A Crazy, Fun, Beautiful Pennsylvania Wedding

I’m back with the main event – our first wedding in this group (since our own).  I was stoked.  I love weddings even more since my own.  All of the fun without the responsibility and pressure?  Yes, please!

Well, I suppose I did have a little bit of responsibility.  Nine months ago, over pedicures, Liz and I were dishing about my wedding and talking about her upcoming one.  Of course, in the midst of this, I managed to talk myself into the role of wedding coordinator.  I was dead serious, but I was sure it wouldn’t come up again and I would just be known as Scott’s pushy new wife.

Fast forward to now, and Liz and I have become great friends (and if she thinks I’m pushy, she likes me anyways – score).  And I did get to be wedding coordinator!  Woop.  At least for the ceremony.  Girls gotta dance at the reception, after all.  It was great, since it gave me something to do while Scott was busy groomsman-ing.  And I got to pin on 13 boutonnieres in the process.  It’s kind of nice having a line of men standing in front of you. 🙂

The church was very pretty and had a nice, looooong aisle.  Just the way an aisle should be.

I didn’t have the best view of the nuptials, since I was sitting pretty far back.  But the ceremony was very nice.  Like I said earlier, I appreciate weddings so much more now that I am married.  The homilies and sermons mean so much more and are a good “refresher” in a way.

Mr. and Mrs. Babeuf for the first time!

The getaway Rolls Royce.

We got to spend some quality time with Momma and Poppa Fitz at the cocktail hour.  Oh yes, and Scott ate his weight in crab cakes.  To be fair, he didn’t get to eat lunch, but somewhere around plate number three, I got a little bit uncomfortable.

Coral red was the color of the night!  If there were fashion police analyzing the wedding guests, the hot colors of the night would have been coral red and kelly green/teal.  The lovely Mrs. Eadon and I matched right down to our Coach bags!

A little dress flip during the first dance.  Liz was sweet enough to stop and flip it for Ryan, since he didn’t want to step on it.

Some handsome gents.  (And look how well those boutonnieres are staying on!)

And the ladies!  Doesn’t Liz look wonderful?  She made an absolutely beautiful bride.  And her dress fit like a glove.  I was quite impressed.

Cutting a rug with my father in law.  We showed ’em how its done.

After the cake cutting, the real partying began.  Between the guys from high school and Ryan’s college friends, the antics were plenty.

There were props, faux double dutch and a rowing line, as opposed to a conga line.  I think you had to be there to fully understand the ingenuity.

I tried to get pictures of all of it, but they didn’t turn out so well.  But I think its plain to see that we had a fantastic time!

And from what I could tell, so did literally everyone else.  The dance floor was constantly packed.

Oh and we relived the bachelorette party, just a little bit.  Love the Huyette sisters (so excited they both live so close by now!).

I love this picture of the boys.  Always together.

Congratulations, Ryan and Liz!  Now hurry up and get back from Hawaii so we can get busy being “old married fart” neighbors!

Ryan and Liz Rehearsal Dinner

Wedding season continued this weekend.  We traveled to the suburbs of Philadelphia to celebrate our good friends, Ryan and Liz.  Ryan and Scott grew up together and Scott was a member of the wedding party.  Which meant we got to take Friday off since we needed to be at the rehearsal.  Love that!

The rehearsal dinner, hosted by Ryan’s family, was lovely from the personal centerpieces to the toasts.

Each centerpiece was made of three photos – one of Ryan and Liz together and one of each of them as they were growing up.  It was fun to go around to each table and look at the pictures and watch everyone’s reactions.

The great thing about this wedding was that we were there celebrating with the people we do life with everyday.  While meeting other loved ones is a great part of weddings, there is something about celebrating your friends marriage with your best group of friends.  I’ve said it a million times, but Scott and his friends mated for life.  And I’m so glad they did.

Because that means I get to have lovely ladies like this in my life now!

Look at the Bride’s dress!  (I wish I had gone fancier for my own rehearsal dinner outfit.)

love weddings.  I love having occasions to dress up and go to events and do something out of the norm.

After a delicious dinner, there were a few toasts.  Here is the Maid of Honor and bride’s sister, Catherine.  She did a great job, despite a microphone malfunction!  Gotta love technology.

And the Best Man, Ricky.  Ricky and Ryan have been best friends forever.  Which means that there are plenty of photos of them over the years.

Ricky had four choice photos blown up (secretly) and these poster size beauties made an entrance at strategic parts of his speech, thanks to the rest of the guys.  I think it was fitting that they got to play a part in the best man speech.

