Da Vinci at the Atlanta airport about to board my flight!
Last week I had the incredible opportunity and honor of visiting Southport North Carolina for a behind the scenes look at the making of the movie Safe Haven! I was absolutely stoked when asked because it’s written by Nicholas Sparks who ALSO wrote ‘The NoteBook”, “Dear John”, “The Vow” and many of our tear jerking romantic faves! The experience was one I won’t forget! I wanted to share with you a few pics and moments from my trip, I can’t share any of the information from the film just YET but I can definitely say I’ll have more coming for you soon. In the mean time this gives you all a chance to READ the Safe Haven book so you’ll be ready for the film that will hit theaters near you in February 2013!
On this trip I had the amazing chance to meet other bloggers and professionals, what’s cool about that is as bloggers we get to communicate all the time virtually but seldom have opportunities to meet all the wonderful people we interact with. We had such a dynamic mix of personalities, niche’s, and styles but all in all I couldn’t have hung out with a better group!
Bloggers from: 5MINUTESFORMOM.COM/ Amy Hodges, STYLESUBSTANCESOUL.COM/ Lois Alter Mark, WHATTHEFLICKA.COM/ Elle, YOURLIFEAFTER25.COM/ Da Vinci, BETTYCONFIDENTIAL.COM/ Diana Denza, DIVINECAROLINE.COM/ Amy Copperman, LADYANDTHEBLOG.COM/ Jessica Chavkin, MOMTASTIC.COM/ Sherry Rickmeier, ROLEMOMMY.COM/ Kristin Flannery, SEERYUSMAMA.COM/ Sky Seery, SURFANDSUNSHINE.COM/ Jeana Shandraw, THEREVIEWBROADS.COM/ Zipporah Sandler, MODERNMOM.COM/ Laura Stanley, BETHFISHREADS.COM/ Candace Levy, and THEBOOKVIXEN.COM/ Janine Moore
When we got there we arrived, WITH car service, we got settled in our hotel rooms and then immediately got started with our day day! Our first stop was the Southport parade and checking out all the stores and one of my faves, the pier… somehow I think we brought the rain too, LOL
After witnessing all the fabulous festivities it was time to check out some of that Southport cuisine, YES!!! We headed to Fishy Fishy which was AWESOME, if you’re a fan of ABC’s hit show Revenge then you may recognize it as the location for the Stowaway :). I ordered the fish platter with flounder and scallops… it was SOOOO good that I didn’t even get a chance to take pics, lol.
After lunch we were able to go visit another set and then speak to Mr. Nicholas Sparks himself, he was super cool and very charismatic. I enjoyed being able to hear is writing process, how he relates to his characters and what inspires him. After that chat we were even treated to a wine and cheese book signing session, how cool is that? AND the cherry on top we were all presented with fabulous new shoes from @SoleSociety!!!
Da Vinci & Nicholas Sparks
Also, Thanks to Sole Society we all got NEW shoes!!!
After wine and cheese it was definitely time to start winding our trip down… BUT not before getting a chance to meet Josh Duhamel, Julianne Hough, David Lyons and more of the cast of Safe Haven!!! They were all very cool… I have pics coming for you soon 🙂 To close out our day we had dinner at another Southport staple “Mr. P’s Bistro” where I enjoyed the Shrimp Alfredo, fried green tomatoes, green beans and for dessert a DELECTABLE White Chocolate Cheesecake with Strawberries YUM!
Lovely way to end the day… by the time we all got back to our hotel rooms, we were TIRED lol but the trip was well worth it and Southport has so many amazing views and things to offer, I would love to go back sooner than later. I’m so thankful for Relativity Media extending @YourLifeAfter25 an invite! I can’t wait to share more of the coverage with you all 🙂
My Safe Haven goodie box!
Goodbye Wilmington! Their lovely airport
Don’t Forget to pick up YOUR copy of Safe Haven!