Morning! How was your weekend?
I was supposed to be in North Carolina at the beach over the weekend with my UNC girlfriends, but Matt and I ended up having to cancel last minute… it was a 7 hour drive each way and we’ve been out of town so much lately that we decided we really couldn’t swing it. I was really sad I didn’t get to see the girls (and felt terrible bailing so late in the game, although a couple others had to as well), but Matt and I were able to get a lot of wedding planning done, and I was also able to go to my high school BFF Jenny’s birthday party on Saturday. So fun!
Jenny’s husband, Dan, rented a limo and invited a group of her friends and siblings to celebrate her 30th birthday with a Virginia wine tour!
Crusin’ in style
It was a blast. Enjoy the photos!
Above with Jenny, Gretchen, and their future sister-in-law, Taylor (with an epic photo bomb appearance by Jenny’s husband, Dan).
Above in the limo with Jenny and Lara, our friend from high school! She was my date for the day. 🙂
I love that sign in the photo above. 🙂 Here are the wineries we went to, in case you’re in the area and interested in checking them out! They are all in/around Middleburg, VA.
- Chrysalis Vineyards (one of my old favorites!)
- Piedmont Vineyards and Winery (this place is actually changing owners and may or may not remain open in the future?)
- Quatro Goomba’s Winery (wine, a fun live band on the weekends, AND oven-fired pizza = win)
The rest of the weekend was spent tackling our rapidly growing wedding to do list (click link to see previous wedding planning related posts)! Unfortunately most of the fun big picture planning (finding the dress, food tasting, flowers/centerpieces, the cake, etc.) is done and now we’re trying to get serious about the rest of the planning and the details. We still have a LOT to do — mostly all the nitty gritty things like figuring out a script for our actual ceremony (made some serious progress on this yesterday), picking out/ordering/sending our invites (appointment scheduled for Friday), picking songs for walking down the aisle and first dances, organizing the shuttles to/from the hotels, figuring out where everyone will sit at the reception and how we’ll tell them where they’ll sit, debating if we want to to welcome bags… etc etc etc! It’s kind of insane how much planning goes into one day! We also spent a ton of time yesterday going through all the (extremely unorganized in my case due to all the blog/food pictures every day) picture folders on our computers to find old pictures for a slideshow that will be played at the rehearsal dinner. It took forever but we got some awesome ones organized and it was a fun trip down memory lane. Our parents have already picked out a bunch from when we were little, too!
Another thing we did yesterday was to try to pick out our wedding bands! This was definitely in the “fun” section of the wedding planning list. 🙂 We went and tried some on yesterday with the jeweler who Matt worked with to design my engagement ring. I was originally thinking I wanted a band with diamonds and sapphires to match my engagement ring, but when I actually tried them on both Matt and I agreed it was a little bit too much.
Plan B was a band with diamonds (not all the way around, just at the top). Matt and I both liked how this looked so we’re having the jeweler price it out. We’ll see!
I also liked this band with a design on it — although it didn’t really match that well with my engagement ring.
Matt also tried on some rings for himself — he’s going to go for something basic but with some unique twist — one he liked was actually very slightly squared on the outside of the band — very subtle but cool! He’s debating what type of material to use. Maybe palladium? We hear it looks similar to platinum but is cheaper! Again — any thoughts/advice appreciated! 🙂 I think I’m going to do platinum for my band because that’s what my engagement ring is.
And with that, I’m off to work. Have a happy Monday, friends!