Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Trip to Charlotte

We had such a wonderful, busy weekend in Charlotte! As always, it was so much fun to spend time with family and friends. We packed a lot into one weekend and we definitely felt it yesterday, but wouldn't trade all the fun we had.

After I finished work on Friday (Will was off), we hit the road. The drive to Charlotte is always one we dread because you go through little towns and the speed limit goes from 70 to 45 to 35 over and over again. This time, though, we just enjoyed driving together and catching up on the weeks events. The sunset was beautiful and made the ride even more enjoyable.

Saturday, we started off the day with coffee and delicious baked goods at the 7th Street Market. If you live in Charlotte, you should check it out. Either way you should read about it here. Will had heard of a great coffee place called Not Just Coffee and they have pour over; he'd been dying to try it so we invited my brother and sister-in-law to join us. I was so impressed with the market and ever since have been talking about how I wish we had one here in Wilmington. The market also had bakeries, a variety of cheeses, wines, fresh seafood and a little shop that sold tea and spices! 

We got food from Local Loaf which was delicious. Adam & Will had this southern chicken biscuit with a cheerwine & honey sauce. It.was.so.good. I (as always) chose to go for a sweet bread option and got the cranberry scone, which was also yummy!

We hurried back to my parent's house to get ready for the wedding of a long time family friend, Allie. Growing up Allie's younger brother, Jimmy, was my best friend in the neighborhood so naturally I spent a lot of time with her as well. The wedding was so beautiful and there was so much joy and happiness. I'm such a sucker for weddings. The story about Jimmy is a long one, but lets just say that he is a living miracle and when I saw him escort his mom down that aisle, I was fighting back tears. We love their family & are so thrilled for Allie & Joe!

I may be a little bias, but pretty sure my date was the best looking man there. It is truly an honor to be his forever date. 

My sassy Grannie looking beautiful! As we were loading her oxygen tanks into the car my mom said something about how she {Grannie} would probably leave early & my Grannie responded, "who says?! I might stay the whole time!" She insisted that we take enough oxygen just in case and let me tell you, that lady partied til almost the very end! She was dancing and everything. Also, as someone walked into the wedding they introduced Grannie as "Grannie" and said "she's everyone's grandmother," so so true. Love this sweet lady.

Somehow my dad missed all the pictures. Pretty sure he was going to get the car to pick up Grannie, such a good man!

There was a pretty long break between the wedding and the reception so Will and I explored downtown for an hour or two. There just happened to be a bbq and blues festival going on down the street so we stopped in to sample some bbq. We were definitely way over dressed for the occasion but we had so much fun! The mac n' cheese was delicious and the perfect pre-course to the reception meal (go big or go home, right?). 

 The reception was gorgeous and we enjoyed time outside for cocktails. It was cool and crisp, the perfect weather for a fall wedding!

Beautiful Carolina sunset.

 y'all, this boy loves sparklers. and dancing.

We had a blast at the wedding and catching up with family and friends! Its hard living away from my family, but I'm thankful its short enough that we can make weekend trips to visit. Already looking forward to the next trip!

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