Tuesday, July 23, 2013

East Coast Vacation

Last week, I flew to New York City for the first time since I moved to Boise two years ago. I wasn't sure how it would feel to be back - I have grown accustomed to a slower and quieter life, but I was afraid I would miss the city once I returned and envy everyone who still lived there. Well, it was amazing. I picked up the energy and pace right away, was speed walking down the avenues with attitude in no time, and felt very much at home. And while it was incredibly familiar and I had moments of longing for my former life, I was reassured that I'm very happy in my current location and lifestyle. I will always keep a part of New York with me and I appreciate all the opportunities the city provided. It helped make me who I am and I'm so glad I'll always be able to pay it a visit and relive some of the greatest years.

It was wonderful to see my girlfriends and hear about all the changes and excitement of the past few years, to be surrounded by laughter and affection and reminded of what a great time we had together. I miss them always, but especially because we were all witness to each others' successes in the big city, and we supported one another as we all tried to make it. These are unique and special friendships that I'll never forget.

Then we were off to the main attraction - my brother's wedding in coastal Massachusetts. It was a week long affair of family, friends, great meals, days on the beach, and many toasts to the happy couple. The festivities officially started on Thursday and it was a whirlwind of perfectly planned events, orchestrated and delivered to the tiniest detail. The weather threatened a change of plans on Saturday, but the rain stayed away until long after the dancing had ended and the tent had emptied, until after the bride and groom had taken a moonlight swim and hugged and kissed all of their loved ones. It was easily the most gorgeous and romantic wedding I've ever seen, movies included, and Nick and Emily were walking on air. I can't wait to see all the professional pictures, but for now, here are some phone shots.


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