And ps., my day-after-the-wedding ponytail was fantastic! And not fantastic? My arms… I rarely see them from this angle, and ohmyhawdddd…. I need to do CrossFit again 😳😳😳
And now, for my favourite part, dancing the night away with the bride, groom & friends. I didn’t think i’d get to see Maria & Casey that much, as they’d have bride n’ groom duties, but how wrong I was! The evening was so much fun, and I remember seeing the clock strike midnight and being so sad there was only a few hours left.
Here I am with the bride n’ groom, the new Mr. and Mrs. (who are off to Hawaii as I type this!). I can’t get over Maria - pure perfection!
Keeping it classy. And yes, yes, yes, I KNOW. My dress was too low. NEVER AGAIN. I was soooo self conscious, and that is the last time I show off the gals like that, because ugh. But anywho, moving on… striking a pose with this beautiful gentlemen:
And my friend Tereas!
My dapper looking seat mates.
And Kavita who came in from Dr. duties in NYC for the festivities.
And, of course, the gang:
And then, of course, their first dance…
Here’s Casey & Maria cutting the cake - perhaps the best photo I took throughout the whole evening on my iPhone. The lighting is just so lovely, and I love how you can see batman poking his head out the cake (ps. Yup, she did a dress change).
Sparkle! Sparkle! And then… blurry SHOTS! (not pictured: vodka going straight into my EYE. It was soooo sore, but then felt so clean.).
And more selfies…
And then we danced until we couldn’t dance anymore (literally, we got kicked out)
It was a beautiful, glorious, fun, delicious, evening celebrating these two people, who I couldn’t have matched together better.
Congratulations Maria & Casey, and I can’t wait for this next chapter in your life! xoxo
Oh jeesh, where do I even begin with the reception? The reception was perfection from start to finish:
This iPhone panoramic does it little justice: there was sparkle everywhere, and from the tiny touches, to the big picture, it was pure class. No detail went unthought of, and at the post-wedding-brunch on Sunday, I heard stories of things I hadn’t even noticed (ummm, there was a grilled cheese bar?!). But I did notice the oyster bar, the heavenly cheese tables, the signature drinks, the Dairy Queen blizzards, the most delicious steak I’ve ever had (which I could cut with a butter knife), the photo booth, the lobster (which I tried! go me! As I don’t eat sea food), the incredible live band, the “special edition” wine (which I drank way too much of), the beautiful gifts we all got, the incredible five tiered cake with batman on it… to name a few things off the top of my head!
And then, of course, there was the fooooood. Oh, yes, the glorious, glorious food:
Everything was sooooooo delicious, and this doesn’t even include the treats tables, and late night snacks area, which was beyond incredible. I actually (for me, I know, I know) didn’t take that many photos, as I enjoyed the wedding too much in the moment, to walk around and capture it all, but hopefully you get the gist.
And then, of course… there was the fun of it all!
To be continued…
Before time slips through my fingers, and the magic of this past weekend fades away, let me pop in for a little update. An update about *thee* wedding of the year. The wedding I’ve been waiting for, for years!
On Saturday, two of my friends got married! And, you guys, to say the bride in her dress was stunning, is quite the understatement. I mean looooook at her!!!
Her dress and veil were so beautiful, and believe me when I tell you these photos don’t do her justice. She was also so calm, cool, and collected the whole day, and probably the least “bridezilla” bride there ever was, as she savored every second of her special day.
I couldn’t really look at her, because I just wanted to cry all the happy tears right then & there!
So, so beautiful. The bridesmaids were all her sisters & cousins, and their dresses were also pure perfection! I was lucky enough to get my hair n’ makeup done with these ladies, and help Maria get ready with her mom & sister, which was such a special moment. I also *loved* watching her dad see her for the first time. So much love happened on this day.
You can ask all my friends how anxious I was before the ceremony, because I wanted to get an aisle seat so badly, and I’m so pleased I did, as the ceremony was beautiful, and I had to think about random things to stop the tears from flowing. If you check out my Instagram (username: LizClaire_) you’ll see a short little video of them walking down the aisle, beaming at each other.
And as the wedding party gathered for a few hours to take photos, I got to hang out with some of my nearest & dearest:
It was quite the high school reunion…
As friends came from near n’ far to celebrate in the wedding festivities, which has been in the making since grade six!
I also loved my hair n’ makeup, and now sort of want to take a course on professional makeup, as I looked soooo much better with it done right.
This was my NYE dress, and Gala dress, super tight (from Loft), but whatever, I loved it.
To be continued…
And… That’s a wrap!
A wrap on the most wonderful wedding weekend ever. It’s been non-stop since I left work on Friday, and as I just got home and plan on hitting up the bath tub and then my bed, I’ll have to share the glorious memories with you guys later this week, but until then, here some beautiful wedding flowers that are currently making my apartment smell pretty glorious ❤️
Worked from the Starbucks in my old building today, and of course popped over to the Eaton Center on lunch for a little shopping action:
And yup. That’s really it. Except the white nails have really, really grown on me, and I’m sad I just discovered their awesomeness.