Wedding in Amherst, MA.

The last weekend in July was spent in Amherst for Tal and Lauren’s wedding at The Lord Jeffrey Inn.  Tal and Lauren met as students at UMass Amherst, so they decided to have their wedding in that area. It was such a lovely wedding and fun to be back in the area where I went to college!

The Lord Jeffrey Inn from outside.

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We hit up McMurphy’s for old times sake.  Drinking cheap beer just isn’t as good as it use to be. Where is the fancy rose and bubbly please?

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Kraig and I did get to have a drink at The Spoke which is always fun because there’s always less of a crowd there.  Antonios was INSANE to get a slice of pizza at after the bars. Maybe since I’m more mature now, I realize how nuts it is there. There was a drunk student bleeding from the head passed out on a bench inside, and huge men that pushed me when I was in line. I think I will stay away from the after bar scene there if I’m ever in Amherst again.

The wedding was beautiful! The bride Lauren and her father walking down the aisle. Such a cute photo.

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The bride and groom.

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Us!

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Kraig and I had so much fun seeing some old friends, catching up, getting to walk around campus and visit some of our favorite spots.

Next up, an August recap and my friend Liz’s wedding!

The 4th of July and my bachelorette party in Nantucket.

July started out with running The Hingham 4th of July Road Race. I was scared to do this race because I never ran more than a 5K before and didn’t know if I’d be able to finish. I’m happy to say that I was able to finish! :) I think doing tone it up and blogilates workouts really helped me have the the stamina to finish the race. The weather was very bogus on the 4th this year, so it interfered with the cookout fun that usually ensues on that day.

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Later on in the month was my bachelorette party weekend in Nantucket!! I had so much fun and feel so very thankful that I have such an amazing sister, sister-in-law, and friends that all wanted to be a part of my special weekend! I don’t remember the exact names of all the places we went to because I didn’t plan it, but we did stay at The Barnacle Inn for anyone curious. This picture was taken at Jetties Beach.  We had lunch at the restaurant here before parking our bums in the sand for a couple of hours.

photo 1After dinner, we hit up The Chicken Box for drinks and dancing to live music!

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The next day, we visited a beach for a bit before doing a Nantucket Bike Tour to the brewery.

photo 1(1)The bike tour was so much fun and a great way to see the island.

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Tommy Hilfiger’s ex-wife’s house.

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Charles Schwab’s back yard.

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The Oldest House in Nantucket.

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Nantucket Windmill.

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The bike tour ended at Cisco Brewery where we all had a drink before going back to the bNb to get ready for dinner. I had such a lovely time in Nantucket and feel so appreciative of the wonderful friends and family I got to share it with!

June 2014 continued. A wedding and bachelorette party!

Our friends Steve and Rosie had a beautiful wedding in Connecticut this June. They met at Connecticut College, so the ceremony was at the chapel on campus followed by a lovely reception at Lake of Isles. We had a wonderful time and I loved the view for cocktail hour! I ordered a French Martini in honor of the bride that introduced me to that drink.

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Another weekend in June was spent in Plymouth at The Best Western for my best friend Liz’s bachelorette Party! I was Liz’s Maid of Honor for her wedding and was so happy I got to fill that role! Liz and I have been friends since elementary school, so I was truly honored to be such a big part of her special wedding day!  For the bachelorette party, we started our day off at Plymouth Long Beach, had lunch at Sandy’s, and then did a wine tasting at Plymouth Winery. Here’s the wedding party on the beach. I’m wearing a huge sunhat and the bride is in the middle!

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After the winery, we all went back to the hotel to hit the pool, freshen up, and have some before dinner drinks!

photo 2(1)Our transportation for dinner at The Rye Tavern came to pick us up.

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Then we all enjoyed a lovely dinner followed by some drinks out in town at The Cabby Shack. It was a lot of fun and I hope everyone enjoyed themselves!

My Bridal Shower – June 2014

I can’t believe it’s been almost two years since Kraig and I got engaged in Big Sur, California. Kraig and I chose to have a long engagement, so we’d have plenty of time to save for things like an awesome honeymoon. We’re still debating on where to go for our honeymoon, so let me know if you have any warm beach destination recommendations for October.

This past weekend, my parents and my sister threw me a beautiful bridal shower at my parent’s house in my hometown that I grew up in. It was so much fun and decorated so beautifully, I couldn’t help but feel so very thankful and overwhelmed with joy on the occasion. I was so sad when it was over and can only imagine what it will be like when my wedding ends.

