Two weeks ago, we took off on the trip of a lifetime. We spent 10 days eating, exploring, and taking pictures up and down the east coast. My younger brother got married in Charlotte, North Carolina, and then A and I decided to extend the trip and celebrating our five year wedding anniversary a month early.
As I way of documenting our own trip as well as giving you any food/lodging/trip recommendations you may be interested in, I will be sharing each segment of our trip over the next couple of weeks. Also, let me just preface these posts with this disclaimer: we love food. We love trying new things, visiting local restaurants, going out of our way to eat at that obscure place that has great reviews on Yelp (which, by the way, Yelp was basically the greatest tool on our trip!). All of that to say, we tried plenty of amazing places and if you’re ever on the east coast, you have to try out some of these places!
We took the red eye flight from Denver to Charlotte, landing around 6am the Thursday morning before the wedding. Naturally, after a quick nap and shower, we headed straight to Waffle House, which seriously has the best (and cheapest) breakfasts around. And a southern staple.
Seriously, getting a picture where both of my parents are looking at the camera is harder than photography children…
Let me introduce you to my brother, the groom ;) oh man, he’s one of my most favorite people, partially because he’d put this on his head and let me take a picture of it.
Thursday night we gathered as an (almost full) family and had dinner at Sonny’s BBQ. It was decent food but what it the most memorable was all of the beautiful faces around the table. Growing up, our family was (and still is) spread out all across the United States and for the longest time our immediate family was the only family we had in California. Having experienced that makes these quick visits seeing everyone so much sweeter.
Friday we had the wedding rehearsal, got our nails done with all of the girls, and then had the rehearsal dinner at Cantina 1511. Again, the food was pretty good and I would definitely eat there again, but it was the many faces around the table that made the evening so perfectly wonderful.
And finally, wedding day. They got married at Alexander Homestead and it was the most gorgeous fall venue…oh, all the heart eyes and emotions!
For the money dance, my older brother Jon decided he’d rather dance with Chris and it was the most hilarious and goofy moment. My family is absolutely ridiculous, loud, and insane. And I loved every moment we got to spend with family, memories I will cherish for years to come.
// What is your favorite family memory to date? Or do you have any big family vacations or meet ups scheduled anytime soon?