Life Lately {September and October 2014}

It’s been a while since I’ve done a life update post, huh? It’s been since August, to be exact.

Life Lately

I don’t know about you, but I welcomed fall with wide open arms this year. Like I mentioned in my new newsletter that went out last week, I was happy to embrace the new season because it meant things were slowing down a bit from all the craziness that the summer brought. The first week of September was spent off from work. We spent the first half of the week celebrating my birthday, checking out potential wedding venues, and enjoying some time at home. We spent the second half of the week up north in one of our favorite places, Maine!

Maine Vacation: Cape Porpoise

When we got home from our vacation, we immediately were back into wedding mode, as we needed to make a decision within a week about our wedding venue. We were really torn between Atlantica in Cohasset for an ocean front wedding and Zorvino’s in NH for a rustic winery wedding. The second weekend in September we actually did a second visit back up to Zorvino’s just to make sure we had all our questions answered, and the return visit really clinched it for us. So that’s that! Our wedding date is set for Sunday, September 20th of next year at Zorvino’s!

Zorvino's

We are really excited about our venue, but I am just so relieved that the venue researching part of the process is over. Don’t get me wrong, I am really enjoying other parts of the planning, but the venue hunt simply wasn’t one of them. I feel guilty saying that because everyone and their mom and second cousin once removed felt the need to remind me about how AMAZING all of that should have been, but you know what? Trying to coordinate viewing a bunch of places all over the state between the hours of 8 and 4 during the week and keep it all straight actually wasn’t that amazing to me. I’m way more excited now that we have our venue and church selected and can think about more exciting things like who is going to lead the Greek dancing circles, what color I want my bridesmaids to wear, and what our signature drinks should be. Right?!

Zorvino's

Other mentionable September happenings include apple picking,

Apple Picking 2014

attending the annual WWCMA conference for work,

WWCMA 2014 Conference

going to a sweetgreen passport class called Barre & Bites with Liz,

sweetgreen barre & bites

and much more of THIS than I’ve been able to do in a really long time:

Tea on the Couch

There were also a couple of nights out to dinner with friends. I saw Allison for dinner at Seasons 52 in Burlington one night, and I met up with Bridget, Slesh, and Trina at a restaurant called Forum downtown. However, I’d say one of the main highlights of September was one of my bestie’s weddings! Holy moly, talk about an amazing fun weekend in NYC celebrating Erica and Chris. One of the best weddings I’ve ever been to, and just for the record, Tim and I figured out we’ve been to 23 in 3 years. So I think we are pretty good wedding judgers!

Erica & Chris: NYC Wedding

October was here before we even knew it, and I kicked off the month by hosting my really fun event at Athleta. Another one is in the works, so make sure to sign up for my newsletter to get early bird signup privileges and sneak peek details!

Athleta Legacy Place: Birthday Bootcamp

Tim was away for a bachelor party the first weekend of the month, so I used the time to catch up with friends I hadn’t seen a long time. I did dinner with my friend Erin at Isabella Restaurant and was able to get together spontaneously with some of the gym girls at Solea for sangria and tapas too. After we did dinner that night, I hung with Ashley at her house for awhile just catching up and drinking cider.

The week Tim got back, I was supposed to go to the October New Balance Girls Night Out event, but since we were still sharing a car at this point, it was impossible to get downtown. I was bummed to miss it, but Tim did get a new Altima, and we didn’t go broke (or start hating each other) in the process.

Other beginning of October things included a date night to see The Lion King (my birthday present, with dinner at Harvard Gardens first),

The Lion King

Tim’s godson’s christening,

Wes's Baptism

a random Tuesday night sleepover/gym friend get together at Ashley’s house when Jen was back in the states,

Jen's Visit: Tuesday Night Sleepover

and wedding dress shopping! I went first to David’s Bridal in Danvers to get a better idea of what type of style I was going for. I had no clue going into it whether I wanted satin versus lace, strapless versus not, etc. so that really helped. I brought my mom, MOH (Slesh), and bridesmaid (and seamstress!) Shannon with me, and they were all awesome throughout the whole process.

Wedding Dress Shopping

I went dress shopping again the following week, this time with my mom and Shannon again, but my Uncle Chris came along too. This trip I found the gown! I can’t wait for you guys to see it, but I suppose you’ll have to wait a year, huh?

