This weekend, Kari and I went to a pretty out of control wedding - it was freaking incredible. They reserved a couple rooms for us all
to stay in at the Palmer Hilton
The wedding was for Steph's sister (Maryanne) and her man, Chris. I knew it was going to be quite a good wedding since their parents (Dr Bob and Sheryl)
are awesome. Plus we got word that Oprah's make-up artist was doing the bride's maids' make-up, wtf.
So anyway, the ceremony/reception was on the 9th floor
of the University Club of Chicago. It was really nice
. It overlooked millenium park
and part of the lake. I'm not really all that into wedding ceremonies but this one was great - it was under a half hour and really nicely decorated.
After that we went down to the 6th floor while they changed the room from a ceremony to a reception setup. This is where the craziness really started to kick in. They had hors d'oeuvres while we waited, and not just regular wedding snacks... They had oysters, crab, and shrimp
. Plus they had 2 bars
which were loaded with top shelf drinks and martinis. Dr Bob told us that his only responsibility in the entire wedding was the martini bar - he did good, haha. Then, the best thing happened. We found a sushi bar in the other room, and not just california rolls, this was good sushi
. While all this was going on the strings
that played all night were serenading
people. Then after a while it all had to end by this guy
walking around playing the xylophone, haha.
As if that wasn't enough, once we got upstairs, it was even better. Everything was decorated
, there was a live band
, a lot of silverware
, and excellent service
. We had a great 4 course meal: crab cake/corn chowder, salad, mignon/halibut/carrot/aspargus/twice baked garlic potatoes
, and then a dessert bar and wedding cake. After the meal, toasts, and lots of dancing, Chris and Maryanne were surprised with a carriage ride
around town. Dr Bob is a flat out good guy
The next morning they invited us all over to their house for brunch with family/friends. Their cousins from Pittsburgh brought some Iron City beer. They just started bottling it in metal bottles - awesome