Matthew Beidler & Caitlin Leete

Matthew & Caitlin

September 29, 2012

Matthew Beidler & Caitlin Leete

Matthew & Caitlin

September 29, 2012

Hi everybody!

First off, we'd like to say that your presence at our wedding is the greatest gift we could ask for. The time, effort, and expense of traveling to be with us is something we deeply appreciate in our hearts, and we are so thrilled that we will be able to celebrate this happy occasion with you.

FYI: Matt and I were theoretically born with the travel bug. It's been a factor in how we met, how we dated, and it's a passion we hope to continue with our marriage and future family! While there are MANY material things that are indeed lacking from our hypothetical home, Matt and I can't help but to specially cherish the experiences we share together. It is for these reasons (and for the multitude of memories we're sure to accrue) that we have decided to include a honeymoon registry for our wedding.

We hope you find this registry as a way to help us make our perfect honeymoon come true! We greatly appreciate and will fondly remember these gifts for years to come. After all, the memories from this honeymoon will last us a lifetime (which we will be sure to make last at least the next 100 years or so)!

We'll do our best to document our experience via photo/video and include it in your much-deserved "thank you" note.

Thanks again and we can't wait to see you at the wedding (or earlier!).

Love,

Matt and Caitlin

We're going to Up, down and all around New Zealand!!

Matt and I have traveled a fair amount outside of the United States individually. We wanted our first trip as man and wife to be a destination that neither one of us had been to before. Furthermore, we decided that if we were going to go, we were going to go as far away as desirable and set up shop for an extended period of time!

Thus, New Zealand, with its' beaches, glaciers, mountains and rolling hills (complete with sheep!) is the ideal place for us. We are certain to enjoy the food, wine and Kiwi culture while we traipse about the countryside. Our adventuresome side will be seeking out glaciers to climb, caves to dive into and forest tops to skim from a precariously hung zipline. We will teeter-totter between extreme relaxation (read: B&B's on the rolling hills, hotels downtown) and urban camping (read: hostels and well, camping) as we literally attempt to see it all!

This is sure to be the trip of a lifetime, and we can't wait to capture it all in our minds and on film! Our honeymoon will be on somewhat of a time delay primarily due to the constraints of the working world and the recovery period from the wedding (yes, it should be THAT fun), but also due to the fact that their summer is our winter! And who wouldn't want to take advantage of an international summer vacation? So we will be departing for NZ in the week prior to Christmas and returning approximately a week after the New Year! And if we 'miss our flight' on the way back home, don't worry~ we'll make it back eventually!

