Honeymoon | St. Lucia

Honeymoon | St. Lucia

Anyone undecided about their honeymoon or vacation destination needs to read this. We traveled to St.Lucia for our honeymoon on the Sunday after our wedding. We booked our honeymoon with Travelennium using Rebecca Dawson as our agent. It was our first big trip together, so we wanted to make sure we did it right. Let me tell you, we definitely did it RIGHT!

We booked an all-inclusive resort, Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort, for five nights. As soon as we arrived at the resort we had a butler waiting on us with drinks! He took our bags and showed us to our room that walked right out onto the beach.

Our room was amazing and did I mention it was right on the beach!? While on the beach, we had a waitress that brought us our towels as well as any food and drink we wanted. We tried out the local beer, Piton, that was named for the mountains surrounding the resort. It tasted a lot like a corona, so we enjoyed it! The waitress even brought us a cold towel to cool off.

There were four or five restaurants on the resort grounds for us to choose from. Our butler was in charge of booking our reservations for dinner. All of the food was wonderful, but our favorite was definitely the sushi bar. We had dinner most nights at the top of the resort with this amazing view.

This resort is referred to as a boutique resort which means it is a small upscale resort. It is so small that we only saw about five or six other couples while we were there.

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They left a sweet treat on our bed each day. I took a photo of this one because it’s macaroons. We often call my nephew, Mac, macaroon! 🙂

Who remembers the original Nokia cellphone with the game snake? We each had our own Nokia phone to contact our butler. And yes, that is Evan playing snake! 🙂

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We added a resort registry to our wedding website and were fortunate enough to get a few gifts from that. We were gifted a scuba diving session and were able to go 50 feet deep. I wish I’d had an underwater camera with me while we did that. It was seriously like “Finding Nemo” to me. It was really cool to see the coral reef and all the different fish. Our instructor took an underwater dry erase type board down there with us so he could tell us what each fish was.
We were also gifted resort bucks to spend on whatever we wanted. It rained one morning so we took advantage of the spa and enjoyed a couples massage.  If you check out the website, you will see how awesome the Rainforest Spa looks.

We had such a fun week as newlyweds on this beautiful island! You should definitely consider this resort for your next tropical vacation.

img_3652We flew back on that Friday into Knoxville so that we could meet our family for the Florida game. Evan and I went back and forth about whether we should go to Knoxville or not. We both, of course, wanted to go to the game, but knew it would be an exhausting two weeks for us. Well, we were SO GLAD we did. Tennessee beat Florida for the first time in ELEVEN years that weekend and we were there to witness it a week after being married! #McGangaWedding went out with a bang, that’s for sure!

Please tell me your favorite all-inclusive resort. I would love to hear from you!

Bachelorette | Destin, Florida

Bachelorette | Destin, Florida

Wow! We have been married for almost two years now… time flies! Since our two-year anniversary is coming up next week we thought it would be a great time to do some blog posts all about our wedding, starting with the Bachelorette Party!

My sister-in-law, Melissa, with the help of the other girls too, threw me the most chic bachelorette party. We did a Kate Spade theme, so there were lots of stripes, polka dots, gold, and floral!

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Do you see that amazing backdrop? Melissa made that for all the photo ops! She also made lots of props for us to take pictures with.

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The Kate Spade bags were given to the girls by me and included:

  • Kate Spade Bag: eBay I ordered these to use as the gift sack since it was the theme!
  • Hogan’s Bachelorette Weekend Coozie: Etsy (shop used for custom coozies)
  • Hair Ties: Etsy (can’t find exact listing but it was this shop)
  • Stemless Champagne Flute with their Name in Gold: A friend did the vinyl for the flutes.

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These gifts were swag for all of us put together by Melissa, Jenn & the girls, which included:

  • Hogan’s Bachelorette Tanks: Etsy
  • Hogan’s Bachelorette Sunglasses: Etsy
  • Beach Towels: eBay
  • Monogrammed Beach Spike (as seen above): Etsy

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Melissa had the whole weekend planned out for us! We arrived around lunch on Thursday and immediately hit the beach. Thursday night we went to a local Dueling Piano Bar, Funky Blues Shack for complimentary pizza and free beer for the first hour! What’s better than free beer, pizza, andddd dueling paino’s?!

Romper: Similar and on Sale | Future Mrs.Gangaware sash: my talented friend Brooke made it for me!

Friday was a beach day with all of our fun floats! We all ended up bringing floats without even planning to!

Similar Swimsuit: Swimsuits Direct | Floats: Target (these can be bought almost anywhere!)

Friday night we went to McGuire’s Irish Pub for dinner and drinks then walked across the street to AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar. They had a live band that was so much fun as you can tell from the pictures:)

Romper: Nordstrom of course it’s sold out but I’ll link some similar ones here: H&M Sale , Tobi Sale , Dillard’s Sale

Earrings: Kendra Scott (still wear these a lot two years later)

Shoes: Similar & On Sale

Saturday was our last beach day and we definitely made the best of it! All the other beach goers loved us because of all our floats! We ended up getting some great pictures on the beach before our evening festivities!

