26 September 2016

Weekending of the Firsts

This weekend was a weekend for the books, y'all.
It was a weekend of a quite a few firsts.

On Friday night, Patrick and I met up with my parents at Riverbanks' Zoofari for an evening of fun adventures at the zoo. Although, it was our third time attending Zoofari so that doesn't count as a first this weekend.

But this totally did.

I met this little guy, Boa, and petted him. Multiple times.
It completely freaked me out and the chances of me ever doing it again are slim to none but now I can check "pet a snake" off my bucket list {even though I'm not 100% sure it was ever on my bucket list in the first place - I blame the champagne I was drinking...}
Saturday morning was another first. It was the first longer than 3.5 mile run of the training season and my first time running at the Fireflies stadium. I don't know what it is about the 3 to 4 mile jump but it's the worst. Running at the stadium? Not too bad! Didn't make the morning humidity any more bearable but at least it was 100% flat.

Later on Saturday, I had to say goodbye to my sweet, perfect, amazing little dream car of an '08 Escape that my parents bought for me on my 19th birthday. It was 100% not a decision that I wanted to make because I still looooove that car. And if they hadn't completely screwed over the design with the new models, I would have gotten another Ford Escape.

Came home with this little number instead!

Because you know, buying a house, getting married, moving in with a boy, and changing my name all within a 4 month period wasn't enough and I had to add purchasing my first car to that list. But I love it!
Oh! And remember that wedding table of ours?

Patrick got the legs attached this weekend and I add the last coat of white paint to the legs and trim. It is finally, finally, finally complete!

Yes, we need a new rug that fits the bigger table. Yes, we're getting new chairs and not stealing the ones from my old apartment dining room table.
But the table is done! Hallelujah.
It was a good weekend at home and a much needed weekend without travel {or football}. Of the five weekends in October, we're going to football games 4 of the 5 and two of those are drives up the highway to Clemson.
I can't wait, though. ESPN College Gameday is coming back to Tiger Town this weekend! I love that this has become a regular thing around campus and it's no huge surprise when they decide to come visit.
Have a great Monday, y'all! If you're looking for me, I'll be driving around town in my new wheels ;)

23 September 2016

A Fall Five on Friday

Anyone else curious as to where their summer went?

We know exactly what happened to ours: we bought a house, moved in, and got married... & while it was a really great time in our life, we basically missed summer. So here's hoping that we don't "miss" fall this year, too.
We have no football games to attend this weekend {what?!} so I have a sneaking suspicion that it will be a weekend full of yard & house work. Exciting, right? But we're oh so close to finishing up the painting process in our house and I cannot wait to finally be done with it.
I officially completed step one in changing my name: my new Social Security card came in the mail this week! The new card was celebrated with a beer from one of my favorite Charlotte breweries in one of our wedding beer glasses.

I can put out pumpkins around the house now, right?

Good. Cause these guys have been hanging out on our mantle for a few weeks.
I'm going to go ahead and jump on this bandwagon:

Is it a bandwagon if the show just started? Either way, if you loved Parenthood {or Jess from Gilmore Girls}, you need to be watching this show. The premiere earlier this week was so good and completely throws you for a loop in the last like two minutes. I cannot wait to watch the next episode!

Don't mind me - I'm just over here basking in the glory of starting off the season 4-0, being ranked #5 in the country, and finally {for the first time since 2003} beating Georgia Tech in Atlanta.


& next Saturday? Well, #3 Louisville is coming to town. It's going to be a night game. Gameday is making another appearance in Clemson. It's going to be one heck of a day and I'm glad that we have the long week to prepare for Louisville! Because, if you haven't been paying attention, they're kind of a scary football team.

Tonight is one of my favorite events of the fall and favorite nights of the year at the zoo - Zoofari! We went in 2013 & 2014 and are pretty excited to get back this year.

{PS - how was this picture 3 years ago & why do we look like such babies?!}
There's a really good chance that I'll find myself on the carousel again at some point during the night, although this time I won't be in my wedding dress.

Happy Friday! Hope that everyone has a great weekend! :)

21 September 2016

Our Wedding: A Bride & Her Girls

If there was one detail that I kept secret more than anything else... it was my wedding dress.

The only people who saw the dress prior to the day:
my mom
Patrick's mom
my bridesmaid Laurel
my photographer
my wedding planner
my hair stylist
my alterations guy
That's it.
No hints, no descriptions, no nothing to anyone else.

When it came time to get into my dress, my mom and grandmother were there to lend a helping hand. My grandmother's reaction?

