Last Minute, Low Key

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Today was filled with lots of last minute wedding errands.  You would think that means that Lauren was running around in a tizzy, but she was rather calm!


Okay, there were a few face-palm moments.


But they were few and far between! 


Both Lauren and Randy live in Singapore, so the wedding was almost entirely planned long-distance.  In some ways, I think this was a good thing – no one could really stress out over the small stuff.  But in other ways, it’s an issue because the details got pushed to the last minute. 


Details like:  Writing the vows.  (My English degree came in handy as I served as the human thesaurus.)


Buying a card box and guest book…


Getting jewelry for the bridesmaids…


Deciding that toasting flutes and cake cutters are nice, but unnecessary…


Getting manicures…


Sorting out the dress…


Stocked up on champagne and orange juice for tomorrow morning…


And last, but not least, finding a garter belt (with something blue on it)!


At some point, we stopped for food.


We went back to Tria, Lauren’s favorite restaurant in Center City, for small plates.  Lauren and I shared the following:


Onion + feta bruschetta:


White bean dip and paprika toast:


And a DELICIOUS asparagus, artichoke, and bean salad:


Honestly, it was the best day.  I hardly ever get to hang with Lauren (with her living in Asia and everything) and it was nice just to be together before her big, big day.


Time for the rehearsal.


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  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife September 9, 2011, 6:34 pm

    WOWzers! You guys got a lot done today! Amazing. I bet the whole weekend is going to go so perfectly! Plus, it is her wedding day–and that is special enough 🙂

    Have FUN! p.s. I am a huge fan of feta–so that bruschetta sounds deeeeelish!

  • Nikka September 9, 2011, 6:37 pm

    What a lovely day 🙂

    And what is in that bean salad? I want to make it!

    • Caitlin September 10, 2011, 8:19 am

      Hmm it was beans, asparagus, artichoke, pine nuts, romatoes, peppers, olive oil and spices. It was served chilled.

  • erica September 9, 2011, 6:49 pm

    very exciting!!! can’t wait to see pics of the wedding!

  • Shaya (Eye Girl Eats) September 9, 2011, 7:00 pm

    Have you been or are you planning on visiting her in Singapore?? That sounds like an amazing vacation destination 🙂

    Also, awesome of her to be able to eat on her day and not be nauseous from nerves. I know I didn’t have any appetite until the end of the day when everyone left, at which point I was totally ravenous. And no one saved us a plate of food for later, so we had to order pizza haha 🙂

    • Caitlin September 10, 2011, 8:17 am

      I really want to visit her because when else will go I to Asia…. but tickets are ridiculously expensive. Like $2000.

  • Christine @ BookishlyB September 9, 2011, 7:03 pm

    It seems like no matter how well-planned you are, or how local your wedding is, there are always last minute things to do. Part of the fun, I guess!

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga September 9, 2011, 7:08 pm

    So awesome you got to hang out with Lauren and the White bean dip and paprika toast is not even “my kind of food” but oh that looks sooo good! I am more of a chocolate/sweets girl 🙂

    Cute ‘something blue’ garter find!

  • Sana September 9, 2011, 7:36 pm

    I am so happy your BFF is getting married 🙂

  • Kait @ One Love Run September 9, 2011, 7:39 pm

    ahh I can’t even imagine planning a wedding from that far away! good for her 🙂 And I think we finished during our vows the day before, so I don’t consider that a last minute thing! Have fun!

  • Sarah September 9, 2011, 7:45 pm

    Go and visit them in Singapore! It is a great place to visit (and good jumping off point to visit Thailand while you’re there). You might not have another chance!

    • Caitlin September 10, 2011, 8:16 am

      I would LOVEEEEEEEEEEE to but plane tickets are like $2000!!! ouch.

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) September 9, 2011, 7:51 pm

    Sounds like an adventure! I think the simpler the wedding, the better! Have fun tonight!

  • Lyn September 9, 2011, 8:16 pm

    I’ve had that salad! It’s amazing!!

