Jensen Beach

MDW

I’ve been distant recently, I know. I’m sorry. But I’ve just been super busy. The good kind of busy! I’ve been spending some seriously quality time with my favorite people: Deeply discussing jukebox music and fighting to the death in darts, pool and shuffle board with my favorite boys while going drink for drink. Learning how to surf with my best girl and her beau.

I’ve been so stoked about my surfing lessons and wanted to do a little sharing/bragging. This Memorial Day, I had my second surf lesson and spent the day of remembrance playing in the waves between tropical storm bands.

 

There’s a peace I get from the beach that I get no where else. There’s a happiness I get from my family of friends that I can find in no others. It’s truly magic when the two come together. ♥

Wedding Day!!!

Today was AMAZING! Shannon walked down the aisle at 11:30am and since noon we’ve been partying our butts off!

It was so amazing watching my little sister, looking absolutely breath-taking, walk down to the shore where her husband-to-be waited, both with tears in their eyes. We walked down the aisle to Train’s song “Marry Me” and exited to Queen’s “You’re My Best Friend”. It was very emotional.

As part of the ceremony, each person in attendance said a prayer or projectedpositive energy into a river stone and then we all threw they in the water for the Bride and Groom. It’s an ancient Gaelic tradition, usually incorporated in wrist-binding ceremonies. (Hey, we ARE Irish.)

About half of our family from Long Island were able to make it down for the celebration and we are one family that knows just how to drink and party! We were dancin’ fools out there all day! I think I’ve burned more calories today than I have all year.

Shannon shared her first dance with her new husband to Reba McIntyre’s “I’ll Be There” and her Daddy Daughter dance was to Tim McGraw’s “My Little Girl”. (I’m not a fan of country music usually, but these songs both just made me bawl my eyes out!) I had to make a special request for The Four Season’s song “Who Loves You” so all three of us could dance with our Dad. He always says “Who loves you?” and he is, in deed, always there to make things right. (Now I’m crying…) He’s such an amazing man who has always done right by my Mom and his three girls. I can’t even begin to explain everything our Dad has done and continues to do for all of us. He is so loved.

One of my closest friends, Sean, bartended for the day and did a fabulous job. In fact, my family loves him now! I’m glad his wife and baby girl were willing to spare their Daddy for the afternoon AND Sean recently found out that he and his wife are expecting their second child! Wooo Hooo!!!! Congratulations Sean, Jessica and Little Lily! So happy for your growing family.

I could go on and on about just how wonderful today and this entire weekend has been, but a picture says a thousand words, so take a look for yourself at just how amazing it was. (PS: I made all the starfish hairclips you’ll see)

Congratulations Shannon and Artie. I love you both! Enjoy Mexico! Ole!

Bridesmaid and Groomsman
Maid of Honor & Best Man.
You can see she’s trying not to cry yet.
I pretty much cried the entire time.
So beautiful!
♥ Mr. & Mrs. ♥
Just as the ceremony was ending…
♥ My Family ♥
“Who loves you pretty baby? Who’s always there to make it right”
“Daddy.”
Their cake was DELICIOUS! Butterrum (Blue) and Lemon (Yellow). Mmmmm…
I can’t remember the last time I had that great of a day!
I HAD to snap this one!
There’s always time for a family pic while shakin’ your ass on the floor!
Such a happy bride!
I don’t know what the heck we were dancing to here… but we look on point for sure!
Bartenders! My Best Friends!
I had to change after we took our pics down playing in the water.
So adorable!
(may they live) happily ever after.

Wedding Rehearsal

Today, the three of us headed over to the alterations shop to pick-up and learn how to do Shannon’s bussle. This dress should have been ready weeks ago… I’m not getting into it. Anyway, I woke up… feeling the affects of the night before… and rushed over to the shop with Shannon and Sarah. After the tutorial, I rushed out of there because I still needed to pack for the weekend away and get ready for the rehearsal, which I was told was 3:00pm… it was 1:45pm… and it takes 30mins to drive from my house to the place… I was freaking out.

I’m rushing there and trying to get in contact with just about everyone in my immediate family; sisters don’t answer… I’m panicing… Dad finally answers and he’son his way, so at least I know I’m the only late one. Casey and I arrive and there’s nobody there… check-in was at 3:00pm… the rehearsal was whenever… I was like “WHAAAAT!?” I just rushed like a crazy person to get as much packed and get ready and be as on time as possible while everyone else takes their time and nobody told me each time I freaked out about needed to hurry up… whatever… the cottages were adorable! I’ve mentioned if before but it bares repeating. This weekend wedding retreat was being held at The River Palm Cottages of Jensen Beach.

Between the family members that our side had staying and Shannon’s husband-to-be’s family had staying, we took up half of the compound. I feel bad for anyone who was unaffiliated with the wedding who booked their lovely vacation this weekend, because we owned that sh*t.

Eventually we got around to doing the rehearsal and Casey snapped these pics of me and my sisters. ♥

It wasn’t too long into the gathering of our two families that the short-tempered, protective, domineering bitch with a low bullsh*t tolerance of this family: Me, stepped into the arena with the ego-inflated, attention-seeking, nervy-ass bitch of his family… it got tense several times… yeah. Casey got the most incredible series of photos where my face goes from mildly annoyed to full-blown pissed and even captured the moment right before I lost my sh*t for a second. It’s perfect. …and this woman was insane. She insisted on having a cake for her grown-as daughter’s birthday tonight, the night of Shannon’s wedding festivities and the girl’s birthday isn’t even today!!!! Shannon ok’ed this but it is so ef’ing tacky… I mean… really? Come-the-f*ck-on… The smell of desperation is a pungent oder and those desperate for attention smell the worst!

Once the rehearsal was over, everyone spent the rest of the evening settleing in and straight up partying! It is so awesome seeing some of my New York family down here. I love them all so much!

I snapped this pic of Casey looking relaxed and sexy as he partied with my clan. Thank God for this man. Without him running all over the place, we wouldn’t be able to do this. He is so good to my family! It should also be noted that Sarah’s guy is proving himself to be quite helpful too!

Tonight we made our bouquets and the guys boutonnieres and they are so beautiful. I totally get my crafty DYI genes from my Mother. She is incredible.

I just wrote myself a little outline for my toast tomorrow… I know I’m going to cry. I can’t believe that in a few hours, my little sister will be a married woman. [When I was about 11, I had a dream, that I told my Mom about and my Mom remembers, about my future wedding. In it, I dreamed that Shannon’s children were participants in my wedding… Maybe it will prove itself to be true.]

Oh God! Must Sleep!

San Sare to Murder

Today the “Fanfare…” gang got back together for a performance in Jensen Beach. This was the first time in a long time the whole alumni cast was there; it was also the last time.

The group who was hosting us tonight had posters up around the building that billed the show as “San Sare to Murder.”… we all got a kick out of it.

We were also hanging out in the hallway with the bathrooms, so during breaks, we had to go outside to avoid out of character conversation with audience members coming to use the bathrooms… theatre on the road…


We did take some cute pictures out on the dock though.



The show was not without its mistakes or crazy moments. In fact it was pretty crazy. But with the real cast there, it’s almost more fun when you get the chance to improv a little while figuring out how to get on track. It’s quite the adrenaline rush!

After the show, we all had dinner at the Jensen Beach Chilis.

My last show will be tomorrow, and Nicki wont be there because it’s her birthday weekend. It was a good run guys. I had a lot of fun with all of you!

-After reviewing this post, I realized: we sure are a group that enjoys thumbs-up”