Last weekend I was in Martha’s Vineyard celebrating my college roommate and sorority sister, Lanie’s wedding! Lanie’s family has had a house in Oak Bluffs for generations and she has spent every one of her summers at Martha’s Vineyard. I visited her the summer after we graduated college and I fell in love with the island. Brian (her now husband) proposed while they were vacationing on the island and I was hoping she’d get marred on Martha’s Vineyard. So when I got the wedding invitation I was so pumped to spend a weekend at Martha’s Vineyard again. It takes planes, trains and automobiles to get to Martha’s Vineyard, but when you get to the island it’s completely worth it.
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One of my closest friends, Laken, got married the weekend of September 24. She lives in Baltimore and had her wedding festivities in the Baltimore area. Friday September 23 her in-laws hosted her wedding rehearsal at the Boathouse Canton, a waterfront grille and seafood restaurant, on the waterfront of Tindeco Wharf in Baltimore’s renowned Harbor. We had a private indoor and outdoor area at the Boathouse Canton with waterfront views of the Harbor. The menu was amazing and the crab cakes were to die for. My husband and I spent the evening catching up with Laken, her husband and both of their families. On Saturday September 24 she got married at the Mt. Washington Mill Dye House.
Saturday September 17 was Demi and Nick’s wedding day! They got married at 5pm at the Second Presbyterian Church in Roanoke, Virginia. Demi, my husband, and their other sister Molly lived in Roanoke when they were younger. My father-in-law was a headmaster at a private Roanoke Catholic school. Nick grew up in Roanoke as well, which 1. Is such a small world and 2. Crazy that Nick and Demi never ran into each other when they were little. For the wedding, the bridesmaids wore blush Amsale gowns and the groomsmen wore tuxedos. The wedding ceremony was extremely touching. I cried when Demi walked down the aisle with her grandfather. She looked absolutely stunning in her wedding dress. After the wedding ceremony, an old fashioned trolley transported the wedding guests from the Church to the reception at the Patrick Henry Hotel.
This fall we have 5 weddings we are attending! This past weekend we had my sister-in-law’s wedding in Roanoke! My sister-in-law, Demi, and now brother-in-law, Nick, are perfect for one another. We had such a great time celebrating with them this weekend! I went to Virginia Tech for college, which is only about 30 minutes from Roanoke. However, I never really spent much time in Roanoke. Downtown Roanoke is really precious. They have a great selection of restaurants and boutique shops. My husband and I got in Friday afternoon and grabbed a late lunch at Fork in the Alley. After stuffing our faces with pizza, we walked around the shops for a bit. We ended up buying artwork for our home from a local street vendor. After exploring downtown Roanoke, we checked into our hotel. We stayed at the Hotel Roanoke, which is absolutely gorgeous and looks like a castle.
This past weekend I went to Cape May for one of my best friend’s, Lanie’s bachelorette parties! Lanie and I went to college together, were in the same sorority, were also roommates and were pretty much attached at the hip during college. She’s one of the sweetest girls I know and we had such a blast in Cape May celebrating one of her last weekends before she becomes a married woman! Her wedding will be in October in Martha’s Vineyard and I CANNOT WAIT! Martha’s Vineyard is such a beautiful island and an October wedding is going to be stunning. I had such a blast catching up with Lanie and the rest of the girls, and I didn’t want to sneak away from the festivities to take photos, so these photos are actually from Hilton Head, where I went two weekends ago for a family trip.
This past weekend we went to Hilton Head to spend time with family. My husband’s Mom and Stepdad retired and moved from Virginia to Hilton Head last winter. They were looking for places to retire to, and once Jeremy found out he got his job offer in Atlanta, his parents purchased their place in Hilton Head. We spent the weekend with my husband’s parents, his sister Molly and his sister’s best friend Sarah.
I’ve been all over the place this summer, from my wedding in Virginia, to my honeymoon in Italy, to my sister-in-law’s bachelorette party in Miami, to my friend’s bachelorette party in Las Vegas, plus so many other places this summer! I’ll be headed to two other bachelorette parties at the end of August. One in Cape May, which I’ve never been to so I’m really excited to attend and another one in Baltimore. Baltimore is such a fun city and I’m looking forward to that as well! Whenever I’m traveling and know I’m headed to the pool or a beach I always pack my must-haves. I always need a cute bathing suit and cover up, like this new off the shoulder white lace romper I got online at Romwe! I’ve gotten more conservative as I’ve gotten older and I’m not as comfortable walking around in only my bathing suit. I love white in the summer and this lace romper is just the cutest! It has a drawstring to adjust the size because it’s one size fits all. It’s also another $20 purchase! I love finding good deals and the romper shipped really quickly! I also have been searching for some new bathing suits and I found some really cute affordable ones at Adore Me!
After Rome, we went to Florence and the Amalfi coast for the remainder of our honeymoon. We took a train from Rome to Florence. The first day we were in Florence we enjoyed a guided walking tour to learn the history of the city. In the morning we skipped the line at Florence’s Accademia Gallery, home to Michelangelo’s masterpiece, ‘David.’ While I was taking photos of Michelangelo’s ‘David’ my Canon point and shoot camera died. So, Florence was the last day I could take photos on my camera. The rest of the photos I took while we were on our honeymoon was with my iPhone.
After we visited the Accademia Gallery, we crossed the Ponte Vecchio and got to skip the line to visit the Duomo. In the afternoon we toured the Uffizi Gallery. We had time to explore independently to see the art at our own pace. The Uffizi Gallery was beyond stunning. I could have stayed in the gallery for days.
We spent 16 days in Italy for our honeymoon! We went to Rome, Florence and the Amalfi Coast (we stayed in Positano and then on the island of Capri). I’d never been to Italy before and it has been on the top of my travel bucket list. We got married on Saturday June 18 and left on a red-eye flight Monday June 20 after our wedding. Luckily the Atlanta airport had a non-stop flight to Rome. In Rome we stayed in the Westin Excelsior in Rome, an upscale Starwood hotel in an elegant landmark building. The Westin Excelsior is in a great location, only a 13-minute walk from the Trevi Fountain.
The first weekend of May I went to Nashville for my bachelorette party with a group of my best friends and my two younger sisters. My two sisters (pretty much my middle sister) planned the most amazing bachelorette party weekend for me. I had never been to Nashville before and wanted to spend my bachelorette weekend at a city I had never been to. It was a toss-up between Austin and Nashville, since I’d heard so many wonderful things about both cities, but I ended up deciding on Nashville. After visiting Nashville, I can see why everyone is obsessed with the city…I loved it and would move there in a heartbeat.
I’m always on the lookout for new e-commerce retail marketplaces, either to buy for myself, or to buy as gifts for friends and family. I love finding smaller online companies or supporting local businesses with unique pieces and positive missions. I recently stumbled upon Pasonga. Pasonga is an e-commerce startup focusing on representing emerging designers from all around the world and their mission is “Wear the Difference”. The company sells bathing suits, clothes, bags, shoes and accessories. There is a small selection of items to buy, but everything is beautiful, vibrant and full of character. The company’s mission statement is really inspiring. I love how Pasonga’s e-commerce platform was built to empower emerging designers.
I went to Houston, Texas this past weekend to visit my best friend (and bridesmaid) and attended my first rodeo! The “Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo,” aka “Rodeo Houston” is one of the largest live entertainment and livestock exhibitions. The Houston Rodeo is held at NRG (formerly Reliant) stadium where the Houston Texan’s play and lasts for almost the entire month of March! The rodeo features championship rodeo action, livestock competitions, carnival rides, pig racing, horse racing, barbecue, shopping and concerts!