A Picture Perfect Weekend

Last month my other best friend got married & it was the most picture perfect weekend imaginable. Her job is curating beautiful images and stories on IG, so it kind of goes without saying that her wedding weekend was stunning.

Aubrey is the creative genius behind That’s What She Eats. We went to high school together and she lived in Cleveland, OH before jet setting off to FL with her then-girlfriend, now-wife Megan. (I cried when they moved.) (Fortunately, they’re coming back eventually!) Since CLE has their heart (& most of their friends and family live in OH), they had their wedding up north.

Like Kayla’s wedding (when Aubrey stayed with me), Kayla and I stayed together at an AirBNB in Lakewood. Our husbands were there, too. We were in Cleveland from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon.

It was the typical wedding weekend schedule (rehearsal & dinner / ceremony & reception / next-day brunch), but not also not typical at all.

Aub & Megan rented several AirBNBs for the weekend. A house in the Ohio City/Tremont area was used for the rehearsal & after-reception party, we used some lofts in Hingetown for morning-of prep, and a little restaurant in Lakewood was the setting for the ceremony and reception dinner.

After a laidback rehearsal, a few speeches, and a delicious dinner, the wedding crowd mostly cleared out of the backyard and K, Kayla, her husband Connor, and I went to work. It was our job to put the after-reception party together. With some pre-planning, we were able to transform the yard in about two hours. K and Connor hung fairy lights along the 2nd floor balcony and across the backyard. Kayla and I moved tables around, set up a little bar corner, and added the lounge furniture that we hauled from home. With only a few finishing touches to add the following day, we called it a night and went home to rest up for the big day.

The wedding was beautiful & intimate. There were less than 45 guests and I think I knew 35 of them? Haha. That’s what happens when you’ve been friends for 20+ years. Also, when you’ve been friends for that long the bride might ask you to speak during the ceremony. Which she did. So Kayla and I did. Aubrey’s mom and Megan’s mom wrote letters to their future daughters-in-law (SOB FEST) and then Kayla and I gave a short speech on friendship. Aubrey and Megan followed all of us up by saying really kind things to one another, then making their status as wife & wife official! It was beautiful ❤️

The dinner that followed was d.e.l.i.c.i.o.u.s. obviously. Kayla and I slipped out a little early and headed to the after-party house to put on the tablecloths, centerpieces, and set out dessert. Honestly, the day couldn’t have gone smoother. We were home and in bed by 11:30pm. (WIN!)

The next day brunch was a partial ode to the newly weds and ode to the Browns game. LOL. We stayed for a bit and visited, hugged our new brides EXTRA tight, packed up the car, and drove back home to see our blonde baby. We ended the weekend with full hearts and tummies.

A&M cultivated their weekend beautifully. They kept it small, they included so many personal elements, and they made the people involved feel loved and taken care of. (Hopefully we made them feel loved, too.)

Congratulations, Aubrey and Megan ❤️ We love you SO much and can’t wait until you’re back in OH on a permanent basis!

-Aud

Chinese Food & Yoga

Good morning & Happy Tuesday!

I’m in for a busy work week and a super social weekend so I’m trying to charge up my introvert battery today & tomorrow. Does anyone else think of it like that? Because I definitely do.

This past weekend my best friends came to visit me. One lives in Cleveland and one lives in Columbus, so when we all meet up in one of their cities we have the option to go out or wander Target or hit up a bougie brunch spot. When they come to see me in our home(small)town, we tend to eat and lounge.

After work on Friday my bffs arrived, dropped their bags, smothered their dog-niece and nephew with kisses, and we headed out to our favorite Chinese buffet. From there it was a lovely, relaxing, do-what-we-wanted kind of weekend. We wandered around the mall for a minute (and bought face masks and Super Mario Party), stopped to see my parents (because they love my friends almost as much as I do), and snacked at home until the wee hours of Saturday morning, playing Mario Party and watching The Great British Baking Show.

On Saturday I took them to my local yoga studio, we ventured to Amish country for brunch (a buffet again!), and we wandered around a large gift store until our waistlines retracted.

No agenda. No major plans. Lots of deep conversation and catching up and cursing (mostly during the video games).

A true weekend that fed my soul.

I hope you had a nice weekend, too. When I wasn’t being social with friends I was being antisocial with books. Just how I like it. What did you do this weekend? How do you feed your soul? Are your closest friends local or do you have to put in the miles to see their faces?