Happy Tuesday! If you follow my little journey on instagram (@emhi10s), it is no secret that this has been a whirlwind of a fall for me. Two weekends ago, I finished off wedding season with a bang, by traveling to Austin, TX for my friend Sara’s wedding. Sara and I met in first communion (4th grade) and have been great friends ever since. Growing up, we were often mistaken for one another because we looked alike, and our nickname for one another has always been “twinnie”.
Yep. 6th grade. #dembangsdoe
I flew to Austin on Thursday, only to have the most random encounter ever…running into my Ph.D advisor on her layover to Indonesia! She flies all the time, so we revised a paper and drank wine together in the Delta Sky Lounge…talk about livin’ the life! It was so refreshing to see her. You forget how much your respect and rely on your mentors for advice until you are thrown out into the universe!
Once on the plane, the work continued. Gone are the days of catching up on celebrity gossip from trashy magazines while flying! I spent my flight prepping for class the next week, as I knew it would be a full weekend. To the person who reclined their seat so I could barely fit my laptop on the tray, I hope karma gets you! #tallgirlprobz
My parents also flew in Thursday night, so I met up with them after getting a quick dinner with Sara and her mom and we headed to the hotel for some shut-eye, as we had a full weekend ahead! Friday my mom and I went shopping and poked around downtown Austin, which I’ll recap tomorrow. Friday night we had the rehearsal dinner for the bridal party and families near downtown and we all had a great time getting to know one another.
Sara and her now husband, Miguel, decided upon a brunch wedding that would take place late morning, with the reception in the early afternoon. We then could all go back, recoup, and all meet up later and enjoy the Austin nightlife!
So 6 am, bright and early Saturday morning it was wedding day! We all got ready together and made it to the beautiful Barr Mansion, where the wedding and reception were, by the skin of our teeth!
The wedding was held outside the mansion under this old, beautiful tree with a lot of greenery around. It was so peaceful and a gorgeous venue. While putting the finishing touches before the wedding, we had fun creeping on all the arriving guests and Sara and Miguel’s first-look before the wedding. Before we knew it, it was show time!
The ceremony was beautiful and the reception was right next door! Sadly, I left my phone in the mansion for the majority of the day so I don’t have a lot of pictures from the reception! However, I did manage to get a few gems and eat some damn good carrot cake. Probably the best carrot cake I’ve ever had in my life
I also loved that my close group of friends from high school– the fab five– were able to all be there. So far, we have all been in attendance for the 3 weddings that have occured! I may be biased, but I just am so damn proud of all of us…4 out of the 5 of us have doctorate degrees. PhDs, Physical Therapist, Pharmacist…you name it. And Sara, the bride, is a city official for a hugely expanding city in Texas. OK, brag over. I love them and I am so thrilled we have stayed friends for so long.
A huge congrats again to my dear friends, Sara and Miguel, on your marriage. Thanks for inviting me to be part of your day, I couldn’t have been more honored.
And tomorrow, I’ll be posting about some of the awesome eats and drinks around Austin!