When my cousin Paige, who is really like more of a younger sister to me, asked me to be her Maid of Honor at the beginning of 2020 for her wedding she was planning for later that year- I think it’s safe to say that none of us anticipated what was going to come just mere weeks/months later with the arrival of COVID-19 and mass cancellations/closures. In the wake of it all, Paige- a Doctor- had to put her nuptial plans and preparations on hold indefinitely while she threw all of her time, energy and attention into her patients and into saving lives.
And now, more than two years later- the wedding is finally set to take place next month! I’ve got my dress, shoes and a nearly-completed speech prepared for the reception- and the whole process has been insanely laid-back and stress-free- largely in part to the fact that Paige is not picky or high maintenance at all.
So when it came time to plan a Bridal Shower/Bachelorette Party- I had a couple of ideas I had thrown out to Paige, ranging from a wine tasting tour, to a spa day, to a brunch or dinner at a restaurant of her choosing.
But she had an idea of her own- one of our long-standing and seasonal traditions we enjoyed pre-pandemic- she wanted to spend a day at Yankee Candle in Deerfield with me, my mom, and my niece (who is also her Junior Bridesmaid in the wedding!) and grab lunch/dinner out in the Pioneer Valley. This was possibly the easiest choice ever- and I was happy to oblige!
After a morning and afternoon of coffee and shopping- we headed down the road to Historic Deerfield for an amazing lunch at Champney’s Restaurant & Tavern. Some of you may remember it from when I profiled my dining experience last February– but it was just as great as ever! Truly what we all needed on a day that saw the temperatures reach 90+ degrees outside!
And of course I picked up some Bachelorette Party accessories- including sashes, pins and tiaras- that we wore all day. No exceptions! Even Oliver got in on the fun for a bit!
I’m sure I’ll have more photos and stories to share as we get closer to the rehearsal dinner and the ceremony itself. I’m so excited and happy for her and her soon-to-be-husband- and I’m so honored I get to be apart of the festivities!
I’ve just got to finish my speech before then!