If only you knew how special April is for me. Three years ago today it was a beautiful day in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Sun was shining bright, sky was blue, light breeze felt soothing on the skin and birds were chirping in a cheery chorus. My dearest grandfather held my hand and walked me down the aisle where I tied the knot with the love of my life. Here I am three years later, more in love than I ever was, feeling butterflies every morning I wake up. Yes, yes, it’s that time of the year when I get all cheesy, sentimental and romantic and tell you all about our beautiful wedding and share gazillion photos. Bare with me today.final-1336Like many other cliché love stories, ours started at work during lunch time five years ago in April (where does the time fly?). We both lived and worked in my hometown Tbilisi. In a year, we went on a vacation to Dubai where Mr. B popped the question and put the ring on my finger. 581208_10150690510873730_1878532640_nWe thought Florida would have been a perfect place for the big day, and somehow the choice fell on April 28th. Thus a year of endless wedding planning began. Traditional Georgian weddings are quite different from American ones, so I had loads to catch up on. Distance wedding planning was not making things easier as we had to make all choices based on photos and Skype interviews versus one-on-one meetings with vendors. Although, where there is a will there is a way and we ended up having an unforgettable day shared with our dearest family and friends. I couldn’t be thankful enough to everyone who arrived from near or afar to help us out and share this day with us.943460_10151452042668730_633694446_n945121_10151452042028730_1943820034_n942804_10151452042583730_791340036_n603705_10151452041128730_1855054133_n374319_10151452041708730_413090773_n13276_10151452050498730_1230978442_n

The day started with sipping on a glass of bubbly and getting ready with my lovely girls on a terrace of our suite overlooking a beautiful garden of Frenchmen’s Reserve Country Club. [I must give huge shout-out to Mr. B and the family who were frantically running around setting up the ceremony sight while we were being totally pampered.] 604154_10151452045573730_440022911_n374973_10151452046168730_99860437_nfinal-488Then it was time to put that princess dress on. I was wearing an off-white lacy gown from White by Vera Wang, while my bridesmaids had individually-styled dresses in the shades of blush pink. 385309_10151452056428730_880727442_n182882_10151452057128730_439269085_n943212_10151452056793730_1952455216_n480349_10151452057238730_455024099_n481866_10151452057713730_1471198954_nIt was so special to have my mom next to me and help me get dressed, little details that you keep cherishing in your heart for the rest of your life.   947023_10151452056118730_1514899659_n970892_576808572339415_1480625839_n (2)969564_10151452057848730_1533425429_n

And of course the wedding would have never been complete without my sweetest grandfather (whom I lost past December 😦 ) and my dearest girlfriends being by my side! 253347_10151452069598730_840545608_n960019_10151452090513730_161255964_n971363_10151452079078730_579922305_n942745_10151452078713730_493987722_n944533_10151452090918730_31385913_n

I want to give special shout-out to my wedding photographer Leah Langley Photography, who did an outstanding job (as you can see) on our wedding photos. Planning a wedding is no joke and it is so important to work with vendors who listen, give advice and deliver. Priority number one for me was to have good quality wedding photos as a nice reminder of all the beautiful moments we had that day, so I had not one, not two, but three photographers capturing every step. I couldn’t have been happier with Leah and her wonderful team (Jordan Weiland Photography and Kathy Tomas Photography) because they went out and about to photograph everything in the best way possible. Forgive a bit of vanity fair as I share some of the portraits they captured. 21301_10151452062163730_361649427_n400750_10151452056983730_1189130196_n935052_10151452062398730_790696090_nfinal-243Nano veilfinal-1286942942_10151452062978730_1747880731_n934908_10151452074638730_456660437_n603936_10151452062568730_902190324_n960248_10151457951233730_1081309169_n431959_10151457951848730_1732340542_n

At 5 p.m. it was time to head down to say “I do” to my man. The wedding ceremony was held in a charming garden at the clubhouse. 264548_10151457920743730_348820887_n