Two first day of school pics.

Cheek to cheek during a ski trip.

Pure gold, really.

I’d say they were a hit.

It was a great evening and I’m so glad I got to be there to be a part of it.  Back with more tomorrow on the wedding itself!

Backyard Before and After

I’ve done before and afters on the blog before.

Like the apartment, for example.

And this pretty, little bookcase.

So I thought it would be fitting to do an official before and after of the backyard.  We’ve spent a lot of time out there this summer and expect to be out there this fall as much as possible.

Here is what we started with.  I took these pictures while we were looking for an apartment in New York.

I dubbed this apartment “The Secret Garden” because of all the greenery.  It felt like a little getaway.

Here is the view looking back at the apartment.

And here it is during move in.  It was a lifesaver to have this area to throw the boxes.

And here it is in a live-able state after Scott went to town on the ivy.  I think it looks so much bigger this way!

It’s not eligible for a magazine or anything, but we love it.

So do our friends.

It’s given us the chance to grill,

garden,

and do projects.

Basically,I feel so grateful and blessed to have it!

From Old and Brown to New and Blue

I have this little bookcase.  It’s been in my family since before I was born, I believe.

My grandfather made it and it was in my parents house for as long as I can remember.

And then I moved into my first apartment my sophomore year of college and along it came.

It got pretty beat up over the years.  And then it made the move with us to NYC.

And it sat around looking like this.  NOT CUTE.  It was a total catch all for games, recipes, magazines, wine and other assorted bottles.  (We’re not alcoholics, I promise.  There’s limited storage for unwieldy items, such as bottles, so we were going for a “bar” look.  I didn’t love it.)

So I put my DIY hat on and decided to redo it!  I called to get mom’s blessing first, of course, since her dad made it.  She said he would love if he knew that I still had the bookcase, let alone wanted to put some more effort into it.  So away we went!  After much pondering and talking Scott’s ear off about what color to paint it, of course.

After cleaning and a quick sanding, I started with a spray primer.  Best decision ever.  I should have used a spray primer on our kitchen table.

Here it is after two coats of primer.

And then it was time to start painting.  After all of the agonizing, I decided to go with a light blue.  Not baby boy blue.  More like French countryside blue.  The winning color:  Benjamin Moore’s Dusty Cornflower.

There’s a view not seen on the blog before.  The view looking up in our backyard.  You can thank my faithful assistant, and muscle man, for that.

And here she is!  Two full coats of Dusty Cornflower.  I was quite pleased with the color.

But it wasn’t quite done.  I had decided to try my hand at stenciling the top shelf.  It was the kind of idea that comes as you are falling asleep.  I actually sat up out of an almost-sleep and said “I should paint the dresser a French-y sort of blue and stencil it with a shimmery gold!”  I believe Scott’s response was something along the lines of “Uugghnnmm.”  He was a bit tired of talking about it.

So I didn’t get any pictures of the stenciling in-process.  After the amount of time and energy put into painting the bookcase, I was really nervous about doing anything else to it.  I would hate to have to start over.  And the Martha Stewart craft paint DID bubble up and caused some minor panic.  Scott was very sweet and held my hand through all of the hyperventilating.

Luckily, everything worked out!  And I looove the end result.

I finished it off with two coats of polyurethane (three on the top).  And now it’s pretty and shiny and I love it!

The name of the stencil is “Hand-Forged.”

And here it is with a bit of styling.

It’s not done yet, but it’s a huge improvement over what it used to be!

Aah, much better.

Update: I linked up to this fun link party!

 

Fantasy Football and Flowers

The fall.  It’s almost here!  Which means football season is almost upon us and my husband couldn’t be more excited.  And since it is almost football season, that means it’s time to draft fantasy football team(s).  Scott is in a handful of leagues (and believe it or not, I actually participate in a Fantasy Football League with my family).   But apparently three leagues wasn’t enough, as Scott started a new one…the Upper East Siders, who had a live, in-person draft in our backyard this week.

They were already done grilling and in full drafting mode when I got home from getting my hair cut.  They paused long enough to be dear men and compliment my hair (as I’m sure Scott told them to).  And our sweet friend, Christian, had brought me flowers!

Basically, this was my favorite football draft, like, ever.

What I found funny was the amount of computers and iPads in use. It was strange against the backdrop of the backyard.

So serious!

Luckily, by around the 11th or 12th pick, things loosened up a bit.

I, for one, am happy to have my own cheat sheet for our upcoming family league draft.

