Weekend in the Mountains – Highlands, NC
Kevin and I went to a wedding last weekend in Highlands, North Carolina. Since we’ve been back, I haven’t been able to stop talking about how gorgeous it is there and how much fun we had! Highlands is a stone’s throw from Atlanta (just over two hours) – such an easy drive – for such gorgeous surroundings: mountains, lakes, waterfalls, adorable restaurants, and one of my new favorite hotels: Old Edwards Inn and Spa. I’m OBSESSED.
But let me start from the beginning, on the drive you pass Tallulah Gorge State Park. I’m not really that outdoorsy to ever want to sleep outside, but I’ve heard that people sometimes go camping there and that it is pretty. We took a peek at it on our way to Highlands, and I think “pretty” is an understatement. It was majestic. Just look! #america
I was itching to get to Highlands, though, so we jumped back in the car and drove a few more windy miles up the side of a mountain (it was just a tad scary…eek!), until we reached town.
As soon as we arrived, I wanted to get settled in at the Old Edwards before exploring the adorable shops and restaurants lining the streets. We were staying in the cottages (pictured below) and everything was decorated in its Christmas finest.
We were greeted with champagne and Dove ice cream bars (um yummmmm!) at check in, and after we were sufficiently liquored/sugared up, we made our way to our cottage and opened up our beautiful room. We were staying in the newest part of Old Edwards, and everything was gorgeous! May I please live there forever?!
I almost died over the heated floors and towel rack in the bathroom…
…and the shower with four additional jets. Heaven, just heaven, y’all.
We walked around the city and popped into shops, but found Old Edwards pulling us back, so we zipped over to the OEI library and enjoyed a few afternoon cocktails.
By that point we needed some food to balance out the booze, and so we went for sandwiches at Mountain Fresh Grocery. It was packed with folks who seemed to have the same idea. We liked it there so much that we went back for breakfast the next day!
The weather wasn’t amazing while we were in Highlands, but we wanted to do something on the nature-y side before we left town. So the next day before we headed back to Atlanta, we stopped by Dry Falls in the Nantahala National Forest.
And we got to walk under a waterfall!
It was pretty unbelievable.
There are so many more fun things to see and do in Highlands! This was just a taste – and we can’t wait to make the quick trip from Atlanta again to explore the town even further. What a perfect little weekend getaway!
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Return of the Terribly Absent Blogger…
Hello, everyone! It’s me! It’s me! I’ve returned from my two month hiatus!
THANK YOU for allowing me that precious time for a little blog cleanse. After over three years of almost constant blogging, I’ll be the first to admit that you can get burnt out when you overdose on things that you love so much (gelato, pizza, yoga, Real Housewives of any city, blogging), so I truly appreciate your patience with me. The good news is that I’m officially back now and ready to fill you in on lots of exciting things going on in Atlanta! Starting tomorrow, I’m back to the grind. Today, I wanted to update you on what I’ve been up to over the past two months.
Kevin and I tied the knot in Atlanta! It was an unforgettable weekend for us.
(Muscles brought to you by the amazing pilates reformer guru, Meredith Bass!)
We took an awesome trip to Arizona! Here we are in Sedona…
At the South Rim of the Grand Canyon…
And relaxing at the Ritz-Carlton Resort at Dove Mountain.
We spent Thanksgiving in Jacksonville where we came in second place in a highly competitive family holiday cookie competition with these bad boys. Brown Butter Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies. (We were robbed, I tell ya!)
We traveled to beautiful Montego Bay, Jamaica for Rosh’s wedding.
Then to Delray, Florida for our friend Jesse’s wedding.
And we celebrated the New Year in sunny Jacksonville Beach!
In between all of our traveling, we found time to eat. A lot.
Drink. A lot.
Relax. A lot.
Experiment in the kitchen. (Here’s the no-brainer peppermint bark recipe we used.)
Get together with good buddies.
Play with nail polish.
Hug some babies.
Get some dental work done. (Sidenote: I really wanted this to be our holiday card, but I was vetoed.)
Watch an entire two seasons of Homeland. Totally obsessed – more on that later…
And meet Charles Barkley!
Needless to say, it’s been a very busy past two months. I’m rejuvenated now, and it feels so great to be back!
Here’s to the Q+DD! Here’s to 2013! It’s totally gonna be a great one!
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Happy Wedding Weekend, Lindsay + Kevin!
It’s all starting! Yep, this is the weekend that this awesome couple ties the knot!
I can’t wait for a weekend that is sure to be pure awesomeness…but not nearly as awesome as what’s to come for these two dynamos. It’s been such a pleasure and an honor watching them fall in love and I know we ALL can’t WAIT to celebrate them this weekend!
Mazel tov, best wishes, and CONGRATULATIONS to the amazing Very-Soon-To-Be-YOUNGS!
Love you both so much!
Kevin + I are sealing the deal in Atlanta next weekend, soooooooooooooo…I’ll be MIA for a few weeks while we finish up last minute planning, get hitched, PARTY, and go on our mini-moon!
But never fear! You will be in excellent hands with Lauren, who was just named one of Jezebel Magazine’s Most Beautiful Atlantans!
Way to go, LKC! See y’all on the flip!
