Expat || Introducing Americans to Yorkshire

If I had been a more clever blog planner, I would have today’s post live yesterday for Yorkshire Day! I’m saving my wedding posts for further down the line when our professional photos come in, but the lead up to the wedding was also super special. My mom and brother landed very early on the Monday morning and Sam (ever the legend) went to pick them up at the airport, whilst I started my last day of work. He hauled them around London and managed to set my brother up with a tour of White Hart Lane (my little brother is a massive Spurs fan.) By the time their tour ended, I was off work and we dragged their incredibly jet-lagged bodies around London on the number 3 bus to see some tourist sites before going home and allowing them to sleep. 

Tuesday was all go – packing and getting to Kings Cross with an army load of luggage for our week up North. I’ll admit that I was very stressed about this period of time. Once your wedding dress has had it’s final steaming, packing it up for busy public transit and then the long train to Yorkshire on the hottest day of the year in England is a bit of a sanity strainer. We were able to show my family Platform 9 3/4, though we didn’t wait in the epic queue to pose for photos. And now I’d like to give Virgin East Coast trains a huge shout out – the conductor asked what was in my monstrous garment bag and when I replied “my wedding dress” we happily chatted all things wedding for a few minutes and when he returned to our carriage he came around with a bottle of bubbles and glasses for the whole family. It was one of the nicest things a stranger had ever done for me! We missed our connection at York, but the bubbles made it much easier to bear. Once we were in Scarborough, our families all met each other for the first time and the rest is happy history. 

Wednesday was filled with some general wedding admin, spending time with my maid of honour (GB) who had arrived late the night before, and long walks on the shore. On Thursday, another bridesmaid touched down in the Borough, so we organised a day trip out to Whitby (I’ll blog about that tomorrow) so that everyone could get the taste of a different part of the coast. Friday was all wedding admin, setting up, etc as we did everything ourselves with the help of friends and family. We wrapped up in the village hall around 7pm and as most of our wedding guests had arrived up North by that point in time, we organised a pub meet up.

Besides a quick glimpse of York Minster and the York city walls, most of my guests were only exposed to the seaside which has its own very unique sense of character! Many, many ice creams were had on the sea front, not to mention fish and chips. We couldn’t have been luckier with the weather – in the entire time we were up North, it only rained for about half an hour! 

I only had everyone here in England for a very brief time, but I couldn’t have been happier to have them here, mingling with Sam’s friends and family, and to have our lives finally fully merged together. 

at sunset bay brother and i fishing boats sam and brother sam and i scarborough walking with bestie
Dales TwinsDalesBeach
diving ladyfamilyfisherman brotherighthouse

Have you ever dragged your family somewhere off the beaten path? 

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  • I can’t wait for the day when my family finally comes to Iceland, I have so many places I want to show them off the beaten path. So lovely you were able to have your family and friends join you:) xx

  • Ohhhh, I’m so glad Yorkshire laid on some lovely weather for you and your guests! Those sunset photos are just gorgeous x

    Sophie Cliff

    • Truly glorious! It spat with rain a few times, but never anything longer than a few minutes ! x

  • Love the coordinating his and hers stripey tees! 😉 Bet it was glorious having all your family and freinds in one place for a celebration – a rarity in life!! Alice xxx

    • Honestly, because my nearest and dearest on are another continent it’s probably the only time they’ll ever all be together. Weddings are special, but I think it added an extra layer of love for me x

  • nice photos!

  • TravelWithNanoB

    Nothing compares to a quality family time, and looks like you had some lovely time together. Love the photos, everyone looks so happy! This brought memories of when my family (granny who has never traveled before, grandpa and mother) flew all the way to Florida from Georgia (country) for our wedding. It was such a blessing to have them by my side on the happiest day of my life. 🙂 xoxo, nano

    • That’s so amazing! I’m super impressed that your granny managed to fly all that way! My grandparents weren’t able to make it (my maternal grandmother has a terrible phobia of flying) so that sounds super special! x

  • Sounds like you had an amazing time. I know the feeling of getting together with family after being apart for so long. And even better when you had gorgeous views of Yorkshire as the backdrop xx

    • It was a wonderful time. I really struggled a few days after they left, to be honest – I just missed them so much! x

  • Having family visit is just the best!

    • It was the best! I was a weepy mess afterwards because it was so wonderful to have them close that it was really hard to say goodbye! x

  • Aww, this is so lovely! There is nothing better than showing your family somewhere special to you. I had the exact same feelings when my family came to Chile for our wedding 🙂 Beautiful photos, too!

  • The suspense over these wedding photos!!! hahaha

    • Hahaha I check my email every day in hope! (Even though the photographer warned us that it takes about a month) x

  • Great photos in this post! Love the colors of the sky 🙂

  • I dragged my family to Bath once and although they loved it, they were totally out of their element. And the English seaside is so unique and picturesque! It looks like they loved it!

    • Bath is wonderful – I bet they loved it! I made my mom got to Bath last time she was in England! x

  • Ashley Angle

    You and yoru brother are too cute together! Looks like you had a blast showing them around. I bet it was nice to see family!

    • Haha thank you. No one can get under each other’s skin like your sibling so we were playfully bickering again like no time had passed! x

  • I love the photos in this post! You all look so happy and just GLOWING x

  • Introducing family to your new country is always so cool! And Scarborough looks like such a cool town. Love that photo of you and your brother walking on the beach with the town in the background – gorgeous photo!x

    • Sam worked his photo magic on it. It’s nice to have some photos of the two of us, where at least one doesn’t look insanely goofy. (Like all the pictures we have growing up) x

  • Your photos are always gorgeous but there are a few up there that are out of this world! The one of you and your brother on the beach is my favourite!

    • Aww! Thank you so much Charlotte! It was the light on the beach – it was gorgeous most of the time! xx