Planning a bachelorette party during a pandemic is no easy feat.
Several months ago (pre-covid), my sister decided on a wine-themed bachelorette weekend in Northern Michigan. As the MOH (and someone who has experience planning events for a living), I was in charge of bringing the party to life.
Getting together my sister’s closest friends and family to drink wine in Traverse City should have been a piece of cake…until COVID-19 made its way to lovely Northern Michigan. When you’re dealing with a global pandemic, there’s more to coordinate than matching tanks and ‘how well do you know the bride’ games.
Despite a few changes to the plans (and a few less RSVPs), the bachelorette party was a weekend to remember full of love, laughs, and vino.
Today marks 365 days of wedded bliss. It feels like just yesterday we were saying “I Do” surrounded by loved ones. This first year of marriage was full of excitement and new adventures. We celebrated our honeymoon in Italy, lived abroad in Germany, and visited 10 different countries together. We also learned how to adapt to life in quarantine…and got super comfortable spending 24/7 together. I can’t believe a full year has gone by already!
Once Upon A Time…
We got married on June 1, 2019 in our happy place, Charlevoix, MI. Ryan has been visiting Charlevoix since he was little and it quickly became a favorite weekend getaway spot for us. Ryan proposed in our other happy place, Disney World, so it’s only fitting that our wedding reception took place in a castle…Castle Farms. I wore a princess ballgown, sparkly heels that would make Cinderella jealous, an elegant cathedral veil and the necklace that my Nonie wore on her wedding day.
We had so much fun planning our wedding and adding special touches like homemade coasters featuring our own Charlevoix photos, a vintage key place card display, and Tinder photo booth prop…taking us back to where it all started. Velvet and sequin linens complemented the Castle’s stone walls and farm tables lined with greenery and gold candlesticks added a warm glow to the room. We danced the night away and said farewell to guests with a final dance to “Kings & Queens” by Mat Kearney. Our romantic fairytale wedding was absolutely perfect and we wish we could relive this special day over and over again.
Cheers to our first year of happily ever after…we can’t wait to add another chapter to this fairytale!
When Ryan’s company said he might have to self-quarantine for two weeks when we returned to the U.S., I never thought it would actually happen…
Here we are three weeks into our self-quarantine living under Michigan’s new stay-at-home order.
We’ve only left the house a few times to take walks around the neighborhood and deliver birthday gifts to family members (while saying hello through the window).
These are unknown and difficult times for everyone, especially those working on the frontlines during this health crisis. We hope that everyone is staying as safe and healthy as possible adjusting to this crazy new world.
Days and times have started blending together and there’s no such thing as a normal schedule anymore.
Welcome to Reagles On The Rhine. We’re so glad you’ve joined us on this exciting journey abroad! For those of you who are new here (aren’t we all?!), we’re a newly married couple from Michigan that just moved to Wiesbaden, Germany.