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2013 Wedding Wrap-Up

Jul 10, 2013

A couple of years ago I decided to cap the weddings I would attend each year to four, the idea being one a quarter. After being a bridesmaid seven times and attending at least three times that many weddings over the past 10 years, it's gotten a little expensive. Last year worked out nicely, timing-wise and travel-wise:

1) My friend Andrea's in DC in February (I take full credit for them getting together...aside from God of course.) (Can you guess who I am in the story?)


2) Joanna's in Maine in July, my first time there



3) My cousin's in Virginia in August where we all wore the same color as the bridesmaids by accident (lighting's not great, but the dresses are all purple except for one)


4) The Boyfriend's friend's in Maryland in October (just a month after we started dating -- that was a pretty nerve-wracked request on his part)

{no picture because we weren't doing that yet}

This year I haven't hit my quota (three so far with a secret fourth one but was just invited to another in October so I'm not sure how this works anymore), but they all happened right around the same time. And while that's been somewhat crazy/expensive/time-consuming, I have to say it's been a blast, especially since my guy has attended all of them with me.

1) Jamie's in San Diego in March: 

We flew into San Francisco...


...took a detour to Bodega Bay for the 50th anniversary of "The Birds"...


...then drove down the PCH for a week looking at this all day...


...happening upon these guys along the way...


...and laughing when we saw this...


...then flipping out when this happened...


...and stopping to eat lots of local cuisine...


...and finally arriving in San Diego to see Jamie and Zack get married...


...on a day like this.


2. Former Roomie Margaret's in Boston in June on a record-breaking hot day...


...but it was still Pinterest-Perfect.


3. Kelly's in Atlanta in June two weeks later, where we took the opportunity to have some qual-time with my fam (read: eating A LOT). First stop: The Varsity (think of it as Atlanta's Ben's Chili Bowl, but better) for chili dawgs, onion rings, frosted oranges and peach pies...


...then World of Coca-Cola (a giant marketing tool where you get to try Coca-Cola products from around the world, find out that Coca-Cola is responsible for creating Santa Claus as we know him,  and can't help yourself from buying vintage merchandise at the end of the tour)...


...then the Laser Show at Stone Mountain (not the version you know from "30 Rock")...


...and finally the wedding, with Georgia (actually probably South Carolina) peaches on the tables...


...and a banner outside that we hoped was edible but found it was not.


With all the weddings behind us, we got a big group together and headed downtown to Southern Art, a new restaurant of Art Smith, who owns Art & Soul in DC. It was in a hotel, which we didn't realize till we got there, and there were lots of security guys blocking us from parking in the hotel garage. We noticed a couple of guys with video cameras and got excited that something was being filmed there. I offered:

"I bet it's Real Housewives of Atlanta. NeNe's in there, up to somethin'."  

At the end of our meal, we found out that I was incorrect. Turns out they were filming I Dream of NeNe: The Wedding.

WHAT?!?!?!?!?!?!

And Southern Art -- the very restaurant where we were eating!!! -- catered the wedding.

Want to know who was there?!!!

I only got one legible photo, but it's a good one:

Kim Zolciak and the Hubs

Also in attendance:
  1. Gretchen and Slade
  2. Phaedra Parks
  3. Portia Stewart
  4. Kandi Burruss
  5. Lisa Wu
  6. Judge Greg Mathis (who officiated) 
and my favorite...

PATTI STANGER!!!


Tell it sista!

Also, Lauren and I made fun of this lady...


...who I later realized looks an awful lot like world famous fashion designer Iris Apfel...


...and what the heck do I know about fashionable glasses when I pay $5.99 for mine?!

But perhaps the best part of the evening was this:


And that's what we call full circle. If this is my last wedding of 2013, I think it wrapped up the season pretty nicely!

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