In just a few short weeks I get to stand by my best friend’s side as her matron of honor! I am so excited and so honored to be part of her day.
We celebrated her last weekend in Manchester, Vermont. It’s the cutest town and home to outlet shopping and local restaurants. We spent the weekend in the most amazing and modern Airbnb (check it out here) that I have ever stayed in (and I’ve stayed in my fair share of homes). We were in the middle of the mountains surrounded by nothing but nature.
We drove up Friday night and surprised (soon-to-be) Mrs. T with a sweet confetti welcome. She did not know any details about the weekend other than what to pack. We first gave her a 20 minute tour of the house and property (yes 20 minutes- it was that big) and then spent the rest of the night cozied up on the massive 15 person couch. For the record, there were only 5 of us. We cooked up tacos, drank Coronas, pulled animal spirit cards, and opened our welcome bags. Everyone was gifted a burlap bag filled with a Vermont t-shirt, a velvet scrunchy, a metal straw, and a mason jar. T was also gifted a Kate Spade gold bangle inscribed with “heart of gold” and a vintage ring box. It was the perfect start to the weekend.
Saturday morning we made and drank of a lot of coffee (#addicts) as well as some bubbly mimosas. Our friend, A, cooked up eggs and bacon and our other friend, M, stirred some veggies. By the time breakfast was served, M made sure we all knew the meal would not have been as delicious without her delicate stirring.
We soon packed up and headed to Emerald Lake. After a quick stop at a local deli for some homemade grinders, we arrived at this beautiful state park complete with the picnic tables and hiking trails. The weather was perfect and it felt so good to soak up the sun. Lots of laughs later, we headed back to the house.
Saturday night we got dressed up and ready for dinner out. I had told T to bring a yellow floral dress for this event and I told the rest of the ladies to bring an all white outfit. I wanted to have a slight play on the traditional bride in white and girls in color. I loved the look of the reverse! T loves color, so it felt appropriate that she was the one who stood out.
We dined at Union Underground, a local spot in Manchester. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was super cool – it had a modern, rustic, hipster, farm vibe. For dessert we threw T an ice cream (her absolute favorite) party! Oreos, sprinkles, cherries, whipped cream, caramel, hot fudge – you name it, we had it. And we ate it. We stayed up late into the night playing games and talking about horoscopes. I wouldn’t have changed a thing.
Sunday morning, we all were off to a slow start, but by the afternoon we were on our way to Mount Snow for their brewer’s festival. We brought lawn chairs, blankets, and snacks and setup a little area for us. Live music was playing all day and over 50 breweries were on the base for beer and cider tasting. Later in the afternoon, we took the chairlift up to the top to check out the breathtaking views.
Back at home, we ordered in Thai food and spent the evening hanging out. Our friend, K, came up to join us; someone we didn’t think we would get to see that weekend. We, especially T, were all excited to spend time catching up with her.
The weekend came to an end on Monday morning when it was time to check out. Thank you to all my friends who helped make the weekend so special for T. And thank you to Vermont for always being home to the best of memories.
Here’s some iPhone pictures from the weekend: