We started bright and early - last year we were up ridiculously early but we weren't out the door as early as we wanted, and this year because we wanted to bring chairs and whatnot (only one gate allows you to enter with chairs), we wanted to get there early to avoid the insane line. I can't remember what time we got there- before 10am maybe? There was no line. It was amazing. We went straight to the infield (stopping to get my first bud light, of course) to set up camp and then wandered around, checking out the grounds, the outfits, the hats etc. It didn't get crazy busy until after noon, and when it did, you could barely move. It was record breaking attendance!
We took lots of photos, watched a lot of people, talked to a few random people, helped a few drunk people that apparently had no friends to look after them, drank a few bud lights and a couple of Oaks Lilys, danced at the Vineyard Vines tent, placed a few bets (Megan, not me), walked around a bunch.. I mean, that's all there is to Derby, really. It's not a bad thing - like I said, it's one of my favourite parts of living in Kentucky.
It was an absolutely beautiful day, couldn't have asked for nicer weather. So, picture overload, shall we? I'll warn you - it's lots of me and Megan, and lots of selfies. Would you expect anything less?
FYI Megan made both of our fascinators - we got complimented and asked a zillion times, and several people said she needed to sell them. My dress (and necklace) are from Rent The Runway. My sunnies were $5 and they are the bomb (price changes all the time). Megan's romper is adorable but it's sold out, but here is the exact one in a different print. Hair and makeup done by Megan (duh!). You don't really want the boys outfit details do you? Just kidding.
There you have it, another Derby in the books. Probably the best one yet.
Have you ever been to the races? Is Derby on your bucket list?