Tuesday, February 8, 2011

North Carolina Bridal Shower

This past weekend (January 25th-27th) was a busy one. Kevin's Aunt Anita and cousin-in-law Daniella planned a bridal shower for me in Greensboro, North Carolina. Kevin was off on his bachelor party in New Orleans so don't feel too bad for him. He was with his closest friends having a blast for 4 days in warm weather roaming Bourbon Street.

My friend Molly (from Baltimore) decided to make the road trip with me. I was so thankful not only would I have someone to make the trip with me but I'd have the whole weekend with Molls! Needless to say we had a blast. Friday night we stayed with Kevin's mom in Winston Salem. It was so nice to spend a little time with Kay. We went through pictures of Kevin growing up so that I can begin to compile the slide show we plan on running during our rehearsal dinner.
Saturday morning we took off for Lexington, North Carolina. Kevin and I had stopped in to a a local jewelry shop, Hayes Jewelers, a few months prior. He found the ring he had been looking for but I wanted to shop around just a bit more. In the end this place seemed to be the best price so off I went to make the big purchase of our wedding bands :) They still had Kevin's ring on file so now it was up to finding mine. After a short time there I found the exact ring I wanted for an AMAZING price. So we rapped up the purchase of our bands and jumped in the car for our next stop.

Next up was Greensboro to Kevin's cousins house for the shower. The party was so much fun from start to end. Not that a party in your honor wouldn't be fun enough, but to top it off I got to see many of my friends and family I don't see very often now that I no longer live in North Carolina. The food was amazing! Kevin's Aunt Anita is so creative and found many different ways to shape the food into a heart (see pics below). They themed the party and invitation in pink and green and gave all the guests pink and green Lilly cups with our names and wedding date on them. I wish I had gotten a picture of them because they are super cute. In fact, I was so busy visiting with all the guests that I didn't get a single picture the entire time I was there. Good thing there were plenty of other cameras around. I was able to steal pictures from a few of my friends. After the delicious food it was time to open presents. I'd have to say my friends and family are too good to Kevin and I! We racked up with all sorts of fun gifts to make our home and kitchen a bit nicer and way more stocked! I can't wait to try new recipes with the neat stuff we got.

The best surprise of the weekend was a sweet letter that I got from a very good friend of mine. I will never forget what it said or where I was when I got it :) Details to be disclosed in a later post!

After the party we headed over to my high school friend/bridesmaid Brittanie's house to see her little girl Liza Grace. LG is my flower girl. Lord...that girl is something else. She was pure entertainment from the moment we got there until the moment we left. We brought over a sample of the flower girl dress my mom will be making for her to try on. Once she had it on she was strutting all around for us to see. Best of all she now calls me "BEE". I love it and can't wait to see that little ball of energy on my wedding day.
A few of my friends stayed in Greensboro and off we went to make a night of it. We went to a little bar that had a live band playing. The band was great and so was the night catching up and spending time with my friends.

Sunday morning we jumped back in the car to begin our long haul back to Maryland. But...not before stopping for some good ol' BOJANGLES!!!!!!!!!

The DELICIOUS food...
Present time...
All the fabulous ladies that made it to the shower...
All my moms! My mom, me, Kay (Kevin's mom) and Karen (Kevin's step-mom)
My wonderful girlfriends that made it to the party...
Brittanie, Theresa, Molly, Tiffany, Me, Lindsay, Erin, and Kelly- Anna had already left :( Page High School Friends...
Theresa, Brittanie, Me, & Linds- 10 years later!!!
Thanks to all of you that made it to the shower and made it such a special day!

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