Our Registry

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Road-trip! - We will take the East Cape Road and journey back in time as we travel the last remote outreaches of the Pacific Coast. It's a feast of stunning coastline and empty beaches. It is also the first place in the world to see the morning sun.
$6500
4/5
$100
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Drive into Skippers Canyon and Bungee Jump! - We'll make our way via a treacherous road guaranteed to take our mind off any other troubles! Then we'll take a bungy jump while we are there. The jump probably won't be any worse than the road!
$8500
4/4
$100
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Stalk Kiwis at Night - We mean the birds! Get ready for surprises on this little southern adventure. We'll be one of the lucky few who get to see a wild kiwi foraging for its supper among the seaweed.
$7500
2/2
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Hiking the Milford Track - The mother of them all, the Milford is one of the world's best and most loved multi-day tramps. Stretching through the best of Fiordland National Park, this 33 mile trail has views we'll never forget.
$5000
5/5
$100
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The Abel Tasman Coastal Track - This will be an easy 5-day walk and kayaking trip where the guided option allows us to ditch our hefty packs. From start to finish, 32 miles later, it winds in and out of gorgeous sheltered coves and golden beaches.
$7500
5/5
$100
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Wine Tasting - New Zealand's climate is perfect for fine wine growing, wineries, and vineyards. We will sample internationally acclaimed wines on a New Zealand wine tour in the Marlborough region of the South Island.
$5000
2/4
$100
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Scuba Diving in the Poor Knights - Jacques Yves Cousteau rated this among the best diving spots in the world. This unique marine reserve has the best of tropical currents to make it inviting for a wide variety of tropical species.
$10000
2/4
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Rafting Adventure - It's a sports that consists of descending a fast moving river with an uncontrollable current. Fortunately, we'll be with a a guide helping from the sides of the raft with our oars. We are ready!
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Skydiving - The only time on our honeymoon when we will be clinging to people other than each other! Tandem, of course, and what better place to skydive than over Costa Rica!
$20000
2/2
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Surfboard Rental - No need to miss out on the fabulous local surfing; we can ride the wild waves and hang 10.
$7500
2/2
$100
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DIY Gift - Perhaps you've thought of an idea that we didn't? Create your own gift and we will make it happen. Who knows, we just might have a funny story for you!
$2500
10/10
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There are a few things in life that make a person ridiculously happy. For me (Caitlin), boats rank very high on happiness. What better way to make me (and therefore, Matt) ridiculously happy than to take a boat tour of New Zealand? I *love* boats!
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The honeymoon is supposed to be all about love. Spouse = love. Beach = love. Horses = love. Horseback riding on the beach with each other = L.O.V.E.
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Beachside Couples Massage - Nothing like some hot stones on our back and the gentle sound of the surf to lull us into relaxation.
$15000
2/2
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Of course a honeymoon wouldn't be a honeymoon without some splurging. Your gift will contribute to a week of rest, relaxation, and of course, good champagne!
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We'll have that. And that, and that, and that! Something tells me that it's always cocktail time south of the equator. We'll be sure to get the fancy ones with exotic looking flowers and umbrellas!
$2500
6/10
$100
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Not that it's anticipated, but there's nothing like a bloody mary to fight off any residual headaches caused by the previous nights activities!
$2000
4/5
$100
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Ok, seafood is abundant in NZ (no surprise there due to the whole island thing) and we are ready and willing to embark on a seafood sampling tour du force!
$4000
4/4
$100
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Our baby girls cannot come with us *tears and sadness*. Help us feel at ease by setting them up in a fun and safe environment while we are gone!
$7500
10/10
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Help us get to and from the airport in style! We are all for public transit, but there is just something that screams, 'special!' when you have a town car at your beck and call. Not to mention, the luggage that poor Matt will have to carry otherwise!
$5000
2/3
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Snorkel Gear - Fins, snorkels, and masks...everything that allows us to snorkel at the drop of a hat.
$7500
2/2
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Guidebooks and Maps - Where are we? We'll need guidebooks and maps for our stay in New Zealand so we know the best hikes and don't get lost!
$1500
3/3
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Sunglasses - We are definitely going to need some eye protection from the bright sun and the reflections from the water, snow capped mountains, and my beautiful engagement ring!
$7500
2/2
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"Apparently you need to get hardcore sunscreen when you're down there"- quoth Matt. I believe him. Help keep our bodies free of skin cancer by gifting us ample amounts of high SPF (min 60 SPF). Travel size is best!
$1000
7/7
$100
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Of the information we've gleaned about NZ so far, there have been more than a fair amount of warnings for MOSQUITOS. Not exactly honeymoon material. Help us keep the buggers away with ample amounts of bug spray!
$1000
7/7
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Matt said scuba diving is one of the top 5 experiences of his life. I am petrified of the deep ocean. BUT, I am willing to see what all the hype is about. Since I will probably never do it again, I will want lots of pictures! Read: Underwater Camera
$4000
5/5
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NZ's north coast is famous for undisturbed stretches of beach and we will surely want to look our best for mother nature! Bathing suits, towels, hats and flip-flops are required!
$5000
5/5
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Breakfast in Bed - What could be better? Mimosas required. :)
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An Unbelievable Hotel - We will experience the ultimate in service, class, and style at one of the best hotels in New Zealand during our stay in their honeymoon suite.
$10000
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Foodie alert! We love eating seasonal and local food. Help us get our fancy and delicious on by contributing to a 5-star restaurant meal in Wellington called Logan Brown!
$5000
4/4
$100
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Breakfast for Two :) There's no better way than to start the day than enjoying each others company (and food!) in a foreign country!
$2500
21/21
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Farmstay B&B- North Island. With a secluded honeymoon suite and only minutes from the Waitomo caves, we would be delighted to stay in a luxurious yet cozy place close to the sights!
$7500
5/5
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'Masses of animals' is quoted as one of the highlights of this Farmstay B&B- South Island. We can't wait to wake up in the midst of sheep! Sheep!
$7500
5/5
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Despite what google maps says about kayaking the pacific ocean to get to NZ, we're pretty set on flying. And we're pretty excited about Air New Zealand and their free meals and reclining seats on the 16 hour flight!
$10000
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Road-trip Camper Van - We will be seeing the country and sleeping each night in our mini-camper van. This vehicle will be perfect for stopping at our favorite landscapes and sleeping under the stars.
$7500
19/20
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For those not in the know, New Zealand is not one single country but rather a country comprised of 2 main islands and several smaller islands. Island hopping by ferry will give us more of that beloved boat time and get us to where we want to be!
$5000
3/5
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Help us explore New Zealand by bike! Ideal for getting us around in the bigger cities, we plan on biking as much as we can to shop and visit the sights! We'll be sure to bike on both the North and South Islands.
$2500
8/8
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Trains! We love the convenience of flying, but when half the reason we wanted to come to New Zealand was to explore nature, why not do it while we travel? We are itching to use a 14-day rail pass that will get us all over the countryside, city by city!
$10000
11/12
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We aren't traveling halfway around the world without sending some bragging postcards about where we are and where other people aren't ;)! Seriously though, we love to send mail to our loved ones especially from fun, foreign places!
$2000
4/4
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Some souvenir spending money! We'll have to track down the latest in Maori fashion and bring home some fleece and wool blankets!
$5000
5/5
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Fine monies for getting caught freedom camping in the DOC campgrounds throughout NZ. "I swear, we were only going to stay for one night Mr. Ranger!"
$2000
7/7
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Kayaking in the Tasman sea- maybe we'll even get to one of the outer islands this way! Also, we'll benefit by getting toned-arms and backs~ a good excuse for being out of the gym for three weeks!
$5000
4/4
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The tamer way to view the underseas, snorkeling is right up my alley! We'll swim with the fishies and steer clear of sting rays!
$10000
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