After months of anticipation, it was time to stop being polite and start heading to Southampton, New York for my first vacation of the summer. I was especially excited because this was my first time in the Hamptons. Dave and I rented a place from AirBnB with some of our college buddies and 7+ strangers. I have to give major kudos to my friend Tom for organizing the booking of the place, picking up the food, and putting together a great crowd of people. The area itself is beautiful with lush, hydrangea lined homes and beautiful beaches. I think we all have an afterglow of sorts; it was a truly amazing weekend.
Casual Friday has lost its meaning since I started working from home; every day is casual Friday. Other people in my position have stressed that it is important to have a routine and to put some effort into getting ready. I am trying to heed that advice but sometimes it is easier to dress like you’re going to basketball practice. I came home last Sunday for my sister’s birthday and to complete some wedding specific errands. While at dinner for another friend’s birthday, my friend Brittany and I realized that our offices were a block away from each other (how did we not make this connection earlier). We met up for Shake Shack and took our meals to the rooftop plaza. Since she is one of the sweetest people I know, she obliged when I asked her to snap these photos of me not looking like a mutant.
Sheep’s Meadow, Central Park with some work friends.
Chris invited a small group of us to his house on Cape Cod this weekend. It was sort of like a belated Independence Day celebration complete with an America cake, blue & red Jolly Rancher infused vodka, and my futurehusband in his favorite swim trunks. I hadn’t seen our friends for at least a month (most of June was spent in NJ/NYC), so it was a really good time. I also accomplished my lessons learned from Memorial Day weekend: don’t get poison ivy and don’t forget the champagne in the freezer because boom.
My Our engagement party was one of the greatest nights of my life. Obviously, the actual engagement ranks higher. Dave and I celebrated with about 70 guests at Le Parker Meridien’s Estrela penthouse; the views of Central Park and the Manhattan Skyline made for a beautiful night. The party concluded at 11, so we changed to meet our bridal party and other friends who had traveled from Boston for the after party. We took our fun/weirdness to Hudson Common and everyone survived!
Planning this party was like planning a mini wedding and the key to its success was my mother. She was on point with checking out the venue, booking the vendors, and finding my dress. It was like a boot camp for the real thing. All her hard work was evident from the moment we entered the room. Our wedding is about 10 months away, which is super exciting and a little overwhelming, but I’m just really lucky that I have someone to keep me on track with all of the planning. And to tell me to stop being a Bridezilla.
Here are some of my favorite moments from our party.
Custom watercolor illustrations from movies/music for my bridesmaids. Yes, I have 8.
Engagement party photos by Andrew White.
I’m always a little nostalgic but those feelings are especially heightened when it’s summer. Pool days (or sprinklers), ice cream, barbecues, etc bring back memories from my childhood. Independence Day celebrations with my family varied in size throughout the years but my parents made sure that the day concluded with fireworks. I always look forward to planning some celebration for July 4th.
I usually reserve the day to celebrate with my parents but since I have been home monthly for a week since March, the day was spent with my futurehusband (because I hate the word fiancé, especially when preceded with an article) and his family. The day began with Dave making me finish watching Independence Day. Then we headed off to Salisbury Beach, where his godparents have a home. It was a perfect day.