So, this past weekend, Tim and I celebrated our 1 year wedding anniversary! wooooo!
It’s crazy to think that a whole year has already gone by! Thinking about it, it feels like our wedding was just a few weeks ago!
We used the weekend as a chance to reflect on the past year, and to reminisce on our wedding day, and to have some good old R&R time together. We decided to take it back to the place where we had room blocks for our wedding, where we stayed with our out of town guests during our wedding weekend– the Hilton Orlando. To put it simply, it did not disappoint.
It was like a tropical getaway, without actually having to travel/getaway. STAYCATION wins again!
The hotel is pretty awesome, having a huge pool area along with a lazy river! We took full advantage of that, and we lucked out because the weather forecast called for rain throughout the whole weekend, and besides some showers on the Saturday night, it otherwise held off. We got plenty of pool time, getting to both swim, and hang out pool side with some food and frozen beverages. Everything tasted delicious (from the margaritas we drank, to the foods we tried–soft pretzels, buffalo chicken nachos, burger, fries– I mean how could that not sound just yum?!).
We luckily got to check in early on our arrival day, which was a great plus and something we were very appreciative of. Everyone there was super nice and whenever people asked what brought us there and when we told them, in their response you can tell they were genuinely happy for us and it made you honestly feel like they were glad you decided to spend it there. The contact person I had been in touch with back during wedding block planning, was also the person I was in touch with when planning this, and she even had champagne and chocolate covered strawberries sent to our room the first night we were there! ahhhh! Click this link to see my boomerang/happy dance– WOO!
The hotel staff, from the bell man to the room service man who delivered our breakfast the morning of our anniversary, were very pleasant. The room service employee even gave us encouraging words of advice for marriage (one thing was to let the woman run the house and finances, ahaha). The food was yummy yet again, and we got to have our wedding cake that we had frozen for our first year anniversary! It was pretty good for a year old frozen cake, lol.
The night of our actual anniversary we ate out at an Italian Restaurant called Ciao Italia, which came recommended from one of my in- laws and it was actually only 5 minutes away from our hotel! Definitely a plus. Being from New York, I always prefer authentic restaurants as opposed to chain places. And after actually having been to Italy (Positano, for our honeymoon), I feel like you have to go the authentic route, a good ol’ mom and pop type of place. Well this place did not disappoint, the food there was DELICIOUS. I got the veal franchese and Tim got some kind of shrimp and scallop/pasta dish, we both thoroughly enjoyed our meals.
We clean up ok? Sometimes, we get fancy. haha
AND, I got to wear my bridal shoes which I had not worn since our wedding day!
Another cool thing about our stay, is at the end of the hallway of the floor that our room was located on, had a balcony that you could go out on, and at night time the Disney fireworks were visible! It was like our own little private show.
Our one year anniversary weekend was so special and much enjoyed one on one time together.
One year down, forever to go!
How many years are all you guys celebrating?! Any special plans set in place? Would love to hear!
**Disclaimer–While the Hilton Orlando did indulge us with some added treats and a discounted rate, all opinions here are my own.