Busy Fall Saturday

Saturday morning, I ran around getting ready for the second home NCSU game as well as a friend’s bridal shower. Strangely, fall arrived very early & the high for Saturday was a chilly & misty 62. Instead of my planned outfit {black dress & red accessories}, I ended up wearing jeans {thanks Lee for sending them to me} & a red long sleeve light sweater.

Rhiannon’s shower was held at her mom’s house about 45 minutes away. It was a beautiful house with fun pink decorations & filled with family & friends all there to celebrate.

Congrats Rhiannon!

We played BRIDE bingo while Rhiannon opened gifts. We left to head to the game before she finished opening all the gifts, but her family & friends gave her some fun things!

Gifts Galore!

Kelly & I arrived at the newlyweds Jessica & Micheal’s tailgate. Jessica & Michael courageously got married during hurricane Irene then missed the first NCSU home game while they were unwinding in St Lucia. It was great to hear their stories & catch up with them on the truck tailgate.

Tailgating fun even in the rain.

After a few beers, a fleece & rain jacket slipped on, & munching on fruit, dips, & cupcakes, we barely noticed the rain & cold! We had a great time together & it was made even better that NCSU beat S Alabama 35-13.

Great crowd & game at CFS

Couples Shower

We celebrated my brother’s upcoming wedding with family & friends again last weekend. This shower was hosted my parents’ friends aka the Golf Girls group. I enjoyed time with family & also catching up with old family friends.

The food was delicious & the wine was definitely flowing for me! How cute are Nana & Dad and Christy & her nephew Robert too?!

Beth & Steven opened some great gifts and the Golf Girls gave my parents & Beth’s dad frames.

At the last shower, we didn’t get many photos of the families so I made sure we did this time! Just over a month until their big day! I’m so excited!

Showering with Love

Last weekend Jason & I traveled up to VA for the weekend. The occasion? My brother & his fiance’s first wedding couples shower thrown by some my parents’ oldest local friends.

First though, Saturday morning, mom, Nana, my aunt Sue & I met Beth, her SIL Emily & her MoH Lauren at David’s Bridal for bridesmaids dresses. I found two dresses I liked but didn’t order anything. Beth is letting us pick our dresses as long as they are “latte” colored. She’s also suggested a couple of Nordstorm dresses so Mom & our group headed there. The first {& only dress} I tried on was this Adrianna Pappel one {but in brown which I can no longer find online}. Beth had actually emailed us suggesting this one too. I bought it on the spot. $138 & no alterations!

On to the shower! We arrived at 6:30p & appetizers were already out & friends were beginning to arrive. Beth & Steven quickly gave the fabulous hostesses candles as thank-you gifts. Lots of catching up with old friends, meeting new people & hearing more wedding details.

Even though it was around 100 degrees, this back yard had such pretty views {& beer} that people still gathered on the porch. It was wonderful to have both families together. Of course I realize now that while we took photos of the families separately, we don’t have one of all the families together {next time!}.

The dinner that followed included bbq, potato salad, cole slaw, cold vegetable salad, baked beans & mixed fruit. Yummy dessert was strawberries & brownies with chocolate fondue.

Steven & Beth opened a ton of great gifts & the open second floor walkway worked great for photos!

Once gifts were opened & things had cooled down a little more outside, we all went out back for attempted golf shots into the lake, corn hole games & lots of chatting.

Looking forward to gathering again to continue the pre-wedding celebrations with another couples shower honoring the happy couple in Sept.

Sarah’s Wedding

My Chi O sister & friend Sarah married Mike this Saturday. It was the first wedding I’d attended since getting my DSLR. I *just might* have gone a little photo crazy taking 250+ photos! Sarah looked gorgeous, Mike so happy & the wedding party was great.

I left my camera in the car for the ceremony which was outside on the grass. Pretty readings, nice homily & ecstatic bride & groom.

We chose tables, grabbed beers & snacks & chatted with friends during cocktail hour. Such fun!

Perfect Spring Wedding Day

The decor {most of which she did herself} was perfect! I just have to share some of my favorites here.

Such special details

The Mr & Mrs getting introduced, first dance & Sarah & her dad’s dance.

The happy couple dances!

I loved the sweets ~ they were not only beautiful but very yummy!

Love these beautiful delicious cupcakes

Chi Os practiced Shades {our sing to the bride song} outside then sang to Sarah in front of the crowd. I didn’t cry at my own Shades, but seeing Sarah tear up & looking into friends’ faces did me in. I couldn’t even finish singing {not that anyone missed my voice}. We realized towards the end of the night that we’ hadn’t yet taken a Chi O group photo, so this one is missing a few of the ladies.

Chi O's showing Sarah the love

Can you tell how much fun we all had that this awesome wedding?

Such a pretty location

There was plenty of dancing including a group of Mike’s friends breaking it down pretend jump-rope style. Mike & Sarah jumped in the circle too. We said goodbye & wished them off to a happy honeymoon with fun sparkly snow.

Busting a few moves

Congratulation to the new Mr & Mrs! So thrilled for y’all & thanks for including us.

Rhiannon & Tim’s engagement party

This post is a little late, but better late than never right?  Matron of honor Jess & her husband Patrick set up a great party at their neighborhood’s clubhouse filled with great snacks, beer, wine & friends.  Kelly & Brett acted as my ride & my dates.  Sarah & Mike are the next to get married: this June.  Very pregnant Beth & her husband Dave smiled after finally agreeing to this photo.

Can’t wait for y’all’s December wedding!