First, Friday morning, we hopped on a little plane early early early (like got up at 4:45 early) Friday morning and jet setted our way to a happy little place we like to call NYC.
We stopped at our hotel to drop our bags, hopped on the subway, and got all sorts of touristy walking around Time Square. (check out the lobby lighting in our sweet little boutique hotel in Chelsea, so trendy).
Oh and somewhere between Kelleigh's showcase and these 2 bars, we stopped at a local pizza joint and it was unreal. I'm surprised we were not kicked out of the restaurant because we were not exactly a quiet group. After the pingpong bar, we got a call from a few friends of ours from Universal saying they were at this place by their hotel called Tavern 29 near Chelsea/Midtown. We spent the rest of our evening there with our good ole Nashville buddies, which definitely beat out the hipster jazz bar. It was a blast. *Sidenote: Blain was so tired (which he had every right to be because we woke up that morning at like 4 am for the plane) but he had been saying he wanted to go back to the hotel since our first stop at Rockwood... Natalie, Everett and I just kept dragging him around with us. On our way to Tavern 29 we told him we'd drop him off at the hotel... we didn't. We forced him to come to Tavern with us and he wasn't happy. But when we got there, guess who danced pretty much the entire time with Michelle?! Blain. ha!!!! God I wish I had a picture of that. He definitely caught his 2nd wind once we were surrounded by familiar faces*
Pictured below, left photo: Carlos, NYC photographer and Waylon the bday boy, day-to-day manager for Luke
right photo: JoJo and I (Joanna is head of creative at Universal and pretty much my fave person ever)
Later that day we ventured around the city. Of course, we had to make a trip to Central Park. It was pretty freezing the entire time we were in NYC, like single digits freezing... but it really didn't snow the entire weekend. EXCEPT during our walk through Central Park, which honestly - kind of made for a pretty setting!
Now - let me explain. Cole Swindell opened the show, followed by Lee Brice, and the main event was Luke Bryan. Hellloooo country in the city. Blain and Cole were roommates until Blain and I started living in sin and moved in together. Blain and Cole have been best friends since college and before Blain and I started living together, I practically lived with them at their house for months. Also - Blain, Cole and Luke were all fraternity brothers at Georgia Southern (yay Sigma Chi). So the 3 of them have known each other for years and years. Cole used to be Luke's merch guy on the road. When Cole left that position, Blain filled it. So then, Blain did merch for Luke on the road. All while all 3 of them live in Nashville and are good buddies. Does that explain it? So to say the least... seeing 2 of his best friends play Madison Square Garden was a pretty huge moment. Now - onto the concert.
Everett, Natalie, Blain & I got ready and hopped back on the subway. MSG was literally 5 blocks from our hotel, but it was COLD. We didn't have tickets so when we got to the venue, we waited at the back door until someone came out and brought us our passes. Then the fun began!
We hung in the green room while the boys did press and all that fun stuff.
I mean like, 2 years ago I was making he and Blain dinner every night at home and now I'm in NYC while he plays to a PACKED house at Madison Square Garden? One of the biggest venues in America? WHAT?!?!
After Cole finished, we went back to the green room for a couple cocktailssss.. on the way, I saw my good friend Mike for the first time of the evening, and we kind of shrieked w excitement. And Everett came in with the best photo bomb of the night.
Cole came out from backstage and joined us in the pit after he wrapped up to watch the rest of Luke's show. Another funny moment of the concert... Cole came out to stand with us in the pit in a beanie instead of his signature cap. Not one person noticed him while we watched the show! Even though 20 minutes prior to this, he preformed to this entire crowd and had 20,000 people singing along to his songs, screammmmming for him. It's magical what a beanie can do!
Then, you guessed it, we hopped back on the subway. This time we headed downtown to Tribecca / Greenwich Village. We had the most amazing lunch at some place called the Ivy Cafe? I think? It was incredible. Then we headed down to Ground Zero. It was our last day in NYC but we didn't fly out until that evening so we had a full day to spend sight seeing. We did the Ground Zero museum and memorial. To say it was touching/sad/emotional/inspiring would be an understatement.
I'd like to take a moment and just say a HUGE thank you to Everett Teaford who made this NYC extravaganza possible for Blain and I. It was the best wedding surprise of a lifetime and we love you so much Dupree!
Hope you enjoyed my very detailed dairy entry of NYC. It was truly a trip of a lifetime and we made such great memories along the way.
Now... I'll get back to recipes and DIY projects, I swear.
[[Until next time]]