It’s almost November! Where did October disappear to?! I haven’t been to a pumpkin patch yet, which means I haven’t carved a pumpkin! EEK! However, while the heat is going strong in SoCal, I was blessed to see the leaves turning and fall in full swing on the East Coast this past weekend. John and I attended a BEAUTIFUL wedding in Connecticut, and we made a long weekend of the occasion and spent a day on each end in New York City- Brooklyn to be exact! This wedding brought together my 4 best high school girlfriends, and our significant others! The whole weekend was a giant quadrupole date and it made me so joyous to see everyone united and in love.
When we arrived Thursday afternoon at JFK, we subwayed into Williamsburg, Brooklyn, dropped off our backpacks at my girlfriend’s apartment, and made our way straight into SOHO for dinner and drinks. First stop was at Gardenia for cocktails! This restaurant/ bar was located on Downing Street, and Downing is my future last name, so naturally I ordered a Downing cocktail! Next stop was at Gnocco for the most amazing family-style Italian dinner! We enjoyed wine, bread, pasta, pizza, THE WORKS! Before heading back, we stopped at one more bar in SOHO for one more drink and a little bit of dancing. After a long day of travel, we eventually were ready to get some shut-eye until the AM.
Friday morning, about noon, we were finally ready for a Brooklyn Brunch! This was a perfect fall day. The temps were in the high 60’s/ low 70’s with a crisp breeze! Not quite cold enough for a jacket, but perfect for this pullover bell-sleeve sweater and booties! I knew we would be taking the train, so this outfit was comfy and cozy, but my Rocksbox Kate Spade Earrings and orange Madewell tote added a hint of glam. I managed to pack for this whole trip without buying anything other than a dress to wear to the wedding! Everything else was straight out of my closet!
At brunch, we selected the sweetest French restaurant called Le Barricou where John and I split the french toast and the spinach and goat cheese croissant! After a mimosa and coffee, it was time to repack our bags and head to Grand Central Station to catch our train to Milford, Connecticut! We stayed at an Air BnB RIGHT on the water! After we had been feeling spendy on food and then not so spendy once it was spent, we decided that the 8 of us would grocery shop and cook together for the rest of our meals in Connecticut! I prepped John’s favorite meal I make, black bean/ butternut squash enchiladas with endless chips, guac, bean dip, and salsa! This was the night before the wedding, so we met up with the Bridal Party for a fun evening at Walrus + Carpenter in Black Rock.
Saturday was WEDDING DAY for my best friend from 7th grade, Michael and his gorgeous wife Taylor! We spent the morning enjoying our breakfast with a view in our Air BnB and half the day getting ready for the wedding. The ceremony was at Greenfield Hill Church in Fairfield and the reception was at the Bride’s family house in Black Rock! This wedding brought on all the feels! It was a perfect wedding for a perfect couple.
We had a late 9pm flight out of JFK on Sunday evening, so we made the most of our long, last day! We soaked up our last homemade breakfast and checked out of our house and took the train back to Brooklyn. After being on the yelp hunt for New York Pizza we ended up at Evil Olive Pizza Bar which was a speakeasy behind a pizza-by-the-slice tiny restaurant! We relaxed here for a couple hours before we made the trek back to the airport!
For being such a quick trip, we packed it full of so many memories. I cannot fully express into words how grateful I was to be reunited with this group of friends who mean so much to me. Through middle school, high school, college, and now marriage, these friends have been with me through it all. We can pick up where we left off, and our bond is just as strong as ever. I am incredibly blessed to be surrounded by these beautiful friends of mine. God put them and kept them in my life for a reason. These friends have shown me compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. They forgive me. Most importantly, they always love on me. We are united because of these godly characteristics that each one of them exudes. Friendship is the best kind of love!