Our trip to Chicago culminated on Saturday evening at the wedding of my cousin Mike to his wonderful now-wife Lauren. Before the wedding, my sister picked up Kevin and I so we could go visit my grandma on the other side of the family. She is one of my favorite people in world having lived with my family when Kathryn and I were young and had a huge part in raising us.
Isn’t she the cutest? She doesn’t speak very much English but managed to communicate with Kevin just fine. After visiting with my grandma, we headed back to the hotel to get gussied up for the main event.
It was great to see the rest of my family who lives in Chicago, including my grandpa.
The wedding was beautiful. Mike and Lauren did a great job personalizing the entire event. Every last detail reminded their guests of who they are as a couple. They’re both avid city bikers and used bicycle wheels throughout their stationery and as a part of their altar.
They’re also avid runners. It seems like they’re running races every weekend. This was reflected in their table numbers, which were past race bibs framed, and in their “finish line entrance” into the reception (to the tune of Chariots of Fire). We were at table 509.
Each ingredient in their wedding menu was locally grown or raised.
For desserts, instead of a traditional wedding cake, they opted for cupcakes (which Kevin and I will be doing as well). I chose a cookie dough cupcake, which literally had a cookie dough center. It was rich and delicious.
Their favors were little plants for us to take home.
I had a blast dancing the night away and spending time with my family. Most of all, I’m so happy for Mike and Lauren.
Three days in Chicago wasn’t nearly enough, but it was nice to have a break from work and to celebrate such a great occasion. I can’t wait to return to the windy city!