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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Devine Wedding in Hilton Head (9/19/2015)

This past weekend we traveled to Hilton Head for a wedding of a good friend of mine from college. Lizzie and Nick met in Cancun on our spring break sophomore year of college. Such a random but awesome story! Lizzie's parents spend a lot of time at their house in Hilton Head so it was the perfect place for Lizzie to choose. Lizzie and Nick have spent the past year living in Hawaii for his job in the Coast Guard and have just recently moved to Panama City for his new position with the diving school. Lizzie is a PT for geriatrics (what my mom did for many, many years). We loaded up the Krei's expedition and headed out on Thursday night after work.

Our car was Alex, Barak, Luke, Margaret, Tommy and myself. To say we had a good time roadtripping is an understatement! We arrived at the house at about 11:30pm and met up with Samantha, Dave, Elizabeth, Bret, Kier and Tom who had arrived earlier. We all got settled in the house and then hung out for awhile catching up. We then headed out to the house where the girls in the wedding party were staying for an after party after the Low Country Boil which we weren't able to get to in time (Carly, Gorman and Colleen were all bridesmaids). It was great to see Gorman who I hadn't seen in months now that she lives in New York! We then loaded up the expedition and headed back to our house for the night. We all slowly woke up on Friday morning to get our day started. A few of us headed to the grocery store to load up on food for the weekend and a few went to get breakfast for the house. Once everyone was back we headed out to the beach! It wasn't the prettiest day out but it wasn't raining and we enjoyed ourselves for a few hours on the beach! On Friday, Audrey and Rob as well as Kathleen made their way in town. We now had 15 of us staying together with one more arriving on Saturday. We spent the afternoon at the beach before heading back to the house to cookout for dinner and get ready for the night.

The Devine family threw the rehearsal dinner for the wedding party followed by a desserts and drinks party at the same venue for everyone else that was invited to the wedding. It was a great way to kick off the weekend and time to get to see everyone. The venue was in a great location and there were TONS of desserts. Quite a spread of food and drinks!

After the party we had our own after party at our house with hot tub time and lots of dancing. It was a late night!

Saturday we got up and had some breakfast casseroles for breakfast and decided instead of loading everyone up to head to the beach and be back by 3 so everyoone could shower that we would just hang out at our house by the pool for the day. It turned out to be a beautiful day and we just relaxed pool side. We had a GREAT day! Tommy somehow came up with the silliest idea of doing an egg toss (like a water balloon toss but with raw eggs) and everyone was game for it. I must say it was HILARIOUS and it was everything we hoped for and more. Watching everyone toss an egg yards on yards to their partner and cracking was hilarious. Elizabeth and her husband Bret won! It was too funny. Later in the afternoon in order to get 16 people showered and ready we had to start getting ready early to be able to leave at 5 for the ceremony. I organized a big taxi van to take us both Friday and Saturday night which turned out great (and cheap!) so no one would have to drive and we could all ride together.

The Ceremony and reception were both at Colleton River Club but the ceremony was at the Dye Clubhouse and the reception was at the Nicklaus Clubhouse. Both were beautiful settings! The ceremony was on the lawn infront of some huge trees on the golf course. Lizzie looked absolutely stunning! Nick was in his coast guard suit and so were many of his groomsman. It was very cool at the end of the ceremony when they did the sword walkway for them to go through back down the aisle. The Lewis's provided shuttles to take us to the reception.

WOW! Is all I can say about the reception. The cocktail hour alone was spectacular! They had an African Gospel group singing under the tent. They had a display of cocktail shrimp, raw oysters on the half shell, and mussels. The passed hors devours were bacon wrapped scallops, crab cakes, bruschetta, and pork chops. It was unreal! They had a tree with all the table placements hanging from it. The flowers in the entry way and throughout were just beautiful.

Then from the cocktail hour we were welcomed into the reception hall and UNBELIEVABLE is what describes the setting. The centerpieces were stunning and the flowers were gorgeous. Dinner was grouper and a filet. We had a great night celebrating the happy couple! It was such a fun weekend with my friends!

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