Tuesday, June 27, 2017

#MarriedToJonas2017

Caroline got married!!!

Well, Caroline AND Alex both got married. To each other!! And it was sooooo sweet. Caroline has a lot of unique phrases she says, including calling things and people "gentle," which is a great way to describe the weekend.

Obviously, this was a few weeks ago, but I am very wedded (pun intended) to chronological blog posts. Her wedding was June 3rd and celebrations began Friday morning with a brunch to honor the bride. Our girl Courtney and her mom hosted, and it was held at a restaurant housed by her great-grandmother's old home. How cool is that? I am allll about that nostalgia.


Post champagne brunch we all had to take a wee nap before the rehearsal dinner. Dinner was at the Washington House, a really cool spot with a nice flow and lots of light, not to mention the eats! Caroline dipped out at the end, like the smart lady that she is, to have a relaxing eve before the big day. She is seriously such a level-headed soul!


Saturday we did hair and makeup and hung out until the ceremony! The best part of the day, in my opinion, was when our transportation didn't show and Caroline got all emotional and anxious to go meet her groom. It was so sweet and adorable and I hope she (HEY caro!) doesn't mind me saying so! We ended up taking her family's fleet of Volvo station wagons to the ceremony and blasting Celine Dion the whole way. It was memorable, to say the least!






The wedding itself was GORGEOUS and we danced our asses off. It was held at Natirar, a seriously stunning venue, with a legit farm to table catering service which that really lended itself to Caroline's vibe: simple and elegant. Speaking of which, she even had a late night mac and cheese bar and donut bar! I ate ALLTHEDONUTS and took many photos of my wine glass in front of the fire because ... #wine. Sunday we had a lovely brunch to see them off to Spain and made our way back to NC.


Caroline and Alex - I wish you many years of happiness - you are a truly lovely couple (Sounds cliche and fake - but it's not)!

PS. It is worth mentioning that her photog was amazing - so personable and fun to be around. I hope she enjoyed hanging with us because I personally enjoyed her being there! Check out her post of the whole day here.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Three Bachelorettes are Better than One

A couple weeks ago, I was lucky enough to celebrate my bachelorette with my two favorite brides to be, my dear friends, Andrea + Caroline!

As soon as we realized the three of us would be getting married this summer, we started talking dates for all of the celebrations. We soon realized it would be easier and way more awesome to have a joint bachelorette for the three of us. Since we were three brides-strong, our ladies (and one dude!) rented a bad ass house in Austin and had some pretty epic (surprise) activities planned.
On mother's day weekend, our people trekked from all over the country to meet in Austin! Some of our tribe arrived early Thursday afternoon and it was killing me to see all of the pics and snaps. After work Thursday, I took a late flight into ATX with an even longer layover in ATL, cue the pre-party beers! After arriving at 2am, I found my way to my designated bed in our huge (i mean huge!) rental house, and crashed.

Friday morning, I woke up and got to see all of my favorite people! Between the three brides there were 4 maids of honor and they did an amazing job planning. That morning, there were breakfast tacos delivered to the house, an Austin specialty, and we commenced our day of pool-side fun.




As most of our pics from this trip are booze + bikini heavy, I will spare you all the gritty details and just say that we had a ball. One eventful part of Friday, for me personally, was learning what a "haircut" shot was. Thanks to the 22 year old for making us all feel really old!

Friday night we got all dressed up to eat at Jacobys where the gals had planned a special menu for us and we had a private room. The food was stellar and the drinks were amazing, but I was hit with an intense bout of vertigo during dinner so went home early while most of the other gals went out. I hate that this happened during my bachlorette, but whatcha gonna do? My mom and sister both get it too, and sometimes planes and elevators screw with me. Fun times!



Saturday morning we were up and at 'em to hop on our party bus and head to Lake Travis! Our group had picked up burger fixing, beers and tons of floaties and we loaded up our pontoon boat for a day of floating + battling bachelor parties.We won, don't worry.




Saturday evening, we napped, cooked dinner in the huge-ass kitchen and hung out in the crazy back yard! We ended our festivities on Rainey Street, a street of old bungalows turned into bars!


I feel like I always like to end with a silly picture, so here's a typical snap of me and my MOH! Love you sis!
 Thanks to everyone who planned and made it a super special weekend. Caroline gets married this Saturday and I cannot wait to celebrate her and Alex!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

About Last Week

The pace has been swift and it's not slowing down anytime soon!

Last week I was in Charleston for work and flew out Thursday to Scottsdale to see our girl Jordan get hitched. Congrats Jor!! It was an amazing and exhausting week and getting home at 12am Monday made for a rough workday. Shout out to folks who can pull of this sort of travel on the reg, don't know how you do it.

Just to add to the craziness, tomorrow I fly to Austin for our group bachelorette! Since Caroline, Andrea and I are all getting married within 6 weeks we decided to join forces and have one epic party! I have seen pictures of the house we have rented for the weekend, and I know there will be donut floaties, but at this point, all else is a mystery.

I didn't actually bring my phone/camera to Jordan's wedding, so I regret that I have few photos of the bride. But here are some pretty snaps from the beach in Charleston, the resort in AZ and a few welcome dinner and wedding snaps from other folks!







Torturing our non-makeup wearing condo member


Caroline snapped this when we were getting ready on Saturday and I had to share. This is really my happy place...champagne, hotel robe + makeup. Done!