Counting Down #weddingupdate4


Hot Honeymoon

Just when I was feeling like I had it semi-together.. our honeymoon plans went up in flames. Literally. 

Me and my fiancé were planning to spend a beautiful week in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. If you’ve been there, you know how gorgeous and natural it is, full of wildlife and culture. Well, it was.

Recently, a wildfire devastated the town. 

Aside from a few people dying in the fire, there were a hundred or so businesses and homes that were significantly damaged or reduced to ashes. (If you want any further information about how extensive this fire was and how you can help, click here.) Thankfully, recently two people were charged for purposefully starting this fire.

Unfortunately, our cabin (which we worked so hard to find and seemed like such a perfect fit for us) is ashes. Gone. So not only do we not have a place to honeymoon now, but we only have two months to find a new destination that’s cost-effective and beautiful. Most people book their vacations many months in advance (like we did the first time), so hopefully it won’t be difficult finding something.

We’ll figure it out, I know it. I am just super irritated that there’s a question mark floating in the air right now. Taunting me. 

Plus there were sooo many things I wanted to see in Gatlinburg. Aside from the beautiful Smoky Mountains and wildlife, I wanted to visit the Titanic Museum, eat at the Pancake Pantry, and go to one of the local wineries. It is all literally in my planner. Now with a cross striking through it. 

All our plans. Poof! Gone.

Yeah, yeah, yeah. “Get over it”.  I’m trying, I’m trying. 

Wedding Website

Our site is  finally up! 

I am so excited for you guys to see it! It has our story, registry information, photos of our wedding party, and more engagement shots. Justin and I (well…mainly him) worked really hard on getting it together, and we are overjoyed to share it with the world.


As regards to the rest of our wedding plans, things are going pretty smoothly. I’m busy trying to get plans and decorations together, and my soon-to-be hubby is busy making money so I can spend it. Just kidding. Well, maybe only a little bit. 

I have a list of the things to purchase still (which sucks), but I am excited to get it all over with. It’s actually a little painful seeing so much money leave my account so fast, but it makes me feel good to know that I’m getting  things done. Don’t have to think about it as much. 


Oh, I am in love with how they came out. They are perfect. They should be going out soon, in the next couple of weeks. Since we are having a small reception, we are including a reception card with the invitations for those invited to the after-party. 

We have many people we love, but not very much seating, which sucks because we would hate to offend anyone. 

I have been trying to let out-of-town people know ahead of time all of the information they  may possibly need concerning the wedding since it’s going to be a busy weekend. Not only is it Mardi Gras season in New Orleans, but I  literally getting married blocks away from where the All-Star game will take place. Brilliant. 

So, yeah. Wedding planning is going as expected. 

Only 2 months to go! Hopefully, my final update will be short and positive. And hopefully stress hasn’t caused me to do something to make the state penitentiary my new home.. 


9 thoughts on “Counting Down #weddingupdate4

  1. Elizabeth says:

    Aww, Panda, I’m sorry about the honeymoon! Have you considered someplace like Branson, Missouri? It’s kind of the same topography and there are lots of things to do there. And I think they have the world’s largest fiddle! lol
    As for the rest of the planning it sounds like things are moving along. Holy cow! You’re gonna be a Sadie before you know it! Yay!

    • rhandahinton says:

      Im going to look into that! Most likely we are going to find something in North Georgia to save funds. Gatlinburg was super inexpensive and fun! We’ll see what we can do on tight time and a tight budget.

  2. shulammitegirl says:

    “And I haven’t had the opportunity to meet new friends in the state penitentiary.” I’m confused by the last sentence, did I miss something? I’m really sorry to hear about the honeymoon plans. It made me so sad to see your planner with crossed out lines :/ Remember to look into Pigeon Forge!

  3. raranapoles says:

    I’m SO behind on reading blogs. Just got to this. One of my good friends was actually IN Galtinburg for her honeymoon during the fires. They had to be evacuated.

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