969697_10151457921258730_912988161_n969131_10151457922788730_1671099907_n217351_10151457922923730_199570236_n312215_10151457922568730_52053859_nfinal-1035181454_10151457921228730_1947611797_nfinal-1566165998_10151457925063730_1622908331_n931312_10151457924608730_272459003_n217343_10151457925333730_711322741_nAfter we said our vows it was time for some fun photo session, while our guests enjoyed the cocktail hour with drinks and hors d’oeuvres. final-1297249083_10151457954103730_1108782889_nfinal-590936998_10151457950633730_1947887833_n936234_10151457952578730_1644573454_n481509_10151457951503730_649623507_n292346_10151457954283730_2065961894_nfinal-1621final-1609final-1415final-1260final-1602final-1287Once we were done with foolin’ around it was time to party! The reception was held in the dining hall.  We decided to incorporate things we love and are meaningful to us in one way or another into our decorations: books, palm trees, Georgian drinking vessels, military sword, etc. final-604final-606970328_10151465869888730_480782636_n941320_10151465870993730_586209285_n404496_10151465871128730_698685533_n968873_10151466968443730_493655268_n984084_10151465905323730_191329775_nOnce we had the first dance and father-daughter/mother-son dances my girlfriends and I threw a little surprise for the guests and performed traditional Georgian dance – Acharuli – which we had rehearsed months before the wedding.untitled mfinal-764final-225After that it was all about cutting the cake and then dancing our hearts out as the cocktails kept flowing and music was jamming on. 312117_10151465941493730_1699201770_n9766_10151465895433730_1506809595_n254172_10151465905658730_143399582_n383485_10151465944543730_1239463452_n574707_10151465941748730_1219420755_n600587_10151465936773730_1111370907_n943431_10151465942583730_2049769541_n964710_10151465940683730_159449774_o969787_10151465939928730_703902838_nfinal-322final-457968855_10151465968673730_2138090429_nOh, and instead of tradition little gifts for our guests we decided to rent a photobooth which turned out be a huge success and tons of fun! 264578_10151465924938730_695459870_n941134_10151465923913730_1683616051_n945451_10151465923753730_1278058163_nOne big piece of advice that I picked up from reading wedding blogs and magazines was not to stress on the day of the wedding. If there are any future brides reading this, I want to reiterate this advice. The thing is, you spend months and maybe even years to plan ONE day and the most important thing is to be in the moment, ENJOY that day as much as possible (because it will be over before you know it) and celebrate LOVE. 983825_10151465897653730_1129826981_n482595_10151457954138730_1007910693_nWho cares if the flower bouquet didn’t turn out to be exactly the way you wanted (mine didn’t)? Or, if DJ messed up the music as you were about to walk down the aisle? (Oh yes, he did!). Guess what? Months later you will laugh out loud about it all (if you even remember it at all). Perfect wedding is not the one where everything goes the way you planned, it’s a day you have a time of your life with that one and only person you plan to spend the rest of your life with. I am the happiest girl in the world because I had a blast on my own wedding day, more so than any party I have ever been to. 942020_10151465894168730_259702342_n397398_10151465908558730_2011250848_nFlipping through my wedding album from time to time is my secret guilty pleasure, seeing those smiles on the faces of our guests and little details of the day just warms my heart. I cannot wait for more travels, adventures, silly arguments, tickles, warm cuddles, hot kisses, discrete slaps on the butt, and so much more as we grow old. Together is a wonderful place to be! 320308_10151464393938730_1776057955_nfinal-600And right as I hit publish on this post we are off to celebrate our special day with an epic anniversary dinner at Joel Robuchon Restaurant…. Cheers! Love and be loved my friends.

xoxo, nano

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Written by Nano @ Travel With Nano B.

Welcome to my site! I'm Nano, a serial expat trotting the globe to discover wonderful places and savor the gastronomic treasures of the world. Via Travel With Nano B. I'm spilling my love for travel and detailing my international culinary adventures one lil' blog post at a time. Currently based in Japan, I'm on a quest to explore this magnificent country and share my unique insight with you all. Worldly adventures, gourmet discoveries, cultural experiences, wanderlust photography, savvy travel tips - find it all on my page. Needless to say, I am thrilled to have you here reading!

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