"Girl, where is your jacket? Why are there no sleeves??"

Once she got past that though, I'm pretty sure she loved the dress as much as I did!
As adamant as I was about not letting anyone see my dress, Patrick was just as adamant about not seeing me until I was walking down the aisle in the church. That was his one big request in regards to the wedding so we skipped the whole first look concept. We also skipped the "first touch" thing because we both knew that we would 100% try to peek around the corner to see each other which would completely defeat the purpose.
Instead, I did a first look with my bridesmaids.

& their reactions were awesome.

These girls are my favorite and I am so glad that each of them were a part of our wedding day. My bridal party would have felt incomplete without any one of them!
Maid of Honor: Liza
Childhood neighbor/best friend

Maid of Honor: Becky
Childhood neighbor/best friend


Bridesmaid: Amy
Patrick's sister

Bridesmaid: Ashley
High school friend, college roommate, & sorority sister

Bridesmaid: Abby
College roommate

Bridesmaid: Laurel

Friend from the Charlotte years


Bridesmaid: Lindsey

College friend

Have I mentioned lately that these girls are awesome and are my favorite?

Photographer: Jessica Roberts Photography
Location: St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Columbia, SC
Wedding Dress: Fabulous Frocks in Charleston, SC
Wedding Shoes: Jack Rogers {style no longer carried}
Bridesmaid Dress: Bella Bridesmaid in Columbia, SC
Bridesmaid Shoes: David's Bridal
Hair & Make Up: Metropolis Salon in Columbia, SC
Flowers: Something Special Florist in Columbia, SC

20 September 2016

The Pop Up Oktoberfest

There's a new brewery in town that I have such a hard time describing to our friends in the area. But that's because Bierkeller Columbia isn't your typical brewery.
This particularly brewery, which is incredibly German-inspired, doesn't have a permanent location. They kind of pop up in different locations and the occasional restaurant or bar {like Warmouth or Craft & Draft}.
This past weekend, we caught them at the old Cayce Brickworks for their pop up Oktoberfest.
I had NO idea that this place existed. Not only was it very easy for us to get to but they had ample {free!} parking for the event. All excellent things in my book.
We met up with our friends Sarah & Chris on Sunday afternoon for a couple of drinks out at the Oktoberfest. They had two beers on tap: the Kolumbianer {kolsch style beer} and the Kellerbier {an unfiltered farmhouse style lager}. I stuck with the Kolumbianer but everyone else in our group loved the darker Kellerbier.

What I really love about Bierkeller Columbia is that they are very inspired by the biergarten's in Germany and that's how they shape each of their pop up events. They have long, communal tables for people to mix and mingle at while sipping on their brew and have an extremely family friendly atmosphere. The tables, as we were told on Sunday, were imported straight from Germany. You even pay for your beers using wooden tokens.

Each token was $2.50/each and 1 token would buy you 1/2 a liter of beer. Our beers that you see in these pictures were 2 tokens each.

All in all, even though it was pretty sticky & hot outside, we had a great time! It was something different to do on a Sunday afternoon and we're looking forward to the next pop up even that they have.

Plus, it's always a good time when I get to hang out with this girl for a little bit! :)

Moral of the story? If you catch wind of the next Bierkeller Columbia pop up event... make plans to go {& tell me where it is!}

19 September 2016

Week 3: USC vs ECU

While you cannot call me {and will never be able to call me} a South Carolina football fan... I do enjoy the tailgating. It's one thing that I really look forward to about going to their games.

Especially because my husband really, really, really loves to tailgate before his games. He's truly in his element when the astroturf is rolled out, the tent is up, and the grill is cooking something delicious that he's prepared. I say that Kiawah is my happy place. Tailgating at a USC game is definitely his.

 tent (similar) | USC table | folding table | chairs (similar) | Astro Turf
The tailgate for the USC vs ECU game was no exception.

For food, we contributed burgers, black bean & corn salsa, and homemade pimento cheese.

Mainly because I really, really wanted a pimento cheese burger. It was as delicious as I was hoping it would be, too.

We tailgated with some good friends.

& my favorite in-laws!

{for the record, that's a Beat SC State sticker on my shirt, not anything Gamecock related!}
& as for that game?

Well. It was beyond HOT. USC ended up holding on to their lead & beating ECU to improve to 2-1.
We are football free next weekend thanks to both teams traveling to away games but in 12 days I'll be back in Clemson! We're playing Louisville. And I'm more than a little nervous because that team is Dangerous with a capital D {63-20 over FSU? You'd be scared, too} Thank goodness we have them at home this year.
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