Over the Weekend, Weddings and Realizations

Over the past few weeks, life has seemed rather stressful and nonstop busy. Between a full time job, (what seems like a full time) blog and other personal things going on, I have barely had time to eat and sleep. So a weekend away from the city was exactly what the Dr. ordered (literally, I was starting to make myself sick from all the stress). 

Over the Weekend, I flew to Atlanta for one of my sorority sister and good friend's wedding. It was the perfect opportunity to relax, de-stress and hangout with some of my college friends. I absolutely love Atlanta, and it was a great feeling to be back in the south in a similar environment to what I grew up in.

My friend Liz and I enjoyed a scrumptious dinner Friday night, while we waited for two of our other friends, Sam and Lauren, to arrive. We went to this place called Foundation, and the food was fantastic. We shared some apps, a glass or two of wine, and many laughs. The weather was absolutely perfect, and dinner outside on the patio was the best way to kickoff the weekend.

When our friends arrived, we met up with the bride and groom for a late night cocktail at a local bar. They had their entire wedding party, out of town friends and guests, stop by to see them before the big day.

Saturday, the three girls and I headed out for a morning of errands, pedicures and lunch. I finally got to visit one of the Swoozies locations. I have been ordering from this "grown up party city" for years, but have yet to go to an actual one of their stores. I was in total blogger and entertainer heaven, as I could have bought up the entire store. 

After the errands and lunch, we headed back to Liz's house to get ready and relax before the wedding. We all got dolled up in our wedding best, and headed to St. Ives Country Club for the ceremony and reception. 

The ceremony was picturesque; set on the terrace of the country club, overlooking the golf course. It was totally Mindy and Colton (the bride and groom). My friends and I took our seats and the processional began. Finally, the bride walked out and we all immediately turned to see the groom's face. That is probably my most favorite part; seeing the groom's expression as he sees his bride walk down the aisle. 

Mindy was a gorgeous bride; absolutely stunning. Her dress was exactly what I pictured her in; she just looked radiant. Mindy is the second out of my good friend group to get married, so of course we were all balling our eyes out throughout the ceremony.

After the bride and groom said "I do," we headed inside for drinks, buffet style food, cake, dancing (all of the typical reception festivities). The food was my favorite part, shocker, as they had a pasta bar and fried finger foods. I was in foodie heaven. 

We sent the bride and groom on their way, as they exited through a tunnel lined with sparklers. Mindy and Colton headed off as husband and wife, looking forward to their honeymoon in Hawaii. (sorry for the poor picture quality… it's hard to hold a lit sparkler and take photos at the same time)

This past weekend was exactly what I needed. A weekend with good friends; reminding me that sometimes you just need a break to enjoy life.  I feel as though I get caught up in the hustle and bustle of this fast paced city, that I tend to lose myself. Sometimes you just need a few days with your bests, to remind you how amazing life is. You don't need to sweat the small stuff or stress about things out of your control. 

I came back from Atlanta completely refreshed and ready to slow things down a bit. Since summer is finally here, it shouldn't be hard to do. Many weekends will be spent by the pool, enjoying good company and a cold drink in hand.

What are you looking forward to most this summer?

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Tacori Lover said...

Great wedding dress! Hope she was given a Tacori Ring to go with it. In case you can't tell I love Tacori and their signature designs. Congrats!

Primp & Proper said...

haha im not sure where her ring is from, but it was beautiful!!

venue Houston said...

We were served a blood orange intermezzo which was divine. For our dinner we served Filet Mignon with a cognac sauce. People still are talking about the food.