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My Best Friend’s Wedding!

Newport, Rhode Island here we come! This was my first time in Newport, an absolutely beautiful city, and I was there to celebrate my best friend’s wedding – talk about a LOVEly weekend! We left early on Friday to try and fit in some more touristy activities in Newport before the bridal festivities began. After checking into the Viking Hotel (which is a beautiful historic brick building where the wedding was held), we went down to Easton Beach and started the cliff walk, which offers views of some of the most famous and beautiful Newport mansions, including Jaimie’s favorite – Rose Cliff. We were surprised to see that part of the walk along the coast was still closed off due to damage from Hurricane Sandy.

We grabbed a quick lunch across the street from the hotel at Le Petit Gourmet – sharing a delicious salad and caprese bruschetta. I rushed off to begin my maid of honor duties before walking over to the rehearsal dinner where I drank a lotta pinot grigio and had a fantastic time catching up with Jaimie, Matt, Kait and Sean, as well as Jaimie’s family and friends. While the boys took Matt out to party quite hardy Jaimie, Kait and I took a pedi-cab back to the hotel for some vino and girl talk in the bridal suite. Our poor guy had to sweat through a huge hill with the three of us in back so we sang the Rocky theme song at the top of our lungs to motivate him. Passerbys approved.

I was up early with the bride and other ladies for a great morning of hair, makeup and lots of mimosas at the salon (meanwhile Alan was crushed and spent the day in bed, just barely making the ceremony). And Jaimie was just the most breathtakingly stunning bride. She could not have looked more perfect! The ceremony was sweet, elevating, a little funny (perfect and fitting for such a funny couple), and to the point.

I met up with Alan and my parents at the cocktail hour, and drank some more pinot grigio to settle my nerves for my first ever wedding toast. Add fear of public speaking to my list, put it up high on there. Though pinot grigio helps boatloads. I hope Jaimie liked it! The party took off from there, and it was of course, a PAR-tay.

Both of us crushed the next morning we barely made it out of the room in time for check out. We got to say a quick goodbye to the happy couple though we had missed brunch at the hotel restaurant. Instead we headed for the drive-through and ordered chicken nuggets for “breakfast” in honor of my nugget loving bff.

I wish I had more and better pictures to share but I was too busy having fun to snap photos. Plus, I leave that to the professionals.

Rhode Island: Newport

We spent a lovely weekend in Newport celebrating the marriage of our dear friends Matt and Jaimie.  Camera issues seem to have arisen as I can only find one photo of the weekend that is not the ladies getting ready.

October 4-6, 2013 (Friday-Sunday)

Jenni was (co) maid of honor so we knew Friday afternoon was likely our only time for a tourist activity in Newport.  We parked at Easton’s Beach for the Cliff Walk which runs along the ocean and past some of the magnificent estates for which Newport is famous.  Tours are available for several of the homes (Breakers is probably the most well-known) but we had limited time so we just walked and gawked.

This is a beautiful area, but I did experience another bout of shame for government to coincide with the federal shutdown.  A long stretch of the walk remains closed due to damage from Hurricane Sandy.  Of course it was a devastating and tragic storm, but this was a year later.  And the website for the Cliff Walk as I write this says it will be closed until June 2014.  Seriously?!  We are not talking about an astounding marvel of engineering here.  It is a sidewalk that runs along the water, and it is a major tourist attraction.  I was stunned this could not be repaired promptly.  OK, done venting.

Cliff Walk
Cliff Walk

Anyway, there were meters where we parked and it was nice to do the whole walk but I think you could park closer to the big mansions near Narragansett Ave which may also be free.  Oh, we jumped the fence and walked the closed part, too.

We stayed at the Hotel Viking which was very nice and had a great location on Bellevue Ave, a main street just up the hill from the waterfront.  For you tennis fans, the hall of fame with grass courts is just up the road.  Across the street from the Viking was a nice spot for a late lunch called Le Petit Gourmet.

The welcome party was at the Newport Harbor Hotel and afterwards a big group went to the Rhino Bar for drinks and general debauchery.  We partied with the pirates there (true) before walking back to the hotel late at night.  The block where the hotel sits looks like a small town in England or Ireland (I am imagining this as have only been to London) which makes it pretty neat to sit on the brick patio and absorb the surroundings.

The next day I was hurt and did not do much other than Boardwalk Empire and some college football.  On my way to the ceremony at the chapel around the corner, I had just my second exciting chance encounter of the trip.  I saw Dana, one of my favorite law school compatriots who I had not seen in several years.

The wedding was a blast and they had a great DJ who played lots of 80s and 90s music and especially hip-hop.  I was impressed how many guests knew all the lyrics, both guys and gals.  My optional tuxedo was very well-received, and that made me happy.  It ended up being a late night between the after-party at the bar, the after-after party in their suite and the after-after-after party out on the patio.  I was schooled in the way of McGillicuddy’s and Irish exits.  Kait’s fiancé Sean told me about this car show in the UK that sounds fun, I am not certain but think it is the Goodwood Revival Car Show.

The next morning we said goodbye before hitting Wendy’s drive-thru and some back roads to Longmeadow, where I grew up.  I really enjoyed getting to know Matt and Jaimie’s families and friends.  It was a great group and a wonderful celebration!