So - back to April. Mom and Dad visited, we had Easter, and then I was off to South Carolina for the wedding of the year - Haleigh and Brandon. You may remember that I mentioned their engagement story in a previous post. I can't believe I lived with Haleigh for 3 years and this was my first trip to Columbia. I can definitely say now that I'll be back to the lake house. Another state checked off the list....
I flew to Atlanta and hopped a quick flight up to Columbia. Marcello and I met up in ATL and caught the same flight in.
I'd heard so much about the Gamecocks and football and baseball, so what better to do than start the trip off with a baseball game? Haleigh's brothers had played, and she made it to the college World Series to see them every time.
I, of course, love the food.
Off to the hotel to meet up with Kenley and Heather, who'd just flown in from LA. Slumber party!
Lunchtime when we arrived - Home Team BBQ.
Into the City Market.
We hopped on an historic carriage ride to hear some stories and learn about the city.
Pretty Rainbow Row.
These houses - they're just amazing.
joggled. You can get one for your house, too!
Fried green tomatoes.
Jalepeno hushpuppies with sorghum butter + okra and shrimp beignets (below).
We stopped back by Haleigh's house on the way home, and I saw the magic room where the family gathers for Gamecock football. They are serious about their sports.
Friday morning was girls' day at the nail salon. Manis and pedis for everyone. It took a long time to get through all of us.
Kenley, Heather and I hurried out of the salon so we could visit Congaree. Kenley is obsessed with National Parks, so I'm glad she scouted out this adventure for us.
It had rained a lot and flooded recently, so some of the trails were destroyed, but we managed to hike around a bit.
Back to the city for cleanup time before the big engagement party. It was on the top floor of the condo building where Haleigh's grandparents live.
Someone stole my camera.
Good night in prep for the next day. Saturday morning we drove outside the city a bit to the Columbia Temple.
Hooray for the newlyweds!
We had a bit of free time in the afternoon before the reception, so we drove around town and hit the Piggly Wiggly. Also, I thought this house was cool.
Off to Lake Murray for the reception at their lake house. This reception was one of the best I've been to. Future brides, take note.
The men performed a lovely impromptu number showing off their white legs.
Most everyone had an early flight out of Charlotte on Sunday, so I was left to explore Columbia for the day. I was staying near the university so I had a good place to start.