This past weekend John and I took a trip to Michigan for my good friend Elizabeth's wedding. Elizabeth was a bridesmaid in my wedding, and I was so honored to stand by her and her fiance, Graham, as they said "I do!"
It was a wonderful weekend celebrating their marriage and catching up with friends that I haven't seen in far too long. Here's a quick peek at our weekend adventures!
We arrived in Michigan on Thursday afternoon, and although the wedding was in Holland, we couldn't help but swing by Ann Arbor for lunch and a little walk on campus (anything to get my pregnant legs moving after a long flight!).
John went to the University of Michigan Law School, and it was the first time that we had been back to the campus since his graduation several years ago... and it was just as beautiful now as it was then!
Old stomping grounds... the beautiful law school reading room. I feel like it could be out of a Harry Potter movie!
After a quick stroll through downtown Ann Arbor, we started making our way to Holland (which is a beautiful little town on Lake Michigan). We had a tasty lakeside sunset dinner at Boatwerks before settling in for the night.
The wedding rehearsal was on Friday, and we finally got to see the beautiful bride-to-be! Elizabeth and Graham visited John and me in Texas this past spring, but it still felt like way too long since we had seen each other!
It was so nice seeing old friends and finally getting to meet all of the other bridesmaids! I had purchased a plane ticket to go to Michigan for Elizabeth's bridal shower and bachelorette party, but due to the Southwest Airlines computer glitch, my flight totally got cancelled the morning I was supposed to leave... to say it was a disappointment would have been an understatement!
After the rehearsal we all headed to Hops at 84 East for a late lunch. The food was delicious and the company was even better! Elizabeth gifted each of us the cutest monogrammed canvas tote bags, and I've already done a pretty good job getting use out of mine.
After the rehearsal lunch, John and I spent the day at Lake Michigan at Holland State Park. It was absolutely perfect weather, and it was so nice to be outside, enjoying the sun, and not be in extreme heat (although, in all fairness, the weather was quite mild in San Antonio that weekend too!).
We spent the day reading and swimming, and it couldn't have been more perfect.
After spending the day at the beach, we went to dinner at Ottawa Beach Inn, and headed back to Lake Michigan just in time to catch the sunset! 31 weeks pregnant!
Hangin' with my best friend.
Saturday morning all of the bridesmaids met back at Baker Lofts for hair, makeup, and nails.
I made sure to sneak a peek at the ceremony space before guests started to arrive (which is my absolute favorite thing to do - see everything put together before people start to fill in). I mean really, the whole venue was so perfectly "Elizabeth"... the exposed brick and ductwork could not have been more fitting!
The bride and her bridesmaids before the ceremony! Pre-ceremony we downloaded and played the "Heads Up!" app... if you haven't played before, it is well worth the $0.99 - too fun!! I would definitely say the Elizabeth wins the award for best accents. :)
Although it was raining the morning of the wedding, by the time the afternoon rolled around, the sun was shining and you would have never known that the morning started out gray. Best of both worlds: good luck rain on your wedding day, but having it be clear by the time the ceremony starts!
First dance! These two are perfect for each other.
Michigan State girlfriends! We all lived in the same dorm room my freshman year of college... and after all of these years, they have turned into my forever friends! It's hard to believe that I've known them all for 10 years - ohh, the memories. :)
The outdoor reception area! After dinner they had a food cart... how fun is that?!
Dancing with my man (and pregnant belly!)... by the way, how gorgeous is the back of Elizabeth's wedding dress?! She was such a stunning bride!
Michigan State sisters and our misters!
Sunday morning we were so sad to be leaving Holland, but the morning was certainly made better with a stop at Tim Hortons! I couldn't help but treat myself to an iced cappuccino - delish! And don't worry, before I ordered, I made sure that it was within my caffeine allotment... John would have it no other way. :)
On our way back from Holland we made a pit stop in East Lansing for lunch.
When John and I were dating I was living in East Lansing and would fly in and visit almost every weekend from Florida State. Whenever he was visiting we would always take advantage of the half off pizza at Harper's on Sundays... and sure enough, they still have the same deal!
A large pesto pepperoni pizza for $8? Deal!
It was fun to be back on campus even if it was only for a few hours, and we couldn't leave without a little drive by at my old house that I lived in with 3 other girls. Many fun memories were made on that front porch!
After East Lansing we headed to Dexter Cider Mill which is the oldest cider mill in Michigan. Fall in Michigan is, without a doubt, the most beautiful season, and it wouldn't be right to head to Michigan in late August without stopping for some apples, donuts, and cider.
However, John literally would not let me have a sip of the cider because it was not pasteurized. I mean, I'm not harboring any long term hard feelings, but I was a little perturbed in the moment... and the following few hours. ;) I just love cider and it just looked so tasty!!!! Argh!
Does it get anymore picturesque?!
While I enjoyed eating my fresh donuts, John headed to the Huron River for a quick hour of fly fishing before heading to the airport.
The river was beautiful and it was a beautiful day to be outside enjoying the not-too-hot weather!
It was a lovely wedding weekend, and I was so sad that it had to come to an end!