Our stay in the Amalfi was my favorite part of our trip. The scenery is absolutely breathtaking and our resort was amazing- we stayed at the NH Collection Resort in the city of Amalfi. The staff was so friendly- and had a bottle of champagne waiting for us on the balcony for our arrival.
We spent the majority of Day 1 in Amalfi (we spent two days total) exploring our resort- it was huge. And a lot of our time at the infinity pool that overlooked the coastline, we were both pretty exhausted from our time in Rome.
Our room was more modern than our first hotel in Rome- and had a bottle of champagne also waiting inside upon check in. We were also upgraded to a room that overlooked the coast with a balcony because it was our honeymoon (I recommend carrying a copy of your wedding invitation with you while you travel, as this will often happen if you mention you’r are honeymooning).
Our hotel had an awesome courtyard in the center- that dated all the way back to the 13th century- it felt like something out of a movie.
We would highly recommend this resort to anyone traveling to the Amalfi coast- especially for a honeymoon. It felt like an all inclusive experience, and the staff went above and beyond.
I will post a follow up to this around our time exploring the town of Amalfi!
We chose to stay in Rome our first few nights for a couple of reasons
- We had never been
- It was the closest in proximity to the airport (we flew into Rome)
- We knew we would be exhausted after our flight
We stayed at the Romanico Palace our first two nights in Rome, as it was close in proximity to the Trevi Fountain, but still in a pretty quiet location. The hotel was beautiful, the staff was very helpful and gave us a lot of good recommendations. The entire hotel stuck very true to a Roman + romantic aesthetic. Plus- free breakfast!
We explored the Trevi Fountain (again keep your bag close, a lot of pickpockets!) which was beautiful, and extremely busy!
I would highly recommend when in Rome to ask around for restaurant recommendations. We opted to ask our hotel staff and they gave us some great ones. Our favorite was a small family owned restaurant called La Lampada near our hotel. The pasta was homemade (as it is at almost every Italian restaurant) and AMAZING. We also splurged for gelato every night.
Bodysuit: Victoria’s Secret (available on Poshmark)
For our Honeymoon Philip + I decided we wanted to do something international, and something we’ve always wanted to do (not to mention our Honeymoon felt like the right place to drop a good amount of $ on travel). So, with a lot of consideration + research we landed on doing an Italy trip! Rome was our first stop, and I wanted to share our experience there, as well as tips for anyone who will be traveling there/who is interested in traveling there in the future. The Vatican was our first stop!
We stayed in Rome a total of 3 nights (2 at the beginning of our trip, and 1 at the end). I personally would recommend splitting up your days there, as they will be full of A LOT of activity, and walking (make sure to pack comfortable shoes).
Our first stop was the Vatican. We opted for the group tour as we had heard that the line into the Vatican can be hours (and when we got there, they weren’t kidding). Tour guides will have separate line passes that can get you in with a very minimal wait time. For the Vatican there is a specific dress code,
- Shoulders must be covered- aka no tanks
- Knees must be covered
I opted for a long breezy skirt + a short sleeve shirt to stay cool, as our day was pretty warm. Overall we had a really positive experience at the Vatican (we went through Gartours and everything ran on time and smoothly) and would highly recommend it to check off of your bucket list.
Skirt: Abercrombie (dupe: ASOS) Blouse: Madewell Sandals: Target Bag: Chloe
Make sure you wear some sort of crossbody if you choose to take a bag, and ALWAYS KEEP IT CLOSE TO YOU. The Vatican area is known for pickpocketing and high theft rates because it is a large tourist population! I personally suggest taking a cardholder with ID/payment, etc. and. leave the bag behind as I was constantly worried about it. There is water inside the Vatican, so no need to bring your own.
I document all of our travel on my Instagram as well (@abbeykebe).
