It's so flipping gorgeous and so flipping close, I jump at any reason to go out there. The reason for my most recent visit was to attend the wedding of Jon's friend from high school Mark and his now-wife Kelly. In the past year plus that I've been with Jon, I've had the privilege of getting to know this great couple, and I was super pumped to share in their special day! The weather was pretty darn perfect, the setting was beyond idyllic, and the whole weekend with Jon's closest buddies was a total blast!
Also, there was cheese. And wine. SO glad to have them back in my life.
Now for the pictures!
On Friday morning Jon and I had breakfast egg bowls at Crosswalk Cafe, and they were quite tasty! Afterwards Mark joined us to check out my parents' land they plan to build on/retire out on in a few years. I told Mark I was honored he decided to spend his last day as a bachelor looking at my parents' land.
^ I absolutely love this picture. In my mind, Jon's giving Mark some thoughtful, encouraging advice for his big day. Something like, "Just remember to breathe, and savor every second of the day. If you feel nervous at all, just look at Kelly, and the light in her eyes will totally calm you."
In reality the conversation was probably more along the lines of, "So what are the odds of the Astros, Angels, and Rangers getting into a 3-way wild card tie?" "I don't know man, but we better get out of here before Kim sees that snake and loses consciousness."
Jon and I had some time to kill before the rehearsal dinner and before everyone else arrived, so we sat outside in the beautiful weather and messed up some wine and cheese.
Correction: I messed up some wine and cheese while Jon shined his shoes.
The rehearsal and rehearsal dinner were held at Gruene River Grill, and we had such a fun time!
^ That's Jon's buddy Blake, throwing up the peace sign. Some might say he's a photo-bomber, but I'd say he's a photo-enhancer.
The next day while the groomsmen were off doing groomsen-ly things, I took a little trip to the New Braunfels Farmers Market with Katie and Shannon, two awesome ladies whose hubbies were also in the bridal party (bridal party? grooms party? men of the night's watch?).
(I promise to never ever ever crack another Game of Thrones joke in this blog.)
(...I can't make that promise.)
While we were there I lost my mind over some incredible-smelling Funderkandles.
Then we stopped in at an adorable bakery, but I only ordered a water because I was still scared to eat pastries in my post-Whole30 life.
(even though I'd basically eaten an entire wheel of cheese the previous day? #help.)
We meandered a bit around New Braunfels and had a delicious light lunch at my favorite cozy little spot there, Huisache Grill, followed by a trip to the pumpkin patch!
Just kidding, those are HEB pumpkins. Are there even pumpkin patches in Texas? Do tell! (because apparently I can't just Google it).
After our adventurous morning and afternoon, it was the moment we'd all been waiting for - wedding time!
The wedding was held at Boulder Springs, which is quite possibly the most beautiful venue ever, and I defy Pinterest to convince me otherwise. The food was great, the bride (who, no big deal, HAD TO HAVE HER APPENDIX REMOVED a mere five days prior) looked absolutely gorgeous, and I even convinced Jon to cut a rug with me for a bit!
It was a whirlwind of a weekend, but an unforgettable one filled with lots of laughter and love! (and wine.) True to form, we're going back next month for Wurstfest, so there will be more wonderful New Braunfels memories and stories to come!
^ My only regret? Not putting that taco hat on my head.