Picture with my bridesmaids: Krissy, Liz, Me, My sister Melissa, and My sister-in-law Kate.

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With some more of my friends.

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With my fiance!

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I wish I had more pictures, but it’s hard to take pictures when you’re busy having fun! That’s why it’s so important to have a good wedding photographer!

This weekend, I’m heading to a wedding in Connecticut for two of my friends that are getting married.  I can’t wait to go to this wedding because I know it will be a lot of fun and have a lot of great detail!

I’m at that stage in my life where a lot of people my age are getting married.  I went to the beach last weekend with my friends and we were all doing things like applying sunblock constantly, wearing huge sunhats, and searching for shade. Well that is normal for me because I have very fair skin, but it’s funny to see the getting older changes starting with everyone else too.

#hurlsbeth32214 – Winter Wedding at Sunday River Maine.

Remember that bachelorette party I went to in February? Elsbeth and Dave got married in Maine on March 22, 2014. The reception was held at Sunday River and we all stayed at The Grand Summit hotel for the weekend.  We had a nice weekend spending time with good friends, going to the beautiful wedding, and getting in some skiing! I’m an awful skier and have always been terrified of it. My parents forced me to learn it growing up in New England and I’m very happy they did because even though I’m slow, I can still participate in it.  The awesome thing about the hotel we were staying at is that there’s a chair lift right outside the hotel. You don’t need to pack up a car full of ski gear in order to get to the mountain which makes everything so much less of a production and enjoyable.

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It was so nice for the couple to provide complimentary shuttle service for their guests. We all hopped on a school bus on the way to the Church for Elsbeth & Dave’s vow exchange.

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I tried to snap some pictures of the bride & groom walking down the aisle, but everything came out blurry. Does anyone have tips for snapping clear motion pictures on a camera? Sorry for the poor picture quality. This was taken with a real camera too (aka not an iphone). 
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After the vows were exchanged at the church, we returned to the hotel where the couple did a ski entrance outside in their wedding clothes. It was so cute and impressive that the bride did this in her wedding gown!DSCN1485

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We watched the ski entrance from a deck outside the hotel which was a perfect photo location. I didn’t wear a coat solely to get a picture in our nice clothes instead of the same winter coat I’m always wearing.

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Engagement Photos from October 2013 by the amazing Kate McElwee

October 4, 2013 (a year before our wedding), Kraig and I had our amazing Wedding Photographer Kate McElwee snap our engagement pictures at the Arnold Arboretum and Lazr Anderson Park. She did an amazing job and all the photos below are hers. There are plenty more photos, but I won’t post every single one. If you want to see more, let me know and I can send you a link.

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We had a lot of fun with Kate snapping our photos. We were both very nervous about it because neither of us are comfortable in front of the camera, but Kate did an amazing job getting us to laugh and feel at ease. I can’t believe these photos were taken 6 months ago and my wedding is about 6 months away. EEks! Better pick out some bridesmaid dresses.

 

 

Cape Cod in February 2014 – Elsbeth’s Bachelorette Party.

Last January, a bunch of women I know (not all of them are in this picture) spent a night in Chatham for a friend’s Bachelorette party.

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We stayed at The Chatham Bars Inn and enjoyed staying right near the water.  Even though it was the middle of winter, it was still beautiful and a lot of fun. It was very affordable because it was off season, but I think the rates are very high during the Summertime.

I’ll spare you the boozy details of the evening and let you know that everyone enjoyed their dinner at  Del Mar. We followed dinner with dancing to live music at a local bar in town.

The next morning we had brunch at the hotel’s restaurant and scared our waiter off by asking for refills of water and coffee every time he came to the table.  I noticed the restaurant service here is consistently slow. Kraig and I went to their bar for a drink over the summer and experienced very slow service at the bar. We were ignored until we hunted down a waitress for a glass of wine. Fast forward to brunch in January and our waiter at brunch was very slow and put out when we asked him for a pitcher of water for the table. Since I was getting a good deal for my stay I wasn’t upset, but if I were a traveler spending a lot of money to stay there in summer I would probably get very upset about this.  The concierge, staff, and our driver were all very friendly and helpful during our stay.

I think all the ladies enjoyed their trip and I’m happy the bride got to celebrate in such a beautiful part of Massachusetts!  Here’s a view from the porch of The Chatham Bars Inn.

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Definitely a great vacation spot. I didn’t get a chance to check out their Spa, but I hope to experience it one day.