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My Bridal Shower in Photos

Since I really couldn’t vlog my perfect bridal shower, I wanted to share a few favorite photos I gathered from people!

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Can you tell I love donuts?  My mom surprised me with donuts as a dessert and my bestie & bridesmaid Julia took these hilarious photos.

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My brother’s girlfriend Courtney borrowed this chalkboard from work and served as the day’s event planner with my mom– they did such an amazing job!  Speaking of amazing, look at this guy with that bouquet!

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My MOH Amanda granted my wish of a flower crown!  My dress, which you can see in this photo with my beloved Nonna, is from Free People.

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My beautiful bridesmaids!  I have my lifelong friend Chelsea, bestie Julia, future-sister-in-law Caitlin, and cousins Amanda, Christina, and Daniella by my side.

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My immediate family, and the girl cousins (the “pretty babies,” as much uncle calls us)!

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A few favorite from instagram!  Clockwise: my hometown friends, soon-to-be sister, future husband, and moms!

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With Julia, who I’ll be a bridesmaid for a year from my shower; with Amanda, who I’ll be MOH for next month; and with Tara, whose wedding was the first Matt & I went to together!

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And one last shot of the flowers!  Big thanks to my aunt for taking so many of these photos.  Fun fact: I was in my aunt’s wedding maybe 20 years ago?  Her daughters are my junior bridesmaids!

143 days to go til we’re #lyontheknot!

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Au revoir, August

The summer’s been so busy.  Talking to my friends last weekend, it seems like we all experienced that.  I can’t say I’m happy that the summer is gone in the blink of an eye, but I’m so looking forward to September, October, November, and December.  The end of the year is going to be busy, but I’m so excited to get to 2018, when we’ll be tying the knot!  So, I won’t miss you, August… but here’s some of my favorite moments.

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[1] Bliss beach days were rare this summer [2] DoubleChin donut pop-up! [3] Loving my Uniqlo x Nintendo tees [4] and exploring neighborhoods for brunches with friends [5] taste testing these Mythical Polar seltzers! [6] adding this adorable air plant to my collection! [7] the Littleburg vegan pop-up [8] savoring summer nights [9] and hydrangeas!

Littleburg Pop-Up

If you know me, you’ll know I love a good food pop-up.  If you know my fiancé, you’ll know that he will not eat at restaurants labelled “vegan.”  This weekend might have changed his mind, though!

Matt’s coworker’s boyfriend is a talented chef who hosted a pop-up at The Local Fare in Arlington this past weekend.  Littleburg Vegetable Kitchen offered veggie burgers, two sides, and two desserts.  We ordered everything and regret nothing.

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They coursed the meal out for us and we started with the summer vegetable salad of heirloom beans, almond dressing, polenta chips, and herbs.  Man, this was so good!  It had such a satisfying crunch and fresh taste.  Along with that we had the broccolini in a blanket with cashew ricotta and spicy tomato sauce.  This was like a broccoli quesadilla and I was so impressed by the “cheese.”  It felt like I was eating dairy, which obviously I loved!  This was actually my favorite thing I ate, I think.  Matt ate the sauce straight out of the container after we were done with the broccolini in a blanket, so that’s saying something.

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We then split the veggie burger.  I’ve never seen Matt eat a veggie burger, let alone enjoy one this much!  The spices gave it a bit of an Indian taste, and the vegetable toppings were super fresh.  I might have been obsessed with the thick slice of tomato.

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Finally, we had two amazing desserts that blew my mind.  How were these vegan?!  There was the chocolate mousse and Kimball Farm blueberries with shortcake and whipped cream.  Usually, I’m not one to eat dessert without chocolate but I may have actually liked this blueberry dish better?  Honestly, I can’t tell.  I loved them so much and I would never have known these were vegan.

This is 100% a meal I need to repeat.  I’ll be on the lookout for more Littleburg pop-ups, as this was his first, and you should be too!