Happy Wednesday friends! So sorry I missed Mondays post- this weekend was a bit busy since it was Megan and Josh's wedding weekend! If you've been following along forever you'll know that Megan was my college roommate and we have stayed friends despite her move across the country! Since the wedding was long distance for Megan and Josh they planned a full weekend of activities for all their wedding guests and we had the BEST time! Tim and I took part in whatever we could and enjoyed every second- we came home on Monday saying how much fun we truly had. So let's start with Friday shall we?
On Friday night Megan and Josh had welcome drinks planned on the roof of the hotel where they were staying. The hotel is The Viking and the bar itself is called Top of Newport. There were lovely views of the sun setting over the Newport bridge and it really was the nicest place for everyone to gather, catch up and just hang out.
It's always a treat to see my other roommate from college, Laura, as well! She is making a big move soon for her job and it was great to hear about her decision to do that and how excited she is.
Always so happy to see these ladies!
And I'm always so glad to have this guy by my side. He is the kindest human being and quickly makes friends with everybody at events like this.
After spending a few hours on the roof hanging out we headed home since we knew we would be back the next night for more fun!
While waiting for everyone to get to Bowen's Wharf we stopped at Diego's where we had some tropical drinks and dinner.
My drink came in a plant pot which was strange but the drink was so good- it was called "getting tiki with it"
I also enjoyed some crack fries which were amazing! I ate almost the entire plate by myself.
Once everyone else arrived we headed over to The Wharf Pub where we were able to chat with family and friends of the bride and groom. We took over almost the entire bar.
We also closed down the bar with the bride and groom!
Tim and I never stay out this late so it was definitely a victory for us!
Sunday was wedding day! We first dropped off our bags at the Mainstay where we booked a room for the night and then headed to The Viking to pick up Laura.
Once arriving at Belle Mer (the wedding location) we learned that the ceremony was moved inside due to the weather. It had been raining on and off and we truly hoped it would stop since Megan wanted to get married outside but unfortunately the weather had plans of its own.
We took our seats and enjoyed a beautiful ceremony where Megan's mom read a poem, her brother and sister sang "I See The Light" from Tangled, Josh's father performed a Celtic Knot ritual and Megan had both her father and grandfather walk her down the aisle. Its was beautiful and short and sweet.
We then were guided into another building where cocktail hour and the reception were held. I loved Megan and Josh's travel theme and the way they incorporated it into their table numbers and seating chart. The cocktail hour had passed hors d'oeuvres, a small band that played and an open bar. We had a great time chatting with friends and taking pictures outside in front of the gorgeous view.
I took a picture below of the area where the ceremony was meant to take place so if Belle Mer is a place you are interested in for an event you can see how beautiful the outdoor area is.
There are also gorgeous fire pits that would be so much fun to hang around outside. We have another wedding here in November and I'm crossing my fingers for a warm November day so we can get outside during the wedding!
For their guest book Megan and Josh had a Polaroid Camera set up and we were able to take pictures and stick them in the guest book. It was a fun thing to do during cocktail hour and kept us busy.
When the hour was up we were ushered into the reception room and found our seats. Once Megan and Josh along with their parents and bridal party were introduced we were able to grab a quick picture with the bride and talk to both her and the groom about how beautiful the wedding was.
They had a band instead of a DJ and it was such a fun change for a wedding! We danced all night long and had the best time. The dance floor was packed the entire night.
Just a quick peek at the room set up!
My place card read The Future Mrs. Gooding! (From today it's 87 days away!)
Megan (like me) is obsessed with Beauty and the Beast and her wedding decor reflected that. She had a yellow rose inside each container with a gold plate underneath. The yellow rose petals and twinkle lights added the effect and it was so gorgeous!
As our favor we were each given a postcard. Very cute to go along with their travel theme.
The father-daughter dance and a view at the other side of the room. Megan started off dancing on her dads feet! :)
I also wanted to quickly share the food with you, The salads we had were delicious (probably because they were covered in cheese)
The steak was incredible and the mashed potatoes were amazing, The vegetables were good, but didn't compare to the rest!
Overall we had an AMAZING time at their wedding and capped it all off with a quick brunch on Monday morning to say goodbye. We were all feeling a little rough by that point but lucky for me I'll be seeing Megan and Laura in just a few short weeks for my bachelorette party!!
Have a great day everybody!