Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Summer of Love: The End

So, the summer of love is officially over. Here's how I know: My boss is pretty shocked when I'm at my desk on a Friday morning and I don't currently have any dog sitters lined up.

It has been an amazing spring and summer getting to see my best ladies so often; who knows if that will ever happen again. Twas' a pleasure to ring out the summer with a bang at Andrea and Ian's wedding in CT last month!

Our celebrations began Friday afternoon at a really lovely oyster bar on the water called Shell and Bones. I love kicking off a wedding weekend with an intimate lunch before the wedding craziness! We drank champagne, enjoyed fresh seafood and took in the view. It was a perfect, relaxed way to start off the weekend.

Andrea arranged her room block at the hotel where we did the rehearsal events and wedding prep, which was super convenient. The Study at Yale is right on the Yale campus, so the SOs not involved in the wedding party had tons of roaming and exploring at their fingertips. After checking in, we had a little welcome drink up in the hotel penthouse before the rehearsal and then gathered back there for dinner. My favorite part of weddings is always the toasts, and Andrea and Ian had me cryinnnnng Friday night. It didn't help that I was sitting next to Andrea's sisters. #emoparty

(Obviously Friday night ended well )

Saturday we made the long journey (2-second elevator ride) back to the penthouse for breakfast and beauty! We hung out there all day getting our hair and makeup done before heading to the venue to get dressed. Their ceremony and reception was at the New Haven Lawn Club and it was totally fulfilling to see my dear friend marry the love of her life!

There is really not much else to say, it went off without a hitch and it was a damn blast. I danced my butt off all night and have to give a shout out to these shoes that supported my old lady feet all night. Highly recommend!

Sunday morning we started our journey to Newark for the lovely little direct AVL flight I've been taking all summer. Little did we know we would spend all day in the airport, only for our flight to be canceled late that evening. The epic disaster of United customer service cannot be understated, but it all ended with a silver lining. We rented a legit #momvan Monday morning and drove 11 hours back to the mountains with some lovely folks we met in the customer service line. All of us agreed that we'd never had a better road trip - and each of us only drove 2 hours. Despite missing work and the hassle of it all, we arrived back home with grins on our faces!

Nothing better than ending the final love weekend with an unexpected adventure. Congrats Andrea and Ian - you all are a beautiful couple!

Monday, July 17, 2017

The Belliott's Turn One (Month) Old

To celebrate one month as the Elliott-Bair family, I thought I would share the few photos our photographers have shared thus far. We were so lucky to meet Zach and Maggie from 2nd Street Photography in a small business class (a gal can dream!) and to share our day with them. They are seriously magical people and totally understood our vision for the day: ethereal, natural and FERNS. If you don't know, we are both fern obsessed, and when we had dinner at their house and realized Maggie had a fern tat too (Heather and I both have them) we knew it was meant to be! That, and the fact that their work is incredibly and they are an amazing, creative, soul-touching couple.

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All photos from 2nd Street Photography!!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Wedding Snippets: A Few Favorite Things

My wife (!!!) keeps asking me when and if I will be blogging about the wedding. It will happen, of course, but there is so much to say! I am still wrapping my head around it and processing the whole day. Each time we hang with another friend or family member for the first time after the celebration, we get a new thought or perspective on the experience. It's been really fun to see our wedding through the eyes of those who were there with us. 

 One of the most magical parts of this super fresh newlywed stage is slowly digging through the WEDDING ROOM. If we are friends IRL you heard me *cough* complain *cough* about our 3rd bedroom that was turned into the catch-all for wedding stuff. We brought a ton of sentimental items to the wedding and I ordered a lot of stuff online (PTL for Amazon Prime) that needed a place to be gathered. Afterward, everything from the day went back to the room for proper storage until I could give it my dedicated time.

We have a little table in our living room where I have been displaying some special wedding items. Occupying the table, which I now have fondly dubbed as "The Shrine," we have:

Larger-than-life Mozey painting I received as a shower gift

Mozey's wedding day floral collar

Two orchids.
One a gift from our engagement, 
another a decoration from our Friday Night Ice Cream Social. 

A sign from my mom that reads "You will forever be my always" with our names and wedding date

A little stuffed unicorn from our wedding planner to remind us that we are each other's unicorn

Our guestbook. 
A late-night online purchase that is kinda creepy, kinda awesome

Dia de los muertos brides, one in a suit, one in a dress! 
A gift from a bridesmaid and our ring bearer's mom.

The most amazing crystal shaped like a heart, a wedding gift.

Heather's wedding day boutonniere

A book of Rilke poems, from which Heather read to me on our engagement day

I will share more wedding goodness soon!