What a weekend!
Not only did I get to see some of my very best friends and make about six new awesome friends, but we all celebrated Katie’s last month of being a single lady!
I think we did a fine job because there aren’t too many pictures that I’m going to post for obvious reasons. 😉
We stayed in the parlor suite at the Firesky Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, AZ and they were SO good to us! They welcomed us with bottles of champagne, robes and our suite had three bathrooms. That’s a necessity when 12 girls try to get ready at the same time.
When we all got in Friday night, we headed to dinner at Olive & Ivy, Katie’s favorite restaurant. Then we went back to our suite, played games and she opened presents! We didn’t go to bed until 3 a.m., which was really 5 a.m. Iowa time (and 6 a.m. to the east coast girls!) so we slept in a little, had a mimosa/fruit/bagel/cupcake breakfast and headed to the pool to catch some rays.
We gave Katie a ‘bride’ shirt decorated with the future Mrs. Jake Schur’s name to wear when opening gifts/getting ready. (This was the before picture, hence the plastic around each letter.)
Gifts for the gals. Plus, “stunna” shades.
I think one of my favorite parts of the weekend was just being around girls again. After living on a floor full of my best girlfriends in college, I really took for granted how much fun getting ready as a group is. Nowadays, Kev stands at the bathroom door and hurries me along when I get ready.
It looked like a sorority threw up in our suite.
The beautiful bride to be!
On Saturday night, we got a LIMO as a surprise for Katie!
We had Charlie (our awesome driver’s name) take us all around town to different bars. Scottsdale has to be one of the best cities for young people – the bars there blow St. Louis and Des Moines’ bars out of the water.
She looked like such a rock star!
The whole group!
Now I’m in my typical post-vacation mopey mood, but it helps knowing I’m going to see these girls again in less than a month for Katie’s big day! I cannot wait!
Speaking of weddings!! Kevin and I worked very hard on the drive from STL to DSM last weekend to get a good start on our guest list. I feel like we’re at a pretty good place, so we’re going to check with our families to see if we’re missing anyone. I had a feeling our wedding would be big, but I didn’t realize just how big our families are. I’m not Catholic (me, my mom, brother and grandma are Lutheran), but my whole family and Kevin’s basically is, which means lots of brothers/sisters/cousins/aunts/uncles. IT WILL BE SO FUN!