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Dueling Family Vacations! Anguilla Del Carmen

November 2, 2015


When Tyler and I got married close to 4 years ago, we moved to San Diego to be together and for both of our jobs. San Diego is an absolutely amazing place to call home, and we are very happy here, but it’s tough being so far from our families. My parents are 600-ish miles away in Northern California and Tyler’s family is over 2,500 miles away (!!!) in Montreal, Canada. When we first started dating, one of the most attractive qualities I saw in Tyler was the close bond he had with his family. I’ll never forget my first trip to Montreal on our Birthday (yes, we have the same Birthday!). The way that Tyler interacted with his family was so special – I knew at that moment this was the guy I wanted to be with forever. It didn’t take too long after that point for each of us to bond with the other’s families. It’s one of my favorite things in the the wold that my two sisters call Tyler “brother”.

Despite the fact that we wish we could see our families more, we are lucky to get to Montreal once per year and to Northern California 2x a year. This year however, the stars aligned and we were able to celebrate my Aunt’s beautiful wedding in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, one weekend and then travel to Anguilla in The British Virgin Islands for Tyler’s family’s vacation. Two weeks, two families, two full hearts. Tyler summed up the trip perfectly when he said that it wasn’t the tangible items like beautiful beaches, the amazing meals, or the picturesque resorts that made the trip special. It was the intangible things like bonding with my new Uncle Dave (or as we now call him, Tio D) in Mexico and our niece and nephew in Anguilla, the hours of laughter, and coming together after news of a death of a family member back at home that made the trip unforgettable. 

The video only shows the Anguilla portion of adventure and doesn’t really do the trip justice as I tended to only film when we were in and around water (which was a large part of the trip!). 

Huge thanks to Elizabeth Wightman & Dave Leontieff for throwing the most amazing, fun and love-filled wedding weekend in Playa. We love you and are so happy to have been there to celebrate your beautiful love.


Aunt Bizbeth and Tio D


Gorgeous Bride!


Tearing up the dance with the Best Man, the incredible Mike Leimbach (and fellow Santa Clara alumni!)


Caitlyn, Melissa, Aunt Bizbeth, Tio D, and me!


Dad, Caitlyn, Melissa, Mom, Me, Tyler

Massive thanks to Tyler’s Sister Emma & Brother-In-Law Nick Guezen (Luxury Retreats) for organizing the most incredible “pinch-me” trip to Anguilla. We love you so much! 


The Guezen-Porteous Gang


Luxury Retreats Love


Boatride from St. Maarten to Anguilla after a day of Kite Boarding


The family that floats together stays together

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  • Reply ATR November 18, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    Loved your video and the sentiment behind your post – quality time with family! Your video is one of the best produced I’ve seen of a vacation, so beautiful. We shared a link to your blog for our readers on our weekly update today so they could come here to your blog and watch it too. Thanks for taking us along through such fun footage – you make cliff jumping look easy. 🙂

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