I’ve spent the last few months obsessing over this coming weekend with an enthusiasm that can only be matched by the way I felt while planning my wedding. I forgot how much I love drifting off to sleep while daydreaming about an upcoming big event, and the satisfaction found in making spreadsheets and lists, watching my vision come to life. That Husband isn’t into dates the way I am, and lobbied hard to wait a few years to celebrate my entrance into my thirties. I wore him down, and this weekend I’ll be putting on the ritz with some of my favorite women and their dates in celebration of my 30th birthday. The women will step into long gowns, the men will patiently shrug into dressy-ish button-downs, and we’ll all meet at a beach in Carmel for dinner and a bonfire. I wanted to create an event unlike anything I’d ever seen or experienced, and that is certainly what this has become! In addition to some of our friends here, we have guests flying in from Washington, Illinois, and Texas!
Image credits: food, hot chocolate, jewelry
Ami of Elizabeth Ann Designs is on the guest list, and also saved me by agreeing to act as a co-planner. Once she came into the picture my DIY Picnic on the Beach with Fancy Dresses turned into something much grander, a styled event with vendors and catering and a theme! Now it’s Dinner and Bonfire on the Beach with a Middle Eastern/Mediterranean flair.
Majesta Patterson is documenting the event, so there will be plenty of pictures to share. We’re hoping to have the event published somewhere. I’ll have my camera too, because what better gift to give myself on that day than the freedom to shoot as much film as my little heart desires?