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Getting my wedding dress to Isla Mujeres

Getting my wedding dress to Isla Mujeres

Today is the day we leave for Isla Mujeres! After two days of intense dress shopping last August, culminating in "saying yes to the dress" at Kleinfeld's, and three dress fitting appointments, I am finally ready to debut my wedding dress in just six days.

I was given explicit instructions to handle the dress with extreme care and shield it from sunlight and moisture. I must admit that delicacy isn't exactly my forte. Nevertheless, I accepted the challenge, carefully dragging the dress for 15 blocks through the streets of Manhattan, and today, across international borders during a snowstorm. The outcome remains to be seen, but one thing's for sure – it's going to be exiciting to finally put it on next Monday!

Here's how I got my dress to Mexico today:

Step 1. Fold it up

James and I woke up at the crack of dawn this morning, 4am, to catch our flight to Cancun. Kleinfeld’s, ever thoughtful, provided me with a handy carry-on bag for traveling. With great care, I folded the dress once over, ensuring it was properly prepared for today's travels.

2. Stop for breakfast

After passing through security, I took my dress on a Dunkin' run, and we enjoyed an iced coffee and egg and cheese bagel together.

3. Let it rest

We were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to pre-board, giving us plenty of time to stow away the dress before the rest of the passengers boarded.

4. Deplane for the snow

Alas, our plans were thwarted when the plane failed to take off due to today's snowstorm. We had to disembark while the situation was being addressed.

5. Grab a beverage

While waiting, I grabbed an Arnold Palmer.

Sipping on an Arnold Palmer next to my dress.

6. Re-board and reposition

By the early afternoon, the snow had subsided. We re-boarded the plane and resumed our journey.

7. Arrive in Cancun

Finally around 5pm, we landed in Cancun!

CARM was waiting for us when we arrived!

8. Grab another beverage

We grabbed a frozen margarita, and hit the road.

14 hours of traveling later, a frozen margarita was much appreciated.

9. Cross the Ocean

We grabbed some guacamole and nachos, and enjoyed our nighttime boat ride to Isla Mujeres.

Across the water, across the deep blue ocean... Under the open sky, oh my...

10. Hang it up!

16 hours later, we have arrived at Ixchel!

Safe and sound!