Nicholas Stafford & Jessica Aurbeck

Our Story

We celebrate America's birthday the same day we celebrate the first day we met.  In 2010 David, Jes' brother, brought her over to a 4th of July party that my friend was throwing in downtown Peoria, IL.  Jes and I hit it off and ended up dancing the night away.  Due to (accidental) unforeseen circumstances, we didn't go on our first date until late April of 2011.  Jes had found out that I liked her but I wasn't aware that she knew.  Once February came around and Jes was single, I stepped up to the plate and asked her sister in law to ask her if she liked me (sound like 6th grade all over again?).  Obviously she said YES and I asked her to see "Hop", a movie about bunnies, with me on Easter weekend.  While they weren't playing that movie (not sure why) we saw a funny movie called "Rio."  Ten days later, on May 1st, 2011 we made it "Facebook official" and the rest, as they say, is history.

Our Honeymoon

Destination(s): Punta Cana!!

It's official!  As of January 17th, 2013, we're heading to the Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar San Pablo Collection resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic!  Here's the link through CheapCaribbean.com:

http://www.cheapcaribbean.com/deals/luxury-bahia-principe-ambar-deals.html

 

Here's the link through Trip Advisor:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g147293-d1199681-Reviews-Luxury_Bahia_Principe_Ambar-Punta_Cana_La_Altagracia_Province_Dominican_Republic.html

 

A few highlights of this beautiful resort:

1.  It's one of four properties located next to each other (other ones are the "Esmeralda", "Punta Cana" and "Bavaro".  They're all part of the Don Pablo Collection!

2.  It's ranked the #6 resort out of 102 resorts in Punta Cana.

3.  89% of customers would recommend this resort to their friends.

4.  All of their rooms are Juinor Suites so they all come with hydro massage bath tubs and a separate jet shower with hydro massage as well!

5.  It's adults only (although the three next to us aren't).

6.  We have our own exclusive, adults only, private white sand beach!

7.  There are MANY activities to do at the resort and nearby!  

8.  We have what they call the "Luxury All-Inclusive" package which includes:

* UNLIMITED top shelf and international drinks (Absolute, Johnny Walker Black Label, Jim Beam, Captain Morgan, etc.) and food!  While our resort has four restaurants, there are a total of eight on property.  Finally, there are two types of restaurants one can dine at:  buffets and "a la carte."  You can eat at buffets without reservations, whenever they're open.  MOST of the resorts only allow you to make up to three reservations at the a la carte restaurants during a seven day stay.  Our resort is different.  They allow unlimited reservations at all of the a la carte restaurants within the four properties!

* 24 hour room service

* Turn down service at night.

* Free wi-fi in the lobby (almost all resorts charge for this in the Caribbean).

* All local taxes and gratuities are paid!

* Our resort has a few pools and we have access to a total of five swimming pools throughout all four resorts.

* Our resort has a few bars and we have have access to a total of 10 bars (two snack bars, four wet bars and four lobby bars).

9. The resort is only 30 minutes from the airport.

10. We have access to a spa (for an additional charge).

11.  They have an amphitheater on the property.

12.  Movies are played every night on the beach!!

13.  Access to large sun terraces with sun beds!

There's more to it but those are the highlights!  Thanks to everyone that helped make this Honeymoon a dream come true!  Jes and I can't thank you enough for your generous donation.  We can't wait to share our pictures with you upon our return!

 

Wedding Date:

Dec 12, 2012

Honeymoon Dates:

Apr 09, 2013 - Apr 19, 2013
Gifts are still appreciated and will be used toward our trip expenses.

Registry Items


Accommodations

Ocean View Suite

We would love to upgrade to a room with a view so we can enjoy the ocean and the evening sunsets!
Gift Value
$100.00
Requested
2
Received
2

Romantic Resort

Want to help us enjoy our first trip as husband and wife? We want to go somewhere romantic and secluded!!
Gift Value
$29.00
Requested
70
Received
11
Give:

Champagne and Roses

What a romantic way to start our honeymoon with champagne and roses upon our arrival!
Gift Value
$30.00
Requested
2
Received
2
Fun Activities

Parasailing Excitement

Nick is hoping that parasailing will help cure him of his fear of heights! Jes will be hanging on tight!
Gift Value
$45.00
Requested
4
Received
4

Jet Skiing

It's time for some fun as we pound the sea, ride a wave, and have a blast Jet Skiing!
Gift Value
$45.00
Requested
3
Received
3

Snorkeling Adventure

Can you image swimming with colorful exotic marine life in crystal clear water? Sounds like paradise!
Gift Value
$40.00
Requested
2
Received
2

Kayaking Exploration

With perfect ocean conditions, our hardest decision will be picking out the color of our kayaks!
Gift Value
$35.00
Requested
4
Received
4

Swimming with the Dolphins

The thrill of a lifetime is to swim with these intelligent and beautiful animals.
Gift Value
$50.00
Requested
2
Received
2

Dance the Night Away

When the sun goes down, we'll hit the dance floor and dance the night away!
Gift Value
$15.00
Requested
5
Received
2
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Zip Lining

There's nothing like zipping through the rain forest on a cable while you're hundreds of feet above ground.
Gift Value
$75.00
Requested
2
Received
2
Gear

New Luggage

We'll need to buy new luggage before our honeymoon, as our old luggage simply won't do!
Gift Value
$40.00
Requested
5
Received
2
Give:
Pampering

Champagne In Our Room

We'll pop the cork on our first honeymoon night and toast our new life together!
Gift Value
$20.00
Requested
2
Received
2

Facial for Jes

After all the sun and fun, Jes will be pampered with an exotic facial that will leave her skin radiant and beautiful.
Gift Value
$40.00
Requested
4
Received
0
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Couples Massage

After a day of adventure, we'll indulge in a soothing side-by-side massage pampered with exotic oils that will leave us revitalized.
Gift Value
$25.00
Requested
15
Received
9
Give:

Sleep Number Bed

..and we can continue the honeymoon on our brand new bed!!!
Gift Value
$23.00
Requested
125
Received
2
Give:
Transportation

Honeymoon Airfare

Any help getting us to our honeymoon destination is a wonderful wedding gift.
Gift Value
$24.00
Requested
60
Received
9
Give:
Wine & Dine

Excellent Bottle of Wine

Our dinner will be enhanced with a great bottle of wine. We'll include you in our toast and even take a PICTURE of the bottle you helped us purchase!
Gift Value
$15.00
Requested
2
Received
2

Sunset Dinner on the Beach

It doesn't get any better than having a sunset dinner right on the beach while sipping tropical drinks with your spouse!!
Gift Value
$25.00
Requested
2
Received
2

Gourmet Dessert

After getting into shape for the wedding, it will be a real treat to have some yummy ice ream and decantant desserts!
Gift Value
$10.00
Requested
4
Received
4

Casual Lunch

When we are out exploring, we'll stop at a charming local restaurant to have a burger and fries.
Gift Value
$20.00
Requested
4
Received
0
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Fresh Lobster

Fresh lobster with all the trimmings. Jes will be enjoying this while Nick eats anything else but fresh lobster!!!
Gift Value
$20.00
Requested
2
Received
1
Give:

Romantic Candlelight Dinner

We'll dress up and have a quiet, intimate candlelight dinner. The food and the service will hopefully be world class!!
Gift Value
$60.00
Requested
1
Received
1
Charity

Charitable Donation

Please consider helping others less fortunate by donating to one of our favorite charities, the M.O.R.E. Project. Visit their website for more information: http://www.themoreproject.org/
Gift Value
$10.00
Requested
20
Received
2
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