We drove back to the house with mom and I riding in the back seat together. We were just giddy the whole way. Pulling into the garage, sister ran out to greet us. There was of course more jumping up and down at this point. She and I have basically been waiting for this day since we were just little girls playing dress-up and taking turns putting one of mom's old slips on our head like a veil and pretending to be a bride.
Inside were were greeted by another champagne celebration and more surprises! Seriously, it's been like my birthday and Christmas all rolled into one these past couple days. The sweet bag from my sister contained more wedding magazines and the pink package from my parents had THE BEST Erin Condren wedding planner with mine and T.J.'s name on the cover, plus tons of stickers and cool tabs and colorful markers which are basically love languages of mine.
The next morning sister and I, who got to have a sleepover all weekend, woke up and immediately started looking at my Pinterest wedding boards which I am now officially allowed to shamelessly pin to. We then headed downstairs for breakfast and then spent the rest of the lazy morning and afternoon finally enjoying some warm weather out on the patio and staring at my ring in the bright sunshine and forcing the boys to dye Easter eggs. We've been doing it for 20+ years and we're not about to stop now.
I was pretty sure we were heading into NYC, and I knew dinner was involved but even once we were in the car they wouldn't spill the beans. Instead we answered trivia about the restaurant- which actually confused me even more. When we couldn't guess, they finally divulged where we were headed, One If By Land, Two If By Sea. It was once Aaron Burr's carriage house, which we learned during the trivia challenge, and it is such a romantic restaurant. Clustered chandeliers, brick walls, arched windows, uneven hard wood floors, tons of candlelight. Evidently it's also haunted, possibly by Aaron Burr himself, but regardless, it was beautiful!
Sadly I had to change back into real clothes and then drop off my sister, her boyfriend, and my fiance at the airport before heading to the train station which was the only downside to a perfect weekend!
(P.S. I borrowed some of these pictures from my mom's blog. She's been posting all about the weekend on her blog as well!)