S: Scott & Shawn
BC: HAPPILY Ever AFTER...
FC: E | April 21, 2010 | Little Bay Jamaica | ___
1: Our Destination Wedding April 21, 2010 Coral Cove Resort Little Bay, Jamaica
2: October 4, 2009 | Our Engagement . . . | When Scott and I first started talking about marriage, we both knew that we want to do things non-traditionally. Neither of us wanted the big fancy church wedding and preferred a smaller more intimate wedding. The first thing we had to do was decide upon an engagement ring. I had seen a beautiful men's sapphire band and loved the way the sapphire looked. I showed it to Scott and we now knew the type of stone that we wanted. We searched everywhere for a custom sapphire ring and finally settled on a 3/4 carat princess cut sapphire in a channel band with princess cut diamonds. I received a message that my ring had been delivered to the jewelry store and knew that Scott had picked up the ring. I had no idea when we was going to pop the question. I was dying to see it and the wait was killing me. I begged and begged and begged to at least be able to see it and try it on without any luck. Scott wasn't budging! Finally I wore down his defenses and he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. My ring had turned out beautiful and now the real work started. We had to decide on a location, a date, colors, attendants, guest lists and so much more.
3: The Ring
4: ... | Specifically Little Bay, Jamaica approximately 30 minutes southeast of Negril | and the location winner is....
6: Our Monogram | Now that we had a date and a location, it was time to send out Save the Dates to all of our family and friends. We wanted to make sure that anyone who wanted to come to Jamaica had plenty of time to save up some money. Shawn created the Save the Dates and together Scott and Shawn assembled them. It was a lot of work but the finished product was well worth it.
8: Coral Cove Resort Little Bay, Jamaica | Our private wedding paradise
10: R E L A X A T I O N Beautiful sunsets, tranquility and peace
12: Welcome to Jamaica It was a 2 hour van ride from the Montego Bay Airport to Coral Cove. We were greeted upon our arrival with fresh cookies, cool towels and shown to our own paradise for the next five days.
14: Rick's Cafe Negril | Crazy Jumpers Cool Drinks Friends & Fun
16: Carly talked Marc into jumping from the lowest point. He tried the next highest point but couldn't do it. Scott was the next one to jump
18: Blue Crabs None of us had heard of Blue Land Crabs until we met Claudia from across the street. | They live in the ground near the swamps. They come out at night and they are quick little things. We tried catching some but weren't very successful. The ones in the pictures, Claudia caught the night before!
19: Snorkeling with Biggs We went to Turtle Bay with Biggs and snorkeled. The boat wouldn't start when we left and we floated into a reef. We finally got it started. Scott's kissing a machete fish.
21: The Blue Hole | Shelley, Crystal, Steve, Rosco, Scott and Shawn borrowed bikes and biked to The Blue Hole. It's about a 35 foot drop into a natural mineral spring. Everyone jumped in except for Shelley and Shawn. The guys at The Blue Hole put on quite the show and it was there that we met Leo...Our fav Rasta Man.
22: Some of the Sights
24: Floral& fauna
26: Wedding Preparations
28: "Something old, something new Something borrowed, something blue"
29: Shawn, Carly and Crystal were busy getting ready in the Doctor Bird. It was crazy hot on our Wedding day and there was no air conditioning in either Crystal or Shawn's rooms. Everything turned out beautiful though. | Finishing touches | Our Rings | Zipping up the dress
32: Here Comes the Bride...
33: "All brides are beautiful but this one...she's especially beautiful" --Scott Eastman
34: April 21, 2010 4:30 pm Our ceremony commenced and we became Mr & Mrs The sun was bright, the wind strong and the temperatures high as we vowed to love each other till death do us part.
35: In every picture from the ceremony, Shawn is squinting due to the sun in her eyes. Both Scott and Shawn's fingers had swelled from the heat and our wedding rings were a tight fit. Mr & Mrs Scott Eastman
36: JAMAICA ISLAND CEREMONY Today is the day of Celebration. We are here, on this Caribbean island, surrounded by incredible beauty to celebrate life, love and the beauty of relationships. But more importantly, we are here to celebrate the relationship of two people who have come here to embark on an incredible journey and set sail for a magical life together. It is such a wonderful blessing that the two of you have found each other in this world. Your hearts met and through your relationship unfolded vulnerable honesty, gentle caring, and that crazy little thing we call love, which has bonded you for life. The beauty of this marriage is that you will always continue to learn together and teach each other, to open each other to explore new ideas, to share life and bring out the very best in one another. The two of you will never lose your freedom by being married because you will become freer by being together. Your world will become larger and your options more abundant than what would be alone. What could be more beautiful? What could be more fun?
37: THE EXCHANGE OF VOWS Do you Scott, promise Shawn to be forever faithful and honest, to share with her your dreams and your fears, to cherish her for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health and to be forever close in your souls? Do you Shawn, promise Scott to be forever faithful and honest, to share with him your dreams and your fears, to cherish him for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health and to be forever close in your souls? THE EXCHANGE OF RINGS Let these rings, which you are about to exchange, serve to remind us that a circle is a symbol of the sun, the earth, and the universe. A circle has no beginning and no ending. It is a symbol of wholeness, peace and completeness. These rings are very special because they remind us that we are individuals yet we are not alone. Wear them to tell each other and the whole world that you are in love with the very special person wearing the other one.
