Weekends that surround weddings are simply the best. Coming together to celebrate a couple – especially a couple as wonderful as Cherayne and Matt – puts everyone in the best mood!
Ryan and I arrived in Orlando Friday afternoon (we stayed at my parents’ place in Jacksonville on Thursday night since they were kind enough to watch Sadie for the weekend) and immediately showered and got ready for an evening with our very best friends from college.
Cherayne and Matt have been together since college (Cherayne and I were Kappa Deltas at the University of Central Florida together), so their wedding proved to be somewhat of a UCF reunion! Ryan and I made sure to soak up lots of quality time with our friends and a group of 13 of us headed out on Friday night for a nice dinner at Prato in Winter Park to kick things off.
(FYI, for the new readers: I went to college in Orlando and lived there for four years after I graduated. I always suggest heading to Park Avenue in Winter Park to any readers who email me looking for Orlando recommendations. It’s such a cute area! There really is so much more to Orlando than Disney as I mention in this post: Orlando: The Non-Theme Park Side.)
Prato was delicious (we actually saw Carrot Top there – remember him!?) and I had a great time laughing, drinking wine and just being goofy with everyone again.
(Thanks to Ashley’s Instagram for that photo!)
After dinner, we walked to Luma to grab another drink before eventually taking our party downtown for a night out at the bars in Orlando.
We finished the night at the hotel bar at the Grand Bohemian where we were all staying for the weekend and met up with the bridal party for some more fun. It was great to have some time with the bride who was bursting with energy and making us all smile and laugh. We couldn’t wait to see her walk down the aisle the next day!
(As if her dress didn’t give her away, the bride-to-be is in the pretty lace dress!)
Wedding fun to come!!