The Villa

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We had a three and a half hour drive to the wedding location; it’s being held at this beautiful, 5-bedroom private villa – and lucky for us, we also get to stay at the villa for the weekend!  Wahoo!



On the drive over, we decided to swing by a health food supermarket and stock up on some goodies.  Eating out in Puerto Rico at the touristy restaurants seems to be pretty pricey; plus, we’ll be here for a few days and it’ll be nice to have healthy options.


However, when we arrived, the power was out at the store.  They let us in, on the condition that we paid for everything in cash since they couldn’t run credit cards.


Fortunately, the rights came on mid-shopping, and we were able to purchase more than just a few things – we only had a little cash on hand.


Once we arrived at the villa, everyone made themselves at home.  The Hus got to football watchin’ with the other guys, and I made us dinner.


Just like at home!



Kidney beans

Spinach (frozen)

Corn (frozen)

Miso Ginger salad dressing


Eaten with a GORGEOUS view!


The last thing on the agenda?  THE REHEARSAL, of course!  The wedding is tomorrow.  Our friend Heather is leading it via her iPad, and the groom is reading his vows from his iPhone.  Love it.


Excuse me, I must go jump in a warm saltwater pool!  Methinks that more friends should have destination weddings…



  • Amanda- The Nutritionist Reviews October 8, 2011, 6:35 pm

    Wow the villa looks amazing! And I like that dress on you too.

  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats October 8, 2011, 7:00 pm

    That’s a pretty fancy place to stay!! I sure wouldn’t complain. And good idea on cooking for yourself, I always get so tired of eating out all the time on vacation.

  • Moni'sMeals October 8, 2011, 7:28 pm

    Girl you always impress me. You are in San Juan now, what!?! and the fact that you cooked such a great go girl.
    You have a great time, the villa is stunning!

  • Army Amy* October 8, 2011, 7:42 pm

    Puerto Rico looks gorgeous! Y’all have a great time!*

  • Cait @ Beyond Bananas October 8, 2011, 7:53 pm

    I think it is so fun to follow you through a destination wedding! The villa is totally stunning! 🙂

  • Sweet and Savvy October 8, 2011, 8:03 pm

    Wow! What an absolutely Gorgeous villa! That is qutie the wedding. 🙂

  • Hillary October 8, 2011, 8:23 pm

    I had no desire to visit PR until just now. Hmm.

    • CaitlinHTP October 9, 2011, 2:54 pm

      It’s pretty awesome!

  • sarah@spinach and spice October 8, 2011, 8:29 pm

    So much fun! Love the pictures and the new blog layout! Enjoy your time 🙂

  • J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) October 8, 2011, 8:53 pm

    What a beautiful location and house for a wedding!! Love that there was a “health” food store nearby. And I love the Apple technology rehearsal. Awesome.


  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen October 8, 2011, 8:56 pm

    I’ve been saying that about all my friends for years! Too bad there are no friends left to be married, just my brother now and chances of a destination wedding are slim to none. 🙁 That pool is gorgeous!

  • Sana October 8, 2011, 9:12 pm

    What a high tech wedding!

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife October 8, 2011, 9:17 pm

    The wedding is definitely sponsored by apple 😉

    Have FUN!! I think a destination wedding could be a fun thing!

  • Eliza October 8, 2011, 10:04 pm

    That pool! wow

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb October 8, 2011, 10:22 pm

    what a beautiful weekend! so happy for isaac and nicole, and that you are there to share in the special day.

  • Courtney @ The Petite AthlEAT October 8, 2011, 10:42 pm

    Me thinks a destination wedding is great! Look how incredible that Villa is! And it’s so great you’re cooking 🙂

  • April @ Grits and Granola Bars October 9, 2011, 12:19 am

    That dress is gorgeous, Caitlin! Where’d you get it?

    • CaitlinHTP October 9, 2011, 2:55 pm

      OH thanks! This little boutique in Asheville.

