Last weekend Sam and I (thanks to my amazing mama!) took our very first trip alone in over three years. I don't know how it happens, but the years, they fly by and alone time can be super hard to come by. Luckily, as fate would have it, one of Sam's oldest and dearest friend Tator (I love people from Mississippi) was getting married at Fort Morgan in Alabama. We booked a hotel and crammed in as much fun and relaxation as possible in 36 hours.
We took a put stop in Montgomery on the way down and luckily my sister went to Auburn and her friends grew up there so we got the tip to stop at Historic Old Cloverdale. This area of town is so lovely, tons of great houses, shopping and a full service gas station (into it). We happened on Filet and Vine which is this super old fashioned super market with a great wine and beer selection and a cafeteria-style lunch (think meat and two sides). Not exactly light fare, but classicly southern and soul satisfying.
Our hotel was in the heart of Gulf Shores and while the tourist-y spring break vibe I could have done without, we did manage to find a total gem of a hangout spot thanks to my friend Sally. The Gulf was something I wish I could have picked right up and moved home with us. There is a huge open green space with sandy lounge areas. Kids can run around while adults sit under umbrellas at cool wooden tables with iron chairs. Lots of white wash with an eclectic vibe and GOOD beach food.
The next morning we hopped in the car for a short trip to Fairhope, Alabama. I read a write up in Country Living (I think it was...) about this adorable, quaint small town and it totally lived up to its charming reputation. We had paninis and beignets at Panini Pete's in the French Quarter. Such nice people and I hope to come back for more exploring.
We ended up back at The Gulf for lunch and the happiest of happy hours before getting reading for the wedding. We hired a cab to take us to Fort Morgan which was about 30-35 minutes away. We got to share one with Sam's childhood friend Robert and his lovely wife Amanda. Isn't it so fun to hear childhood stories about your one and only? The best. Apparently Sam had the best toys and the coldest Mountain Dew. ;) When we arrived at Fort Morgan I was gobsmacked by the beauty. The spanish fort is the most romantic location I could imagine for a wedding. Brick tunnels, large green fields, vines growing everywhere. it was stunning.
The reception was a few miles away under the stars, crickets, lanterns, the best wedding band (think strings, bluegrass, female and male vocals - dreamy), amazing food and then we lit paper lanterns over the sea. It was perfect and great for Sam and I to have all of that time together. We listened to podcasts in the car and talked about life. So thankful. For all who asked, you can find my dress here. xo
photos taken on my camera as well as on instagram.
my tote bag by Write on Design
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