Well, one wedding, three days, and 1,298 miles later, we are home and back to normal life. For four days, that is. Then, another trip awaits! We're keeping ourselves busy this fall, that is for certain.
Despite the long drives, I couldn't have asked for a better weekend. Seeing friends I don't see nearly often enough, enjoying great food, good company, and being near the ocean made this wedding weekend one I will not soon forget.
We started out the weekend with a bridal shower for Leigh since most of the guests were coming in from out of town.
My favorite part of these things is giving a gift! I love making someone feel special and loved, and I hope what I did for Leigh made her feel that way!
I tried to really personalize the gift I gave her, because I don't get to see Leigh often, and I wanted her to know that despite our distance, our friendship is still strong and genuine.
A how-to for making the box will be up later this week.
I made it extremely personal by using some paper I collected while Leigh and I were living in Florence. The paper I chose reflected an old map of Florence, and I thought it was the perfect way to make this recipe box unique to our friendship.
I also made several baggies filled with my cinnamon hazelnut biscotti, and also gave her an apron and a rolling pin from Anthropologie that I hope she will enjoy!
Saturday we had most of the day to explore the Outer Banks a bit because the wedding was not until 6pm. So, since it was pretty rainy, we decided to hit up a few breweries and wine tastings, and also gorge ourselves on delicious food!
|Beer Flight at Trio|
|Truffle Mushroom Crostini|
|Flight Sampler at Wilted Radish Brewery|
|Pour-It-Yourself Wine Taster Machine|
After the ceremony, we enjoyed a cocktail hour. We looked down to the beach from the pier house as we enjoyed our wine and saw Leigh getting photographed with her dress billowing in the wind. It is a vision I will never forget. Then, the bridal party came back up, and the reception began! It was full of dancing, fun, love, and excitement.
|Leigh & Jerry's first dance!|
|Caitlin with the beautiful Bride!|
Before we left, we made sure to get our toes in the sand and enjoy the ocean one more time this year.
I love you, Leigh & Jerry! You are two wonderful people and I am so thankful to be part of your life, to have been a part of your special day, and to have seen the love you have for each other reflected in your vows and the celebration that was your wedding day. Here's to the two of you! <3
In unrelated news: I thought y'all may be interested in this article over on Marc & Angel Hack Life- 27 Healthy Habits of Happiness. Enjoy!