Wedding: Gown

October’s last few weeks were spent celebrating our five year anniversary (dinner at Harvest in Harvard Square + drinks at Beat Hotel — HIGHLY recommend both),

Five Year Anniversary

spontaneously going to Harvest Fest 2014 in Somerville (SO many fun beers and food samples!),

Somerville Harvest Fest 2014

running the Oak Square OAKtoberfest 5k and post race brunching,

OAKtoberfest 5k Race & Taste: Family

Cook Restaurant

getting my monthly deep tissue massage (I signed up for a wellness package),

Massage Envy

celebrating my friend Jen’s birthday with the gym girls,

Gym Friends at Jen's

Gym Friends Food

going to Tim’s cousin’s birthday party, my friend Johnny’s housewarming party, and Patrice and Brian’s beautiful wedding!

Patrice & Brian's Wedding

We rounded up the month by heading back up to Zorvino’s for our meet the vendors night, and finally, hosting Halloween! We were lame this year and didn’t require anyone to wear a costume. What we did require was everyone bring a seasonal craft beer so we could have a little tasting. It was fun!

Halloween 2014

Lots of good stuff going on outside of work lately!

–Let’s chat–
Tell me about the highlights of September and October? What stood out to you the most? I want to know what you’ve been up to! What are you looking forward to in November?

I am looking forward to a free Saturday and Sunday next weekend after we attend wedding #7 of 8 this year on Friday night! I am also excited for Thanksgiving. Slesh is hosting Friendsgiving again this year, AND Tim and I figured out how to spend the holiday with both of our families.

Have a great day, you guys!

Joe & Cate’s NYE Wedding

On New Year’s Eve, our friends Cate and Joe had the most beautiful wedding. Joe is Tim’s childhood friend from home (they’ve known each other since they were four years old), and Cate and Tim were good friends in high school. Tim likes to take credit for their relationship, since it was when Tim and Joe were roommates in Brighton that Cate and Joe met each other and started dating. I have SUCH a vivid memory of Tim telling me that his friend Cate from high school was moving to Brighton and that he thought we’d get along really well. Little did I know that Cate and I would end up being good friends too. It must be because we both love food, we both like to have everything planned and organized, we both like to go to the gym… the list goes on.

Tim stood up in Joe and Cate’s wedding as a groomsman, and everything that night was so great. Here are some pictures (some stolen from Jill) for you to enjoy!

Cate & Joe's Wedding: Hotel Selfie

Cate & Joe's Wedding: Groomsmen

Cate & Joe's Wedding: Bridesmaids

Cate & Joe's Wedding: Aisle

Cate & Joe's Wedding: Ceremony

Cate and Joe's Wedding: After CeremonyCate and Joe's Wedding - Friends

Cate & Joe's Wedding: First Dance

Cate and Joe's Wedding Speeches

Cate & Joe's Wedding Meal

Cate & Joe's Wedding - Girls

Cate and Joe's Wedding: Father Daughter

Cate & Joe's Wedding: Joe and Joan

Cate and Joe's Wedding Cake

Cate & Joe's Wedding: Me & Tim

Cate & Joe's Wedding - Group

Cate & Joe's Wedding - Dance Floor

Cate & Joe's Wedding - Dance Floor 2Cate & Joe's Wedding - Dance Floor

Cate & Joe's Wedding - Allie & Tim

Cate & Joe's Wedding - Me & Tim

Cate & Joe's Wedding - Tim & Joe

Cate & Joe's Wedding - Me & Cate

Cate & Joe's Wedding - Me & Jamie

Cate & Joe's Wedding - Girls SingingCate & Joe's Wedding - Guys Singing

Cate & Joe's Wedding - Groomsmen 2

Cate & Joe's Wedding -Joe on TimCate & Joe's Wedding - End of Night

Cate & Joe's Wedding - End of Night 2

As you can see, the night got pretty crazy (hence how awful I felt on New Year’s Day), but it was super fun and a great night with tons of awesome people. We couldn’t be happier for two of our favorite friends and can’t wait to catch up and hear all about the honeymoon in Costa Rica.

Congrats again, Cate and Joe!

–Let’s chat–
Have you ever been to a wedding on New Year’s Eve?
What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever witnessed at a wedding?

I would say that Tim lifting Joe on his shoulders toward the end of the night is right up there for me!

Ashley & Bret’s Beach Wedding

Two weekends ago, Tim and I headed to Misquamicut Beach for Ashley and Bret’s beach wedding weekend.  For those of you who don’t know Ashley, she is one of my gym besties from the Oak Square Y.

