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Bridal Bonanza Weekend: The Bachelorette Party


We’re getting married in two weeks! Somehow, the sixteen months that we have been engaged has sped by faster than Speedy Gonzalez. Roadrunner speed perhaps? It’s quickly approaching and I thought that while I still have a sliver of downtime, I’d share some of the festivities!

Last weekend, my sister (and Maid of Honor) and my bridesmaids hosted my bachelorette party. Finally, all of them together in the same place at the same time.

See, I have some talent in choosing bridesmaids. Maggie, my best friend since high school and who I’ve known for almost 20 years (so weird to think that!) is a Lieutenant in the Air Force and was on assignment in Italy and Kuwait. Krystle, my BFF from college, the one who can finish my sentences and spontaneously dress in the same colors without consultation, lives in Southern California. Liz, who is like a big sister to me (even though she’s shorter, he he) is putting her law degree to work outside Fresno. Elana, my good friend who I met in Lyon, France while studying abroad, is local in San Francisco, but travels like a maniac for work. And finally my little sister, Stephanie, who just completed her first year in college. In other words, getting together casually wasn’t exactly a walk in the park.

But they all pulled it together and everyone made it out! Woo hoo!

To start off the day, we went to the Burke Williams Spa at the Westfield Mall in San Francisco. Oh. My. Goodness. Divine. That’s what it was. Freakin’ divine. It was so relaxing to sip on cucumber lemon water and sit in the Jacuzzi. We had a little seating area with some baked goodies and sparkling cider. Then it was time for the treatment. It was called Harmony.

Fantastic. Seriously.


It was a combination of hot and cold stone massage, salt scrub, and tuning fork. Yes, tuning fork. I suppose it was to vibrate my body back into balance? I think my favorite part was putting on the robe that they had kept in the warmer during the treatment. Toasty!

After trying out the steam room…seriously steamy, drying out in the sauna…insta-sweat, and the mist room…too chilly, we headed over to the Cheesecake Factory, where I received my tasks, resulting in subsequent gifts. We feasted on a bevy of appetizers and of course a slice of cheesecake – Dulce de Leche to be precise!


The entire night I had to wear a super classy plastic tiara and matching sash, with “Bride to Be” emblazoned across it.


For dinner we went to E’ Tutto Qua, an Italian restaurant with delicious food and very friendly waiters, if you know what I mean. They made our dining experience quite memorable.


Bridesmaid Elana with our very Italian waiter, Alessandro.


With Bridesmaid Lt. Maggie and Bridesmaid Krystle!


Dessert followed at Steps of Rome, which was accompanied by more friendly waiters. Here’s the waiter explaining something to me about the candlelit treat in front of me.



I have to thank my wonderful sister and my super awesome bridesmaids for an amazingly fantabulous Bachelorette Party. Thanks ladies! You are simply the best!

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