What a busy weekend this was! I love action-packed days full of friends and fun, but man, does it wear me out! Sometimes it’s hard to remember that we used to spend every non-work day out and about, from one event to the next, flying by the seat of our pants, heading in any direction we wanted, meeting friends at all hours of the day or night, fast forwarding through work, not to make it to Friday, but only to 5 since we could just as easily do on a Tuesday what some reserve for Friday and Saturday. Apparently, I’m not as much a night owl as my former self, though I’m pretty sure a husband, a baby and longer work weeks factor in somewhere. We’ve gone from late nights involving bars and beer bottles to late nights involving lullabies and milk bottles. Such is life.
This weekend was a return to the old days. Fun with friends, drinks in hand, hopping from one activity to the next. The good times kicked off with a bright, sunny Saturday afternoon at Baytowne Wharf Beer Fest in Sandestin, one of our sponsored events at work. It’s always such a fun event and I was a little sad I couldn’t attend last year (hello, baby on board!), so I was excited to make up for lost time this year. We met up with Cassi and Travis and made the rounds from tent to tent, checking out the selections, sipping, sipping and sipping more. It was wonderful.
Before we knew it, though, it was time for a quick change and a short drive into Destin for Ash & Claudia’s wedding. We swore we would be back after the wedding to dance the night away and keep the night going as long as we could.
Have I mentioned that I love when Hunter wears suits? I think they’re growing on my country boy, but I’m not sure he would admit it. He definitely wouldn’t let me sneak a picture of more than our shoes.
The wedding ceremony was lovely; I always love watching the first dance and remembering ours.
We sat next to Amanda and her husband Chris, who I found out were expecting. So excited for them! As we have experienced, a baby has the power to change your life completely in the craziest most amazing way possible.
A few hours and a few drinks later, we decided to hit the road. We didn’t stay out as long as we planned and we never made it back to Baytowne to meet up with Cassi and Travis (sorry guys!). We sneaked out a tad early to have our own little date night, just the two of us, reminiscing on those days before promotions and more responsibility, before diapers and a baby, and before we had a clue that those fun Fridays (and Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays) would take us as far down this lovely road as they did. So happy they did. I love you, babe!
As much as I love all things black and white, I decided early on that I wanted all the bridesmaids to wear fun and fabulous shoes for the wedding. I had bright jewel tones in mind for a nice pop against their black dresses, so I set out to see what my options were online and in stores. It always seems hard to find something particular when I’m looking, but, surprisingly, these didn’t take too long to gather from around the web. Behold the bridesmaids’ gifts. They are all satin, either peep-toe or strappy styles: Jennifer (hot pink strappy), Shannon (green strappy), Jocelyn (deep purple peep-toe), Danielle (cobalt blue peep-toe), Sam (bright yellow peep-toe). If only they were all my size, I’d consider keeping every pair!
When it comes to the beauty side of weddings, there’s no better place to find inspiration and up-to-date styles than on the red carpet. Celebrities have access to the best hair and makeup artists who prime and primp pretty faces and fabulous hair practically every day for big events — maybe not weddings, but movie premieres and awards shows require the best of beauty. (Wouldn’t you love to have a celeb stylist make you over just once? I would!)
Since the temperature will be near 100 degrees and the girls will be wearing shorter bridesmaid dresses, I want to keep the look casually elegant with relaxed styles and not much fuss. Nothing too tight or slicked back. I like hairstyles that seem effortless and easy, but still look styled and in place — beachy but under control. I think I’ll be wearing my hair half up, half down with a few curls along the lines of one these lovely hairstyles:
No offense to Deb, but I think Jessica Alba, Kate Hudson, Lauren Conrad, Miley Cyrus, Molly Sims, Brittany Snow, Angelina Jolie and Carrie Underwood have the right ideas. Just lovely!
Since almost everything in, about or related to the wedding in any way is black or white, I feel like black shoes are really the only choice to compliment my white dress. I’m still looking for the perfect pair, but I want them to be fun, flirty and not too uptight. These Badgley Mischka’s are my current favorites. I love the ruffle down the middle and the super high heel. With my handsome husband to be standing 6’2″, I’m gonna need all the height I can get!
The wedding countdown is on! I can’t believe it’s less than two weeks away — I feel so unprepared! Some of the really fun parts of the time leading up to the big day are going to all the showers. The food is always cute and the drinks are always tasty! (Of course, as the MOH, I also have a very important job of writing down who gave what.)
Here are a few of the fashions:
From Left: BCBG dress with J. Crew belt, Deja Vu dress (from the Seaside store), LuluVia dress (from 96 Degrees in Seagrove)
From Left: Forever 21 dress, White House l Black Market dress (from Destin Commons) with yellow belt from Beach Buzz in Rosemary Beach.
Fun, fun, fun!