Where has time gone? I feel like we JUST got back from this trip! The weekend of September 18th, six of us Georgia girls road tripped down to West Palm Beach for my girl Heather‘s bachelorette celebration, and it ended up being one of my favorite weekends of the summer. Heather decided on West Palm Beach when we found out that Luke Bryan, who went to our college (Georgia Southern University) and played at our college bars before he ever made it big, was playing at the Cruzan Amphitheatre down there that Saturday. We locked in the date six months in advance and had been counting down since early spring. Heather’s sister had never thrown a bachelorette party (and didn’t know where to start) and her two lifelong BFFs were both expected to pop out a baby right around that weekend and wouldn’t be able to go, so they passed the torch to me and I had the privilege of coordinating the festivities. I secured a town home in the heart of downtown, and even scored six VIP tickets to the concert through work – we were good to go! Until we weren’t. The condo I rented ended up having to be sold, the concert tickets we received were for the Sunday show (which we couldn’t go to), and a tropical storm decided to come through that week … but everything ended up working out perfectly anyway. I somehow managed to snag one of the few two-bedroom suites at the Residence Inn by Marriott in City Place, which was beautiful and exactly what we needed. We got in super late on Thursday and called it a night so we could wake up early Friday and enjoy the day. (Because Friday was Tiffani’s 29th birthday, too – a double reason to celebrate!)
Friday morning we kicked Heather, the bride, out of the room so we could decorate (we didn’t really kick her out – she had to go get her phone fixed anyway so it worked out). I brought lots of decorations and accessories, along with fun little goody bags for all of the girls, which we set up while she was out. We all headed to lunch at Mojito Latin Cuisine and Bar in City Place, then shopped around for a few hours. Once our wallets had all they could handle, back to the room we went to get ready for our first night out, and the girls opened their goodie bags (which had necessities for the weekend, including: pink sun glasses, flower headbands, flash tattoos, ponytail holders, Tylenol, mini liquor bottles, koozies, glow sticks, “Heather’s Drinking Crew” tumblers, band aids, and group tank tops that I made). Each of us also made a few pages to combine into one scrapbook that we gave to Heather. It was so fun seeing everyone through the years and learning how we all met our bride-to-be. Oh!! And I brought Jess and Brandi’s head on a stick since they couldn’t be there in person. They had a real good time, got a nice suntan, and drank a little too much :).
Two-and-a-half hours later, we were all dressed in black, the bride in white, and we were ready to paint the town red. Out we went: Dinner at City Cellar Wine Bar & Grill, drinks and live music at Blue Martini, [shoe change! … time for flip-flops], then dancing until 3:30 a.m. at Pawn Shop. Night #1 = success!
Saturday morning was a little rough, but thank goodness for sunshine! We threw on those pink sunnies, spent the afternoon at the beautiful beach, and enjoyed a late ocean-side lunch. An hour by the hotel pool and a pit stop at Starbucks and the candy shop gave us fuel for the evening’s festivities: the Luke Bryan concert! Well, that was the plan at least. We still didn’t have tickets, but we planned to get ready and go try to buy them off a scalper at the venue. Unfortunately we took too long to get ready and by then the concert had already started, so we just went out rocking our cowboy boots and group tanks anyway. The night consisted of dinner (and bull riding) at E.R. Bradley’s Saloon, followed by an open bar at Pawn Shop, champagne and bottle service at The Loft, bar-hopping our way down Celmatis Street as we checked off items from the Bachelorette Scavenger Hunt, and dancing at Monarchy and Pawn Shop ’til our thighs burned. And then stayed up for another two hours wall twerking, playing on Periscope, and making Heather “nae nae” all by herself …. don’t ask!
Sunday morning came all too soon and it was time to pack up and head out. Pit stop at a nearby New York-style deli for an enormous sandwich and we hit the road. It was such a fun, drama-free weekend celebrating a beautiful and deserving bride-to-be with four other amazing ladies. (And clearly, there’s no shortage of pictures to relive it all.) I can’t wait until the wedding so we can continue our dance parties and reunite! Jessie, Danielle, Tiffani and Rachel, you girls are so much fun and I just love y’all! Heather, pretty sure you’re going to be the most beautiful bride in the world <3.
TWO MORE WEEKS! #HeathersLastFlingWBP #TolmieWedding2015