Thursday, September 10, 2015


I spent four of the best years of my life in Providence, Rhode Island (well actually 3.4 years because of finishing college with an internship) attending Johnson & Wales University, meeting some of my best & closest friends and… meeting my husband.

Even thought this past long holiday weekend was our anniversary weekend we knew that we wanted to spend the weekend with our friends in the city that we met & celebrating one of our college friends at her wedding. (We had an "anniversary celebration day" day we enjoyed before we left and I'll be sure to share about next week)

The weekend did not disappoint - the weather was beyond beautiful and had much more of a fall feel than here.  It was the best feeling nostalgic about all the memories and times we had in this city, spending time with our friends and enjoying a beautiful wedding and new marriage just one year after we did ourselves.

We stayed right downtown in Providence (our campus is downtown as well) and the hotel never had a dull moment between the wedding, college move in and all the PGA golfers in town for the President's Cup - I didn't realize until later that I was talking to that cute little Jordan Speith while waiting for the elevator (after my husband and two of our other best friends locked my out of our room) and Derek met Justine Rose with one of our other friends - so it was an eventful weekend.

We took off for Providence on a Friday night flight and got home Monday afternoon in time to enjoy the last few hours of summer.  I'll get to sharing about the wedding next week but here's a peek at our time in Providence (not the best quality due to iPhone 4, 5 and 6 photography and dark settings)… 

The view of downtown from our hotel room

Right when we landed we dropped our stuff at the hotel, met our friends and headed to a favorite spot from college.

All the college memories and feelings came right back to us… Especially staying out extremely late.

We went to my absolute favorite restaurant from college for lunch on Saturday, Fire and Ice.  It's sort of like a mongolian barbecue and quite delicious.

{Right} Walking up a few flights of steps will leave you fairly winded after an all you an eat lunch.
{Left} Derek and one of his best friends… matching head to toe.

We had a two car caravan and did a tour around all our past apartments after lunch.  
{Right} The boys at an old apartment.
{Left} Derek and I in front of the house where we met at a St. Patrick's Day party in 2008.

Some of us girls outside the sorority house.

Claire & I outside of our Fourth Street apartment which we shared with four other girls.

The tour ended with drinks and snacks at one of our favorite places on the East Side.

The romper brigade ready for dinner.  And the boys ready too.

Enjoying a couple WAM drinks at the hotel before the night out.

Derek had coordinated with a couple of the bridesmaids from our wedding to set up a little anniversary dinner to celebrate with our friends the night before our anniversary/the wedding the next day.  Champagne was set on the tables, we dined al fresco and there was live music and dancing as well.

One of my great friends, Morgan got engaged just a couple weeks ago so we celebrated her and her fiancĂ© as well.  Derek and I flew home with them on Monday too.

It was a great group and a great night.

Next time… The Wedding!

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  1. My husband went to school at Bryant so we have been back to Providence to see his friends and take in the sights - especially the water fire so many times!! Looks like you guys had a great time before the wedding - celebrating and catching up with friends!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  2. So fun that you got to go back to your old stomping grounds, see friends, and celebrate an engagement! I've heard wonderful things about Providence, and will be going there next Summer for a wedding! I can't wait :)

  3. My husband and I LOVE going back to our college town to re-live all our favorite spots! We are doing it in November and I can't wait! Never been to Providence but it looks like a great town!

  4. Such a fun weekend! When we were up in CT a few weeks ago we toured our old college campus and it was so much fun! Of course loving all of your bright and colorful outfits - and ahhhhh you met Jordan Speith!!? I would have melted! <3

  5. I love going back to Tuscaloosa to visit! I'm like you--I like to visit all of the places I frequented in college haha!

  6. What absolutely gorgeous weather you guys had! Don't you love going back to an old hometown and immediately feel at home again? And that picture of you and your friend with you pointing to her ring... gorgeous! You are glowing!
    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

  7. It looks like you had the best time hanging out with friends and hitting up all of your old hang outs! I did the same thing a couple of weeks ago and it was just so much fun to reminisce and almost go back!

  8. i've only been there in1999! i loved that you shared your memories with us. I always do!

  9. Sounds like a fabulous time!!! I've always wanted to visit Providence ... looks so cute! I love going back to my college town even though I don't know anybody that lives there anymore.

  10. Looks like a great time! I love going back to my college town and hanging out with old friends. It makes me miss that part of my life!

    xo, carly | carly blogs

  11. It looks like you had so much fun! It is always a great time going back to where you went to college...lots of fun memories...especially since both of you went to the same college! Glad you had a great anniversary weekend!!

  12. What a fun trip!! Christina, you are so pretty! You look so cute in that romper - I have yet to find one that I can pull off. Haha! Props to you for staying up late. I so can't do that now if I even try really hard. :-p

  13. I love ALL your outfits! I need to visit Providence one day.. I almost went to JWU and even went so far as applying to transfer and got accepted, but the southern weather won me over lol

  14. How fun!! We just went back to our college town last weekend! So fun with all the memories and yummy food places! Where did you get your romper?! SO CUTE!!!

  15. Looks like such a fun trip! It's always so nice getting to visit a place that meant so much and seeing how things have & have not changed!

  16. What a fun trip! It's always so fun catching up with friends. Your outfits are so darn cute Christina!

  17. I've always heard great things about Providence, and I hope to make it up there one day! Glad that you guys had a great weekend!

  18. I've heard great things about providence from friends! Looks like a blast. :)

  19. What a fun weekend!! There is nothing better than getting together with college friends and reminiscing! My husband and I met at a frat party in 2007, good things do come out of those haha!

  20. I went to Salve Regina in Newport!!! What a small world. :-) I used to go to Providence a lot with my friends to this one night club that probably doesn't exist anymore, and to the mall. We had SO many good times though. I'm glad that you had a fun weekend with your friends and happy anniversary to you guys!!! :-)

  21. First, Happy Anniversary!! Next, you girls looks so great. I love going back to my college town. It's so nostalgic. Happy memories!

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle

  22. What a fun weekend!! That town looks so beautiful! Remembering the college days is the best!