Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Part 2....New Jersey

 Galloway NJ was our next stop in our trip. Andrew's pledge brother Kevin was getting married. Our stay in Galloway was amazing. Our stay was at Dolce Seaview Golf Resort  The resort was an elegant, turn-of-the century resort. This resort was a stay of many famous and past presidents. The weekend before our stay the LPGA had their golf tournament at this resort. It was amazing to learn about the history of this hotel. Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, President Harding, The Rolling Stones, and Dwight Eisenhower are just a few of the famous guests here. I highly recommend this hotel if traveling to was about 8 miles from Atlantic City, NJ.

The wedding was nothing short of spectacular. Kevin and Maria were stunning and were glowing with happiness as their event unfold. It was an amazing weekend and we were so blessed to be there to witness this journey of their beginning lives as husband and wife. Congrats to you both and thanks for letting us be apart of your special day.

Rehearsal Dinner at a cute little town of Smithville, NJ

The "welcome party" at JD's pub...great time and good laughs

The walk down the aisle as husband and wife. The ceremony was a beautiful,traditional Catholic ceremony. 

Rolls Royce was pretty sweet..
Cocktail Hour before the reception

The boys playing the family recreational room

Inside the resort these chandeliers were hanging everywhere so I had to take a picture

Cocktail hour was pretty amazing...

This ice sculpture was designed by Maria (the brides brother) it was beautiful. It was the center of the 'cocktail hour'

Cocktail hour had some amazing food and drinks in fact it was so amazing I even tried lobster which I dislike seafood very much but it wasn't bad...I prefer other things but I didn't hate it.

He sweeps me off my feet despite the fact he has no moves...sorry Andrew

Greg and Trevor.....they stole my camera

Brian Frazier

We both had a great time dancing...The live band was amazing...they played everything from Frank Sinatra to Lady GAGA

Singing the Beta Song

Treavor and Leah McKeeman...its always fun seeing them swing dance...their little boy Finn was just adorable

Showing off their dance lessons...they were amazing....loved seeing Kevin so happy.
Outside the golf shop



Our next stop was Ocean City, NJ were we spent a much needed day at the beach, unfortunatly the water was freezing but we walked the boardwalk and ate some amazing pizza at Mack and Mancos I have to say it was almost better if not tied with Lombardi's Pizza in NYC. It was so nice to have the day where we were not rushed for time. We sat on the boardwalk benches just taking in the beautiful day and were able to see a family of dolphins swimming in the ocean. Ocean City was a nice family friendly place. Here are our pics of our day

The next day we drove to Philadelphia to catch our flight home. We had some time to kill so we took a visit downtown, again some beautiful architecture as well as some amazing history.

By the time our trip had ended I was almost in tears because I missed my boys so much. We had a fabulous time and loved taking pics of our travels.


We had so much fun in NYC. Our first time there and we had only one day to do the complete tour of Manhattan. I was amazed at the atmosphere and lifestyle there. When we arrived at our hotel in Time Square it was 12am and you would think with all the people still out it was the middle of the day. People were still shopping (which I love that you can still shop at 12am). We decided to take a stroll thru Time Square. The next day we had a full day of site seeing, shopping and eating and here are the photographs of our day in NYC. ( I have altered some of the photos which I think turned out pretty cool). FYI it was the hottest day in 75 years that early of the year...we definitely felt it for sure.

Time Square was pretty cool at night

This was about 1am....notice all the people still out and about shopping and hanging out

Our day started in Time Square

Love the REESES sign!
This was a HUGE TOYSRUS.
Rockefeller Center
The architecture here was amazing

Central Park....the "Friends" fountain

We had to stop and take a break here in the tunnel beneath the was only 10 am and about 90 degrees

This band was playing here in Central thing I loved about New York was the live bands everywhere

Taking a "stroll" thru Central Park

I can only imagine but I bet Central Park is amazing in the Fall

Taking our first subway train to SOHO

Yes....I'm a Karadashian fan so of course I had to was pretty cool...they had guards inside the entire time
Lombardi's Pizza is supposedly THE BEST in NYC....and I'm not for sure cause we didn't eat any other but it was pretty amazing. We happened to be there while they were filming a commercial for Lombardi's and was able to meet the owner and who knows maybe on their commercial as well.

I loved the architecture of NYC....I believe this was a church in SOHO

The Freedom tower....once where the World Trade Center once was...we visited the museum and that entire area was filled with a feeling I cant really describe... walking thru the museum..reliving the moment was tragic as well as reading all the stories and letters written to their lost loved ones

We were told that one floor of the WTC was an acre long.....I cant even imagine...and now its gone

Notice the "Still Standing" on the firetruck...this was next door to the museum, across from what was the World Trade Center.

Walking thru SOHO....a trendy boutique place to shop

This was a view from the ferry we were on to see Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty

They were filming "Sesame Street"

Andrew works for the company who owns Applebees so it was only right to take his pic in the Applebees in Time Square

Our view out our window at camera wouldn't capture a great photo with out the flash so I altered it a bit
That evening we learned about the Black Eyed Peas concert from one of the girls working at was a free concert in Central Park and were able to get tickets but unfortunately the rained cancelled it so we ended our evening at BLT Steaks a fabulous restaurant recommended by a local we met on the subway. I didn't get any pics because it wasn't that kind of place where you took pics.
This was our cab ride back to our hotel wear I thought I was going to die a few times...they are crazy.....I had worn the wrong shoes that night so there was not going to be any extra walking for sure and plus it was raining.