This weekend Fabio and I flew to Columbus, Ohio to celebrate the wedding of our friends Eric and Lyndsay!
Eric and Fabio were in the same fraternity at Maryland, and this was the first big wedding with all of Fabio’s friends. It was a blast!
Thank you to my friends on Facebook who I borrowed some photos from. 😀
Fabio and I both took off from work a little early on Friday to catch an early afternoon flight to Columbus, Ohio. We wanted to make sure we had time to explore the new-to-us city, so taking off a few hours early was worth it for us.
We boarded our plane at 4:00 pm, and less than an hour later we had touched down in Ohio. Sweet!
As soon as we arrived, we dropped off our bags and started walking around the city. Columbus itself was a little small and there weren’t too many people around, but it was very pretty.
We wound up walking past the beautiful statehouse, which had tons of tulips and flowery trees landscaped around it. It was so pretty!
Walking around and exploring was a lot of fun, and I’m so glad we built in the time to be tourists.
Once dinnertime rolled around, Fabio and I made our way over to Tip Top, a fun bar right near our hotel that the bride and groom recommended to us.
The bar had a great vibe, and an even better menu. Fabio and I both got beers that we loved (can’t remember the name of mine. Boo.) and our food was delicious too. I got the Ohio style monte cristo, which featured shaved turkey, ham and swiss on battered and grilled Texas toast topped with a strawberry compote. Strawberry compote!! On a salty cheesy sandwich! It was amazing.
On the side I got fried green beans, which were also incredible. Fabio ordered a pot roast sandwich on a pretzel roll, and he was happy with his choice as well. We were both very impressed with this bar food!
By the time we finished eating most of our friends had arrived, and we joined other guests from the wedding for an open bar at the hotel. It was a lot of fun catching up with Fabio’s fraternity brothers, especially since I haven’t seen some of them in about five years!
Such a fun way to kick off the weekend.
On Saturday morning a large group of us headed over to brunch at Due Amici, a nice restaurant that happened to be right next door to Tip Top, the bar we visited the night before. A couple of the boys ordered bloody marys which were assembled table-side. I’ve since decided I need a bloody mary cart in my life!
You could choose how spicy you wanted your drink, and it came with a variety of fun add-ins from pickles to peppers. So cool!
I wound up getting a bellini to drink (delicious) and ordered the salmon cakes with sriracha hollandaise sauce and poached eggs for my meal. This was another stellar dish!
I don’t know what I was expecting of Columbus, Ohio, but I definitely was not expecting all the gourmet meals. Yum!
After brunch we all hung out for a while in the hotel rooms catching up, and then it was time for the wedding!
Shuttle to the venue!
The event was held at the Boathouse at Confluence Park which was a lovely country club overlooking the city.
Such a pretty space!
Here I am with some of the gang. 🙂
The ceremony began right on time, and didn’t last too long. Everyone looked fantastic!
Congratulations Lyndsay and Eric – you may kiss the bride!
After the ceremony we headed into another room for cocktail hour. The venue passed around some delicious hors d’oeuvres, and we enjoyed eating our snacks while looking out at the view. It was a cold and rainy day, but we were very cozy inside!
Love these people. 🙂
Then it was time to move back into the room where the ceremony was held for the reception! Lyndsay and Eric looked so happy, and I loved all the speeches and dances.
While we were waiting for our food, we played a little game of Kings. Haha! That’s a table of frat guys for ya’.
For my entree I chose the chicken, which was just ok. The cheesy mashed potatoes underneath were definitely the star of the show.
After dinner it was time for more drinks and dancing!
The wedding was so much fun, and I’m so thankful that Eric and Lynsday invited us to share in their special day.
On Sunday morning everyone split up and we all headed back home. It was sad to see the weekend come to an end, but there are a number of other weddings coming up for this group, so I know we will see them all soon!
Question of the day: What’s your favorite part about a wedding?