Me & Ashley at Jen's Wedding

Ashley has been coming to my Thursday morning class for years, and eventually we started hanging out outside of squats and pushups.  And with our men too.  Needless to say, I was so excited when Tim and I were invited to take part in their special day!

A lot of the hotels in the area required a two night minimum stay, so Tim and I headed down to Rhode Island on Friday after work.  Ashley’s family was beyond generous to all the guests staying for the weekend, and extended the invitation to the beach house not only for the wedding itself (right on the beach), but on Friday night for a pre-wedding bonfire and on Sunday morning for a post-wedding brunch.  This beach house has been in Ashley’s family for generations, and well, it’s just plain awesome!

Ashley & Bret's Beach House

Tim and I didn’t really know any other guests, but we made friends fast.  At the Friday night party, there was a lot of food, drinks in a canoe, and a bonfire on the beach.  I don’t have any pictures from that night, but it was a lot of fun.  I even met a relative of Ashley’s who lived in Raymond Hall at Providence College in 1974… same exact room as me!  Crazy.

On Saturday before the wedding, Tim and I were actually able to meet up with our friends Erica and Chris at Erica’s family’s beach house –  just down the road from Ashley’s!  I was psyched when I found out they were going to be in Misquamicut for the weekend, and with Erica’s parents too.  Even though we only had a couple of hours, it was so nice to see everyone and catch up.  We even got to try paddle boarding.

paddleboarding

Then it was time for the wedding.  It was the most *perfect* day for a wedding on the beach, and Ashley looked gorgeous (obv).  Everyone walked in down the “aisle,” which was actually the brand new deck that Ashley’s family worked on reconstructing this summer after the damage in Hurricane Sandy last year.

Ashley & Bret's Wedding1

Ashley and Bret’s mutual friend, Anders, officiated their ceremony.  My favorite part was listening to Ashley and Bret read the vows that they wrote for each other.  I had never been to a wedding where the bride and groom did that before.  Not going to lie, I cried a little.

Ashley & Bret's Wedding2

So happy for my friends!

Ashley & Bret's Wedding3

After the ceremony, all the guests walked about five minutes down the beach to the Windjammer, a restaurant right on the beach.  The reception was in a function room there, and I loved the beach theme and that the back opened up to the water on the beach.

Tim and I found our table right away.  Ashley and Bret labeled each table as a place that was meaningful to them.  Examples – table 1 as Ashley’s childhood home, another table as UMass where they met, another table as North Conway where they got engaged.  Well, the Oak Square Y also made the list for #14!  And not only did the Oak Square Y make the list, but I was mentioned by name.  Each “place” had a little write-up/explanation on why it was important to them.  Bret actually wrote all these, and they were hilarious!

Oak Square Y Table 14

Love it!

Here are some other pictures from the night:

Ashley & Bret Wedding Cake

Ashley & Bret Wedding Cake

 Me & Ashley at wedding

Me & Tim

And, of course, there were pushups involved as well.  Which, as you can see, Ashley and I were not the only ones doing.

Wedding Pushups

It was a great wedding!  The next day Tim and I went over for the post wedding brunch, and let me tell you that I splurged on the crème brûlée French toast that Ashley had raved about.  Amazing.  I was happy to have a couple of hours to hang with Ashley and Bret too after some of the other guests left.  Before we headed home, we stopped in to see Erica and her fam one more time, then hit the road.

All in all, a beautiful weekend!  Congrats again, Ashley & Bret!

Before I head out, I just have a quick announcement for my local readers from my friends over at City Sports.  They are participating in the National Red Bull Flugtag in Washington D.C. this weekend and are hosting a send-off party at The Times tonight.  While I can’t make this event tonight, City Sports would love if any F&F readers can.  Here are the details:

Hosted By:  City Sports
What:  National Red Bull Flugtag Crew Send Off Party
When:  Wednesday 9/18 at 6pm
Where:  The Times Irish Pub & Restaurant, 112 Broad Street in the Financial District
Photo Opportunities:  The City Sports Flugtag crew will be on hand to unveil their uniforms for the competition and photographs of their final aircraft, both representing their dedication of their Flugtag flight to the city of Boston and their Boston Strong theme.
Additional Details:  The City Sports team craft, “The Flying Tee,” reflects the brand’s most iconic symbol (the City Sports t-shirt), while also paying tribute to its home city, with a #BostonStrong hashtag on the wing.  To commemorate both the flight and those affected by the Boston Marathon bombings this past April, the brand is selling special edition Flugtag t-shirts with 100 percent of the proceeds to benefit The One Fund.

If you can make it, have fun!