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Beacon Hill Engagement Shoot

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Sweater: J. Crew| Jeans: Gap| Dress: Alice & Olivia | Shoes: Joie

Hey, wassup, hello! I can’t believe it’s been over 2 months since my last update. The first two weekends of October were reserved for weddings, then Halloween came, birthdays, Thanksgiving, and here we are near Christmas. When I’m not procrastinating on my couch, I’m trying to wedding plan aka not get yelled at by my mom because I am a terrible planner.

Dave and I were able to squeeze in an engagement photo shoot while the weather was still decent. We started in Beacon Hill, my favorite neighborhood, and ended at the Boston Public Gardens, which is Dave’s favorite spot. Our photographer was awesome and we felt comfortable with him.

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Photography by: Matthew Jason Photo

Jessica’s Bachelorette Cruise

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(The decor)

I know my responses have been at a glacial pace, but I really appreciate the sweet birthday wishes you guys left me. The highlight of summer has always been my birthday because….duh; it really brought a smile to my face. However, the real event of the summer was my friend’s bachelorette party weekend. I thought I was in love with our trip to the Hamptons, but this managed to top it. I think I laughed for 120 hours straight.

I was introduced to Jess after she transferred to Ithaca freshman year. We lived in the same dorm sophomore year and had some of the same friends. Somehow, we decided to be apartment mates for our senior year and have been great friends ever since. I was really honored when she asked me to be a bridesmaid and when she accepted the invitation to be in my wedding party as well. Following her bridal shower, she had a mini bachelorette party to include those who were unable to attend the cruise. There was a total of 6 of us this weekend; all but 1 of us were cruise newbies.

Our ship was the Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas, which sailed out of Cape Canaveral, Florida. We spent the majority of day 1 by the pool, met Jess’ brother for dinner in the main dining room, explored the casino, and night club. On Saturday, we landed in Nassau and had about 12 hours to explore before the ship left port. We met a huge bachelor party at Señor Frogs and discovered that they were staying on our ship. We kept crossing paths and they eventually became our new buddies for the rest of the trip. The ship brought us to the private island of CocoCay on Sunday. There were some excursion options available but we just lounged in the water for the afternoon and then migrated back to the pool deck. We were safely returned on Monday morning with an abundance of weird, amazing, hilarious stories, sunburn, and a heavy feeling that we must do this again. 

bach1The gals paying attention during the Muster Drill.

bach2I never did find my sash after the first night.

bach3 bach4Beautiful views from our balcony room.

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bach7 Starfish along the water. The shopkeeper’s wife was screaming at him.

bach8The StrawMarket.

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bach10CocoCay, Bahamas.

Beach Wedding

IMG_2797 I attended my first non Persian/Afghan wedding this past weekend. My uncle’s wedding (nearly 19 years ago) was pretty “traditional American,” but otherwise, I know, what a sheltered life I’ve had. The bride is a family friend of my fiancé’s and she and her husband put together a beautiful beach wedding. The weather was perfect, wine and lobster were in abundance, and the reception overlooked the ocean. As the night progressed, light from an almost full moon reflected on the water and eventually paired with a fireworks show.

The dress code was described as “resort casual”; they just wanted us to be comfortable and have fun. My hunt for the perfect dress took longer than expected. Everything seemed too floral or washed me out. Some random shopper at Cusp heard me complaining and she told me to check out the orange dress at the front of the store. It worked and it was on sale too, so double win.

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wedding4Full length with my future mother in law.

 

Engagement Party

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.
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Custom watercolor illustrations from movies/music for my bridesmaids. Yes, I have 8.

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My maid of honor/little sister.
Susan_David_Party178Groomsmen.

Susan_David_Party192 Proof that I do have a heart: tearing up at my future father in law’s speech.

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Favorite person in this picture: my sister.

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Engagement party photos by Andrew White.