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Happy Monday everyone!

Today marks the last official recap post of our European work-cation, and while I am so excited to share Ben’s video with you guys I am also super bummed because this makes the trip officially feel like it’s over. Yes, it’s a bit sad, but I am so beyond thankful to have so many awesome photos and videos to revisit all our favorite memories any time we want!

Speaking of memories, we are also still anxiously awaiting the pictures from our very own parisian photo shoot, which you know we will be sharing as soon as we get them back!

Here’s a look at the last two parts of our journey, in Belgium and Scotland:

 

Missed any recap posts? You can find them all here:

Paris: The Pictures

Paris: The Video

Belgium + Scotland: The Pictures

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I mentioned in our last post about our trip that there was something SO beyond epic that happened in Scotland it had to be it’s own post. Well friends, here is that post. But in order for you to understand it completely I think you need a little back story about my love of heilan coos. What is a heilan coo you may ask? Well, if you are from America you will probably know it best as a highland cow. Or, you may not have heard of these fuzzy creatures at all. Let me introduce you to the cutest thing EVER:

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Image via www.fourjandals.com

That’s right. That is a real, live thing. Not a stuffed animal or animatronic theme park creature. That actually EXISTS in our world. It is a cow with the most stylish of bangs and the furriest of fur. What is not to LOVE?! When I saw my very first heilan coo (which is what you call them if you are authentically Scottish) I was instantly smitten, and ever since then it has become a well known fact in my family that I am absolutely obsessed. So when we were driving on this vacation, and happened to come across a field of them we of course had to stop. And what happened next? It was LIFE CHANGING. And something that is life changing (even if it is captured in the most embarrassing of videos where you pretty much freak out and act like a crazy) deserves to be shared <3

I give you my meeting with Charley the Heilan Coo . . .

And a few pictures Ben took to document the occasion:

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I MAY have gotten a little too excited when I found a coo hat later that day . . . .

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It’s here, part deux of our European vacation! And it’s a big one, so buckle up for some country hopping! Instead of breaking up the last two parts of our trip, we decided to combine them for one big Friday extravaganza!

So we left off in Paris, where we boarded a train to Belgium. While we were in Belgium we visited Brussels and Bruges, ate far too many waffles and chocolates, and may have partaken in a beer or two (JUST, of course, to be courteous of the Belgian culture.) Visiting Bruges was by far one of our favorite days of the trip, because everywhere you turned was just so insanely picturesque. It was like visiting the fantasyland section of Disney, only real. We pretty much have decided that when we get old we will runaway to Bruges to live out the rest of our days sitting alongside the canals eating waffles. Can you think of anything more romantic?

While we were in Belgium we also went on a 22 mile bike adventure to The Netherlands, got to see the Flower Carpet (which is this stunning flower festival in Brussels that only happens one weekend every 2 years), and ate far too many french fries. Because fries? They are considered a perfectly acceptable main course in Belgium (another HUGE reason I would be perfectly content to call this place home ; )

After our four days in Belgium it was time to head to Scotland, where we of course shot a GORGEOUS wedding which you can check out here if you missed, and got to do some fun exploring afterwards. We had an amazing day venturing into the highlands for the very first time and visiting Loch Ness where we just MAY have gotten a peek at Nessie ; )  There was also a LIFE CHANGING moment involving me and my new best friend Charley, but I have decided that something that epic is going to be it’s own blog post.

Hope you enjoy this mini-peek at the last two bits of our adventure. There is another one of Ben’s awesome videos to come next!

Love + Laughs,

Sarah & Ben

 

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Sometimes the best “I love you’s” aren’t the big ones. Sometimes they aren’t in grand gestures or written letters, or being shouted from a roof-top for all to hear. Sometimes, they are in the smallest of small details. And that had never been more true than that afternoon as they stood together at the end of the aisle, with their fingers entwined between them. Not because they were asked to, or because they thought they should, but because holding on to each other that tightly was the only way they knew. And in a day filled with sweet gestures big and small, that one detail was the best “I love you” of them all . . . . .

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Megan + Casey are married! They had a gorgeous wedding at the very same venue that we were married at four and half years ago, and we were so insanely excited to get the chance to document a beautiful wedding day in a place that is so near and dear to our hearts. Megan looked absolutely stunning in her Maggie Sottero gown, and Casey looked incredibly dashing as well. (I am pretty sure Ben made at least 2-3 James Bond references!)

After a pretty intense storm that afternoon the entire sky lightened up for their outdoor ceremony, which was full of so much love and laughter. And speaking of laughter I of course can’t go without saying that these two had one of the most fun, laid-back bridal parties ever! We had a blast with everyone, and loved getting to spend the day with all of their friends and family. At the reception Megan’s dad gave one of the most touching speeches that left everyone (including a few photographers you may know) with misty eyes and full hearts. It was so sweet the way he passed the baton on to Casey as the main man in Megan’s life, and we know Casey is going to carry that baton perfectly.

Megan + Casey, from burrito dates to trivia night to the epic celebration that was your big day, we have had the best time on this wedding adventure with you guys! Thank you for having us there to document your best day ever, we couldn’t have loved it more. Hope you are having the best time in Italy!

Love + Laughs,

Sarah & Ben

 

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Vendors:

Photography: Sarah & Ben

Hair + Makeup: Anna from Jess Waldrop

Wedding Dress: CC’s Boutique

Groom’s Apparel: Jos. A.  Bank

Dj: Zohler-Sobel Entertainment 

Cake: Publix & Sugardarlings

Cigars: Rodriguez & Menendez

Venue: Armani’s at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay

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All through our vacay Ben was constantly taking all of these little video snippets, and yesterday he surprised with the sweetest montage video of our time in Paris. And now that I’ve dried my eyes enough to hit the publish button, I of course wanted to share it with you all! Enjoy this teeny tiny peek into the most grand of adventures <3

 

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