Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Once we were dressed in our formal digs, we headed out to enjoy a glass of wine with friends at a bar across the street before walking to the church in anticipation of the bridal party's arrival. We lucked out with the weather as it was bright and sunny with just the right amount of breeze; everything about the day was just perfect.
After the wedding ceremony, everyone followed the bride and groom to the reception location which marked the beginning of what would be the most unique wedding reception Charles and I had ever experienced. Imagine a 9 course meal pair with a different bottle of wine for each course... And in between each course, we played GAMES! Such fun games! Never in my life had I been to a wedding before that had a scavenger hunt, wedding trivia, and super fun ice breakers included in the itinerary. It was an awesome way to get to know everyone present at the wedding regardless of the language barriers. And get this, the 9 course dinner was spread out between 8:00pm till almost 1:00am!
^^ Since we had arrived in France just one day before, Charles and I were a bit jetlagged. Thankfully, Angeline was prepared for everything (hashtag best maid of honor ever) and gave us an energy tablet to help get us through the evening. We were instructed to mix it with water and let the powers of the tablet do their dirty. And it must have worked because after dinner, we ended dancing and partying all night until 6:00 in morning.
Weddings... Can you believe that Charles and I have been to 13 weddings in the past 2 years?! Whether for our family or friends and heck, even ourselves, love has most definitely been in the air and we feel so blessed to have been able to witness Clem and Jason say "I Do" in France.
If not for this wedding, I'm not sure when Charles and I would've ever made a trip to Europe... This wedding was just the motivation we needed to save up money for our flights to France and then plan our secondary trips to Amsterdam and Barcelona. Following this wedding, Clem's parents were so generous as to open their home to Charles and I, which is where we stayed while in Paris and we are soooo thankful for their hospitality and as well as the hospitality we received from everyone else we met during our trip... Because while the main focus of travel is about seeing new places, I think another important aspect of travel revolves around the people you meet on your journey. The strangers who become friends and the differences that evolve into commonalities once you get to know each other after the initial culture shock... Places are nice to take pictures of but it's the people who make or break your experience when traveling. Luckily everyone we met while we were in Europe made our experience and for that, I am grateful.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
I'm still having a hard time grasping the fact that we are already in the month of October. Where did the summer go? Why is it Fall already? Life has been so busy... Time is flying like no other. Before I know it, Christmas season will be upon us and we'll be ringing in 2015... My mind is so boggled. But before I get way too ahead of myself, I thought I'd share some photos of a fond memory from this past summer a.k.a. outdoor grilling season.
My friend, Thomas, is a big fan of grilling out in the summer. He's always inviting friends to come over to his place just so he can have an excuse to use the grill in the common courtyard of his apartment complex. So it only made sense that for his birthday this past August, he hosted a grill out where we provided the booze and he provided the meats ;) #thatswhatshesaid #couldntresist
No grill out party is complete without a deck of cards, 3 coolers of beer and Fireball. I find that we tend to revert back to the drinking games of "collegiate life" whenever our circle of friends get together because who cares that we're 27 going on 28 and 5-6 years out of college. Drinking games are the cheapest and most effective way to have a good time with large groups of people. And if you know me, then you know my feng shui is all about having a good time without spending too much dime. Let the birthday toast and drinking games begin.
^^ The Crew
^^ Rachel & Thomas
^^ Birthday Boy Toast
^^ Dope Cope
One drinking game we brought back at Tommy's b-day grill out was Flip Cup. Have you ever played this game? It's so freaking simple. All you need is a table, beer and red plastic cups. Why red? Just because... America. Anyways, you divide up into two teams and line up along opposite ends of the table. Everyone takes their red cup and fills it with about 1 inch of beer and then places the cup in front of them. Once everyone is set up, both teams lifts their cups to toast the start of the game.
Then, the first 2 people facing each other on opposing teams race to drink their beer until the cup is empty. Once they've finished the beer, they then have to place their cup with the open side facing up on the edge of the table and try to flip the cup (with one finger) to land upside down. If the cup doesn't land the first time then you have to reset the cup and try again until it does. Once it lands correctly, the next person in the team repeats the "drink & flip" in a relay race like way. Whoever's team completes the task first, wins.
And that's flipcup in a nutshell. I will always choose to play flip cup over beer pong if given the option. I just don't like the idea of throwing balls into my beer (as done in beer pong). For a better breakdown of how to play the flip cup, click here. With that said, onto the rest of the grill out pics.
^^ Tia & Don
^^ Courtyard photoshoot w/ Byron Linnell
^^ Happy Birthday Thomas!!! Cookie cake with no birthday candles for the win!
And yes, that's me singing opera in the back. I happen to love imitating opera...
^^ No Flash Firepit Moments
^^ With Flash
We ended the night by the firepit... A firepit Charles and I wish we had in our own apartment's courtyard. But alas, this is why we're close friends with Thomas and always accept his grill out invitations. Friends with firepits? You keep them close ;)