It’s been a while since I’ve done a life update post, huh? It’s been since August, to be exact.
I don’t know about you, but I welcomed fall with wide open arms this year. Like I mentioned in my new newsletter that went out last week, I was happy to embrace the new season because it meant things were slowing down a bit from all the craziness that the summer brought. The first week of September was spent off from work. We spent the first half of the week celebrating my birthday, checking out potential wedding venues, and enjoying some time at home. We spent the second half of the week up north in one of our favorite places, Maine!
When we got home from our vacation, we immediately were back into wedding mode, as we needed to make a decision within a week about our wedding venue. We were really torn between Atlantica in Cohasset for an ocean front wedding and Zorvino’s in NH for a rustic winery wedding. The second weekend in September we actually did a second visit back up to Zorvino’s just to make sure we had all our questions answered, and the return visit really clinched it for us. So that’s that! Our wedding date is set for Sunday, September 20th of next year at Zorvino’s!
We are really excited about our venue, but I am just so relieved that the venue researching part of the process is over. Don’t get me wrong, I am really enjoying other parts of the planning, but the venue hunt simply wasn’t one of them. I feel guilty saying that because everyone and their mom and second cousin once removed felt the need to remind me about how AMAZING all of that should have been, but you know what? Trying to coordinate viewing a bunch of places all over the state between the hours of 8 and 4 during the week and keep it all straight actually wasn’t that amazing to me. I’m way more excited now that we have our venue and church selected and can think about more exciting things like who is going to lead the Greek dancing circles, what color I want my bridesmaids to wear, and what our signature drinks should be. Right?!
Other mentionable September happenings include apple picking,
attending the annual WWCMA conference for work,
going to a sweetgreen passport class called Barre & Bites with Liz,
and much more of THIS than I’ve been able to do in a really long time:
There were also a couple of nights out to dinner with friends. I saw Allison for dinner at Seasons 52 in Burlington one night, and I met up with Bridget, Slesh, and Trina at a restaurant called Forum downtown. However, I’d say one of the main highlights of September was one of my bestie’s weddings! Holy moly, talk about an amazing fun weekend in NYC celebrating Erica and Chris. One of the best weddings I’ve ever been to, and just for the record, Tim and I figured out we’ve been to 23 in 3 years. So I think we are pretty good wedding judgers!
October was here before we even knew it, and I kicked off the month by hosting my really fun event at Athleta. Another one is in the works, so make sure to sign up for my newsletter to get early bird signup privileges and sneak peek details!
Tim was away for a bachelor party the first weekend of the month, so I used the time to catch up with friends I hadn’t seen a long time. I did dinner with my friend Erin at Isabella Restaurant and was able to get together spontaneously with some of the gym girls at Solea for sangria and tapas too. After we did dinner that night, I hung with Ashley at her house for awhile just catching up and drinking cider.
The week Tim got back, I was supposed to go to the October New Balance Girls Night Out event, but since we were still sharing a car at this point, it was impossible to get downtown. I was bummed to miss it, but Tim did get a new Altima, and we didn’t go broke (or start hating each other) in the process.
Other beginning of October things included a date night to see The Lion King (my birthday present, with dinner at Harvard Gardens first),
Tim’s godson’s christening,
a random Tuesday night sleepover/gym friend get together at Ashley’s house when Jen was back in the states,
and wedding dress shopping! I went first to David’s Bridal in Danvers to get a better idea of what type of style I was going for. I had no clue going into it whether I wanted satin versus lace, strapless versus not, etc. so that really helped. I brought my mom, MOH (Slesh), and bridesmaid (and seamstress!) Shannon with me, and they were all awesome throughout the whole process.
I went dress shopping again the following week, this time with my mom and Shannon again, but my Uncle Chris came along too. This trip I found the gown! I can’t wait for you guys to see it, but I suppose you’ll have to wait a year, huh?
October’s last few weeks were spent celebrating our five year anniversary (dinner at Harvest in Harvard Square + drinks at Beat Hotel — HIGHLY recommend both),
spontaneously going to Harvest Fest 2014 in Somerville (SO many fun beers and food samples!),
running the Oak Square OAKtoberfest 5k and post race brunching,
getting my monthly deep tissue massage (I signed up for a wellness package),
celebrating my friend Jen’s birthday with the gym girls,
going to Tim’s cousin’s birthday party, my friend Johnny’s housewarming party, and Patrice and Brian’s beautiful wedding!
We rounded up the month by heading back up to Zorvino’s for our meet the vendors night, and finally, hosting Halloween! We were lame this year and didn’t require anyone to wear a costume. What we did require was everyone bring a seasonal craft beer so we could have a little tasting. It was fun!
Lots of good stuff going on outside of work lately!
Tell me about the highlights of September and October? What stood out to you the most? I want to know what you’ve been up to! What are you looking forward to in November?
I am looking forward to a free Saturday and Sunday next weekend after we attend wedding #7 of 8 this year on Friday night! I am also excited for Thanksgiving. Slesh is hosting Friendsgiving again this year, AND Tim and I figured out how to spend the holiday with both of our families.
Have a great day, you guys!
I totally agree with you on the venue thing. In fact I haven’t enjoyed most of the planning process, and it bugs me that people keep making me feel bad that I’m not enjoying it. Honestly it’s a lot of money and it stresses me out to think I might be choosing the wrong photographer or something. I’ve never been a girly girl, so maybe that’s the issue, I’m sure I will enjoy the day when it comes, but the rest of these lists, charts and comparisons are for the birds.
Wow you have been busy! Congrats on picking a venue! That was my least favorite part. We had to look at so many and just all the extra details were frustrating. I was very happy planning the rest of it! Haha
You have been busy! So many fun events the past couple of months.
Hooray for picking both your venue and your dress – 2 of the biggies!!!
Hey Athena- Are you going to the SCW FItness Conference this weekend??
Hi Tracy! I unfortunately will not be making it this year! Too much going on. 🙁 Have fun!
So happy you found the perfect venue! I thought my fall would slow down, but it’s actually been busier than the summer 🙁
You have more plans than anyone I know yet you look cool as a cucumber! So glad I was part of one of your plans this past month! I love that you are so organized!!