As time goes by and another blissfully happy couple of friends decide to get hitched, I’m reminded of my own celebratory nuptials just last year. I’m also reminded of the wonderful whirlwind that is getting married, from the engagement, to the wedding – really all the way up to that very first Anniversary marker.
It’s the perfect time to reminisce. I think back on the thrills and excitement, the planning and Pinteresting (endless and yet exhilarating), the small family squabbles and the incredible toasts and speeches. We had ourselves a few laughs, a few tears, and a very pissed off sister in-law – thanks to an bold and brazen speech, fearlessly delivered by my brother in-law –
which was of course, classic.
These fixings are the key ingredients that combine to make a perfectly delicious, truly unforgettable day.
With the weather just starting to temper and the anticipatory buzz of the holidays brewing, I’ve found October to be a popular month for tying the knot. As my very own first anniversary awaits, I’ve started brainstorming ideas to appropriately celebrate and commence one year of merrily wedded-bliss. One of which (wearing my dress for the day, make-up free and hair undone) you see pictured above.
For all of my fellow October brides, here are a few things to do with your one and only – and though they may require minimal Pinteresting (admit it – you were looking for an excuse), there are no giant binders or “to-do” novels needed (ahem, I’m talking to you Hailey Barker).
Oh – and it’s not surprising that most of these festivities are centered around sharing food + drink, because after all, what else is love really ALL about?!!
1. Backyard Dinner for Two
2. Park, Woodsy, or Beachside Picnic
3. Outdoor Cinema Celebration
Our Favorite is Street Food Cinema in Los Angeles, California
4. A Brewery or Winery Weekender
L′ Auberge du Soleil, Napa, California
Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur, California
Spanish Garden Inn, Santa Barbara, Califorina
5. A Concert with Cocktails
Blind Lady Alehouse, San Diego, California – great beers + good eats for a pre-Viejas Arena gig
Bourbon and Branch in San Francisco, California has prohibition style classic cocktails – you need a password to enter – so you know it’s legit
The Bowery in Los Angeles, California is a great pre-show dinner spot
6. A Pumpkin Patch + Hayride with your Honey
Oak Glen, San Bernardino, California
Date Night from The Yes Girls Events
Bates Nut Farm, San Diego, California
7. Explore a New Eatery
Farm to Table Style at Cucina Enoteca in Del Mar, California
Brunch done right at Solace & The Moonlight Lounge, Encinitas, California
Chilled brews and stellar pretzel bites at Biergarden, Encinitas, California
I love a good succulent wall…Local Tap House, Oceanside, California
8. Wedding Day Redux (with full garb, games, drinks, and a lot less stress of course…)
**This is the ultimate way to relive the magic of your wedding day in the comfort of your own home – just the two of you! Thumb through some photos, watch your wedding video, and toast to your first year down! Here’s to many more!
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