Late Friday afternoon I made the four and a half hour drive to Ft. Lauderdale to meet up with my friends and kick off Cherayne’s bachelorette party weekend!
I stayed in Ft. Lauderdale and enjoyed a low-key night at a local bar with a small group of friends before we drove to Miami on Saturday morning for a pool party and some craziness.
The weekend passed by in a flash, but here are some highlights from the past three days:
- Pool Party at Shore Club
Since Cherayne’s bridal shower took place on Sunday, the plan for our group was to party it up during the day on Saturday and then go to bed after dinner. As I am sure you can imagine, drinking and dancing by the pool created a “fun wave” that a small group of us rode into the early hours of the morning, but we rallied and still had a blast at the bridal shower. The daytime pool party in South Beach was a highlight and I had such a great time with some of my very best friends from college.
As you may be able to tell, we stuck with a black bathing suit + flower headband theme while the bride wore a colorful suit to stick out a bit!
- Dancing at SLS
Following the pool party at Shore Club, our group meandered over to SLS for some dancing before dinner. This place was so much fun and I wish we could’ve stayed here longer. The atmosphere was perfect for a group of crazy girls! I didn’t take any pictures after this but dinner and the rest of the night out in South Beach was fun!
- Bridal Shower at Dolores But You Can Call Me Lolita
Cherayne’s maid of honor, Chelsea, did an absolutely fantastic job planning a gorgeous bridal shower at Dolores But You Can Call Me Lolita, a beautiful restaurant (with a crazy name!) in downtown Miami.
I loved everything from the beautiful menus and the games to the soft mint details and delicious food.
We also had adorable little props to use for some fun photo ops!
Cherayne was such a gracious bride and we all enjoyed watching her open gifts and chatting about her upcoming wedding!
- Family Time with Friends
Immediately after we said goodbye to Cherayne and a group of our friends at the bridal shower, five of us made the three and a half hour drive to my friend Merri’s dad’s house in Sarasota for a backyard cookout. Merri’s dad is one of the most bubbly and welcoming people in the world and I always know that an evening at his house will be full of laughter, great food and entertainment! He plays the guitar while we all sing along and it’s always an absolute blast!
During this trip we were also able to stay at my friend Leah’s in-laws’ house in Ft. Lauderdale and it was so special to be able to squeeze in a little time with my friends’ families during the otherwise rather crazy bachelorette party weekend.
- Beach Bootcamp Workout
Once we hugged Merri’s family goodbye on Sunday night, we drove to Clearwater to stay at Leah’s for the evening. We woke up at 8 a.m. on Monday morning for a beach bootcamp workout with Nicole Turley, an awesome trainer Leah knows from her CrossFit box. She put us through a short but seriously sweaty beach bootcamp workout that we loved!
We left wishing we could all do beach bootcamp workouts with Nicole every morning! She made sure to correct form and encourage us, but still pushed us which was great. If you live in the Clearwater area and are looking for an awesome trainer, Nicole can be reached by email at NMT1587@gmail.com.
- Cinco de Mayo in Clearwater
Merri, Ashley and Krystal didn’t have to catch their flights back home until 6 p.m. on Monday, so we all spent the day at the beach in Clearwater which was perfect! It was a laidback day in the sun with my best friends and I could not have been happier that we extended the weekend to have a little extra time together. I miss them so much already!
This weekend was a blast and I’m so happy I was able to see some wonderful friends from college and celebrate Cherayne!
Congratulations again to Cherayne and Matt!
Questions of the Morning
- What was one of the best things that happened over the weekend in your life?
- Did you do anything to celebrate Cinco de Mayo?