LEJ Engagement Celebration

Happy Friday readers!

I'd like to extend a warm welcome to all of my new followers...be sure to say hi in a comment so I can get to know ya!

How were you weeks?  Mine has been great...just yesterday I received notice that I got a teaching job!  It's a long term substitute position starting Tuesday through the end of the year in a first grade class (perfect!).  I'll be the students' third teacher of the school year and have a tough road ahead of me, but I couldn't be more excited to have a class of my very own.

This time last Friday I was headed to C'ville for the afternoon and evening to celebrate the engagement of one of my closest friends from the Curry School, LEJ!  A group of us, all from the elementary ed program, got together in honor of the occassion and it was so fun to have an afternoon devoted to girl time.

We started our afternoon at King Family Vineyards.

It was absolutely gorgeous and think might now be the top of my favorite vineyards list.

LEJ in her "Bride to Bling" sash!

ready for the tasting

I loved this "HOT HORSES COOL WINE" sign!

the decor inside the tasting room was rustic and gorgeous

I always love seeing the wine bottles lined up with their medals.

I bought one of these wine bottle stoppers for $1 and they are awesome..might have to make a trip to get some more!

Next we selected a few bottles and headed outside to enjoy the beautiful weather.

KTM ready with our wine!

the views were gorgeous...I don't know if you can tell but that is a POLO PLAYER PRACTICING IN THE DISTANCE!

I enjoyed a glass of the Crosé

With the future Mrs. W!

the whole group

Terrific Trio

After wine tasting we headed out to dinner and out on the town for quite the fun night!  I felt so old being surrounded by undergrads I didn't recognize.

Ready for some fun on the corner!


Are any of your friends currently celebrating an engagement?  Are you a fan of wine tastings?

Have a fantastic weekend, friends!


  1. Looks like a great day! I love wine tasting, I am from Austria, and we do it there all the time! Not so much here in Ireland though :( x Marina

  2. Congrats on the JOB..they saved the Best for LAST!! I need some of that Wine!!

  3. What a fun way to celebrate her engagement! I love that you all went wine tasting :) And I love your dress! Congrats again on the new job!

  4. I'm a new follower! I adore your blog! Congrats on the job, teaching is really great! I'm getting married this summer and I love seeing low key\classy events to celebrate the occasion! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  5. Congratulations on your teaching position!

    I love some wine tastings...relaxing and beautiful scenery! You guys have lots of pretty ones in VA!

  6. Oh what fun! We had gone wine tasting at a vineyard for my bachelorette, and Husband and I love this as a weekend activity. Happy Friday! XO

  7. Such a fun weekend, I love the gorgeous Virginia mountains! And so excited for your teaching opportunity, you will be amazing!

  8. You look so serious in that 1st picture sitting at the table! You do look adorable though!

    I am actually going wine tasting for my upcoming birthday. Can't wait.

    CONGRATS on the job! What a way to end the year. When I got my first teaching job I was so excited. I spent the whole summer rummaging garage sales and thrift stores for books, games and supplies for my room.

  9. First, a huge congratulations on the job! That is so exciting. :)

    What a fun celebration! Love the idea of a wine tasting.

  10. So much fun. I'm very happy for you about the job. I put a notice on your FB page yesterday...we would love to have you in Raleigh. There will be some openings at my son's magnet school.

    You are going to have so much as friends get married, etc. Lots of fun. Love it.

  11. That looks like so much fun! Your job sounds great. I like your dress by the way.

  12. WOW your friends are so fun!!

    oh, ps, congrats on the job missy! Or should I say, Ms. E? ;)

  13. What fun!! I love you dress. Very cute! Congrats on the job!!

  14. Congratulations on your job! My first position was an extended long term sub and you'd be surprised what a difference you can make in such a short time, especially when the lids might not have had the best experience in the classroom thus far. First grade is such an important grade and you can be sure they leave it with very positive memories. Congrats again!

    The bachelorette party looks like a great time!

  15. Congratulations on your teaching job! That's awesome! :)

    Also, your friend's engagement celebration definitely looks like fun. :)

  16. Yay for teaching jobs! And Kings Family is o e of my favorites! I went there on my bachelorette weekend!

  17. Congrats on your teaching job! So amazing! And yes, I loooveeee wine tasting, especially with all my girls! You all look great! xx, Allie

    Ps. I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! Stop by www.alliesbubble.blogspot.com to check it out! :)

  18. Congratulations on the teaching job! I know you will do great and those kids will be so happy to have you! :)

    What a cute place for a wine tasting- I love the decor! Wine tasting with girlfriends is so fun! And I have never seen wine stoppers like that, too cute (and colorful!)

  19. CONGRATS!!! on the job. I know you will be great.
    The party looks like a fund time.

  20. Yay Allie, congrats on your teaching job! Your students will LOVE you!

  21. Congratulations on the teaching job! So very exciting! I love wine tastings-- went to one for a bachelorette party myself last year and it was so much fun!

  22. I was brought to this blog by our common love of sundresses.

    Also congratulations on your job, as a teacher I know how satisfying it is when students learn what you teach them.

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