I just returned from a fantastic trip to Panama to help my friends, Christian and Chelsea, celebrate their wedding on the beach.
Also, I took the photos, I drank a pina colada (seriously, just one the whole trip!), I ate ceviche every chance I got, I was nervous about seeing snakes (didn’t see ANY!), I hiked up a jungle to zip-line, I watched a ship pass through the Panama Canal. You know, the usual Panama adventures.
Of all the things we did for the wedding week in Panama, the photos in this post are from one of the highlights.
Let me explain…
Christian and Chelsea are going to be a tough bride and groom act to follow on the generosity meter. They ditched the conventional wedding registry and elected to do something much more meaningful.
The groom’s parents retired in Panama 5 years ago and have been sponsoring a house (about 10 children) at an SOS Orphanage. After visiting the orphanage around Christmas, they decided that in place of wedding gifts they would ask their guests to donate to money to the house in hopes of making much needed repairs to the kitchen and bathroom.
As for the 30 or so friends and family members who attended the destination wedding, they arranged a trip to the orphanage so everyone could deliver gifts, food and necessities straight to the children. Not only did the children get much needed supplies and toys, but WE all got the opportunity to look outside of our lives.
To include the kids from the other houses at the orphanage Christian and Chelsea had the foresight to bring a couple of pinatas for the ALL the kids to take a crack at. Talk about a couple with a good hearts…
I think Chelsea pretty much summed it up as we were loading into the bus to leave when she said, “Wasn’t that way better than a toaster?!”