Oh the places we will go

It’s been a while since my first post. In the months since I started this blog, I have started yet another job (still in advertising, but a little closer to home), have mostly finished moving into my house, and have traveled to the other side of the world and back on my honeymoon. In the weeks since welcoming the new year, I’ve been reflecting on 2014 and wanted to share some memories from the most important milestone for me last year – our wedding.

The first thing you should know about my husband and me is that we love to travel. Whether it’s to Disney World (we are both fanatics), to far away continents (more about that later), or down to see my parents in South Carolina, we can’t seem to stay in one place for long. My parents home in South Carolina is specifically one of my favorite places on earth. Set in the “low country” of SC, about halfway between Hilton Head and Savannah, GA, the Inn at Palmetto Bluff is the most picturesque setting for a wedding. Surrounded by views of the May River and streets lined with live oaks and hanging spanish moss, I couldn’t imagine having gotten married anywhere else. Given our love of travel and that we decided on a destination wedding, a very clear theme emerged for our September nuptials (thanks to my very clever mother) – “Oh the places they will go” (hence the title of this post).

Seeing as this location was kind of inconvenient for most people involved, our wedding actually became more of an entire weekend of activities, each one more spectacular than the last. It would be too hard to post about all of these events at once, so I’ll just start with The Big Day – enjoy!

Photo by Clay Austin Photography

Getting ready in the wine cellar at the Inn. Dress by Monique Lhuillier, Shoes by Jimmy Choo, Photo by Clay Austin Photography

My gorgeous bridesmaids. Dresses by Monique Lhuillier. Photo by Clay Austin Photography

My gorgeous bridesmaids. Dresses by Monique Lhuillier. Photo by Clay Austin Photography

Hitched! Photo by Clay Austin Photography

The reception. Photo by Clay Austin Photography

The reception. Photo by Clay Austin Photography

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The perfect end to the perfect night. Photo by Clay Austin Photography

Special thanks to the following for making our wedding such an unforgettable day!

Wedding Planner: Sage McRae

Photographer: Clay Austin

Hair/Makeup: Skinzin

Attire: The Wedding Shoppe

Stationery: Allison Hough, PomPom Print

Everything Tiny Detail: My mother

My name is Emily, and I am a Suburbanite. After years of living in Manhattan, this is something that is sometimes difficult for me to accept.

I grew up on the Main Line – a string of suburbs just outside of Philadelphia. Throughout the course of my childhood, I was convinced that I was geographically misplaced and was meant to grow up in THE CITY. I dreamed of being Eloise and living in the Plaza. As a college student in a small town in Central New York, I yearned to graduate and head to NYC. And that is exactly what I did.

Immediately after graduating from college in 2010, I accepted a job at a large Public Relations agency in New York City. I moved into a tiny studio in the West Village. I shopped, I ate at amazing restaurants, I went out to trendy bars three to four nights a week,  and I started dating my now husband. Year two brought about some slight changes – we moved to a slightly larger one bedroom in the Financial District. Year three was marked by an impulsive move to Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

layla and me

our puppy

At some point during that third year in the city, I began to realize something I never thought possible: I wanted to go home. I was burnt out from the long hours and constant motion of city life. My husband took a job at a private equity firm back on the Main Line, and I accepted a position at a smaller PR agency in Philadelphia. Rather suddenly, we were living in the suburbs and our lives shifted dramatically.

our suburban home

our suburban home

That was a little over a year ago. Since then, we got married, built a house, and rescued a puppy. Many of my friends struggle with these new aspects of my life, despite my protests that I can still relate. I might have a house and a dog and all of the responsibilities that come with growing up and getting older, but I am still the same person that I was in my early twenties in NYC. I am currently in the middle of moving into our new house, starting a new job in the advertising industry, and just got married a few weeks ago. But I am still a foodie, a shopping addict, a bookworm, still suffering from an insatiable case of wanderlust. That’s where the idea for this blog came from – trying to maintain my city mindset in a small suburban town. I hope you enjoy my Hip Suburban life as much as I do!