Bill and I got married on August 11, 2018!!! The wedding was on a ranch in Grand Lake, CO and it was everything we hoped it would be. Surrounded by nature, Colorado vibes, good food, amazing people.
A little backstory: When I adopted my dog Price 9 years ago, I said "this dog is going to be in my wedding." A few years later I met Bill, and a few more years later Bill proposed (with Price obviously). We were ready to start planning a wedding. We always know the wedding would be in Colorado, as it's where I am from, where we met, and a place we love.
We now live around 2300 miles away on the seacoast of New Hampshire, but despite the distance there was still NO way I was getting married without the pups (we adopted Cricket last year), so we decided we would make it a family road trip! One of my amazing friends let us borrow her van, which we were able to fit a full-size bed into, along with our packed suitcases, wedding stuff, 2 coolers of food and drinks, and everything else we needed for the road, ourselves, the dogs, and the wedding.
So, driving through middle America on an interstate, what does one eat!? Especially one who eats only plants, and wants to look and feel her best for her upcoming wedding day? If I didn't plan ahead, my options would have been severely limited to basically whatever you can find at a convenience store or gas station, or the occasional fast food spot.
On the day before we left, I took allllll the random ingredients out of our fridge and pantry, and turned it into food for the road. Below is a photo of my food prep that went into our cooler and across the country with us.
I don't know what I was thinking, but this was WAYYY more food than we needed. We ended up arriving a lot faster than we thought - our stops were few and far between, and extremely quick. We wasted no time: pee, fill up water, let the dogs pee, let the dogs have water, grab a snack from cooler to eat in the van, fill up gas, and hit the road again.
We switched off shifts driving every few hours, and usually the other person would crawl into the back of the van and nap (and cuddle with the dogs). We made it to Denver in record time! Since we had so much food left, we ended up eating it for several meals while staying in Denver with my parents. Even though I packed more than we needed for the drive, it still ended up saving us a lot of time and money to have our own food.