vacation

A Week in Charleston

When you first mention Charleston, a lot of people don't know where it is, which surprises me because it's such an iconic town! (Probably helps that I watch too much tv, as we all know, and one of my favorites films in Charleston- see below for when I met Shep from Southern Charm!!) When my cousin got engaged and planned her wedding in Charleston, where my aunt and uncle live, I instantly started planning my wardrobe. Of course, I didn't actually end up buying anything until a week before, but southern fashion was still on my mind. I will link all my dresses at the bottom of this post! 

We were invited to a different event each day, which made all us of so comfortable with the other wedding guests by Saturday evening, and we all had a blast dancing together at the wedding. Each night was something different, like a welcome party at my aunt's amazing home, a cocktail party with a view of Charleston, a bachelorette at Vendu Rooftop, the list goes on! Matt and I spent a day at the Aquarium, which proved to be the very best we have ever been to. It was impeccably clean, the animals were so well taken care of and happy (even the wounded sea turtles they are rehab-ing!)

I've mentioned this in previous blogs, but I am horrible about taking my camera places. We are more of vacation-enjoyers versus documenters, but Matt encouraged me to start bringing a "real camera" places so we will have these memories to look back on and I am so glad I did! A lot of these were taken by iPhone, but the charm of Charleston just radiates no matter what you're shooting with! We totally fell in love with the town and are dying to go back one day. It's a truly, truly beautiful (and humid as hell) experience that we will cherish forever!

xx


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A Gorgeous Day for a Wedding in San Luis Obispo

Have you ever heard of the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo? Yeah... my husband hadn't either. So he had no clue what he was in for when we pulled into the parking lot after a four hour drive from Northern California. "Why is everything pink?" - such a guy. Everything is pink because it's AWESOME, hello!

The Madonna Inn is a themed hotel where every room is different. I am horrible at remembering to take detailed photos on vacation, so I totally forgot to take photos of our cool room! It was hokey and totally 70's with orange leather couches. The room next to us has everything in bright ass pink. They have a caveman room, a jungle room, so many cool themes! The food was bomb, the sights were gorgeous, and the pool? Don't even get me started. I'm going back. It's happening.

We only stayed one night, but it was long enough for me to fall in love with SLO and Avila Beach. We took an Uber to the venue, Pepper Tree Ranch, and holy crap you guys- talk about a dream wedding location! Sprawling hills of vineyards, a gorgeous rustic barn, probably the best Photo Booth ever, even a treehouse bar. Literally. In a tree. It was awesome. Everything about their wedding was perfection (not pictured: the hard root beer floats, the delicious food, the open bar, and everything else I was too busy having fun to photograph) including the bride and her freaking gorgeous dress, hair, makeup... Brigitte nailed her wedding day in every way. 

We spent the next morning in Avila Beach enjoying the unobstructed view of the ocean and picking out our future home on Zillow. Like I said... we'll be back.

Congratulations to Derek and Brigitte on the beautiful next chapter of their love story, we love you!