38: THE EXCHANGE OF RINGS Scott, place this ring on Shawn's finger and while holding her hand repeat after me. I, Scott give you this ring as a symbol of how happy you make me and as a sign to all that you are the special one that I wish to share life’s journey with. May you feel surrounded by my love each time you look at your ring. Shawn place this ring on Scott's finger and while holding his hand, repeat after me. I, Shawn, give you this ring as a symbol of how happy you make me and as a sign to all that you are the special one that I wish to share life’s journey with. May you feel surrounded by my love each time you look at your ring.
39: WEDDING BLESSING Shawn and Scott live your life with passion, compassion and excitement ... play... dance... share in life’s long journey... make footprints in the sand... sail in the gentleness of the winds.. . climb mountains together... laugh together... cry together... smile often. ..make life magical and extraordinary... be happy... be silly ... rejoice in the beauty of life... and from now on and into all of your tomorrows you will be partners in love for life... remembering while sailing in the great sea of marriage to always be each other’s best friends. PRONOUNCEMENT OF MARRIAGE Having witnessed the vows you have just made to each other, surrounded by your love, the sun, the tropical sea of the Caribbean, and by the authority invested in me, upheld by the laws of the island of Jamaica, I now pronounce you co-captains in life, best friends forever, and most of all husband and wife. Scott you may kiss your Bride
42: Scott'sFamily | Shawn'sFamily
43: Our Family | Our Family
44: The Hansen's - Dave and Deb The Fring's - Dave and Jody The Eastman's - Marc, Scott, Shawn, Carly, Jean & Shelley The Mosack's - Steve and Crystal The Cuhel's - Joel and Laura Russell/Nindorf - Rosco and Ray | The Whole Gang
46: For you see, each day I love you more Today more than yesterday and less than tomorrow. ~Rosemonde Gerard
48: "One Heart, One Love, One Destiny" --Bob Marley
51: "Love the life you live...Live the life you love" --Bob Marley
53: "My first, my last, my everything. And the answer to all my dreams. You're my sun, my moon, my guiding star. My kind of wonderful, that's what you are" --Barry Whitel
54: I love you not only for what you are, but for who I am when I am with you.
55: E A S T M A N
60: Jamaica Reception | Sunset April 21, 2010
61: Starter Spicy Conch Soup & Market Salad Entrees & Sides Herbed Marinated Grilled Mahi Mahi Marinated US Choice Strip Loin Sides Basil Mashed Potatoes Grilled Zucchini with lemon herb butter sauce Dessert Fruit Flambé
63: C A K E
65: JAMAICA RECEPTION
66: Matron of Honor and Maid of Honor Crystal Mosack Carly Eastman | Girls having fun...
68: Our Honeymoon Idle Awhile Resort
72: Our Room - Garden Suite
74: Our First Night in Negril We met up with Joel and Laura who were staying next door at Coco La Palm and walked the beach down to Alfred's to have a cold Red Stripe and watch the sunset. We had never seen anything quite like the sunsets in Negril.
76: Scott decided to use the crabbing knowledge that we got from Claudia to catch some crabs. We were walking back from Alfred's when Scott spotted the crabs coming in and decided to jump in and try to catch a few. He caught one and a local asked for it. He was pretty proud of his catch!
78: Hanging out at Idle Awhile
80: White Sands - Negril Beach
83: S C E N E R Y
84: Margaritaville - Negril Yep, we had a Cheeseburger in Paradise and a few other things. We stopped there a few times but never adventured out to the water trampoline...maybe next trip
86: The honeymoon is over and it's back to reality. We returned from Negril on April 27, 2010 and spent the night in Minneapolis. The next day Scott and I went shopping. We had been looking at purchasing a 2010 Camaro for awhile and happened to find the exact color that I was hoping for. Our first purchase as Mr & Mrs a 2010 Camaro
87: Our Reception Invites
88: Elks Lodge, Superior, Wisconsin Our at-home reception was held on May 22, 2010 at the Elks Lodge. There were approximately 200 people in attendance to help us celebrate our marriage.
89: Banana Leaves | My crafty card box | Orchids | The Mosacks helped us decorate the night before and the morning of. Flowers were from Bashful Blooms in Proctor, Minnesota | E
90: Rich Crusine provided authentic Jamaican food for our reception. Our menu consisted of Garden Salad with Guava Dressing Jerk Chicken Jerk Pork Two Potato Salad Rice and Peas and Cranberry Cornbread The food was amazing and Tom Rich hit a home run on the flavor. The only thing better than the food was the cake. Scott and I had a blast sampling all of Eileen's creative flavors to pick the perfect combination for us.
91: Tier I - Chocolate Orange Tier II - Blueberry Lemon Most amazing cakes ever!! | How Sweet It Is Cakes Eileen Brown