A Surprise Wedding!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Yup, you read that right! We headed to Atlanta this weekend to celebrate two of our closest friend's engagement and while we thought we were walking into the nicest engagement party we've ever been to, we were pleasantly surprised to actually be attending their wedding reception!! Eeeek. So excited but we'll get to that in just a minute. 

We got to Atlanta Friday night and headed straight to our favorite Mexican restaurant, and the homemade tortilla machine, Texas margaritas and all of the chips and salsa did not disappoint. My sister in law joined us last minute and then we ended up staying up late laughing and talking with her and my brother in law. Thank goodness they only live .25 miles from Rio Bravo. 

We woke up super early (early for me) to try to get a table at Buttermilk Kitchen. This was literally our fourth visit but actually our first time eating there. Previously, it's always had like an hour to hour and half wait so we decided to get there pretty much as soon as they opened. And, oh em gee. It was amaaaazing and we will wake up at the crack of dawn every time we visit Atlanta if that means we get to eat here. 

Fried BLT sandwich with lemon aioli and rosemary hash browns. 

Haha. I thought this was so cute! They totally know my love language. 

The four of us ended up at Nadeau, our favorite furniture store, and ended up bringing a few pieces home! I will be doing a separate post on that but I'm really excited to finally fill up the empty space in our front living room. 

We met up with some of our close friends that we stayed with Saturday night that were attending the engagement party as well. We went to Verde Taqeria for lunch and that's always been a favorite because their margaritas….duh. 

OK. Now onto the most exciting part of the weekend. Katie and Ryan (bride and groom) have been telling us about one of their favorite restaurants, St. Cecilia,  in Buckhead and the last time we stayed with Ryan and Katie, we tried to book a reservation but couldn't get in. So, when we found out that their engagement party was there, we were so excited to finally try it out. 

It is the cutest and coziest yet modern feel and I was totally digging it. And, the food was out of this world. We will definitely be making a reservation weeks in advance so we can go back! 

A little back story. Katie and Ryan are two of our most favorite people (but you already knew that) and have been together for several years and both have previously been married. So, when Ryan brought Katie around a few years ago, we totally fell in love with her and knew that they'd end up getting married one day. Ryan finally proposed this previous New Year's Eve and we couldn't have been happier when we found out. Everyone's been asking for months, "when are y'all going to get married?" and they'd never give a direct answer and would say something along the lines of "oh, no rush but maybe next year?" So, fast forward to last night. 

One of Katie's best friends and hostess of the evening was giving her welcoming speech and looked to the happy couple and said "When are y'all finally going to set a date to get married?" And she kept going…"I mean, next year….next month…yesterday? ...Yesterday?" The bride and groom pulled out their wedding bands they had secretly been hiding all evening and the tears and screams just started filling the room. Everyone of course looked around cluelessly and was obviously surprised to hear that the couple had gotten married Friday morning with just the presence of their parents and pastor (who actually married Andrew and I). 

So needless to say, the engagement party we thought we were attending ended up turning into a perfect reception with their closest friends and family. It was small, intimate and so perfect for one of our most favorite couples. 

The beautiful bride and me.

And after dinner, things got interesting. We had the best time goofing off and laughing until our bellies hurt. We went out to the bars and then ended up in the married couple's hotel room. The cute one in the Lilly maxi is expecting a little girl this coming August and she was such a trooper and the most perfect DD. We can't wait to celebrate baby EBP in June! 

I literally have no idea what we were doing in this picture but clearly we were having too much fun.

Boys will be boys.

Sunday morning was brunch and shopping and of course, Pinkberry

We just had the best time in our old stomping grounds and at times, we both wish we still lived in Atlanta because we miss our crew so hard (and all of the fabulous shopping and restaurants). 

Congratulations to the beautiful bride and groom! We love you. 


  1. how cute is this :) I love it Chelsea @ http://thewilliamsjourney1.blogspot.com

  2. How fun!! I love that they fooled everyone into thinking it was their engagement party when it really was their wedding reception! The way they announced it was so cute too. Congrats to your friends!
    Evelina @ Fortunate House


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