Anniversary To Be

Wedding Anniversary To Be | Stile.Foto.Cibo

I’m definitely calling this a perk to a long engagement. With our venue and date solidified a while ago, we already know what our anniversary is going to be. And a few weeks ago, we got to celebrate it a year early!

We packed up a breakfast picnic while it was still very dark outside, gathered blankets, hoodies, and the dog, and made our way out to the beach where we settled in to watch the sun rise.

Wedding Anniversary To Be | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Wedding Anniversary To Be | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Wedding Anniversary To Be | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Partway into the morning, Zoe decided she was cold and started shivering. So, of course, we wrapped her up in a blanket and took turned snuggling her to keep the cold away.

Wedding Anniversary To Be | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Wedding Anniversary To Be | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Wedding Anniversary To Be | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Wedding Anniversary To Be | Stile.Foto.Cibo

As the sun came up more (and as we drank enough coffee to be awake) we pulled out a breakfast mostly of pastries. Which Zoe was all about.

Wedding Anniversary To Be | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Wedding Anniversary To Be | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Wedding Anniversary To Be | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Unfortunately, a particularly cloudy morning meant we didn’t get to see too much in the way of actual sunrise. Just lots of pink clouds. Which was just fine by us!

Wedding Anniversary To Be | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Wedding Anniversary To Be | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Wedding Anniversary To Be | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Getting chilly ourselves, we packed everything up and headed back inside, ready to start the day. We went about our separate days and came back together in the evening for a delicious dinner at a place on the Southport corridor called Spencer’s Jolly Posh, now closed. Our honeymoon will be partly in England so we figured it would be fun to eat English food this day to celebrate the meals we will be having once we travel.

Wedding Anniversary To Be | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Wedding Anniversary To Be | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Wedding Anniversary To Be | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Wedding Anniversary To Be | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Delightful and traditional British fare paired with ale and cider. I’m only sad I discovered this place too late.

As we made our way home, we stopped by our favorite wine ship, Independent Spirits, Inc. where we grabbed two bottles of wonderful chardonnay from the year we started dating. We drank one that evening, paired with a vegan havarti cheese, and we will save one to drink again on our wedding day.

Wedding Anniversary To Be | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Wedding Anniversary To Be | Stile.Foto.Cibo

While it means we still have a whole year to wait until wedding day, it was so nice to get to celebrate our special day a little early.

Wine Night: Independent Spirits, Inc. in Edgewater

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Neighborhood exploring is easily my favorite thing to do. Now that the weather has gotten nice enough to be outside for more than the time it takes the dog to do her thing and go back in, Sarah and I have really been spending time getting to know our neighborhood. Exploring boutiques, eating at local restaurants, visiting small pet stores, etc.! It was thus, we discovered Independent Spirits, Inc.

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The little boutique is WONDERFUL. My adult beverages of choice are wine, beer, and whiskey (specifically single malt scotch whiskey from the Highlands). Independent Spirits, Inc. specializes in two of those- wine and whiskey. Needless to say, finding this place is both seriously exciting and incredibly dangerous.

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We popped in to the store after our sushi date night at Indie Cafe. This place is right next door! What better way to end a date night than with a nice bottle of wine at home relaxing? So we poked out heads in and discovered not only a glorious selection but a simply beautiful interior.

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The wine is sorted by country and type. Want a merlot from the US? Look for the map of the States then find your Merlot. Whiskey was sorted by type of whiskey. I quickly found the Scotch section. The one thing I wish they’d done is sort the single malt stuff by region. Glenlivet and Laphroaig are very different based entirely upon region.

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We settled on a nice rich merlot from the US to take home, broke out some glasses, and settled in for a movie to end our evening.

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Independent Spirits, Inc. hosts tastings periodically. I fully intend to pop in for one. Prepare for that post.

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