Philip & I both had a very clear view on what we wanted our wedding day to look like. Industrial, Urban, Whimsical, Fun, and something that spoke to our taste. We were both adamant about having a unique space to share our reception in that didn’t feel like a standard ballroom (absolutely nothing wrong with ballrooms, just not our style!). I put together a lot of mood boards + saved a TON of pictures that inspired me (via Pinterest of course). I have linked my Wedding Planning board below!
Wedding Inspiration Pinterest Board
I knew that the aesthetic of our day was something important to me, that our photographer captured PERFECTLY (her info is linked to the bottom of this post). A few things that I did to create our aesthetic
- Finding a space that fit our vibe (thank you VUE Columbus!). This calls for less $ spent towards decor when you already have a killer space.
- Free flowing, garden style floral arrangements and bouquets
- Greenery, EVERYWHERE (don’t let them fool you, it’s not any less expensive than flowers)
- Consistent neutral typography
- Unconventional food- hello tacos, chicken tenders and sliders!
- Mismatched bridesmaid dresses in shades of blush & taupe with a palette to help guide
- Photo locations that fit our look + a photographers style that did as well
I will be doing a separate post linking individual items that I ordered for our big day!
Photographer: Lauren Anne Photography
I can’t believe it’s already December & I am just now getting around to posting around the details of our big day. Goes to show that your schedule doesn’t always die down post wedding planning!
One of my favorite memories of our wedding week is our rehearsal dinner. I felt like it was the one time we were able to get a lot of one on one interaction with the people closest to us the week of the wedding. Our families were amazing in helping set the entire thing up so we didn’t have to worry about anything.
I’ve had a ton of questions around my dress from our rehearsal, and honestly I’ve been eyeing this dress for just this occasion since we got engaged. I’ve always loved BHLDN (Anthropologie’s bridal sub brand) and their delicate & easy to wear pieces, and Needle & Thread (the designer of the dress) for their embroidery/bead work. This is their Bobbi dress in a size 0, the fit was oversized (which I typically prefer in the majority of what I wear #comfyAF) but photographed like a dream.
The (somewhat new) Mrs. Kebe
Gingham Flannel: J. Crew (dupe: J. Crew Factory)
Overalls: Abercrombie & Fitch
Utility Jacket: Penfield x Madewell
Jeans: Hollister Co.
Stripe Flannel: Madewell (dupe: Madewell)
Autumn is my absolute favorite season ever since I can remember. Growing up in Michigan the fall season was a magical time, everything was changing color, the air was cooler, and my family would soon be visiting for the Holidays. I get such a sense of nostalgia during this time of year.
Philip & I have gone to Lynd’s fruit farm in Columbus every year since we began dating, and I’m glad we are holding the tradition now that we’re MARRIED (but more to come on that later). Apple + pumpkin picking are the best, and I like to get the full experience, which obviously means dressing the part. Flannels are my fall go to (flannels…for fall? Groundbreaking), but J. Crew/Madewells flannels are life changing and the COZIEST. I’m pretty much still a child, so I love a good pair of overalls, and A&F always performs with their denim selection. I was SHOCKED that I was buying pieces from Hollister again bc tbh I hadn’t since like 2011, but I’m living for these paper bag jeans (+ they’re on sale for a steal!). My Madewell transport tote goes everywhere with me, but my monogram stamp feels a little outdated now that I have new initials! Maybe that’ll be my testimony as to why I need a new one….
Here’s to the best season around!
Pajama Set: TopShop
Eye Mask: Amazon
My bachelorette party was a massive success thanks to my wonderful maid of honor, and all of my amazing friends! We went with a slumber party theme and booked a hotel suite bc staying in is life. I was in love the Topshop satin set I ordered, and I’m so bummed I didn’t get a picture of my slippers bc I’m OBSESSED (+ inexpensive).
I decided to keep things more low key v. going out and getting wasted bc let’s be honest, I’m a Grandma. The Leveque Hotel in downtown Columbus did not disappoint with our suite! The entire hotel itself is gorgeous, but I was so impressed with our room! We’re almost a month out and it is getting REAL.