I am back to reality after a dream wedding and honeymoon. I’m not going to lie, real life is a bit of an adjustment. Even though I miss the excitement of wedding planning, the amazing landscape of Hawaii, and most of all, so much time with my honey, I am looking forward to life as a wife. A WIFE! I can still hardly believe it.
Where do I begin? Our wedding was an absolute fairy tale. It was better than I could have imagined. The day just flew by in the blink of an eye. When I think back to it I have to question if it really happened. It feels like a dream! I can’t wait to get the professional photographs and video back to relive all of the special moments. I could turn this into a tome, but here are some of my favorite moments of the weekend.
We kicked off the weekend with a ladies tea at The Drake Hotel.
My mom, who is the queen of gift wrapping, made the tables sparkle with these amazing gifts.
The flowers are handmade. Each petal was held over a candle to get it to curl! They were spectacular.
The bridesmaids received their jewelry for the wedding day, monogrammed tote bags, monogrammed shirts to wear while getting ready, and these purses. My mom and I made all of them. Well, my mom did most of the work but I did cut all the fabric and sewed one entire purse by myself! It was such a fun project! At times we thought we were crazy.
THE BIG DAY!
Then the moment I had been waiting for, the “first look” with Chris. Oh buddy was he a sight. So incredibly handsome. Even though it was teeth-chattering cold (thanks a lot Chicago) I barely felt it!
One memory that will always stay with me was seeing our Jr. Groomsmen and Ring Bearers peeking around the end of the aisle to watch me walk down.
Then to the party! I was so excited to get my first glimpse of the reception. It did not disappoint. It was better than I had pictured. The flowers, the lighting, the table settings, the chandeliers, everything was just perfect. It made every minute of planning worth it. The band was insane (they play everything and everyone raved about them) and the food was scrumptious (the candied bacon and chicken and waffle appetizers were crowd favorites).
I don’t think the phone pictures do it justice. You can be sure I will be posting more once we get the professional shots back. Oh you were here looking for recipes?
Speaking of dancing…. My husband surprised me with the most AMAZING dance routine ever to Uptown Funk. I assume once I have the professional video it will go viral. Unbelievable.
My dad’s toast was the definition of a tear-jerker. All of the toasts were so special and heartwarming. Can I please go back and do it all again?
Chris was not the only person with a surprise at the reception. I had a groom’s cake made in the shape of his beloved Tigers baseball cap.
Then Chris and I had THE BEST HONEYMOON EVER in Hawaii. We are pretty sure it was the best honeymoon any one has ever had. Ever.
I had some amazing food and pool drinks that will definitely be replicated. Hopefully they will show up on the blog. This is a cooking blog, right? It has been hard to tell that over the past few months. I can’t wait to start working on it again.
Thanks for humoring this new bride. I love being able to share some of my favorite memories. I promise, the next post will be about cooking. I think….