I can’t wait for football season to start.  For all of the apple cider, buffalo wings, jalapeño poppers, viewing parties (can you call it that when it’s football?) and in our house, the Hokies and the Giants!  Go Hokies and G-Men!

We’ve Gone Country

We had a little live country music in our life this past weekend.  I was shocked to find out that our friend, Christopher, is a country fan.  So within mere minutes of making that revelation we had purchased four tickets to the Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw concert at Metlife Stadium.

And here we are!  Robyn and Christopher.

We got pretty lucky with the weather.  We were expecting thunderstorms all weekend but this was as close as we got.

We rented a car to get to the concert.  It was the best decision we’d made since we decided to buy the tickets!  We got to the stadium in half the time public transportation would have taken and we were able to tailgate!  If we weren’t ready and excited for football season to start before, we certainly are now.

Speaking of football, this guy was pretty excited to be at the home of the Giants.

So much so, that every photo needed to have it in the background.

Look who forgot to wear sunscreen…my strapless dress tan line is super cute, by the way.

Whoever was in charge of the concert was one smart cookie.  Right before Tim McGraw came on they played Bruce Springsteen, “Born to Run.”  Which, in New Jersey, is a sure fire way to get any crowd pumped up.  The Fitzgeralds included.

I was incredibly impressed with Tim McGraw!  I’d never seen him in concert and hadn’t paid much attention beyond whatever his current song on the radio was at any given time.

Well, he put on a GREAT show.  I loved his voice, his songs, and some of his other…assets as well.

And of course, Kenny put on a good show.  It’s always like a party at his concerts.

He had Jets and Giants helmets onstage for his last pre-encore song, “Boys of Fall.”  It was a rather brilliant move.

The crowd loved it.  Especially when he pulled little girls on stage and gave them the helmets. It was adorable.

During the encore when Tim and Kenny played together, you could tell that they really are friends, which was cool to see.  They sang Kenny’s “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy,” Tim’s “Indian Outlaw,” and Jackson Browne’s “Running on Empty.”  The last number might have been my favorite of the whole night.

It was a great show and we had such a fun day with friends.  Robyn, Christopher, lets do it again some time soon!

Family Fun at Bear Pond

In the midst of our time in Maine, we were able to steal away for an afternoon to see some of my family who was vacationing near by.  Rather than going to the ocean, they actually go a little more rustic to a lake in the woods.

We got to see my godparents, Aunt Karen and Uncle Ralph.

My cousin Jennifer (who is the closest thing to a big sister that I have).

And her two adorable kiddos – Ben and Sophie.  Unfortunately, we missed their dad by a few hours.

I’ve noticed with some families that cousins can drift apart as people grow up, get married and have their own families.  And I’m so glad that hasn’t happened in ours.  We certainly don’t get to see each other as often as we’d like, as we are spread out a bit.  But we are there for each other and try to get together as often as possible.  Case in point: Jennifer and her family traveled to Rhode Island when Sophie was only two weeks old!  I absolutely love them for that.  My wedding wouldn’t have been the same without them.

Which is why I made it a point to get out to see them when our Maine vacations overlapped.  Hopefully we can spend a bit more time together next year!

Because these little ones grow up so fast!  I hate missing it.  I was obsessed with Sophie’s adorable clothes!  Look at her little flop!

Don’t even get me started on the sunglasses.

And have no fear, while I was in small flip flop and ruffle heaven, Ben wasn’t forgotten.  While Jen and I talked each other’s ears off in the shallows with Sophie, Ben and Scott were having a grand time.

Look at that smile!

After awhile, all we heard was laughing and “Again!”.

Sophie with her grandma.

Hearing my Aunt Karen’s voice greeting us when we arrived brought me right back to the many summer vacations of my childhood.  We would road trip to their house in Indiana for a week of fresh corn on the cob, pinochle (that’s a card game) and lake activities.

We had such a relaxing time, drinking margaritas and catching up.

Scott and I had a chance to kayak.

Off we go!

Scott and Ben also had some adventures in fishing.  Neither of them had much experience with live worms, so Jen had to show them how it was done.  But they looked adorable out there.

His great grandpa Hoepp would be proud.

We ended our time together with a lobster feast – a big thank you to Uncle Ralph for traveling to get it for us!

I love this shot.  It’s so typical Maine.  Lobster, a glass of wine, Off bug spray, and a lake in the background.

The lobster was delicious.

And our time together was even better.  It was so great to see them!  I hope it’s not next year before we see them again.