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my best friend’s wedding

September 1, 2011

Last month, just 4 weeks after Lilly came screaming into our lives, J, Lilly, and I hit the road.  Our destination?  Chicago’s western ‘burbs.


Lilly was a gem during the entire 3 hour road trip, sleeping most of the way.  And then we arrived at our destination and realized that she had completely blown out her diaper.  Massive amounts of runny newborn poop EVERYWHERE.

And I didn’t feel too terrible leaving Jason to clean up the mess while I got a manicure with my BFF, the bride to be (I did, however, secretly snicker to myself… mwah hahaha).  Sorry, kids, mama needed a little pampering.


{the bride!}

Post-manicure, we checked into a hotel for Lilly’s first-ever hotel stay, and then grabbed some fries & a frosty at the nearby Wendy’s for Lilly’s first-ever Wendy’s visit.  (These are crucial moments to document. clearly.)


My mom drove from MKE to hang out with Lilly so that Jason and I could enjoy ourselves (read: drink alcohol!) during the rehearsal dinner and reception.  As it turns out, enjoying ourselves = discussing every awesome and ridiculous thing Lilly does with anyone who will listen.  And unfortunately for them, her best skills were eating and pooping.  (Remarkably, I made like 8 new facebook friends after that weekend!  If this is how many friends I make when all I talk about is poop & boobs, imagine what I’ll be able to do when Lilly learns to ride a bike!)


{the bride & her dad!}


{they were married in a super-beautiful church… I love the stone, wood, & stained glass windows}


{the bride & groom rehearsing their newly-married walk down the isle}


Anyways, the rehearsal was great, and the rehearsal dinner impressive.  My BFF’s sister made her this incredibly beautiful bow bouquet — she even hand-sewed some of the ribbons around the outside.  Stunning.  For dinner, all of the wedding guests were invited (a sweet way to include/entertain all of the out-of-town guests that attended the wedding!) and we had a casual meal of all sorts of sliders & wings.  Actually WE almost didn’t have dinner… because I drank half a glass of wine and nearly spilled both my AND Jason’s plates down Jason’s front.  Thank goodness he has Jedi-like reflexes.  (His text to my mom:  Jen’s wasted already.  Thanks, JT.)



{us & the bride!}

Saturday morning, yours truly received more pampering… this time in the form of hairstyling.  It was awesome girly bonding time at the salon.  I was incredibly impressed that they managed to get my short hair into an updo for the occasion!


And then we headed over to a brunch held in Elizabeth’s honor thrown by her mom’s sweet sweet friends.  Elizabeth lost her wonderful, beautiful mama way WAY too early, and it was just so incredible to watch the love that these women had for her mom extend to Elizabeth.  So amazing, and a real testament to the kind of woman that Elizabeth’s mom was, and Elizabeth is… warm, caring, wonderful.


{Jason and Lilly crashed our brunch so that I could feed the girl}


{gorgeous bridesmaids flowers – loved the pops of hot pink!}


{gorgeous bride.  seriously gorgeous. puts Kate Middleton to shame.}


The ceremony went off without a hitch for those of us who only paid attention to the first few words of the homily.  (Everyone else may have been a little embarrassed by the frequent use of the word “sex” in church, but that is neither here nor there.)

Elizabeth & her hubby, Matt, wrote their own vows for each other, and HOLY COW.  I know that she makes a living from writing, but, umm… they were amazing.  It was all I could do to avoid doing the ugly cry in front of the entire congregation.  It’s obvious that these two are crazy for each other and are going to have an awesome marriage!  Seriously happy ever after up in here.

After the ceremony, the newlyweds had a stunning Wills & Kate Matt & Elizabeth moment on the balcony outside the church.  Gorgeous.



Then?  More photos for the bridal party and off to the reception to empty my boobs and party all night.  (See? I told you there was much talk of boobs.)

And party we did!  The dinner was delish (and followed by late-evening mini pizzas).  Cake was to. die. for.  (I may have confiscated Jason’s piece in the name of needing extra calories to feed our baby).  And you know I ate my salt water taffy favor (a tribute to Matt’s hometown) before the reception was over.  Yum.



