A Bachelorette Weekend

Next weekend myself & a few of my besties are going away for my Bachelorette Party Weekend ~ Hot Spot ~ Newport, Rhode Island.

This lovely little town has a special place in my heart. I turned the BIG 30! there {a few years back} and I just fell in love with this quaint seaside town with shopping, great restaurants & a strip of bars down America’s Cup Avenue.

I’ve always said that Newport offers a quick getaway for a couple to enjoy a romantic weekend, couples to enjoy some great food & fun on scooters or even a group of girls for some bonding time. You can make this town whatever you really want it to be, which is why it was a no-brainer when picking the location for my Bachelorette Party. Plus who can say “ROAD TRIP”.

My favorite type of hotels are Boutique Hotels ~ So when doing the research on booking our hotel I came across this incredible lovely, chic & modern hotel called Forty 1 North, located in the heart of it all, on the water & with easy access to all of our Bachelorette Party needs {booze, great food, shopping & sights}.

Here are a few shots of the hotel

It also has a really awesome bar outdoors {and hopefully next weekend will be warm enough to enjoy}

When booking the rooms I needed to find something that was very conducive to our type of weekend ~ I was thrilled to hear that the two Suites that are above their main restaurant {and best for groups/couples} were available. So we were able to book them both & we have the entire floor of the building.

Easterly Suite

Westerly Suite

The beauty of these two suites is they join together & it feels like one big party room

Yes indeed I’ve done most of the planning, but I’ve given the job of picking our Special Saturday Night dinner up to my dear bridesmaid Kristina. I knew I could count on her to pick a wonderful place & make the reservations. Plus I told her not to tell me which place she picked ~ But not before I gave her a few recommendations based on places I’ve already eaten at or wanted to try.

The two places I recommended {but still don’t know which one we will be enjoying} were the following:

22 Bowen’s

Fluke Wine Bar

They all offer amazing cuisine, great location & a good vibe for our big dinner. True there will only be 6 of us attending but it will be spectacular nonetheless.

We also plan on doing a few sight seeing & possible mansion tours while we are there.

And nothing says Newport like the Cliff Walks

So needless to say I’m really excited to spend a great weekend with 5 of my bestest of friends. Laughing, taking it all in & celebrating my up & coming nuptials to the love of my life.

Life is Good

Bridal Shower Bliss

This past weekend I celebrated with some of my closest friends & family my Bridal Shower. For some of you that know me on a personal level, the majority of the plans had to be done by me. As a planner it runs in my veins & it’s very hard to give up total control. There were a few elements of surprise done by my Mom & my Wedding Party {which were wonderful}, so I still had few things to look forward to.

I picked Mitch & Toni’s American Bistro in Albertson {Long Island} because my parents & I always eat there since it’s very close to where my parents reside ~ Their food & service is always incredible. So we said what better spot to have this special event than at our local eatery!

As always I like to do a little Instagramming! {lauravowweddings}

I absolutely adored my centerpieces done by Santos Floral Designs {and my go to floral designer for everything. They matched the invitations & the DYI seating chart & table numbers I did. {*project advice ~ scan your shower invitation, use Paint or Photoshop software to white out invitation wording & use for your needs. It’s an easy way to coordinate everything together}

We had the place to ourselves so it really felt special. One of my best friends Keara {who also does professional photography on the side ~ KPrints Photography} was kind enough to shoot pictures of the event & details for me. So here is a small glimpse into this wonderful day. I wanted a really intimate vibe & so we didn’t have a lot of people. It was really small & I was able to really focus on everyone & be relaxed & have a great time.

My Bridal Party arranged for a few games which engaged the small crowd & brought out many laughs. It was perfect & I couldn’t thank all those that attended enough. Everyone made this day everything I dreamed it would be. I feel utterly blessed & blissful & I wouldn’t have changed a single thing.

These were the initial images Keara prepared for me to give me a little peak {I will post the other images once she’s done editing}

{credits: flowers~ santos floral designs, venue ~ mitch & toni’s, photo ~ kprints photography, invitations ~ wedding paper divas, DIY projects ~ seating chart & table numbers by Bride, favors ~ homemade by mother of the bride}

I would like to thank my dear friend Keara for taking these beautiful shots & looking forward to seeing the rest of them.

Next up…The Bachelorette Party Weekend in Newport ~ Rhode Island…

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