The Bachelor is Back!

8 Jan

Sean LoweThe Bachelor/Bachelorette season premieres are always my favorite nights of tv. I become way too involved believing these relationships are real despite the fact that their dates take place on exotic beaches accompanied with fireworks, champagne and chocolate covered strawberries and the couples are madly in love after only knowing each other for a few months. Still, I was convinced that Emily and Jef were perfect for each other. I don’t even think Ricki is as devastated as I am. I digress. Let’s talk about what looks like the most dramatic season yet.

Sean is handsome, has a body like a God, is close with his family, loves children, and talks about how he cannot wait to get married. Perfect much? Let’s start with some superlatives:

First impression, and most likely to make it to the finale: AshLee F. 
And she has one of my dream jobs, a personal organizer.

AshLee


Most Normal:
 Desiree
And she has my other dream job, bridal stylist.

Desiree


Best Eyes:
Jackie
I think she’s stunning.

Jackie


Best Legs (and my personal fave):
Kacie B.
She was previously on Ben’s season, and is back because she has a crush on Sean. This created major tension in the house, but how can you not love her!

Kacie B.


Biggest Hot Mess: Ashley P.
Although she left on a hilarious note, after acting out 50 Shades of Gray.
“I’m sorry Mom.”

Ashley P.


Most Surprising Send Home:
Paige
She’s cute and seems normal, and you’d think ABC would keep her around.

Paige


Fan-Favorite: Sarah
She’s strong and adorable and I’m rooting for her! Sean is a good guy and I hope they hit it off.

Sarah


Biggest Surprise: Tierra

First time a rose has been given out before the cocktail hour! I did not like  however what I saw of Tierra in the previews. Bitch?!

Tierra


Most Awkward Introduction:
Lindsay
She looks cute and normal, but came out  of the limo wearing a wedding dress. Ok, that’s different and memorable. But then she tried to kiss Sean twice (rejected), and got so drunk my body ached with awkwardness.

Lindsay


Most Unlikely to Make it Through the Next Round: 
Brooke
My apologies.

Brooke

Can’t wait to watch this season of The Bachelor with you!

The Robin

4 Jan

Spoiler Alert!

How I Met Your Mother has been one of my favorite shows for a few years now. Although the show revolves around Ted finding his wife, this season has very much been about Barney.

I’ve been routing for Barney and Robin ever since theydated in Season 5, and broke up because “two awesomes cancel each other out.” This sitcom got serious when Barney planned one of the most convoluted, but romantic proposals I have ever watched. I cried like a baby.

THE PLAY

1.  Admit to yourself that you still have feelings for this girl.

2.  Choose the completely wrong moment to make a drunken move after hanging out at a strip club… and get shot down on purpose.

3.  Agree that you two don’t work, locking the door on any future you could have together, which will drive Robin nuts.

4.  Robin goes nuts.

5.  Find the person who annoys Robin most in the world and ask for her help.  Explain everything to Patrice and hope she agrees to help.

6.  Check with your doctor about possible broken ribs.

7.  Pretend to be dating Patrice.

8.  Wait until Robin inevitably breaks into your place to find The Playbook and show it to Patrice, which you’ll monitor via the hidden cameras you have in your apartment.

9.  After Patrice “finds” The Playbook, have your first “big fight.”

10. Prove your loyalty to Patrice by burning The Playbook, and actually burn it.  You don’t need it anymore.

11. Because your friends have no boundaries, they’ll inevitably have an intervention for Robin, which you’ll monitor via the hidden cameras you have in Marshall and Lily’s apartment.

12. Tell only Ted about your plan to propose to Patrice.

13. Wait and see if Ted tells Robin. And if he does, it means your best bro in the world has let go of Robin and has given you his blessing.

14. Robin arrives at her favorite spot in the city and finds the secret final page of The Playbook… the last play you’ll ever run.

15. Robin realizes she’s standing underneath mistletoe.

16. Hope she says yes.

Project Wedding’s Top 10 Honeymoon Destinations

15 Nov

Every girl dreams of her wedding.  As I just returned from a European vacation, the travel bug is in full effect.  I’m currently dreaming about my honeymoon.

