jenna had such a great group of girls surrounding her for her big day.
the wedding day started with all the ladies getting ready at hotel 71 in our suite. melissa, our hairdresser from home, came with her friend to do everyone's hair. i didnt' believe her when she said we needed to start at 7, but she was right, we finished just in the nick of time and everyone looked stunning, especially jen...
here we are right before jenna walked down the aisle and here's grandma helping reese with her flowers. the thing was stinkin' heavy! they looked gorgeous though and reese surprisingly walked down the aisle by herself holding the flowers..it was a fast walk, but she made it..and then even ventured onto the steps in front of everyone during the ceremony..such a brave one that girl:)
after the ceremony it was onto the trolley for festivities and pictures. they took us all around town for some amazing shots! can't wait to see what they look like from the photographer!
“My dad used to have one of those cars where you can plug in your destination and the woman’s voice will tell you where to turn and whet to stop to get you there. And when you get there, she says, in this totally dramatic, slightly sexy, slow voice, “You. Have. Arrriiived.” And we burst out laughing at each other the first time we heard it. We wanted her to say it again. We wanted to plug in more places, and then go to them, just so that she would tell us again that We. Have. Arrived. It was the greatest car in the world. You knew, cognitively, that she was a computer, and that she was only talking about arriving at the dry cleaner, but another part of you just melted when she said it, “Me? Me? I’ve arrived?’ Thank you! Say it again!” That’s what I want. I want to arrive. I want to get to wherever I’m going and stay there. That’s why I was such a ferocious planner of my life. But I’m learning to just keep moving, keep walking, keep taking teeny tiny steps. And it’s in those teeny tiny steps and moments that I become, actually who I am. We won’t arrive. But we can become. And that’s the most hopeful thing I can think of.”
So Jenna and Chris, I really do think you’ve arrived, but all of the teeny moments in the future will help you continue to become. I love you both so much. Let’s raise a glass and cheer to this new beginning in becoming."
i am just so happy for those two. they're perfect for each other!
here are a few more pics from the evening...
i must say, chicago is the perfect place for a wedding and jenna and chris hit it out of the park with this one!