictures because the restaurant was awesome and seriously reminded us of Alice in Wonderland, but the lighting wasn't great.
Unfortunately, Sunday morning came much to early, literally. We were up and on our way to the airport by 4:30am. I personally think that any flight at that hour is a cruel trick. But, we survived and are now back to our normal routine. I missed the boys very much, but thoroughly enjoyed our little getaway. I don't think I could ever live in Miami, but would definitely visit there again. Only next time, it'd be nice to have a little more time by the pool and a lot more sun.