A Wedding Story: A Marriage and a Honeymoon, Boys!

| 1/28/2011 4:45:00 PM

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A photo of the author, Caleb ReganI happened to look at my last blog post yesterday and noticed October 25 was my last post. For the GRIT community, there is much I want to share with you, mostly photos that tell a wedding story that I'll fondly recall for the rest of my life.

Between the bachelor’s party, taking over a week off to get married, and then returning in the thick of the deadline for GRIT’s 2011 Guide to Backyard Chickens and our March/April issue (one of my favorites, ever), I have much to catch the GRIT community up on. And I have video of the whitetail doe that I shot back in November, which I’ll get on the GRIT site in the coming days. But first I have to tell you about events surrounding Gwen and my wedding.

First, there's the bachelor's party. A group of my best friends and I went pheasant hunting near Pratt, Kansas. We bagged around two dozen birds for the trip, but it was just as much about enjoying each other's company as it was about the hunting, although pheasant hunting and bird hunting in general are loves of mine that hearken me back to my childhood days, following my Uncle Fred and brother Josh with a BB-gun, until I was old enough to read, take the Hunter's Safety course, and carry a gun of my own – a rite of passage, if you will.

Some guys might opt for the casinos, clubs, or whatever else you can imagine on their last trip as a single man, but I'll take great friends and chasing wildlife – in this case ring-neck pheasant roosters – any day of the week.

Great Friends and Pheasant Roosters 

Then, on December 18, I married the love of my life, and we took off for our honeymoon in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area the following day. The rehearsal dinner hog was succulent, the wedding was smooth, and the celebration was as fun and special as anything I've ever been a part of. As I type this I'm really trying to single out a better day out of all those in my life. The birth of my niece/goddaughter comes close, there's been a couple good hunts or fishing trips that rank up there, my Jayhawks winning the 2008 national basketball championship was awesome, riding a wave for the first time was worth every thrashing I took, and there's nothing I like better than Sunday drives through the countryside with Gwen. But nothing comes close to that day up to this point. Beginning to end, it was the best day of my life, hands down. 

Chuck Mallory
2/26/2011 8:58:06 AM

Congrats! What a great story and beautiful photographs. I'm glad you got to enjoy some of that great seafood they serve in Florida. Best wishes to both of you for a wonderful life together.

Paul Gardener
2/25/2011 1:54:35 PM

Caleb, Congratulations! I looks like you guys had a great time. I remember going on a deep sea fishing boat once as a kid... I emphasize ONCE. Oh man I was so sick. I can empathize with you on that one. Glad you had a great trip, and glad to see you back on the blog. Best wishes! Paul~

Oz Girl
2/2/2011 6:01:22 PM

Congrats to you and Gwen, Caleb! :-) What a beautiful story and so refreshing to read it from the guy's perspective. I rather envy the Florida trip, esp in light of the last few days around these parts... it sounds like it was definitely the perfect honeymoon!! Wishing you both every simple pleasure that your married life can bring your way.

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