Dress: Similar | Earrings: Kendra Scott (after two years these are still a go to earring for me. I have definitely gotten my money’s worth )

After pictures we came back and played a game and opened a few gifts!

Our final dinner was at the Ocean Club and it was oh so good! Our waiter even mentioned a few celebs who frequent this restaurant including the late, Pat Summit, and Jessica Simpson! I highly recommend this restaurant next time you’re in Destin! It is a great atmosphere with live music.

After dinner, we hopped in an Uber and headed over to Baytowne, and hung out at another fun dueling piano bar, Rum Runners! #DESTINationGangaware was definitely a trip for the books! The girls outdid themselves and I am forever grateful for these awesome memories!

Thanks for stopping by! Check back next week for my wedding blog post and grab a snack because it’s going to be a long one!

Happy Birthday | 28

Today I am 28 years old. Wow, creeping up on the big 3-0! We are still at the beach so first on the agenda today was brunch! The Ruby Slipper Cafe did not disappoint!

Top: Gap Factory (on sale)  |Shorts: Gap Factory (on sale) | Shoes: Nordstrom | Clutch: Nordstrom | Sunglasses: Unicorn Eyewear (stay tuned for a post about receiving 20% off) | Bracelet: Tiffany & Co. | Watch: Marc Jacobs

In honor of my birthday, I am revealing 28 random facts about me that you may not know. Let me tell you… it was hard to come up with 28 facts, but I had a little help from my husband and my mom, so here we go…

1. My mom was going to name me Hogan whether I was a boy or a girl. Hogan Elizabeth or Hogan Benton.

2. I was named Hogan because it is my moms maiden name.

3.  I was born with webbed toes. No, I cannot swim better because of them. Lol. When I was three I had surgery to separate them but it was not 100% successful.

4. I had a disease in my hips when I was three years old called Legg Perthes. After healing one hip it happened to the other one. If you see me with a limp, I must be sore.

5. I’ve had a broken collar-bone, a busted ear drum, a broken ankle, a broken foot, and numerous stitches all before the age of 8 years old….not to mention the hip & toe issue above. Someone should have called DCS on my parents…kidding! Knock on wood, I hope I am done with the emergency room for a while! 😂

6. I am right-handed but I have dribbled the basketball left-handed since day one. I still miss those Church basketball days.

7. I met my best friend, Jenn, the night of my first High School Christmas Dance. In High School all my friends would come to my house to take pictures before the dance. My friend Kerry Ann and I were upstairs in my bedroom finishing getting ready when my mom yelled up, “Girls, Jenn is on her way upstairs!” I still remember looking at my Kerry Ann like “who?” Jenn and I have been best friends ever since!

8. I had braces for three years and I wear a retainer to bed every night.

9. I played on the Golf Team in high school and was scouted by a couple of colleges.

10. When I turned 16 my parents gave me a 2005 Red Mustang. Before I got my car I had told my dad I really wanted a sunroof. I did not know mustangs did not come with a sunroof so my dad had one installed for me.

Yes… I have been called a Princess a Time or two.. 😉

11. My favorite holiday is the Fourth of July🇺🇸

12. I was a lifeguard all four summers of High School.

13. I was a Student Ambassador for People to People in 2007. I traveled to France, Italy, and Malta for 20 days that summer.

14. I graduated from the University of Memphis Lambuth Campus with a degree in Liberal Studies concentrating in Criminal Justice & Psychology.

15. When I went to college, I gained 20 pounds. Thankfully, I have gotten back to my pre-college weight!

16. Evan and I dated for a year while he was a Freshman in college and I was a Junior in High School 2007/2008. We got back together in the spring of 2012 and then married in 2016.

17. Evan and I are both the babies of the family. We believe that is one of the many reasons we get along so well.

18. I nannied for Kate Krull for a few years while I was in college. I was with the Krull family during some of the most trying years of their life. If you don’t know their story, please check it out and continue to pray for them,  Go Lucy Go

19. Evans grandfather died two days before our wedding. They held off on the arrangements so that we could make our honeymoon.

20. My grandmother was admitted to the hospital the day before our wedding and was not able to attend. We visited her on our way to our Rehearsal Dinner.

21. Evan and I exited our wedding to Rocky Top being played on the organ just like my parents did on their wedding day!

22. The fireworks at our reception were a complete surprise. My dad had planned them and not told anyone about it except for my uncle and the Fire Department.

23. Evan and I flew from our honeymoon in St. Lucia straight to Knoxville to catch Tennessee beat Florida for the first time in 11 years. Needless to say we had the best honeymoon we could have asked for 🙂

24. I am a licensed Notary Public.

25. I have a carrying permit.

26. Evan and I drink a tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar every morning and every evening.

27. Evan and I do not eat fast food except for the occasional Chick-fil-A.

28. Evan and I attend Church at the Mt. Carmel First Presbyterian Church.

Happy Birthday to me! Hope I didn’t bore you too much! Looking forward to another blessed year!

I’ll be sharing a full post all about our beach trip once we return! Thanks for stopping by!