As you already know if you caught my morning blog post, Ryan and I headed to Florida to celebrate Krystal and Matt’s wedding this weekend. The location of their wedding worked out extremely well for us since we were able to stay at my mother-in-law’s house in Sarasota and also stop by to see some college friends in Orlando on our way down south.
Here’s a little peek into some more weekend happenings:
- Welcome Reception at The Venezia
One of the highlights of the weekend occurred on Friday evening when Ryan and I attended Krystal and Matt’s welcome reception at the Venezia restaurant located along the always-bustling St. Armand’s Circle in Sarasota. Krystal and Matt invited wedding guests to join them for heavy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails and we met up with a group of our best friends from college and had a blast! I haven’t seen most of these girls since Leah’s baby shower in January, so it was so great to be reunited again!
And speaking of Leah…
- Meeting Baby Theo
At the end of March, Leah gave birth to a precious little boy and on Saturday morning, Ryan and I finally had the chance to meet him! He was such a sweet little baby and I had the chance to feed him and snuggle with him right before his naptime.
Ryan also held him for quite a while and later told me he hadn’t held a baby since he was very young. Practice makes perfect, right!? He did great with little Theo and we both said holding Leah and Ricky’s adorable son made us feel all the more excited to meet our baby boy this summer!
- Family Time
During some of the downtime away from wedding activities this weekend, we were able to hang out with Ryan’s family. On Saturday morning, we headed out to breakfast with the gang and and then spent some time at his mom’s house chatting away. We talked all about summer plans, the baby, baby showers, Ryan’s surgery, random life updates and more. I wish we lived closer, but we did our best to take advantage of the short time we had together and soak up some quality time!
- Spending Time in the Bridal Suite
On the day of the wedding, Krystal invited our little group of girlfriends to hang out in the bridal suite with her which was so nice! We were able to enjoy lunch with the bride before the craziness of the day set in. Plus, the view from the bridal suite was nothing short of amazing and I made sure to spend some time on the patio soaking it all in!
- 25 Week Baby Bump Photo
Right before Ryan and I left for Florida on Thursday morning, I had him snap a quick bump photo! When we arrived at my parents’ place later that night, my mom, dad and sister all agreed the bump has definitely popped over the course of the past week or two. Keep growing nice and strong in there, baby!
- Black Bean Deli
During our drive down to Sarasota on Friday, we stopped in Orlando for lunch with our friends Dru and Carrie and their two sons. We met up at Black Bean Deli, a small cafe that serves the most delicious Cuban food. I ordered the dark meat mojo chicken platter with rice, beans, a small green salad and plantains and am just sad we don’t have anything quite like this place near our house in North Carolina! Everything was very flavorful and now I am craving another platter for dinner tonight… If you’re a Charlotte local and have any recommendations for great Cuban food in the area, please let me know!
Question of the Afternoon
- Share one highlight from your weekend below!