I had the most amazing time in Dallas this past weekend. One of my best friends got married on Sunday so my boyfriend and I decided to make a little weekend getaway out of the occasion! We watched the TX vs. OU Red River Rivalry, we went to the Texas State Fair, and we got to see a few of my college friends plus all of my new friends I met in Nashville for the bachelorette party. So here are the deets on my weekend in Dallas!
We woke up early Saturday morning and dropped my dog, Boo off at the Rover pet sitter’s house. Earlier last week I was frantically texting all of my family and Bryan’s family who was going to be in town this weekend that could watch Boo and literally EVERYONE was going out of town the same weekend! So I was trying to find some pet boarding places and they all seemed so sad and depressing. I didn’t want my little baby to be locked in a jail cell all weekend. So I found Rover and found a lovely lady named Peggy to watch Boo over the weekend while we were gone. And Boo had the best time! Peggy has an older dog named Gracie and the two dogs got along great and spent the whole weekend cuddling on the couch and chasing squirrels in the backyard. So cute!!
It was a three and a half hour drive from Houston to Dallas and of course the TX vs. OU game started at 11am, so I had to hook my phone up and stream the game on my phone. I downloaded the FOX Sports app and logged in with our Xfinity account and I was able to stream the game perfectly. (My boyfriend was driving, by the way, haha).
We started our weekend in Dallas off by driving straight to the Cotton Bowl Stadium where the game was at, and conveniently where the Texas State Fair is located also! The tickets to the game started at $300 each so I told my boyfriend that we were going to hang out at the Texas State Fair outside of them game instead, which a lot of people actually do. When we got to the game/fair, trying to find parking was a nightmare. We ended up paying $20 to park by a railroad track and we just left all of our stuff in his truck. But luckily it wasn’t a far walk to the fair!
Texas State Fair
So we actually ended up getting into the fair for free… We were walking in right as the game was ending so the huge game crowd was walking out and we were able to walk right in. #SorryNotSorry. The fair was absolutely jam-packed with people unfortunately. Not only was it the weekend of the cold front with perfect weather, but it was also the Red River Rivalry so it was a sea of people all wearing burnt orange or red. Most of the people were in college and very drunk, so trying to navigate the crowds was a nightmare. So if you’re planning on going to the Texas State Fair, don’t go on the same weekend as the Red River Rivalry game!! I felt so bad for the families that were at the fair with their children while there were tens of thousands of drunk people leaving the game. Trust me, I was that drunk college kid at the Tx vs. OU game for four years in a row and I know how rowdy and belligerent everyone was after that game!
But about an hour after the game ended, the crowd died down a lot and it wasn’t as nightmarish to walk around the fair anymore. My boyfriend and I got our coupons and immediately got in line for beer. Since all of the lines were so long, we each got two beers to walk around with so we wouldn’t have to keep getting back in line for more. We walked through the auto show part of the fair and looked at all of the new concept cars and the 2020 models. It was actually really fun to look at all of the cars and get to sit in the super expensive race car ones!
After the cars, we walked through the big shopping tent and Bryan bought himself a new phone case because his broke. I was also super impressed with the shopping tent because the prices were AMAZING!! I was expecting the price of everything at the Texas State Fair to be super inflated, but we saw these gorgeous cowhide rugs and they were only $250!!! I was expecting them to be at least a few thousand… If we hadn’t just got into the game for free I probably would have bought a rug and stashed it in the truck because $250 for a huge cowhide rug is a great deal!
While we were walking around the rest of the fair, we found a ride that I had been on before that I really enjoyed. It was called the “Air Max”. Bryan and I both love roller coasters so he wanted to ride this ride also. The line went super fast and it was so much fun that once we got off the ride we jumped right back in line to go on it again, haha! It was so much fun!!
We also bought a turkey leg, a churro, and a “papa loco”, which is the fried potato cut into a spiral on a long stick and we put ketchup and hot sauce on it. All of the food we got was sooo good! Apparently that was the best churro Bryan has ever had so he was very impressed by the food at the fair.
We decided that we needed to play a game before we left so we could get the full Texas State Fair experience during our weekend in Dallas. So I bought a game card for $10 and played this BB gun game where I had to shoot out this red star. I actually love shooting and am quite good at it so the game was pretty easy for me. I gave the guy my game card and he started to show me how to hold the gun and I grabbed it quickly and tucked it into my shoulder to let him know that I knew what I was doing, haha! After shooting out the red star the people working the booth were very impressed by my shooting abilities and one guy even told my boyfriend that he was a little afraid of me with a gun, LOL!
