This past Sunday, our dear friends Noah and Jill tied the knot. These two are so special to Dr. Groomy and I, and we were so excited to be invited to celebrate with them. [Back story: Noah, Dr. Groomy and I all attended college together at UW-Madison. Dr. Groomy and Noah were very good friends, but as can sometimes happen, they drifted apart a little after college. Last year, at the wedding of another set of wonderful friends, Andy and Amanda, in the Dominican Republic, we were able to reconnect with Noah and his lovely girlfriend, Jill.] Over the last year, we have become incredibly close with them, and I cannot tell you how much we value their friendship. It has been wonderful getting to know and celebrate them as a couple, and it all culminated in their big wedding weekend in Chicago!
I took over 90 photos this weekend, so this recap is going to be in three parts. Let’s get started with Saturday evening and the rehearsal dinner!
We arrived in Chicago via train around 4:30pm and immediately headed over to the wedding hotel, The Ambassador East. It was a lovely hotel, with beautifully appointed rooms. Many of our friends were there already and it was wonderful to see everyone. Once we checked in and headed up to our room, we were delighted to find we had received an Out-of-Town Gift Bag!
Jill also included a welcome note for all of the guests, as well as a second page with plenty of information on how to get around the city.
After freshening up and changing, it was time to head over to the rehearsal dinner, hosted by the groom’s parents. The rehearsal dinner was held at Sapori Trattoria, a lovely little Italian restaurant near the hotel. The party was held in the back room, and all of the out-of-town guests were invited.
The food was DELICIOUS and you could just feel the excitement in the air. Behold, the happy couple:
After the rehearsal dinner, we went out with the bride and groom to a bar down the street. Needless to say, it was a late night, but a great way to start out the celebrations!
Once we got back to our hotel room, I stepped out of the bathroom to see this:
Stay tuned for part II of the celebrations tomorrow!
*All photos by me. Please do not use without my express written consent and permission.