  • Khushboo October 9, 2011, 12:24 am

    Steve Jobs would be proud! 🙂

  • Blackwood Lady October 9, 2011, 12:32 am

    I may live in Australia, but I want to go *there* 🙂 Great photos, and what a beautiful spot!
    My sister got married in Cuba several years ago and it was one of the nicest things to combine a wedding and a holiday in a beautiful place. I am sure you will all remember this time for years and years!
    Have fun!! We are all enjoying vicariously through you! 🙂

  • Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel October 9, 2011, 12:58 am

    Unreal. That is absolutely unreal. What a GORGEOUS vista to be staying in!! Lucky girl!

  • Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count October 9, 2011, 7:25 am

    What a beautiful place to have a wedding! Not bad that there is a health food store nearby. Have a great time!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 9, 2011, 8:10 am

    Hehe you look like a Food Network cooking show host in that picture of you at the stove. 😉

    That place looks gorgeous! I hope you guys have a great stay!

  • sherry October 9, 2011, 8:58 am

    Wow it looks beautiful what a great place to be staying!!

  • CJ @ October 9, 2011, 9:02 am

    oh my gosh that villa looks fantastic!!! i love vacations! and i love hearing about others vacations as well! we are looking at taking a cruise to san juan sometime this summer so i am anxious to see how you like it!

  • Jessica @ Jess Go Bananas October 9, 2011, 9:38 am

    I have never heard of destination weddings but I love the idea!

    Hahaha it’s so funny how when we go on vacation we think we will do things differently when we just fall back into the normal rountine!

  • skinnyrunner October 9, 2011, 10:28 am

    that pool is gorgeous as well as the house. insane.
    id love to hear a post on the cost of puerto rico, is it overall affordable compared to other vacation spots?

    • CaitlinHTP October 9, 2011, 2:56 pm

      I think yes. Our villa (which has 5/6 bedrooms) is only $600 a night, which seems pretty unreal to me. I mean – if you go with a big group of friend, it works out to about $100 a couple! It’s pretty awesome.

  • Tracy @ Tracy's Treats October 9, 2011, 10:51 am

    Absolutely beautiful!! I’ll be honest, I’m a tad jealous…

  • Alex @ Raw Recovery October 9, 2011, 11:07 am

    Oh my gosh that looks beautiful! I remember being sick once in the eighth grade for a whole week and I watched this Martha Stewart special on destination weddings and it happened to be in Puerto Rico and I’ve wanted to go since. I’ve been to the airport but that’s all. Have a blast! The villa is gorgeous!

  • jassy @ Healthy Egg October 9, 2011, 11:35 am

    hey i like your dress andyour layout is so nice 🙂

  • Carly D. @ CarlyBananas October 9, 2011, 12:03 pm

    Ah, I just saw your new blog set up and it’s gorgeous Caitlin!!
    I’m so impressed with your healthy meal in PR! You’re such a good friend to cook healthy meals for everyone. Can I bring you on vacation with me? 🙂
    I’m not sure how I feel about the use of iPhones during the ceremony, but it’s not my wedding lol. I think I’d want my future husband (theoretical future husband because I don’t have anyone lined up right now haha) to maybe memorize his vows. Of course, who know if I’d feel that way when I’m trying to memorize stuff myself!

    • CaitlinHTP October 9, 2011, 2:56 pm

      I would love to go on vacation with you and be your personal chef!

  • Molly @ RDexposed October 9, 2011, 12:41 pm

    I want that kitchen including the scenery!

  • Sarra October 9, 2011, 12:46 pm

    omg so beautiful!!!!!

  • Amber K October 9, 2011, 1:53 pm

    What a great view! Hope you’re having an amazing time 🙂

  • Jen October 9, 2011, 2:47 pm

    Wow, what a gorgeous villa! We’ve been to San Juan four times to depart on cruises but we’ve never had time to explore it. I told the hus the next time we’re sailing out of PR, we’re totally getting there a day early so check it out. Enjoy the wedding & the rest of your trip!

  • Luv What You Do October 9, 2011, 9:40 pm

    What a gorgeous villa! Ps the new background of the site is fab!

  • Yolie @ Practising Wellness October 10, 2011, 5:19 am

    Heavenly! 😀 And your meal looks scrumptious too. Hope the rehearsal went wonderfully! 🙂 xyx

  • Sophie @ threetimesf October 11, 2011, 4:57 pm

    Such a 21st century techno wedding!

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