I’ve embraced the reality that having kids really does change things. Changes them wonderfully. Worth every I’m lookin’ a hot-mess second. But then I go into homes like Erica & Mike’s and I’m like: “Ya’ll are actually doing it!” You know, the still have your cool factor that most the rest of us parents have abandoned along side our previously late night cocktails & Netflix binges.
Mike & Erica, in all seriousness, (though ya’ll are for real providing major parent cool factor) you’re doing amazing as parents in short weeks that you’ve had David. Taking things in stride…Letting David get all the puppy brother kisses…Feeding instinctively…Hoping for a vacation (which I sure hope you’re on this week!) but holding the plan loosely…There’s going to be days where it’s easy, and days where you type out a blog as your kiddo throws a teething fit. (: Days where you’ll feel ahead of the parenting cool factor and days where you’re literally embarrassed to be seen. It’s all okay! Actually, more than okay. It’s real life. A life that you never fully can prepare for but one you would never trade even if you had seen it all coming. Keep embracing this new chapter. You’re doing amazing.
I don’t even know where to begin.
That the bride adorned unicorns…
I could try and talk about how perhaps the best man speech which was turned into a serenade, was absolutely mind-blowingly epic!
I could talk about how in a wedding world where stress can at times dampen the joy, there was no shortage of hoootin’, hollerin’, and shenanigans.
I could easily talk about any of those things, but I’ll let the photos tell that story. Instead, I’ll speak about the people.
If unicorns & T-rex’s weren’t enough evidence, these two are FUN! Their kid-at-heart spirits, endearing quirkiness, and not caring what other people think about it is absolutely refreshing! But behind the life of the party (which they surely are!) are two people that are resilient, ambitious, and the type that will work hard to make goals a reality. Both being athletes they know things don’t come easy. Sometimes, the effort is in the 5AM beach run mentality. The hard-work grind when no one else is taking note or making you do it. Steve + Kimi, that’s going to be huge in your marriage. Your goofy, light-hearted nature is going to make life’s challenges a whole lot more fun. And your willingness to get back up even when it hurts, no one’s watching, or “keeping score.” That’s the kinda stuff that pulls the W in life when it’s game-point. I sure can’t serenade you like Jonathan’s speech but I can give you thousands of little reminders of how incredible your wedding day was. And even more importantly…How loved you guys are as you start your journey into Mr. & Mrs. Congrats guys!
HOTEL: Hyatt Regency Chicago: https://chicago.regency.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html
VENUE: Stan Mansion: http://www.stanmansion.com/
DRESS: Hayley Paige: https://www.jlmcouture.com/Hayley-Paige
CATERER: La Cocina Fusion: http://weddingcateringchicago.net/
We all have moments or stages in life where we’d like to freeze time and enjoy that time just a bit longer. I think wedding planning has most people trying to press fast-forward rather than pause. Savour it. Each milestone has its own sweetness.
We not only froze. My camera did too. Literally. As in I turned off the camera, took out the battery, and the photo was still stuck on the screen for hours. it was worth every second to be able to freeze this time of engagement for Adam & Geneva. I’m sure they’re all the more excited for the wedding since it’s in California! (:
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