Wedding Wednesday: Bachelorette Party II

Saturday morning, after a quick stop at Starbucks, we loaded a private van and headed up to the Vineyards in Santa Barbara. The "tour" we were on, included 3 wineries, private transportation, and a lunch at the 2nd winery.

Our first stop was Firestone which was an inside tasting room with amazing views. 

Since it was still a little early at this point (about 11:15am) we were all pretty good and used the spitting bucket like proper young adults. 

There were no Andrew Firestone sightings, which was a bummer, and the wine was just so/so. I'm glad we started at this spot because every other winery just blew us away.

We loaded up back into the van and headed to our second spot, Rusak, for a perfect outdoor setting. The weather was perfect, and they sat our entire group outside.

They had great music playing, and the entire group got comfortable and just sat around telling stories for almost two hours.

The third winery was a major hit in the wine department too. Last year when Joel and I spent a weekend in Santa Barbara, we had a fantastic bottle of Pinot Noir, called Melville, one night at dinner. I had no idea that Melville had a winery, but clearly some of the girls had read that post and I was in serious heaven to taste more of their collections!

Again, we sat outside, at a picnic bench, and just enjoyed the day. Wine tasting is so calming and relaxing, I could literally do it all day. Especially in Santa Barbara because it feels like you are in a completely different country.

When we got back to our hotel, I was escorted away from my room while my bridesmaids got busy decking everything out for the evening. I got ready in my mom's room so that the entire thing could be a grand reveal. 

I walked in to a true party and couldn't have been more excited or more grateful.


After the entire group was given their martini's, we all sat down to watch a interview with Joel that the girls turned into a drinking game. It was so much fun and had the entire group hysterically laughing.

The girls had planned a lingerie party where I seriously made out. My girls know me well and stocked me full of girly, beautiful pieces that I would have never purchased for myself. I was seriously spoiled. 


My last gift contained a few unmentionables that I will NEVER post on the Internets, but it sure got the party started.


By 10pm we left the hotel for a private dinner at The Hungry Cat in Santa Barbara. The girls even had dinner games for the group which totally kept us from remembering that we were wasted and starving.


After dinner we made quick pit stop at a club. It was 1am by the time we got back to the hotel, and we were all still going. 

Even after a full day of drinking, everyone kept the party alive until at least 2, and not one person threw up. #winning

All in all, it was one of the best weekends of my life. I felt (and still feel) so spoiled, special, and loved, and couldn't even believe how much time, thought, money, and energy had gone into this weekend to make it perfect. And perfect it was.



  1. Looks like y'all had a lot of fun! Loved your outfit for the night too!

  2. It really sounds like the best time! You are definitely a lucky girl. :)

  3. Love your dress, is it parker?? So pretty & so much fun!

  4. you look gorgeous my dear!!! stocking up on lingerie is PERFECT for the big honeymoon, too...my girls made a game out of it which was fun for nighttime ;)

  5. Awww, so fun! Looks like a perfect weekend, such sweet friends!

  6. You look beautiful! So glad you had a great time:)

  7. Yay for getting showered with gorgeous lingerie!!

    Your friends really outdid themselves!! I'm seriously impressed.

  8. Tess you look beautiful!!! Your girls did a pretty fantastic job on your bachelorette weekend!!

  9. I love that they took you to that winery! Sounded like a great weekend of celebrating. :)

  10. Looks like SO fun! Glad you had a blast!!

  11. I forgot to comment on this because I read about it on my phone. Your bach party was amazing....now I just want wine and cheese and its the AM! What a lucky girl!

  12. Man, your girls sure can plan a party!