Easter 2015

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Easter is one of my favorite holidays, and I absolutely love how the focus of Easter is mainly on the true reason for the holiday – Jesus’ resurrection! Focusing on the Holy Week (Palm Sunday through Easter) is such an integral, crucial part of the Christian faith, and it’s such a whirlwind of emotion  throughout the week when you reflect on Christ’s final week on earth. Truly amazing! There is so much hope and joy when Jesus conquers death & is risen from the grave. Alleluia!

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It was so wonderful to be able to spend a brief 36 hours or so with my family at home in Charlotte. Any time together is better than none, and I’ve learned that long weekend drives are definitely worth it to see family. And spending Easter together is so special & filled with tradition! Bridgette, Rob, and I thankfully could drive together (Charlottesville is on the way from DC to Charlotte!), which made the trip even more enjoyable than usual.

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The five of us enjoyed lots of great conversations & laughter, delicious food (thanks, Mom, for making all of our favorites when we come visit!), absolutely gorgeous Spring weather every day (dogwoods, red buds, Carolina blue skies, warm sunshine!), a trip to Ikea, golfing at the neighborhood driving range (thankfully my dad is a golf coach!), time outside, a beautiful Easter morning service at my home church, our annual tradition – an Easter egg hunt!  Easter3

It was a perfect weekend with my family, though way too short. I am so, so thankful for them – and how we cheer each other on, lift each other up, and are great at giving advice. I treasure our time together so much; they’re the very best!Easter4

Emily Maynard’s Wedding

Goodness gracious, you’re in for a treat today! Emily Maynard, of Bachelorette fame, was married recently in a surprise wedding at her now-husband’s family farm in South Carolina. Guests, who thought they were coming to the farm for an engagement party, were surprised with the actual wedding for Emily and her beau Tyler. Can you even imagine?! The result was a stunning, soft, romantic wedding that is pretty jaw-dropping and all-around fabulous! As a longtime Bachelor/Bachelorette fan (yes, my guilty pleasure!), I was especially smitten with all of these breathtakingly beautiful images that Style Me Pretty shared from Corbin Gurkin Photography and even a wedding film from Heart Stone Films. Emily and her sweet daughter Ricki are from Charlotte, my hometown, and I love seeing so much awesome local talent used for this wedding day. Here’s a peek at some of my favorite images and details from the wedding day…

all images via Style Me Pretty from Corbin Gurkin Photography

 

Tupelo Honey Cafe

I certainly ate incredibly well while in Charlotte, North Carolina for Spring Break! Brunch over the weekend was at Tupelo Honey Cafe in Southend with two of my oldest, and dearest, friends from home. One word: a.ma.zing! I’d heard of this famous restaurant for years, and I’m thrilled that there’s a finally a Charlotte location (and one coming to Raleigh soon!) for my visits back home. It really and truly lived up to all of the hype, and my mouth is already watering for a return trip.

It was one of those perfect Spring mornings where is was finally warm outside, and we luckily snagged the last outdoor balcony table. The staff at Tupelo couldn’t have been friendlier and more accommodating. Despite the morning hour, I started off with a truly Southern sweet tea – the perfect breakfast drink! Tupelo also provides each table with delectable fresh biscuits, warm honey, and homemade jam… I mean, you just can’t ask for anything more! Biscuits and sweet tea are sort of my love language, so I was in culinary heaven already. I was waffling between the Chicken & Waffles and the Eggs Betty, and I ended up selecting the Eggs Betty for breakfast, as Sarah heartily recommended them. The Eggs Betty (two poached eggs on a biscuit with smoked ham & a lemony hollandaise sauce) came with a side of goat cheese grits, and my entire meal was absolutely delicious! I know all three of us had clean plates and thoroughly enjoyed our meals, the atmosphere, and the company. It was wonderful starting off my Spring Break with brunch with Sarah & Trevor, two of my dearest friends over the last 12 or 13 years!

Have you been to Tupelo Honey Cafe before? Or are there any breakfast spots you’ve tried recently? I can’t wait to get back to Tupelo to try their lunch and dinner menus, too – I’ve heard rave reviews about those meals!