From Mrs. Cohen with Love
You guys…I am BACK! A little over a week ago, I had the wedding weekend of my DREAMS. I got to stand in a room filled with people I love and commit to the most amazing man I have ever met. This was all made possible by my wonderful parents, my amazing sister and brother in law Brian, my incredible in-laws, my new brother in law Scott, all of our friends and family, and most importantly, Greg for asking me to marry him in the first place!
First, thank you to Christina Zubowicz and Magnolia Events and Planning. (A special shout out to Tina Adams, as well. You are exquisite.) Christina became such a fixture in my life that I considered putting her in a bridesmaids’ gown and sending her down the aisle with my girls. But instead, there she stood at my wedding, in her chic black suit, holding my train and keeping everyone and everything in line. This past year, she has been there for me in ways I cannot even describe, from etiquette questions to style advice, she has everything covered perfectly. She answered my questions before I even knew I had them. Best of all – Christina helped me to assemble my own personal Dream Team of vendors and on the day of my wedding? There was a “Magnolia” girl at every turn. Christina, I cannot thank you enough for your flawless execution.
Next, I want to thank Bold American Events who were responsible for both décor and catering for both our rehearsal dinner and wedding. I’m on the Bold Bandwagon. Specifically, I want to thank Steve Bales. Steve is a genius and I will never EVER get over the work he did during my wedding weekend. He’s a visionary, an artist, and an amazing person and not only did he create a stunningly beautiful event, but one that truly reflected Greg and myself. I am GRATEFUL that he was the one who brought our wedding weekend to life. It seriously was better than my wildest dreams. My chuppah is now my “happy place.”
Also from Bold, I want to thank Nicki Collins who was able to achieve not only a lovely wedding menu, but also one that was so personal to the two of us. It’s hard to tell a story through food, but Nicki was able to do so. It’s also hard to feed 300 people with delicious food – but you guys: Nicki, Chef Todd Annis and the Bold team nailed it.
The Reichmans. I think finding a photographer that suits your style is the hardest part, but when we met Jamie and Todd Reichman…I knew we had found “the one(s).” They’re truly amazing artists and though I can’t show you a lot of their work now, please trust me when I tell you…AMAZING. (UPDATE: Please check out their blog post for a sneak peek! Click HERE!) Also phenomenal is their work with cinematographer Jason Link. Please check out our engagement video they made: https://vimeo.com/49953023 I cannot WAIT to see our wedding video. The best part about Jamie and Todd, apart from their breathtaking work, is how much we adore them as people. Not to get too sappy on you, but it was really special to share these moments of our lives with them because they have truly become our friends.
Also, they were able to capture this moment of pure Atlanta random awesomeness:
Jenny’s Paper, Ink. Jenny Adair not only has the absolute BEST resources for everything paper-related (from a calligrapher that was able to match my custom invitation calligraphy perfectly to great sources for beautiful paperstock), but also the design expertise to create some seriously stunning custom work. Jenny also has absolutely IMMACULATE taste and is a complete perfectionist. Her guidance on my paper suite was invaluable.
Rupert’s Orchestra. They KILLED it. They rocked out all night. They learned the upbeat version of “All You Need is Love” for our first dance. Per my dad’s request, made a medley of “Isn’t She Lovely” and “Be Young, Be Foolish, but Be Happy” for our daddy/daughter dance. They didn’t even laugh at me when I requested they learn “Call me Maybe!” (they totally did it) And at the end of our wedding, when our ENTIRE bridal party was belting their lungs out to “Don’t Stop Believing” in a circle around us will go down as one of the best moments of my entire life.
Speaking of music, Sarah Paul and Amati Chamber Music set the mood for our ceremony beautifully. We sat down together and crafted the music and she guided me to a perfect selection of classical and contemporary…all perfection.
The CAKE. The cake was amazing and a joint work of art by Nancy Short (formerly of the Flour Shoppe) and Eileen Carter of Eileen Carter Creations. It was a magnificent 7-tier masterpiece with 3 flavors. Basically, I came to them with a zillion ideas for this cake… and they didn’t make me choose anything. Everything I could have ever wanted went into and onto that cake and I can’t think about it without breaking into a huge, face-splitting grin.
Thank you to the Good Food Truck who delighted all of our guests as they lined up for our sparkler exit with their famous “Poodle:” Hot dog with a French toast bun. Topped with apple slaw and mustard. Outrageous.
Thank you to all the wonderful people at the Foundry at Puritan Mill – especially darling Wendy Collins and to everyone at the Buckhead Theatre, especially superawesome Kate Zimmer. Novare Properties, I love you. Obviously.
“Oh, my Lord and Taylor.” Last but not least, thank you, thank you, thank you to my darling Daniel Jones of Muse Salon. He’s a saint and a trip and not only did he do a 180 on my poor, overprocessed hair this last year, but he trucked it all the way to my bridal suite just to style me and make me feel like a princess on my big day. Daniel, j’adore.
All-in-all, I can honestly tell you that I loved every single solitary moment of the planning and preparations and that I learned so much about myself, my new husband, my family and almost every person in my life. It was an extremely eye-opening experience and I feel so incredibly grateful for all the months of work and attention that were poured into that one spectacular weekend.
Now I’m married and the honeymoon is over (more on that later… and just in the literal sense – I am still super excited to be a “Sadie Lady” as my grandmother says!) I’m resuming everyday life… which I PROMISE means this blog, too! Thanks for bearing with me.
(I missed you guys!)
P. S. For more pix: http://reichmanphotography.com/2012/10/25/puritan_mill_atlanta_wedding/
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