According to Project Wedding (a must website for any girl planning a wedding, and err, for us dreamers), these are the top 10 exotic honeymoon destinations. Although I don’t agree with all of these picks, two of my top honeymoon destinations are on this list. Can you guess where I hope to be headed?
Hint: I also hope to win the lottery before my honeymoon.

1. BELIZE     2. PATAGONIA     3. KENYA     4. SEYCHELLES     5. INDIA

6. THAILAND  7. BORA BORA  8. MAURITIUS  9. ZANZIBAR   10. EGYPT

Do you agree with Project Wedding’s choices?  What’s your top honeymoon destination?

The Elegance of The Lord Thompson Manor

10 Oct

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Amanda Shutts & Kevin Robertson were married on September 15, 2012 at the The Lord Thompson Manor, in Thompson, CT. This is quite possibly the most beautiful wedding venue that CT has to offer. Hold on to your hats everyone.

The rehearsal dinner was gorgeous. Amanda & Kevin’s family and friends gathered around a table set for 30. The theme was green and white. Amanda’s dress was perfection and she rocked it, even better than Carrie Underwood did at the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  There was an ice cream sundae bar for dessert and a fireplace I could have sat in front of for the next 5 months straight. I felt like we were in the White House. Or Ralph Lauren’s house. I’ll take either.

          
All of the girls in the wedding party stayed in The Cottages down the road. They were shabby & chic and I wanted to live there forever. The rooms and spa were white, beachy and comfy cozy. The food was delicious and we had so much fun getting our hair and makeup done, and watching the bride-to-be get ready!

          
Now on to the big day. Words honestly cannot express the beauty and elegance of the Lord Thompson Manor. Everything was done to the nines and this venue encompasses the idea of a “one stop shop.” They thought of everything and I mean everything. There were cones filled with flower petals for the guests to throw in the aisle.  There were gold stones placed on everyone’s programs outside, which were collected and placed in a vase for the bride and groom to take home. One time I thought to myself, “I could really use a glass of wine,” and mere seconds later, the wedding planner appeared with a tray of Savignon Blanc. This place was magical.

The ceremony was on a beautiful fall day, the bride and groom looked like royalty, and the Reverend was equally as funny as she was sentimental.

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During the reception, we were seated in 4 intimate dining rooms, which felt like we were eating in a lovely home (mansion). The centerpieces alternated between tall and short bouquets of white roses. Each guest’s menu was personalized. The menu consisted of every delicious appetizer you could imagine (mac & cheese burger featured below), and a surf & turf placed on basil mashed potatoes was the main course. The cake was breath taking and we were lucky enough to watch the baker put this masterpiece together, placing each flower petal on the cake one.by.one. After the wedding guests left, the bridal party and family were left with two bars; one of alcohol and one of soft pretzels. How dare they!

                
I’m usually a paparazzi at my friends’ weddings but as a bridesmaid, felt it was tacky to be carrying my camera around. As it is, I usually get mad when the real photographer gets in my way, and I didn’t want to make a scene. I therefore give Drew Widger credit for capturing the details of this wedding, and thank Amanda & Kevin for letting me be part of such a beautiful weekend.

Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Robertson!

Obsessed with Jemily

4 Sep

I’m clearly addicted to The Bachelor, Bachelorette and Bachelor Pad.

I know there’s been a lot of gossip surrounding Jef & Emily (cheating! sexting! affair!), however I am rooting for them. Although only two couples are still together, Trista & Ryan and Ashley & JP (sorry Jason & Molly, you don’t count), I believe 3rd time’s the charm!

I mean… how can you not be obsessed?

Come on Jef, Emily and Ricky, let’s prove America wrong!

Brianne & Kevin: A Fairlee Wedding Tale

23 Aug

For Brianne & Kevin, it was love at first sight. For me, it was love at first sight with their wedding venue.

