Monday, December 9, 2013

A Bear Wedding and other fab things going on

A lot's happened since my last post over a week ago. Sorry about that. Since my last post I had a birthday (31-eek), Thanksgiving (which was the same day as my b-day), my double cousins wedding (yippeee!) and a good friends baby shower :) So you can see why I wasn't able to post in a timely manner!

First up, my birthday/Thanksgiving. We were leaving the next day for the Bear Wedding (explanation to follow) so we didn't do much. I woke up and did a Turkey Trot which was fun. Here I am wearing the crown that my friend made me - and yes if you;re wondering, I wore it for the entire run and it didn't fall off once. I essentially forgot about it until people were shouting "happy birthday" the whole race and I was like, who are they talking to? Oh right, me!

I then promptly destroyed the effects of the Turkey Trot by eating my defense it was
 a) my birthday and b) the only place open on Thanksgiving. It was worth every greasy bite :)

We had a small low key dinner which I capped off with a Delicious piece of chocolate silk pie. Pie is so freaking good...I think it often gets overshadowed by cake, but it's got it's own excellent qualities. Yumm-mmy. 

Good thing I ate a lot because the next few days at the Bear Wedding were going to be super healthy (insert laughter here). 

Why do I call my cousins wedding the Bear Wedding? Well, because Lauren and Patrick (aka Paddy Bear) call each other (and everything in their lives) Bear-something. 

Exhibit A:

"Hey Bear, have you seen my Bear ____" 

"Yea Bear, it's right here in my Bear Bag" 

"I love you Bear-y Much" ... and so on and so forth.  

You see? So we called it the Bear Wedding. And they were 2 happy, happy Bears :) 

(I apologize for my slightly crappy iPhone photos, but honestly I was having SO much fun at this wedding that I had to remind myself to keep taking photos.)

So my cousin looked absolutely gorgeous, and her dress was amazing!

Here we are on the party bus before the wedding. Our red dresses were perfect for a holiday wedding! 

Love this photo. We Andolinos are classy. But seriously - look at her dress! That lace...that belt! 

The bridal party was taken care of with our own private room stocked with champagne and food. Nobody likes a hungry bridal party.

Laur did a great job with the decor and flowers at the wedding. I loved all the red!

The place cards looked great and I loved this crystal tree.

The room was stunning with amazing chandeliers hanging from the draped ceiling.

The flower arrangements were gorgeous - I loved the red berries.

They had a champagne based signature cocktail called The Bubbly Bear (of course). I could have had 10 of these...maybe I did.. but who was counting.

The cake was simple and beautiful and of course there were bear cake toppers. Obv. As I mentioned in my Cake Toppers post last month, creative cake toppers are all the rage these days.

Mr. Fo and I had a fabulous time and danced the night away to their awesome band!

The party favors were mini bottles of champagne (the Bears fave) with cute custom favor tags. We may have taken home 3. And they may have been taken home by my mom who put them in her carry-on bag...and well you know the rest. Some airport workers had a good old time with these wedding favors after we passed through security!

Besides the Bear toppers, the cutest things were these York Peppermint Patties in the hotel welcome bags - the grooms name is Patrick (Paddy Bear) York. York peppermint patties? Get it? Plus, I love York peppermint patties. Minty-chocolatey fresh.

Here I am with the two happy Yorks! 

Didn't that look like so much fun? It was! Congrats to the Bears - love you! 

Another congratulations is in order for my friends Leighton and Quentin and their Big Apple baby. Leight and Q are due in February with their first baby and he or she is bound to be beautiful and sophisticated since he or she will be born in NYC where they live. Plus Leight & Q are both beautiful and sophisticated so the babe has no choice but to be fabulous no matter where he/she lives :)

Here's some photos of their baby shower which was actually a fantastic cocktail party (in true NYC fashion!)!

I had some Big Apple cupcakes made from

Hillary and I took holiday portraits by the tree:

Proud Daddy Q holding up a funny onesie  (you know you laugh at that commercial):

Here's the happy expecting couple :) Love them.

And our best buds from high school (missing a few ladies here) these girls and excited to add another little one to the mix! 

If all those happy occasions didn't make you smile then you have a stone heart. But I'm giving you one more chance to smile with a picture of my precious little love, my niece Brookie at her ballet recital. 

I mean COME ON - even the Grinch and Scrooge would smile at that little sweetie pie 
rockin' her pink tutu!! If you didn't're getting coal in your stocking.

To babies, turkey trots, weddings and Christmas trees... have a great week! 


  1. Wow, You’ve been one busy girl! Your cousin and her new hubs sound adorable together - and she was definitely a beautiful bride. And there was no way I could see the last picture of your niece without a smile...she’s so cute!

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