Shoal Bay, Anguilla

Anguilla Destination Wedding: It’s the final countdown

I am now officially one week away from our wedding day, and one day away from welcoming friends and family to the island. Some of my best friends arrive tomorrow, plus my parents will join us on the island tomorrow afternoon (for their first ever time to the Caribbean). Needless to say, I’m thrilled to have everyone here so soon! We’ve spent the majority of this week ironing out details and confirming times and information with vendors to ensure everyone’s on a solid time schedule (and not on island time).

I woke up this morning at 3:30A, unable to sleep and not wanting to stare at the ceiling. Instead, I did was any sane person would do: I slipped on my gym clothes, threw on my shoes and ran down to our office to print out final docs and get things organized. I had a few things on my agenda, a number of which I could do on my own timeframe. 4AM seemed like a good a timeframe as any. From there, I opened the gym at Cuisinart Resort at 6:30AM. I pushed through a morning workout, largely in the dark because I couldn’t figure out how to turn the lights on. It’s always kind of nice being the only person in the gym anyway.

After I had finished errands and returned to the hotel, I was tired, unable to sleep and had also been productive. This seemed like the perfect reason to sit poolside for a couple of hours and soak in the sun, something we rarely get to do despite living in the Caribbean.

I did have one appointment on my schedule though: a mid-morning, pre-wedding four layer facial at Cuisinart. I added on an impromptu 25 minute deep tissue massage to work out some of the tension that’s built over the past few months. For the record, 50 minutes is way better and more satisfying than 25. In any case, my time at the resort and in the treatment was pure relaxation and bliss. If only I could have stayed in that state for the next 24 hours.

Now, it’s game time. Scott and I are hanging in tonight and enjoying a last night together before everyone arrives. Crazy to think that a good portion of our wedding guests will be here within the next 2 days!

xoxo from Anguilla,

Shannon Kircher, The Wanderlust Effect


More about Shannon Kircher

Shannon Kircher is the founder and editor of The Wanderlust Effect. Founded in 2009, she has continued to document her international escapes as an expat in Europe and the Caribbean. Additionally, Shannon is the founder of Compass & Vine, a luxury boutique travel design firm, and is the Director of Marketing for the Frangipani Beach Resort. Shannon holds an MSc in Social Policy and Development from the London School of Economics and is a current candidate for WSET Level 3 in Wines & Spirits.