December 31, 2016

..Best Year Ever

BeFunky Collage

I know everyone else on planet earth is all like #GTFO2016 but I have to go against the grain here and say it was my favorite year ever. Selfishly, it's definitely because it sort of felt like #theyearofErin and those special years don't just pop up all the time so I want to take the time to properly savor it and show appreciation for 2016 and all the amazing humans that made it so incredible. Here are my top eleven (I tried for ten but just couldn't give one the boot) reasons why it was the effing GREATEST.

1. Our freezing cold engagement shoot that I will cherish forever. The memory of warming up at Faustini's for some wine tasting after just was magic to me.

2. I nested like a mofo. We are still a work in progress but it's my favorite apt we've lived in to date!

3. I got to spend MDW at the actual beach this year! Again, riding the Coastal Highway beach bus with my fiance down the main strip, playing mini golf, and sampling every kind of sweet Ocean City, MD had to offer - flavored popcorn, salt water taffy, ice cream (we split them all) feels like remembering something really special.

4. The most incredible bachelorette party of all time. I actually have guilt about it because I know I will never be able to return the favor - it was that good.

5. I turned 30 and actually liked it! Surprised myself.

6. I was spoiled with the most beautiful showers in VA, NJ, and CT.

7. I survived wedding planning and got married! It was pretty much the best day of my life hands down. I wont get all mushy but nothing can compare. This day alone would make 2016 my favorite year of life.

8. I went on a really awesome honeymoon, some photo evidence here, here, here, and here. We really just went for it all around. You only get one and the trip just feels so amazing and romantic and unique. 

9. I really just felt a continuous stream of love - maybe it's always there but I got to look it in the eyes and give it a big open mouthed kiss this year. Very present indeed.

10. I got to spend my first Christmas with my new husband's family.

11. I am ringing in the New Year in the same fashion that I have basically lived in this past one, spending a candle lit night with my new husband at a fancy dinner at Casa Luca. What's one more romantic night for us in 2016? It was the year of love for me anyway!

December 21, 2016

..Merry Christmas!

The deets: J.Crew button down; GAP vest; SAM hat; Hunter boots.

Whether you are my bestie, a family member, or someone I have never met and just happen to be seeing this on the internet, I wish you a Holiday filled with love and a New Year filled wit happiness. I forced my tiny family to do a Christmas card shoot with me and a tripod and these were the two I liked best. We ended up going with the one below because Alba, our fur baby looked better in it and let's be real, she's the star of this operation. This is the first married Christmas for me and I will be spending it with my wonderful in laws. Looking forward to the much needed time off and warm cozy feels. 

Happy Holidays!

December 8, 2016

..A Most Favorite Detail From Our Wedding

The deets: Concept by Gilded Lily Events; Created by Mary Kate Moon; Photographed by Alexander Johnnides for Pat Furey Photography.

When your fur babies are your real babies and you get married out of state it's a sad thing to not be able to include them on your most love filled day. When we were first asked about ourselves so our planner, Paige, could get an idea of who we were as a couple we basically both said "we're really into our pets." Who isn't, right? She suggested we bring our love bugs to the party in spirit by naming our signature cocktails after each of them. She then did us one better by finding the most talented artist that totally captured their essence perfectly (see their last Christmas photos here). I saw this and my whole day was made. I took it home as a keepsake and plan to have it framed.