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March 13, 2015

A Tropical Getaway | Atlanta Athens Wedding Photographer

Royal Caribbean Cruise to the Bahamas | Nassau and CocoCay

We LOVE to travel and we prefer that to include a tropical getaway! What better excuse to travel than to celebrate marriage and a two year anniversary?! If it was up to me, I could find an excuse just about every month! 😉 As wedding photographers we are blessed to travel with this job. I have a few (ok a lot!) of destination weddings on my bucket list. Some include anywhere tropical like the Bahamas or Hawaii, Europe, Italy or Scotland, California and Australia.. hey, you never know when that special bride might come along! I’ve learned that it is ok to dream and no dream is too big! This year we didn’t think we would be able to go anywhere for our anniversary due to a super busy work year for Mitchell and other travel arrangements already planned for the year..and then… came along the idea of a short 3 night cruise to the Bahamas! A last minute trip that was refreshing and such a blessing! We drove to Port Canaveral, FL and hopped on the Enchantment of the Seas ship to set sail for Nassau and CocoCay. Did you know CocoCay is a private island exclusively owned by Royal Caribbean?! Crazy! I looked it up on the map and it was the size of a dot. I had to zoom in for ever and ever to even find it. This island gave me a new perspective on life and the size of this earth. To see this dot on a map and to be present on that dot made me feel small compared to this island, compared to this world. I realized, I can’t imagine how large this world really is. I see it on a map all the time but that doesn’t compare to how BIG it is. How BIG our God is, the creator of all things. All things being created by Him, were created for him; being made by his power, they were made according to his pleasure, and for his praise and glory.

For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.” Colossians 1:16

Being on a ship with so many strangers has always been interesting to me. This is our third cruise we have went on since being married and every single year we meet a couple, or two, that we connect with, share our life with and become friends with. Thankfully, social media allows for us to stay in contact. I believe every couple we meet was supposed to cross our path. We were supposed to share our story with them and listen to theirs. It is always a blessing and we love the people that have crossed our paths each year!

We had the best time on this cruise – it was so nice to “unplug” for a few days and just be together. Life can get so busy and it seems we are always working even when we are not working, yeah, you know what I mean. There is always something to do or somewhere to be. One of my favorite things about a cruise is being forced to unplug. It is refreshing! I am so grateful for this last minute getaway and there is no one else I want to share life with than this man I call my husband! He is my best friend! Here are some photos from our adventure on the Enchantment of the Seas ship. A mix of iPhone and Canon 5d professional photos. Enjoy! 🙂

We loved this photo that was framed on the cruise ship. Awesome!Dinner night one, there was a “disco 80’s” party – if I would’ve known in advance I would have been all over that and teased my hair along with some blue eyeshadow ;)!My breakfast date 🙂

Fruit and Oatmeal = my favorite breakfast

We docked in Nassau at noon so we took advantage of time to relax and sip coffee by the sea!

and play with the camera a little…

arriving in Nassau, Bahamas…We did the Atlantis Aquaventure excursion and had a blast! We rode waterslides all day long!
Before we headed back to the ship we took a tour through the aquarium!

Breakfast day two – oatmeal is great and all but I couldn’t resist the pastries any longer… 😉 I wanted to sample them all!

Night number two was “formal night” – It’s always fun to get dressed up! At dinner, the waiter brought us a piece of chocolate cake with a candle and sang “Happy Anniversary” in the same tune as Happy Birthday… LOL! Which then led to a couple of spring breakers yelling, “it’s their anniversary” throughout the remainder of the trip. It kept things entertaining and led to this photo below. One of the “spring breakers” insisted we kiss and pose for a photo. HA!The largest sandbar I have ever visited. It was about 300 yards out!

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