we were in chicago the other week to celebrate the marriage of some dear friends! we all met ten years ago as freshmen at juilliard so it’s been such an incredible experience as a friend to get to watch this relationship progress over the past decade and witness such a beautiful wedding last week!
a few photos below from our weekend in chicago…
^^^the ceremony, dinner and reception were just gorgeous. it was one of those nights where it looked and felt like nothing could go wrong. every detail was completely thought out and looked after, it was very special. ^^^
^^^the wedding was in the afternoon and sweet little samson fell asleep on the way to the ceremony. kind of perfect though if you ask me, because he was able to get his nap in and was ever so quiet during the ceremony. ;) i love love love this photo of him and josh during the cocktail hour because he looks so angelic and peaceful.^^^
^^^family portrait with the pretty leaves changing color behind us. and one of me and my girl.^^^
^^^eleanor was so funny trying to get the attention of sarah and finn when they were up on a balcony at one point taking pictures. she stood up on her chair and started waving her hands up and down! and here she is with one of her bffs, vic. vic brought her a koala bear all the way from australia, and it has not left E’s side at night while she has slept this past week. thanks again, vic!^^^
^^^the fun thing about a juilliard wedding is that it makes for a mini juilliard reunion as well. can’t believe that ten years later here we all are watching those two crazies in the middle tie the knot!^^^
^^^the day before the wedding, the peninsula hotel in chicago invited E and S to try one of their peninsula academy experiences, so we all went on a chicago fire house excursion. i guess it’s a program “for young firefighters-in-training” to see what it’s like, but with all the practicing and pretend E and S are always up to, they didn’t need any help knowing what to do around the firehouse. fireman’s pole: check. driving the engine: check. putting out a fire/spraying real firefighters with water: check!! the firemen were some of the nicest guys we’ve met, and i think they might have had some influence over eleanor and samson’s newest request to be firefighters for halloween! ^^^
^^^the firefighters let them take full control of that tiny hose! i honestly don’t think they’ve ever had so much fun! they got this cute little system down where they kept rotating between one pumping the water and the other spraying the hose like ‘sharing’ was their middle name! that sort of thing sharing magic doesn’t happen every day around here, so it was a proud moment for me to watch them do it well and enjoy working together to use the hose.^^^
^^^down the fireman’s pole we go!^^^
^^^during some wedding prep i had to attend to one day, josh took the kids to the children’s museum at navy pier. they have a tinkering lab where kids can build and create things. when i got back to our hotel, the kids kept talking about it nonstop and so josh pulled out his phone to show me a few photos of their day. i looked at these pictures and was like are those real hammers and nails?! anyway, yes. they were. but the kids had a lot of fun and no one got hurt. :)
^^^another fun part of our trip was getting to meet up with friends, the jones’ who we first met in DC and now live in chicago, and the coulsons, who were in town from australia. both of these families are some of our favorites, so it was great getting to catch up and spend some time together in person.^^^
^^^we also enjoyed one of our best meals at antique taco. everything was delicious. but especially that duck fat flautas.^^^
^^^and helping choose a winning pumpkin outside the taco shop was serious business for mister samson. he liked the dinosaur pumpkin the best. (i wish i’d grabbed a photo of it. it was very cute.) ^^^
ps. i posted this little video of E and S on my instagram, so you may have already seen. but we snuck into the empire room at the palmer house where we were staying because we wanted to check out where judy garland, frank sinatra, ella fitzgerald, and tons of other stars had once stood and performed. the kids got right up onto that stage before i could and started improv-ing a little show for us. they are such characters! it was definitely a highlight.