We had been enjoying the city of Chicago –eyeing the goods at The Merchandise Mart with one of my best gal pals Whitney, shopped, shopped & shopped down Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, attended a Cubs game at Wrigley Field (complete with trip to The CubbyBear!) and checked off every genre of food:
By the time our last night in Chicago arrived I was exhausted . . . in fact I remember be lulled to sleep in the late afternoon as I watched Everybody Loves Raymond! Mr. Z had made reservations on the 95th floor of the John Hancock Building (for which I had the perfect pink Marc Jacobs dress to wear btw) but I wanted to do something “chill” where I could throw on a pair of jeans and not get fixed up! I suggested canceling our reservations and just grabbing a pizza . . . so we made our way to famous pizzeria Gino’s East (where we were able to sign the famous walls!)
Later that evening Mr. Z proposed to a pizza-filled, make-up less, jean wearing me . . . he really knocked it out of the park . . . roses – check, champagne – check, fireworks – check, the sweetest speech complete with tears – check, gorgeous engagement ring – check! To top it off he had a surprise party awaiting us when we arrived back in Oklahoma to celebrate with family & friends!
Surprise party when we arrived back in Oklahoma:
(my brother & sister)
Highlights from our 9 month engagement:
Asking my bridesmaids to be a part of our Wedding:
Tabletop Shower (dutiful MOH Sarah taking notes!)
Bachelorette Party in Vegas with all of my bridesmaids:
Complete with hot pink veil!
Planning & some wedding DIY projects
Booking the reception site:
Narrowing down linens:
Lighting up my apartment in pink for my mom & I to decide on lighting colors:
Ordering the "lounge" furniture:
Creating a giant mess while crafting up "Send Off" flags in my apartment:
Spotting this table (which became our perfectly pink wedding cake stand):
Putting together Tootsie Pop Topiaries (another apartment crafting project!):
Stashing lots of goodies in "the wedding closet"
CADing rough drafts of reception layout:
Mom working on moss table topper for the Grooms Cupcake table:
Having a fitting for my custom wedding dress:
Locating bridal accessories:
Beth creating the perfect "bloom" for the bridesmaids dresses:
Sending out Invitations!