Be prepared to be more than a little blown-away by Jillian and Matt’s wedding plans. Not only are these two planning a destination wedding, but they are also creating their own itinerary for their Epic Moon. Us? Jealous? Never! Bet you are though when you read on…
“Well, notices have been given and mostly everything has been booked, so it’s finally time to reveal our pre-wedding plans!
“When Matt and I decided to hold our wedding in Scotland, we jokingly spitballed the idea of backpacking around Europe beforehand. This was just a silly idea as neither of us could get that much time off of our jobs. But you never know what life will throw at you. And a couple months later, here we are: quitting our jobs and planning to move 6 hours north to the San Francisco Bay area. My family lives up there, and my sister is due with her first baby any day now! (Shoot, she may have given birth by the time this posts.) Matt and I want to be an active aunt and uncle in our little niece-to-be’s life.
“Plus, if we’re quitting our jobs, we might as well take some extra time for ourselves! Why have just a Honeymoon, when you can add in a Pre-Moon too! That’s no honeymoon…it’s an Epic Moon!
“4 months traveling around Europe from Iceland and ending with Volksfest in Stuttgart! Toss a wedding in the middle there and you have a perfect recipe for an Epic Moon. This has definitely created an interesting planning dynamic as everything needs to be completed before we head out for Iceland in July.
“I’ve heard the final weeks prewedding can be a bit crazy with last minute details, but because of The Epic Moon, I’ll be on the road with limited phone and internet access. A little crazy? Perhaps. But absolutely worth it!
“My handy Erin Condren wedding planner has been essential in this process. I use my phone for most things (Google Calendar, Sheets, and Keep have been my best friends throughout this process), but sometimes it’s nice to have a physical list to track responsibilities.
“Another benefit of Epic Moon is we’ll be swinging by Edinburgh the month before our wedding to see a bit of the Fringe Festival and catch the Military Tattoo. (We’ve both been before and loved it. We can’t wait to go again!) This quick trip to Scotland means we actually get to have our tasting dinner with Hickory Foods too!
“I’d woefully accepted we’d miss the tasting dinner part of our wedding package, but now we’re thrilled we actually get to experience this delicious dinner after all. Our tasting is technically a bit after our dinner selections are due, but Hickory and Borthwick have been very accommodating and are letting us decide after our dinner’s complete.
“We also plan on meeting up with our photographers, Chris and Gill Currie, to do a pre-wedding photoshoot up in Skye. I’ve never been to that part of Scotland before, and based on other shoots I’ve seen, I’m so excited! It’s truly breathtaking. I’m also happy we’re going to have a chance to spend some time with them before the big day. The first couple shots of our engagement photos were definitely on the stiff and awkward side, so I’d much rather get that awkwardness out of the way before the actual wedding! So far Chris and Gill have been lovely to talk to, though, so I’m betting we’ll quickly feel comfortable.
“Keeping my hair purple has introduced yet another complicated variable to my Epic Moon. (For those who read last month and gave your input on my hair color (or colour, sorry), thank you! Everything you said rang true and definitely helped me get closer to my decision. I’m having a hair trial on March 1st, so I’ll get some photos then and share them next month 😃 )
“If you haven’t had bright colored hair before, it fades incredibly fast! I can usually get through about a month before I want the color touched up, and I’ll be gone for 2 months before the wedding. My normal hair stylist is actually attending my wedding and doing my hair, but I don’t really want to try to home dye my hair in a hotel room the day before the ceremony.
“So I turn to you again, dear readers, for referrals to hair salons near Edinburgh! I’d especially love some tips from women who have had unnatural, brightly colored hair.
I’ll finish up this post with a brief list of our itinerary through Europe — while I’ve booked all our accommodation, I’ll happily take any tips about each destination!”
START : Iceland → Barcelona → Majorca → Florence → Paris → Bordeaux → Brussels → Ireland (Galway, Killarney, Kinsale, Dublin) → Edinburgh → Prague → Germany Romantic Road → WEDDING! → Croatia → Slovenia → Final stop in Stuttgart for Volksfest : END
Never mind Mini-Moon or Honeymoon – we are loving the idea of the Epic Moon. Anyone else? Alie x
Jillian has fallen in love with the idea of marrying fiance, Matt in a Scottish castle. They are based in Orange County, California and are planning their destination wedding for September this year. Jillian loves Scotland because “you can have a beautiful, romantic wedding, but it’s also a little badass!”
Photos from Jillian’s travel inspiration and Scottish Elopement image by The Curries