An Enchanting Williamsburg Wedding

It’s hard to believe that last weekend’s getaway was our last trip before Baby Szed makes her appearance.  As of today, I’m 33 weeks and my belly is growing by the second.

As someone who has lived in Virginia for my whole life, you’d think that I would have visited Williamsburg a few times…  To tour one of the numerous historical homes, to visit one of the many museums, to ride a roller coaster at Busch Gardens, or to spend a long weekend at one of the quaint bed and breakfasts.  Sadly, I hardly remember our elementary class field trip to Williamsburg and a later trip to Busch Gardens.  The thing that stood out about both trips was the weather.  It was scorching hot, humid, and I couldn’t wait to get home.

Last weekend was the complete opposite.  It was beautiful, dreamy, enchanting, and whimsical.  It was easily one of the prettiest Virginia weekends that I can remember.  Saturday morning Ryan and I drove down to an area northeast of Williamsburg known as Gloucester, VA.  We were thrilled to have the opportunity to celebrate a good friend from high school’s wedding.

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between cracking jokes & watching Baby Szed move, the hours passed quickly

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the wedding ceremony & reception both took place at The Inn at Warner Hall

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the mature trees blowing in the wind made the ceremony feel intimate

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the bride looked stunning{!} – look at the detail on her dress

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they couldn’t take their eyes off of each other

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so.much.love

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the manor house was built in the 1640′s {read more history here}

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a fun way to remember the night – use a Polaroid camera & ask guests to write a caption

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the lanterns made the reception feel warm

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cocktails were served on the patio & the reception took place in a gorgeous white tent

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a picture perfect painted sunset

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Question:  Have you ever visited Williamsburg?

Question:  What’s your favorite dance song at weddings?

— Allison

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Foodie Paradise: Reading Terminal Market

First, thank you all for your supportive messages on yesterday’s post.  It’s a bummer that so many of y’all have also had frustrating moving experiences, but it’s encouraging to read about how you’ve made the best of the situation.  I’m really looking forward to painting this weekend – a few friends have offered to help so it’ll be one big painting party :)

We spent last night at my momma’s house again, but brought Charlie home with us this morning.  He’s very curious and seems a little nervous, but he is thoroughly enjoying sliding around the hardwood floors/stairs.

Last week I recapped our trip to Philly, but I left out the {delicious} pictures from Reading Terminal Market.  Reading Terminal Market is an enclosed public market on the bottom level of the Philadelphia Convention Center in Downtown Philly.

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The market is open daily and there are about 100 merchants that sell baked goods {the donuts are to.die.for}, unique cheeses, farm fresh produce, local meats and seafood, ethnic and specialty groceries, overstuffed hoagies and various platters, homemade ice cream, fresh flowers, kitchen ware, and an assortment of knickknacks.

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P.S.  Do yourself a favor, don’t skip the Pennsylvania Dutch merchants – all of their products look, smell, and taste amazing!  But FYI, apparently they’re not at the market Sunday through Tuesday so double check before you go.

Question:  Have you visited Reading Terminal Market?  Who’s your favorite merchant?

Question:  What’s your favorite donut flavor?  Is it donut or doughnut?  My favorites are classic vanilla frosted with sprinkles, cinnamon cake, and jelly filled with a little powdered sugar on top.  And I use donut and doughnut interchangeably.

— Allison

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100 Happy Days: Day 1 – Day 8

Read about why I’m doing the 100 Happy Days challenge here.  Sign up to participate yourself or join me – for just a day or the remainder of the challenge – the more the merrier.  Don’t forget to tag your pictures with #100happydays and #lifesabowlhappydays.  Stay connected with Life’s a Bowl on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.  Below each picture I copied the caption, minus the hashtags #obvi.

100 Happy Days Challenge Header Evidently Charlie made me happy a lot last week.  He’s been great company this summer, especially while Ryan has been away for work.  He’s such a charmer and cuddler ;)

Day 1

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I love that he loves laying on my baby belly ♥  Today marks day 1 of the 100 Happy Days challenge…  I thought it would be a fun way to countdown to Baby Szed’s due date.  Day 100 is November 13th.

Day 2

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So much to be happy about today.  Today marks 26 weeks pregnant!

Day 3

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Spent this past week in Philly!  I LOVE{d} having the opportunity to travel with my husband {Charlie too} on a business trip and spend the days touring.  Back to VA to start packing for our move next week!

Day 4

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What a WONDERFUL night!  Had a blast celebrating the newly engaged couple and seeing old friends!

Day 5

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I’m incredibly thankful for everything my husband does for me and our growing family.  He’s the hardest worker that I know, is extremely modest, puts the biggest smile on my face, still makes my heart flutter after 5 years, and is gonna be a great dad…  So much love ♥  And yes, he’s showing off my baby bump!

Day 6

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Be the person your dog thinks you are.  Give lots of kisses, seize the day, always be ready for adventure, stick by the ones you love, and love unconditionally.  Love my first baby, my fur baby

Day 7

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Listening to the pouring rain, culling on the couch, and catching up on the DVR.

Day 8

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Happy to have a rich blue sky today after yesterday’s downpours – it’s a beautiful day in Virginia.

Question:  What’s made you happy lately?

Question:  What’s the last good thing you’ve done to help someone else?

 

— Allison

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