{two things: 1. let’s note how brave the bride is holding my spitty and occasionally poop-blowout baby; 2. this looks almost too natural for these two… maybe they will have a friend for Lilly soon?}




{why does she make this face at me?  also, a good shot of my impressive updo.}

The dancing was really fantastic.  The DJ was amazing, and pretty much everyone stayed on the dance floor the entire evening.  I’d say that the highlight of the evening, though was when Matt grabbed the microphone and surprised Elizabeth by singing to her.  So amazing.  (I didn’t even know Matt could sing until Elizabeth mentioned it the day before… and boy oh boy, can Matt sing.  Holy cow.)



{I think it was this moment – watching these two girls in matching dresses & braids on the dance floor – that has me convinced that Lilly needs a sister (not anytime soon, but someday).  They were just too cute!}





The night ended with a bus ride back to the hotel & an after party in one of the suites.  Because I am a super-party girl (NOT), I made it until about 1:30 before heading back to my own room.  Jason stayed out a bit longer, at least until the promise of pizza was fulfilled.

Sunday, Lilly said goodbye to her Nana and then the three of us drove over to Elizabeth’s Dad’s house for a brunch that turned into a lunch that almost turned into dinner (because we were THOSE guests who wouldn’t leave).  Again, an amazing spread of food, and it was really cool to meet and chat with some of Elizabeth & Matt’s other friends and family, and it was fantastic when they all left so that we could have E&M to ourselves (but don’t tell them I said that!).


We grabbed Chipotle on our way out of town, and (barely) made the drive home without stopping (success!).

It was such a fabulous and beautiful weekend, and a great way to celebrate two of my most favorite people!  Thanks for a great time, E&M – can’t wait to see you again!  Hope married life is everything you thought it would be and more!

10 Comments leave one →
  1. September 1, 2011 4:38 pm

    Awh, what a wonderful time and your child gives the best photo faces ever 🙂

  2. Debbie permalink
    September 1, 2011 5:08 pm

    I’m so glad you had such a great time! Even though I haven’t known them long, Elizabeth & Matt are now some of my favorite people. Great the wedding went off smoothly!
    I keep forgetting to ask you if you had a hairpiece on but now I see you didn’t.
    Lilly may be the youngest wedding guest I know, even younger than Lucy at your wedding!

  3. September 1, 2011 5:39 pm

    LOVE the wedding photos – in US there seems to be much more to a wedding – here it is just really the service and the reception. (No shower, rehersal dinner (just a rehersal for the main bridal party)) Loved the bow bouquet – is that a tradition too?

    You daughter was of course the most gorgeous one there, but the bride was beautiful, and I love your hair do too.

  4. September 1, 2011 6:16 pm

    Ahh what a wonderfull wedding!! Your hair looked cute love the side twists or braids? Thry look pretty.

    I got all teary eyed seeing your bff laying next to Lilly.

    She’s so tiny and precious, congrats again! 🙂

    Oh and those newborn blowouts, I make the hubby do Avery’s too! 🙂

  5. September 1, 2011 11:58 pm

    Missing Lilly again…..when can I come over?

  6. September 2, 2011 12:03 am

    Elizabeth was so gorgeous! (she is beautiful everytime I see her) What a stunning couple! It really was a fairy tale wedding complete with balcony kisses…I cannot wait to see J Kaminski’s photos of the day.

    I really like the photo of Elizabeth with her dad, he is positively beaming and she looks so happy to be his daughter!

  7. September 2, 2011 8:56 am

    You look great! The blue is a great color for you. Lilly is such a pretty girl! Congrats on her first road trip. I’m nervous about ours coming up.

  8. September 2, 2011 1:05 pm

    Awww… .what a beautiful wedding and bride! Just lovely. Looks like a wonderful time and you looked gorgeous, too, momma! That blue was lovely on you and your hair looked so pretty!

  9. Elizabeth permalink
    September 2, 2011 4:49 pm

    YAY!!! THIS MAKES ME SO HAPPY! Thank you for being the world’s best BFF. I love you so much. xxoo

    • September 2, 2011 8:46 pm

      No, thank YOU for being the worlds best BFF! And for having such a super-fun day!!

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