Just got back from the most epic wedding in Chicago. My girlfriends stepbrother got married and I got to be an usher. It was pretty serious business because the brides family are super catholic and there were 400 people at the ceremony and the reception.
It’s extra nuts because the whole thing went from Thursday to Sunday. I got off the plane at 4pm Thursday and got to the hotel an hour after and had 20 minutes to get ready for the rehearsal and a dinner for immediate family which was hosted at the brides parents apartment on the 68th floor (lol) - see below for the view.
There was a pre-wedding reception on the Friday with a free bar and free food for 200 people which was great fun because it allowed you to meet a lot of the people before the wedding. And then the wedding itself was on the Saturday.
Due to the time zone difference I was actually able to sneak away and watch the Arsenal game while people were getting ready for the wedding itself on the Saturday.
Here’s the church, it was stunning.
Here’s the view of Lake Michigan just outside the church after the ceremony (we got crazy lucky with the weather and lighting).
Here’s the view from our hotel room
Here’s another pic of the skyline from a friends flat
And here’s one of me and my girl
I bloody love Chicago, it’s such a cool city and the best city in America if you ask me. New York can go fuck itself.
The wedding was fucking nuts. I’ve never seen anything like it, a full 4 days of events and it was hosted at the Ritz-Carlton too where the brides father had booked out over 100 rooms for friends and family.
I don’t think I’ll ever experience anything like it again and they’ve really fucked the benchmark for any wedding I go to in the future as well as my own which is annoying.