At the end of August, I took a bus up to New York to meet up with Daniel and Joe so we could carpool to our friend Ben’s wedding in Columbus, OH. The night I got up to New York, Daniel and I met up with Adam and Tara for dinner before heading out of town the next morning.
We went to MICA with Adam. He’s also a photographer and is one of Daniel’s closest friends. It’s always nice to catch up with Adam and Tara.
Breakfast, the next morning, before doing some shopping to look for a dress to wear to the wedding. I’m glad Daniel likes to shop. I can always count on him to browse around when I need to.
Vitamin king. Getting his vitamins ready for the weekend.
After I found a dress, Joe met up with us at Daniel’s place and got a little tour (I guess he had never been there yet?!)
And then we hit the road. We left New York around 2pm but were stuck in gridlocked traffic for nearly 3 hours waiting to get out of New York. It was a holiday weekend. We listened to a lot of podcasts.
We expected to get in around midnight, but we didn’t get in until 4am! It was a long trip, but it was fun because I hadn’t seen those guys in a while, at least not for longer than a few hours. Daniel and Joe and I all met the first week of our freshman year in college and continued to be friends throughout. Somehow we maintained a solid friendship all this time.
I made the dudes share a bed so I could have my own. I was able to use Mikey as an excuse to not have to share.
After crashing at our hotel, we woke up Saturday morning and wandered around Columbus.
After brunch, we found some craft coffee at One Line. It was really good.
After coffee, we headed back to the hotel and got ready for the wedding.
We met up with our other freshman year buddies, Nathalie and Cory, on the way down in the elevator. It was so great to see them! I hadn’t seen them in a few years, maybe since their wedding in 2009.
We went a little early so Daniel and Joe could photograph Ben getting ready. This is Ben! He’s also someone we’ve known since freshman year. It felt like a weird (good) reunion.
Ben and Annie’s wedding was really short but very sweet. They started out with a statement they had prepared about marriage equality, which was a very sweet sentiment directed toward their friends and family.
Daniel signing the guestbook…
catching up with Cory. these three shared a dorm freshman year.
a big MICA crew
Ben’s parents backyard in Columbus, OH
Ben and most of his guests were graphic designers.
A little break between the wedding refreshments and the reception.
The reception was held in a little art space.
It was really casual and fun, complete with glowsticks and a lot of pizzas ordered in.
and then there was a lot of dancing. for hours.
That’s Annie, the bride, and DJ, who officiated their wedding. We also went to MICA with DJ.
Ben and Annie cutting the cake. They both had three different outfits throughout the night!
So much cake!
There were some gooood dancers at this wedding.
When the reception was over at midnight, everyone went back to the hotel where the pool was open late for the occasion.
Trying to catch a football
It was a really fun night and really great to catch up with people I haven’t seen in years.
In the morning, our primary goal was to get brunch, then go to Jeni’s, a craft ice cream shop in Columbus that uses grass fed sweet cream for their ice cream.
It was incredible!
It was, hands down, the best ice cream I’ve ever eaten. It was so rich and creamy but not terribly sweet.
and then we got back on the road and headed back to the East Coast.
All that driving was pretty exhausting. We left on Friday afternoon and came home Sunday night. But at least the drive home was really beautiful.
I felt a little bad for Joe because Daniel and I bicker so much. I guess that’s the result of having dated for 8 years. But so many hours in a car together…. haha. Yeesh.
Instead of going back to New York, we drove to Philly because Daniel had to head on to Baltimore the next day. So Joe took the bus back to New York. They both crashed at our place. It was a long weekend!