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Dreaming of Our Majestic Mountain Wedding

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Marc and I fell off the face  of the earth, or so it seems. We have been traveling, but not as frequently or as lavishly. We’ve made a few trips this year to some of our favorite getaways … specifically Asheville. We’ve also crossed the country, but I won’t give details of all of our getaways in case I decide to make posts about them. However, it’s guaranteed that when we have the means to travel (money and time) … honey, we do it!

So, this post is really supposed to be about what we tweeted earlier this afternoon! We are the happiest we have ever been and we are currently planning our dream wedding in the Canadian Rockies! We fell in love with the emerald lakes, the terrain, wildlife, and the idea of a majestic mountain wedding. It’s truly going to be an unforgettable wedding!

We still have no idea where we are going to honeymoon. Do you have any recommendations? We definitely love the mountains which is why we’re getting married there, but we really want a tropical honeymoon! We’re thinking Maldives, Bora Bora, or maybe even St. Lucia.

Let us know your thoughts!

~ Lyndsi

Raffaldini Vineyards: A Colorful NC Fall Getaway

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She was breathtakingly gorgeous. He was in awe over her. Together on their wedding day, they were two of the happiest individuals I’ve watched in a very long time. Their smiles and look in their eyes said more than their vows.

Last Saturday, Marc and I had the pleasure to be guests at an absolutely beautiful wedding at Raffaldini Vineyards and Winery. We knew little about this vineyard until we received our invitation to the wedding. After a quick Google search, we learned that it was located about 30 miles north of Statesville, NC in a small town called Ronda. It’s about an hour and a half drive from Charlotte. Not bad.

Saturday definitely felt like a fall affair. Raffaldini Vineyards is a bit in the foothills and the actual winery is up on the crest of a hill. We had a breathtaking panoramic view of golden and red autumn colors. The ceremony was at 6:30 PM, so we were also able to enjoy an incredible sunset that created a warm glow prior to the wedding.

The weather couldn’t have been more perfect. It was sunny and crisp without a single cloud in the sky. I’m glad they were blessed with such beautiful weather at their wedding because they are  now on their honeymoon in Cancun and it has been raining most of their trip. I’m keeping them in my prayers as Cancun is in Hurricane Rina’s projected path. Luckily, the storm is weakening, but I still pray for their safety.

I loved that the wedding was at a vineyard and I was so happy to be a part of their beautiful day. However, I have to admit, it killed me that I couldn’t do the full-blown wine tasting. I love wine tasting. I had the Merlot at dinner and I thought it was pretty good. By the way, I’m a wine novice, so please take my opinion with a grain of salt. I drink a lot of it and admire all the flavors, but I fully acknowledge my lack of wine expertise. I’m getting better at tasting notes, but that’s not saying much.

We’ll definitely visit Raffaldini Vineyards again so I can experience all their wine! It’s a romantic getaway that’s nice and close to Charlotte, so there’s no reason for us not to visit again. Men, if you’re looking for a good date option … take your girlfriends to do some wine tasting. This place is ideal for dates!

I also recommend staying where we stayed. We stayed at the Fairfield Inn & Suites since we knew we wouldn’t be up for driving home after the wedding. This hotel sure knows how to decorate for the holidays! There were so many Halloween decorations up in the hotel that it was somewhat tacky; however, if I had kids, I would have absolutely loved the decor. Since I don’t, I can say it was a bit much for my taste. Oh, I almost forgot, there was a Christmas tree outside of our door! That kind of topped the tacky Halloween decorations. A bit much?

Anyway, Marc and I were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the hotel. I was a huge fan of the cleanliness, room decor, and I was even a pretty big fan of the bathroom.  This hotel is a place two yuppies like ourselves can go and be completely satisfied, all for around $100 a night. It was actually really nice not to spend tons of money on a hotel room and still thoroughly enjoy our stay. Too bad you never know what you might get with a hotel like that. Luckily for us, this one was fantastic.

P.S. The complimentary breakfast was delicious! Marc and I were a bit surprised annoyed by the loudness of the dining area, but I guess we’re just not used to staying where families with little kids stay!

~ Lyndsi

Austin, TX on the Horizon

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As any traveler will tell you, having trips in the pipeline is fun. Lyndsi and I will be traveling to Austin, TX for a wedding in late September. We’ll be staying in downtown Austin at the W the first night, then some villas farther out of the city for the rest of the wedding festivities. Yes, the W is ostentatious, but when you’re traveling for leisure (well, a wedding), who cares?! I enjoy hotels that are wild and have a cool vibe.

Looking forward to a trip to Austin, our first time, though Lyndsi lived in the Dallas area and we’ve visited the Big D. The music and nightlife scene has quite a reputation in Austin. We’d love to go to SXSW one year! I feel like that’s the intersection of geeks and music, nice! Stayed tuned for our full report on Austin, and more travel reports from recent trips will be coming.

~ Marc