It's difficult to summarize just how special this weekend was for me.
Bachelorette parties have a cliche, almost tacky reputation. The ritual stipulates that you're letting go of your freedom, reveling in one last weekend of female company before you take the plunge and domesticate. It's an event that traditionally feels as antiquated as referring to a married woman in terms of chattel. Women spending time with women looks two ways in modern society- it's either a pillow fight or a Lilith Fair concert. I'm happy to say that my bachelorette fell into neither of these stereotypes. I didn't know what to expect going into the trip- I had picked the location but beyond that wasn't permitted in participating in any of the planning. The result was one of the most inspiring weekends of my life. It was relaxing and exciting, I laughed and had some very serious and eye opening moments.
I loved that my bachelorette was all about reconnecting with my girlfriends. It was a reminder that even though I am entering a partnership with a man it is the female relationships that keep me afloat year in and year out. Nothing is as consistently a mirror of my womanhood, my strengths, weaknesses, growth than the girlfriends who have seen me change and shift into the woman I am today. I feel ready for this next chapter in my life because I was able to see myself reflected in the eyes of women I respect and admire. I liked what I saw.
I want to share a few photos from this weekend that I didn't put on Instagram or Facebook. Savannah is one of the most surreal and singular places I've ever traveled. This was my third trip down and I was as hypnotized by the beauty and stillness of the drooping oaks and city squares just as much as five years ago. The city feels like walking through a children's ghost story, no wonder it's considered one of the most haunted towns in America.
The Colonial but Mediterranean inspired architecture coupled with Spanish moss hanging off every branch envelops you in a moodiness that's hard to describe. Square after ornate square the city feels like a river which flows into itself. I hope you enjoyed your holiday weekend and came back feeling refreshed and relaxed. Enjoy!
We started the weekend with a trip to the Forsyth Park farmer's market. We bought honey, bread, cheese, okra, tomatoes, carrots and picnicked in the park with water bottles full of sparkling wine. My incredible sister, who organized the entire weekend, even found a sunflower vendor who gave us so many blooms for free. Our wedding is sunflower themed, so was the picnic :)
The heat index was high last weekend (118°F!) but that didn't stop us from taking in the city streets, squares, and fountains.
We stepped off the beaten path for lunch and indulged in taking out BBQ from Sandfly BBQ, hands down the best I've ever had. Texas toast, brisket, mac & cheese... washed down with a beer. One of the best meals of my life.
I saved the best for last. Sisters!