26Oct
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My friend from college got married over the weekend in New Jersey! A group of us from Virginia drove up and got a hotel the night before attending at the Brownstone. Her wedding was beautiful and a blast. The colors she had for the flowers and bridesmaid dresses just popped!

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Here are some of us awaiting the ceremony.

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She had a waffle bar and a cannoli cake. I was in heaven.

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The blushing bride and I.

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And a bunch of JMU DUKES. Their wedding hashtag was #fromjmutoido.

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To get the most out of the weekend, we got an AirBnb in NYC! Most of the trip consisted of checking off delicious food places. I had brunch reservations to Butter and we got our favorite soup dumplings! I needed a weekend to indulge a little.

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I also tried to get some good black and white pics. This was my first time in Grand Central:

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A late night bar we found where I had a delicious rum and champagne drink named after Cuba.

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My boyfriend awaiting the train.

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I also walked across the Brooklyn Bridge for my first time.

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Just so you know, it is a much MUCH longer walk than I had anticipated. My feet were exhausted that night after our day running about. I should have been wearing a pedometer!

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The highline. We wandered before the show we went to that night.

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This was the highlight of the trip for me: Sleep No More. I had wanted to go last year when my boyfriend and I had visited New York, but was worried about the experience being so new in our relationship. This time around though, I was determined to go and I am so thankful we did! What a mysterious and epic evening. We started with drinks in The McKittrick Hotel before being ushered in to watch a noir interactive performance. I love talking about it so if you are curious, ask me more! I don’t want to give away too much for other hotel guests.

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Our final day, we saw an empty Times Square.

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Per my mom’s suggestion, we found Levain Bakery and got breakfast and bought cookies to go! These things were amazing. I will try to be recreating the cookies for sure when I am back.

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We didn’t have time before the train to see all of The Guggenheim Museum, but I got some nice pictures of the architecture.

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I was excited with how warm it was! Everythign looked like fall but didn’t feel brisk and chilly. It made the long city walks much more enjoyable.

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The door to our Airbnb. So modern and gorgeous. We lucked out and stayed in an amazing place that was incredibly private. I will keep it bookmarked for future trips!

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And then back in Washington, DC.

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