    • Caitlin September 10, 2011, 8:14 am

      omg so good. i want to recreate it.

  • katie @ KatieDid September 9, 2011, 8:21 pm

    That’s gotta be so tough, being SO far away the majority of the year. I’m glad the weekend is turning out to be so much fun for you! What an awesome break just on the tail of finishing your book too!

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss September 9, 2011, 8:23 pm

    Looks like fun! Even better that it wasn’t stressful or had you wrapped up in a tizzy. 🙂

  • Jen September 9, 2011, 8:29 pm

    caitlin…you guys had a very productive day. i kept reading and reading and reading and then got to the part about a sit-down meal.

    have so much fun tomorrow! 🙂

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen September 9, 2011, 9:03 pm

    Last minute stuff doesn’t seem to bad when you have a bunch of great friends around to help 🙂 Hope you have a great time at the wedding tomorrow!

  • Sweet and Savvy September 9, 2011, 9:18 pm

    Looks like a fun final day! 🙂

  • Army Amy* September 9, 2011, 11:12 pm

    I think it’s the best feeling to be with your bestie when she gets married. I loved my best friend’s wedding and was so thankful that she was by my side at mine.*

  • Richard September 10, 2011, 12:31 am

    Oh my god you are the most un-ethical shill for eating out there is. How can you stick to “healthy” when you eat out for smoothies, tea, and food so much?

    • Caitlin September 10, 2011, 8:11 am

      It’s entirely possible to eat healthy and buy food from a restaurant…

  • megan September 10, 2011, 12:33 am

    sounds like so much fun! im trying to guess where the wedding is since you said it was possibly swankier than your hotel from last night.. im guessing loew’s! cant wait to see if im right 🙂

    • Caitlin September 10, 2011, 8:11 am

      It’s not Lowe’s but man – I love that hotel!

  • Khushboo September 10, 2011, 1:17 am

    Sounds like a wonderful day- it’s so nice to be involved in weddings that include people who mean the world to u!

  • Christina September 10, 2011, 8:18 am

    I LOVE Tria! These pictures are mouthwatering.

  • Molly @ RDexposed September 10, 2011, 8:47 am

    Girlfriends are some of the best medicine!

  • Marijke September 10, 2011, 9:44 am

    Wow sounds like you had a super busy day! I can’t imagine arranging all the finer details so close to the actual wedding- Lauren must have nerves of steel!

  • jassy @ Healthy Egg September 10, 2011, 10:20 am

    that could be so exciting! 🙂

  • jamie @ cueyourlife September 10, 2011, 10:50 am

    Caitlin! Love that you’re enjoying the week with good friends! Just wanted to say thanks, again, for being so inspirational in my journey to health. I posted part 1 of the nutritional side of it today. Have a great Saturday!

  • Leanne (Bride to Mrs.) September 10, 2011, 11:37 am

    I got the same garter belt at VS for my wedding! 🙂

  • Leanne (Bride to Mrs.) September 10, 2011, 11:40 am

    I had the same exact garter belt from VS! So cute 🙂

  • CJ @ September 10, 2011, 12:11 pm

    Yummy!! Between tria and buddakhan in the last month I’m so jealous!

  • Amber K September 10, 2011, 12:36 pm

    I totally got a garter belt with blue on it for my wedding and then I completely forgot to wear it! Whoops – guess I’m glad I don’t care too much about tradition, lol.

  • Brittany September 10, 2011, 4:59 pm

    What a fun day! You are a great friend and bridesmaid for helping her with her many last-minute errands! 🙂

  • Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf September 10, 2011, 10:38 pm

    Confession: My husband and I never got around to actually writing our vows. We didn’t even know what we were going to recite to each other until we were at the altar and our officiant said, “repeat after me…”

  • Jessica @ Fit Chick Wannabe September 11, 2011, 11:01 am

    Awwww so fun!! Her hair looks gorgeous!

  • Sophie @ threetimesf September 12, 2011, 4:57 pm

    I need that Onion & Feta Bruschetta in my life!

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