Woo! It’s been a whirl wind of a few days for us! After Marie & Daniel’s Cameron Estate Inn wedding on Friday, Tony and I headed back home and I caught 2 hours of sleep before hopping up out of bed because Saturday morning, my best friend and I were headed to New York City to see Anastasia on Broadway!
Caroline and I have been best friends since we were 8. You could say we have been through EVERYTHING together! We were even each other’s Maid’s of Honor! So now that we’re all married and wifey’s, we decided to celebrate our 25th birthday’s (cue Tony’s eye roll here because he thinks that women’s birthday’s never end haha) in New York City to see one of our favorite childhood movies on Broadway – Anastasia!
We left at 4:30AM (should have been 4:00AM but I overslept by 30 minutes because I had only slept for 2 hours!) and beat ALL of the traffic! We made record time and arrived in NYC before 9:00AM! Because we were so early, we couldn’t check into our hotel yet, so we decided to take a stroll around Central Park. The best part about this trip is that once we arrived in the city, we walked EVERY WHERE. Never had to Uber/Lyft/Taxi or drive! We got to pretend to be Blair Waldorf and saw the Bethesda Terrace and Fountain, saw a live band, even a bride and groom walking through the park! Our child-like hearts also had to ride the Central Park Carousel because… that’s what you do when you’re in NYC seeing Anastasia! You do all the things that you wish you could have done as a kid!
*DISCLAIMER* These photos are a mix of iPhone photos and photos from our professional camera – so forgive some of the images quality. This was about having FUN! 🙂
After walking up and appetite, we went to this adorable tea room and restaurant called, “Radiance Tea House and Books.” They had all of these teas that had different purposes. Some were for wellness, emotional stability, detox, etc. It was pretty cool! I had a whole pot to myself! We split a curry chicken dish that was SO STINKIN GOOD. I could have eaten about 7 of them because it was so delicious but it was so filling that I couldn’t even finish my small dish!
Thankfully, it was time to check in at the hotel before we headed to the theater! Our hotel was so cute. Very 1920’s glam. All the red velvet, marble, etc. It was called “The Michelangelo Hotel” and it was just a block from Times Square!
So, what’s better than seeing Anastasia on Broadway with your childhood bestie? Seeing Anastasia on Broadway with your childhood bestie drinking red wine in the theater out of reusable Anastasia cups of course! The show was amazing!! It was just as good as the movie! We all come into these situations with super high hopes (ex. reading a book and then seeing the movie) and this show did NOT dissappoint!
After the show we went to this mind-blowingly great Cuban restaurant called, “Victor’s Cafe.” They had a live cuban band playing music for the guests and it TOTALLY made us feel like Carrie Bradshaw. If only we had her closet!! Everything on the menu was to die for. I would come to NYC again JUST for this restaurant! But of course you can only stuff yourself so much with tapas, so we headed back to the hotel after dinner, crawled into our matching hotel robes, and watched some TV before falling asleep.
It was so crazy waking up in NYC because at 8:00AM, there was ZERO light coming through our window. I’m a person who has to turn on all the lights in the house to wake up. It just doesn’t feel like morning if it’s still dark outside! Turns out, it SEEMED like it was so dark because the buildings are so tall, they don’t really have a sunrise! But we quickly got dressed because we had breakfast and a travel home ahead of us.
The first place we stopped at Stumptown Roasters – but we actually didn’t order anything because we realized that we were actually quite hungry and needed some brunch. But I couldn’t leave without snapping a pic because it was so cute!
So we of course did what any person would do when they want to eat great food in a place they have never been before – we looked to Yelp. Yelp told us to go to Clinton St. Bakery because almost 4,000 people reviewed and said it was the best place ever. They weren’t kidding! There was a 45 minute wait for breakfast and it was just steadily growing. We put our names on the list and had some time to kill, so we walked down the block to a cute little cafe to grab some coffee while we were waiting. Little did we know that we would come to a cafe with a Catio. Yes. A Catio. A CAT PATIO. You can play with the cats and adopt them. It was pretty amazing!!
After we were told our table was ready, we had brunch and then headed home! It took us 7 hours to get home because of traffic but it was great because we got to catch up over lost time. Til next time NYC!
5 Tips for a Stress Free Portrait Session
Excited for your portrait session?! We send guides to our couples in the mail (a 70+ page book!) to prepare them for their engagement session. Here's some tips!