Kev and I are coming up on wedding anniversary #8 this June, and I’d love to take a breather and sneak off somewhere (inexpensive and close to home) with him for a couple of days.

Back in ’04, we honeymooned a few hours down the road, on the Florida gulf coast. We stayed in a cute, little cottage (that’s no longer for rent- boo) in a town called Seaside…


Remember Seaside from movie The Truman Show? It’s such a pretty little community…

There are small, colorful cottages, like this one, that Jim Carrey’s character called home in the movie…


Looks like the front door got a new coat of paint after “Truman” left town…

Kev and I had so much fun wandering around, looking at all the houses while we were there. We only snapped this one, quick pic (can you believe that?) of the cottage we stayed in…

The bedroom and bathroom were located on the first floor, and the living room and kitchen were upstairs, and if you squinted reeeeeal hard, you could see the tee-tiniest little sliver of the sea from the balcony on the second floor.

We went back to Seaside for our 5th anniversary and stayed in one of their “Motor Court” cottages…



I took all kinds of pictures on that trip, but then (accidentally) deleted them because I thought Kev had already transferred them to our computer. Key word: thought. Oops!

I did, however, find some more inspiring Seaside pics while Googling  last night…


(via, and via)

Get a load of this big guy…


It’s porches must be facing the ocean…*sigh*…


Here’s a peek at the kitchen…


…and here’s one of it’s bedrooms…


 Something tells me that one isn’t available for rent OR in our price range- ha!

Anywho, we’ll be in Atlanta for the Haven Conference a couple of days right before our anniversary this year, so I’m on the look out for a quiet little (budget-friendly) place for us to chill out in somewhere close to, or in between here and there. Maybe a pet-friendly lake cabin somewhere in Alabama?  Drop me a line if you know of one!

PS- Speaking of weddings and photography, Kevin published a new post up over at the ShootFlyShoot blog yesterday!

Harvest Gold Bathroom - Pick My Presto
DIY Sliding Door

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  1. Ashley says

    I just drove thru Seaside today! We were camping with the family a little further west on 30A and couldn’t resist a quick drive by. How funny to see the pics on your blog when I got home this afternoon.

  2. Mary Lynn Brackin says

    Happy Anniversary to the two of you! I have enjoyed your blog so much and feel like I know you already. I have a cottage at Compass Lake, which is about 30 minutes from Panama City, off of 231. It is a very pretty lake and a restful place to stay. You are welcome to stay there for a few days if you would like. We don’t rent it out and would love for you to use it for free. I think it would be your style~it is decorated in the cottage style with lots of slipcovers and painted furniture. If you are interested let me know and I can send you some pictures.

  3. says

    I’ve seen that bedroom with the nook on Pinterest a ton! Cool to know where it really is! :) I haven’t seen an ocean in over 15 years. :(

  4. Julie W says

    Lake Lanier is beautiful. Also Fort Mountain is gorgeous and I found this place but it says no pets but pet accommodations available nearby?
    I am from Rome, Georgia so I have to recommend that, it has a wonderful downtown. Red Top Mountain and Lake Allatoona might be good places to look also. Just an hour and a half/two hours from Atlanta is the Clayton and Dillard area which are also wonderful.. You can sort by pet friendly on this website for Lake Hartwell Just a few ideas for you=)

  5. Jenny M says

    We just bought a cute little cottage near Gulf Shores, AL. We LOVE the Fort Morgan area and would love to have you visit!!

  6. Lauren says

    We just got married in January in Fort Morgan, AL, and we were able to take our dogs & have a very quiet section of the beach. It’s far away from public access beaches, so it was a hidden jewel. I’d check out VRBO for little rentals in that area…we stayed at the Enchanted Dunes but had 20 people with us, so you probably won’t need that much space!

  7. says

    Unless I win the lottery, I will never be able to afford to live in Seaside, but I console myself with the fact that I can visit it every year on the way to stay at my mother-in-law’s winter place north of Orlando.

    I had the chance to visit again a couple of weeks ago during Spring break, and it was more crowded than I’ve ever seen it – I think I prefer visiting in November, when it seems to be a lot quieter.

    Good luck with finding a nice place for your anniversary.

    First time commenter on your blog. :)

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