It’s probably from the life-long amount of sports I’ve played over my years but there’s so much to learn from athletics and I believe it’s a great indicator of character when the going gets tough. Clusters of wedding guests huddled around i-phones. The packed dance floor would halt like mannequins when a song would cut to announce the updated score. I took a quick look around the room of anticipation and the reception venue’s panoramic windows overseeing Chicago and thought: these people are going to go absolutely nuts if we actually win this. The whole city will for that matter! (And this was just the pennant!) This wedding was already electric but waving the W flag to blaring “GO CUBS GO! GO CUBS GO! HEY CHICAGO WHATTA YA SAY THE CUBS ARE GONNA WIN TODAY!” you just can’t plan for epic moments like that to top what is already your most incredible day of your life: your wedding! It was the highs of highs!
Then quite possibly the most epic World Series in history began to unfold. Over the coming days, we (meaning any person in their right mind who were rooting for the Cubbies!!!) were down 3-1 in the series. The odds were against us. Playing against the momentum. Would have been prime time to bail ship but people didn’t; and most certainly, the Cubs didn’t. With unwavering perseverance they dug deep. They kept encouraging each other to be the best they could be and when one failed, fingers weren’t pointed, but rather, unconditional support was right there for redemption.
This is marriage! On your wedding day, you’re on the high from all the anticipation now realized. The day is filled with epic moments that will have you cheering till you think you could burst. There will also be days where it’s hard. Days where you wonder how is this even happening right now? Let me encourage you friends, in those moments you may be down in the series but how you react will make our break the victory. Don’t bail ship. Keep encouraging your spouse in love even when they fail. Actually, ESPECIALLY when they fail! They’ll need it the most then. You are on the same team! Before you know it, all the hard work will have paid off. You will be creating once in a lifetime history with your love. Cheering through amazing milestones thinking: I can’t believe we did it!
Kate & Ty- Surely, you’ll remember your wedding day beyond the fact that the Cubbies freakin’ won the pennant that night! But as you journey on and the momentum is sometimes for and sometimes against you never forget that you’re on the same team. You’ll get through life’s losses and the victories will be more than you could ever celebrate on your own. Congrats!!
CEREMONY: Our Lady of Mount Carmel: http://www.mt-carmel.org/
RECEPTION: The Radisson Blu Chicago: https://www.radissonblu.com/en/aquahotel-chicago
FLORIST: Floral Expressions: http://www.floralexpressionsandgifts.net/
BAND: Connexion Band: http://www.connexionband.com/
HAIR & MAKEUP: Salon Glow: http://www.salonglowchicago.com/