Brianne & Kevin Murphy’s wedding took place on August 4, 2012 at Lake Morey in Fairlee, VT. The details were so beautifully rustic, I just had to share some of the highlights!

We were picked up by a pontoon boat to go to the wedding. We had a great view of the wedding grounds from the water, and an even better view from land!

    Homemade signage decorated the wedding grounds. Creative DIY chalkboards replaced the traditional programs and menus.  I LOVED how they looked and completely fit the theme of the wedding (& the bride and groom).

    The ceremony was incredibly beautiful.  The bride looked stunning in her ivory lace dress, and if you weren’t distracted by her beauty, you were distracted by the view behind the vows. The guests even sat on haystack seating. YEEHAW!

    On to the reception!  I absolutely adored their table assignments, which were hand written and clothes-pinned to an old window pane.  The centerpieces were flower arrangements in my favorite, Mason Jars. The reception was held on a tented tennis court, and to top it off, a delicious BBQ dinner.


                             A few other worthy details – the bride and groom’s handmade sign greeting all the guests was ADORABLE. Their guestbook was different than anything I’ve seen before – a picture of a bare tree, where guests could put their thumbprint on a branch and sign below. I mean… I might steal this.

                        The end of the night was perhaps the most special (after the exchanging of vows). Brianne put together “Wishing you S’more Love”  packages (thank you, Pinterest).  You can’t make S’mores without a bonfire, which they had. Obviously.  And to top it off, FIREWORKS! Man I loved this wedding!

    

Why Newport is the Perfect Bachelorette Destination

10 Aug

BEACHES. BARS. SHOPPING. RESTAURANTS. WINE VINEYARDS. MUSIC.

For these reasons and more, Newport is the perfect (and popular) Bachelor(ette) destination. I have been to Newport for 2 bachelorette parties this summer, both different from the other, but equally as FUN. Now let’s get to the good stuff!

Bachelorette Weekend # 1 – Christine Dunn (Longdon)

We drove to Newport bright and early on a Saturday morning, and were picked up by a driver at our very affordable (hard to do in Newport) hotel, Motel 6.

Our first stop was Sakonnet Vineyards, a great winery about 20 minutes from Newport.  At about 10 am, we were the first group there! Our second stop was the Newport Vineyards and Winery, which had a wonderful patio and a gorgeous view. Our third, final and best stop, was Greenvale Vineyards, 5 miles north of Newport. After our tasting, we had a nice little picnic of wine & cheese.

These are just 3 vineyards out of the many in RI surrounding Newport. Wherever we went, the tastings were great (and generous), the staff was helpful, and everyone was excited to be celebrating the bride-to-be!

We then took a water taxi downtown, had drinks on the patio of the Black Pearl, and then ended the night at One Pelham East where we danced and watched Christine forget the words of the song she was singing on stage.

We spent Sunday morning at Second Beach, and then made the trek back to Boston.  What a great weekend!

Bachelorette Weekend #2 – Amanda Shutts

We arrived on Friday night, and stayed at the beautiful Wellington Resort on Thames Street, in the heart of Newport.  It was so beautiful that we didn’t even go out that night!  Our room (suite) came equipped with a kitchen and balcony overlooking the bay, and we spent the night drinking wine, playing cards, making yummy apps, and eating pizza.  It was a perfect (and affordable) way to begin our weekend.

The next morning, we brunched at the swanky Forty 1 North, a waterfront hotel and marina.  There’s no better way to start your day than bloody mary’s and lobster sliders! We felt like royalty.

After laying in the sun (clouds) by the pool, we boarded the Dark and Stormy Sunset Sail.  It didn’t actually get dark and stormy until after our sail was over, but we made it back to our resort before the rain started!  We finished the night by dining at the Black Pearl, and having drinks at The Landing.

Another fantastic weekend!

If your wondering where to stay, eat, beach or go out, visit GoNewport for all the information you’ll need to make your stay just as enjoyable as mine were!

Very much looking forward to celebrating my dear friends Carolyn & Skip, as they get married next summer at the Ocean Cliff in Newport!

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