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.

 

A 29th Golden Birthday Roast For a Friend – January 2014 Celebration.

My friend Krissy is one of those friends that everyone loves being around because she likes to make people laugh and is funny.  She is usually up for anything fun and not likely to pass judgement unless you do something ridiculous like use poor grammar.  In fact, I’m pretty sure it’s a good thing she doesn’t read this blog or my grammar would probably drive her crazy.  haha.

This year she decided to have a birthday party roast of herself at The Stadium in Quincy. That’s her in the gold dress for her golden birthday.

 

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I was hesitant to roast Krissy at first because I didn’t feel comfortable with the situation. However, I realized not roasting her would be more of a disappointment to her than me making fun of her. Everyone had a lot of fun and I think most of the speeches ended on a positive note. We definitely put James Franco’s roast to shame. :)

A Quick 2013 Recap and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

2013 was a year of change. It started off good with officially setting my wedding date for October 4, 2014, but quickly went through a sharp turn with a concussion and getting laid off. It was really  hard for me to focus on wedding planning when all I could think about and spend my time doing was trying to find a job. The job market is so competitive and there are so many talented individuals to compete with. This was a really great learning experience for me because I got to learn how to prepare better for life and realize I shouldn’t take my work for granted.  While I was looking for full time work, I got to intern part time for a very cool start up company in Boston.  I really loved being there, but I needed to be somewhere full time with health benefits in order to be able to afford living and saving for my honeymoon. After tons of interviews and heartbreak, even applying to jobs out of state, I finally got two job offers at the same time. It’s funny how things work out that way.  I accepted a full time job at a software company in Boston. I started in November and I’m so thankful I can now finally relax a little and focus on some more wedding stuff! I applied to TONS of jobs in Seattle in addition to jobs in Boston, Cali, and NYC. All I got was radio silence (for the most part) from everywhere outside of Boston.  I really do still want to move to Seattle with Kraig. I think it will be really hard to move away from my friends and family that I love so much, but now is the time to do it. We don’t have kids and don’t own property yet. I really love the PNW and it has been my dream for a few years now to move there and explore every in and out of it.   Regardless, I’m so happy that I’m back in the work force and I’M GETTING MARRIED THIS YEAR!!

New Years Eve was spent at my friend Meghan’s house. Meghan was so nice to host a Murder Mystery Themed NYE party for our friends. We all had fun partying into the new year. I’m so thankful I have such great friends.

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I guess my 2014 goal to take better pictures will have to start after this party. Iphone photos are blur city.  Bring on 2014!

Detroit Wedding in October 2013.

Upon arriving in the Midwest, Kraig and I drove to Zingerman’s to get a famous sandwich as seen in the movie The 5 Year Engagement.  I have to admit that after driving around for an hour to find a parking spot, waiting in a long line to order a sandwich, and then waiting a substantial amount of additional time to get our sandwiches, I was a little disappointed in what I got. The sandwich was good, but I wouldn’t recommend going out of your way for this place. It’s worth checking out if the crowds are under control when you’re in the area.

The next day we got to explore some of Detroit. We went to Green Dot Stables for lunch.  I found this place through internet stalking where Anthony Bourdain ate while he was in Detroit filming a show. The sliders, kale salad, fries, beers, and service were all awesome. Our waiter was super friendly and helpful with suggestions of places to check out as tourists with a few hours to spare before a wedding. We ended up viewing The Heidelberg Project which was a bittersweet experience.

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After checking out The Heidelberg Project, we got ready for a BEAUTIFUL wedding. There was wonderful food, friendly people, jaw-dropping flowers, and a live band! We had a blast and we’re so happy we got to have this awesome experience.

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