wonderful wedding weekend in the big easy:: part 2

Wedding wknd continued… Meg’s wedding day (10.27.12)

Aside from the temperature dropping about 30 degrees from Friday to Saturday, Meg and Jason’s wedding day was beautiful and perfect! We spent the afternoon with Meg at a family friend’s house while she had her makeup done and got photographed in her wedding dress. It’s always sort of magical to see a bride in her wedding dress for the first time, and this was no exception. I think most of us are more used to seeing Meggy in a t-shirt and Christmas light boxers than all dolled up, but I had no doubt she would look absolutely stunning, and she did! (And Jason looked quite dapper in hix tux and bow tie, too!)

One of my favorite things about New Orleans is the beautiful homes and giant tree-lined streets (the house where Meg got ready was on this street).
Beautiful cookies made for for the big day::

 

Bridal party bouquets::

Bridesmaids and the mothers of the bride and groom::

Meg and her Sacred Heart girls::

The Reception at Latrobe’s (which was an old bank back in the day) in the Quarter::

Cake pulls! This is a tradition I’ve only seen in New Orleans. We all pulled a ribbon sticking out of the cake and received a charm with a special meaning. Mine was a crescent moon…. it meant something about luck and possibility, I think. Should have gone to play the lottery that night!


Mr. and Mrs. LaBumbard!!

Second line — another favorite New Orleans wedding tradition::

Next up for the happy couple — 2 weeks in Bali!! Wishing you a safe, amazing honeymoon and a lifetime of love!

celebrating 30 years of craig

Happy belated birthday to my favorite person and best friend! The past couple weeks have been busy busy busy with traveling to both Nashville and New Orleans, so this is a tad late…. but who doesn’t like their birthday to last all month?

Craig’s 30th birthday fell on Saturday, 10.20.12 — the day of the Auburn/Vandy football game in none other than Nashville, Craig’s hometown and one of his favorite places. It worked out perfectly for us to plan a weekend trip there with our friends, and surprisingly, most of them who came were UGA fans. Thanks, guys!

We got in some quality family celebrations for both Craig’s 30th and Cassie’s 13th birthdays before the weekend got started… they involved lots of delicious food and chocolate pies. We visited with his grandparents, got to see his cousin Torrie and her husband Chris, and also got to meet 2 new babies! It was so fun finally getting to see Craig’s long-time friend Pricey’s son Asa and Craig’s new baby cousin Bree.



The rest of the weekend consisted of a lot of honkey-tonks downtown, a freezing trip to the Vandy stadium for the Auburn game, and a fun downtown “living room” at Bailey’s, where we watched UGA pull out a win. We ended the trip with a quick breakfast at Puckett’s Grocery (had to) with Lauren and Drew. I love that place — so not healthy, but pretty good Southern food… and lots of high-priced groceries that I doubt anyone buys, but they’re fun to look at.









I always love going back to Nashville. Lots of family, friends, good food, and entertainment. I’ve still never spotted a country star, but I haven’t gotten my hopes up yet… Anyway, thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate Craig’s 30th birthday! It meant the world to both him and me to have so many important people there with us, and we had the best time! I think 30 is going to be an amazing year for my favorite guy!

a festive labor day weekend

Our Labor Day weekend was full of food, friends, and football. How surprising!

We spent time at several yummy eating establishments around the city — and one of our favorites was Roy’s Cheesesteaks, which is right down the street from our house. My friend Kristina’s husband is from Philly and gave the thumbs up on these guys, who are legit cheesesteak-makers — they apparently fly their bread in from Philly to make them extra authentic! You also might see them around Atlanta with their food truck, Champion Cheesesteaks. Definitely give them a try!

Friday night, I was invited to JCT Kitchen & Bar for a little celerbation of our friend Courtney, who just got engaged in Mexico the weekend before. I’m beyond excited for Courtney and Joey – they’re just so cute and in love! (He’d probably die if he read this, but it’s true.)

Saturday, we kicked off football season with the Auburn / Clemson game at the GA Dome. It was a LOOONG, HOT day, but it was fun to visit with our Auburn friends (and a few of us wives/girlfriends who were nice enough to don orange and navy for the day).


Sunday was filled with more eating…. brunch at Kaleidoscope (featured in my post Wednesday) and dinner at Orient Express. I share a deep love of hibachi and fried rice with our friend Renee, so we often drag Craig and Brian (her husband) there for dinner dates.  No photos taken, but I’m sure you can imagine.

Since we were filled to the brim after eating all around town the previous two days, we took the boat up to Lake Lanier to celebrate our Monday off. Andrew was our captain for the day. It was surprisingly not crowded for a holiday weekend — I guess we can thank the cloudy day and threat of storms for that. Good news for us — no rain all day!