Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Wedding Wednesday....Bachelorette Bash :)

My destination bachelorette bash was an absolute and total blast! The weekend was truly perfect and everything I hoped it would be- low key, relaxing, and fun! We had wonderful weather, yummy food and great conversations all weekend long. Here's the re-cap: (It's long. Sorry. I'm really detailed when I tell stories; I can't help it! Ha!)

Our Condo @ Folly
Friday: 5 of us loaded up and headed out of Lexington after school and Julia (one of my MOH's) drove down from Raleigh, NC. After taking a detour to avoid the mess at Jelico, we arrived at our condo in Folly Beach about 8.5/9 hours later. Jane, Em, and I had a great time catching up and reminiscing on spring breaks of the past during our drive. Ha! Ha! What memories : )
As soon as the second group of girls arrived (we got split up in the detour mess), I gave each girl her little thank you gift from me- a personalized Tervis cup (I LOVE how you can personalize them via their website) with a pink and green SC logo, a bottle of Essie Bachelorette Bash color polish, and a luggage tag. Each girl loved her gifts and the cups came in super handy all weekend! Not long after that we all went to bed like the old ladies that we are! 
The gifts for my girls :)

Saturday morning Jules, Em and I woke up around 7:30 out of sheer habit. Since we were up we decided we'd go for a run on the beach. The 3 of us completed the Women's Half Marathon in November, so it was fun to run as a group again. We ran about 1.5 miles down and then back and headed back to the condo to get ready to head into downtown Charleston for our mani/pedi appointment. When we arrived in downtown the Cooper River Bridge Run was still going on since it started a lot later than planned, so it was neat to see all of the runners finishing up their last stretch. Downtown was hopping which made things super fun! We found our nail place on King Street (Tips 2 Toes-highly recommend)  and they took us right up to their pedicure room. They spoiled us with wine, gave our toes some lovin, and then we headed back down to get our manis. I got my first ever gel nails manicure and I LOVED it! Polish has never lasted on my nails this long and my nails feel super strong- I'll definitely get one again!
@ Tips 2 Toes

We left the nail place, went to lunch at Leaf and then spent the rest of the afternoon shopping around. I was in bow tie and seersucker heaven :) We headed back to the condo around 3 or 4 and relaxed, showered, and got ready for our evening out.

Saturday Evening started with apps and wine, a fun game, and my lingerie shower! We watched the first half of the UK UL game and then we then headed back into downtown to eat dinner at Virginia's. We ate southern style food, including homemade pimento cheese- yumm- and then headed down to the rooftop bar at the Pavilion Hotel. I went here a few years ago and LOVED it, so I knew that's where I wanted to spend my evening. They have The. Best. Sweet Tea Martinis there and the environment is super fun- a very South Beach/Vegas feel. We scored a table and spent the rest of our night dancing, laughing and just having fun. We left there around 12:30 and went back to the condo where we sat on our patio and talked until 2:30 or so.
At the Pavilion Hotel Rooftop
Best ever sweet tea martinis
Before heading out for the night!

Sunday morning we woke up and headed down to the beach for our beach day. One of mine and Jane's pledge sisters lives 5 miles from the beach and came to spend a few hours with us while her newborn took her nap. It was great seeing her and catching up! We spent the morning sipping mimosas and soaking up some sun! The beach was CRAZY- like spring break style crazy, but it was definitely fun! Around 1,  we headed to Taco Boy for lunch and to the local beach shack shops for some shopping.
View from our balcony

Pledge Sisters!!
Mimosas on the beach :)

We went back to the beach afterwards where we laid until 6 or so (pure heaven) and then headed in to get ready for dinner. As we were getting ready we watched 27 Dresses ( a girls weekend must) and then headed out for dinner around 9. To our surprise, no place was serving food by then. Apparently the crazy day wiped several of the places out of most of their food so they closed their kitchens early. We finally found the Blu restaurant in the Tides Hotel. We ate tapas style food outside on their patio and just enjoyed dining right on the beach! Their bison short ribs cannolis were AMAZING!!!!!
My first college roomie and fellow bride to be :)

Smoke from the fire pit at restaurant :)

Monday- Em and Jane headed back to KY because they had to work on Tuesday. Mel, Ash, Jules, and I headed down to the beach after checking out of the condo. It was 90 and sunny (they broke a record for the heat) so we were definitely roasting. Jules left to head home to NC around noon and Ash, Mel and I went back over to Blu for lunch. We then went into town and found this cute vintage/consignment shop that is used to buy the clothes for the actresses in Army Wives-it's filmed in the area. I found the dress for our rehearsal dinner and the fascinator for my bridal tea for only $69 total! All of the girls in the wedding are going to wear fascinators for the tea. I'm super excited about this :)
Butterfly Consignment. Full of cute cute clothes!!

After our shopping adventure, we headed to check into our B & B, the Indigo Inn. I've never stayed at a B & B before so I was super excited! When we arrived, the courtyard was full of the 65+ crowd- LOVE! They were all so cute :) We took showers, went to the lobby for the evening wine and cheese, and then headed out for some sightseeing and dinner.

We dined at Poogan's Porch (Yum!) and then headed to the King Street Sports Bar to watch our Wildcats win the NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP! We found several UK fans on the streets and in the bar so it was definitely fun cheering on the Cats with fellow fans!
Cheering on the Big Blue Nation!
Tuesday morning we woke up and enjoyed the hotel's breakfast and then checked out and went down to the Battery/Rainbow Row area for some sightseeing. There were tons of houses for sale and being renovated so it was fun sneaking peaks at the multi-million dollars homes that I'd LOVE to own one day ( a girl can dream, right?!). I saw and snapped pictures of lots of cute flower boxes so I can try to re-create a little bit of Rainbow Row in my own backyard. Maybe, I'll luck out and have mine come out as cute as their's. Doubt it, but it's a fun thought :) Ha!
Yummy breakfast in our courtyard

Rainbow Row
Loving their back patio!!

Beautiful flower box!!

Around 12:30, we headed out and began the Looooong drive through the wind and rain back to KY. We made it back around 9:45 last night and I was super excited to see my lovely hubs to be's handsome face along with my 4-legged furry man.

I am just so blessed to have such wonderful friends who made my weekend so wonderful- and I missed those that couldn't make it. I couldn't have asked for a better weekend! If you're looking for a great girls getaway, I HIGHLY recommend the Charleston/Folly area. SO SO FUN!!!! And to my lovely wedding party, I love y'all so much-Thanks again for everything!!!

The Bride to Be


  1. What a great post- We love you too! It was so much fun, I can't wait to go again- Mel

  2. Oh my gosh, what a fun Bachelorette party! I love, love, love Charleston, and it looks like y'all had a blast! That sweet tea martini sounds heavenly!