The bride and groom were having a ‘welcome celebration’ back at the hotel for everyone in town for the wedding at 9pm so Bryan and I left the fair at around 7:45. As we were walking out of the fair, we gave the rest of our coupons to a family with kids that were walking in.
Day of the Wedding
The morning of the wedding (Sunday), we slept in and went to Jason’s Deli for an early lunch. It was about 11am and neither of us were really hungry for breakfast so we decided on Jason’s Deli, haha! While we were there, my friend texted me that they had just arrived at the hotel but couldn’t check in for a few hours. So we left Jason’s Deli and headed back to the hotel.
The wedding was at 4pm so I had to put on my Loving Tan 2hr Express Self Tanner before meeting my friends across the street at Blue Goose Cantina. We went to Blue Goose because it shared a parking lot with our hotel so we could just walk there. We got some chips and salsa, the boys got beers, and my girlfriend and I had mimosas. And let me tell you, the mimosas were gooooood! I probably had four or five mimosas so I was feeling really good while I was getting ready for the wedding.
My friend and her boyfriend came and met us in our hotel room before leaving for the wedding because, surprise surprise, I was the last one to finish getting ready. BUT, I wasn’t late! Just the last one, haha! So we drank some Trulys and watched the Browns game before calling an Uber to take us to the wedding.
This was the most beautiful venue I’ve been to so far! The ceremony was outside on this hill overlooking hills of different colored trees. The alter was a big wood structure with green ivy all over the top. Fun fact: the bride and her family actually cut down the vines and ivy from their friend’s house and brought it with them to decorate with! Some of the bridesmaids wore light blue dresses and others wore greenish-blue dresses, but all of the dresses were different styles so I thought that was really pretty!
The ceremony was so beautiful. My friend asked me if I was going to cry or not and I told her I’m not a cryer (which is true, I’m really not a cryer), but as soon as my best friend (the bride) walked out of the doors and I saw her in her dress on her wedding day I just started bawling… haha! And then periodically throughout the ceremony, especially when the bride and groom exchanged their written vows, I would shed more and more tears. So I guess I can’t say I’m not a cryer anymore!
After the ceremony we went inside into this large barn-like room with super high ceilings and rustic drum chandeliers. Everything was sooo beautiful! There was an open bar serving beer, wine, and champagne, so my friends and I stocked up on those. We all would get two drinks at a time so we wouldn’t have to make as many trips to the bar. Seems to have been a common theme that weekend…
There was also a little snack room in the back with chips, salsa, guacamole, and veggies. And for dinner we had the most amazing food omg!! There was some really good salad, chicken, brisket, ribs, and macaroni and cheese with bacon. Soooo good. My mouth is watering just thinking about the food. And the tables were called two at a time so there was never a huge line of people waiting to get food.
After dinner, we all drank more and did A LOT of dancing. It’s really funny because when my boyfriend and I started dating, he told me that he hated weddings because he hates dancing. But that mf danced the ENTIRE night and had such a good time. So maybe he just didn’t like to weddings without me 😉
The father daughter dance really made me cry and apparently everyone else at the wedding also haha! And since it was a Jewish wedding (groom) we did the Hora dance with the bride and groom in the chairs held up in the air with everyone dancing in a circle around them. And that was when my boyfriend told me he wanted to convert to Judaism so we could do that at our wedding, haha! I agreed.
And to end our perfect weekend in Dallas, we sent the bride and groom off with white rose petals and then we all went back to the hotel for an after party. Once we got to the after party, the bride and groom pulled up with about 20 boxes of pizza and joined everyone inside. So our weekend in Dallas wasn’t ending after all. It was awesome! We all hung out, ate pizza, drank the remaining alcohol, and got to have more intimate conversations with everyone including the bride and groom. I brought my Anker bluetooth portable speaker so we could listen to music while we hung out.
It was such a beautiful wedding and it was so nice seeing my college friends during my weekend in Dallas. My boyfriend hadn’t been able to meet them before this weekend since everyone lives in Boston, Brooklyn, Austin, etc. so it was nice having him meet some of my besties and get to see that part of my life. I also had a ton of fun at the Texas State Fair with my boyfriend on Saturday, even though Texas lost… But we still had a great time and really got to experience the fair!
Monday driving back to Houston was a little rough, we were both a little over-served, but that means we had a fantastic weekend right?! So overall our weekend in Dallas was amazing and it’ll be really hard to beat!
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