Monday, July 13, 2015

Life Lately

Happy Monday! Not that that really deserves an exclamation point, but I am excited to get back on track this week after being super jetlagged and then out sick. I hope you're ready for a little photo overload - I'm sharing some snaps from our wedding, the honeymoon, and what's been going on since.

First - the wedding! I tried not to share too many details ahead of time both to keep things a surprise for our guests and to avoid stalkers so I'm excited to share them now. The Lincoln Park Zoo is one of my favorite places in Chicago, so I was super excited to get married at Cafe Brauer at the zoo - basically a dream venue.

Pre-wedding - we got ready at The Renaissance on the river

With all of our parents

We got married under the structure my dad built for my brother's wedding

First dance!

Dancing with my daddy

And more first dance

The Monday following our wedding we headed to Italy! Since it was our honeymoon and we wanted to do some relaxing, we started the trip with five nights in Positano, and then split the rest of our time between Rome and Florence. It was perfect - we got to lay on a beach for a few days but still had plenty of time for sight-seeing (neither of us had been to Italy before).

We somehow wound up with THREE selfie sticks (best invention ever, especially for traveling!) so get ready for a lot of those ;)


Tank (similar) and Skirt - Ann Taylor / Sandals - Michael Kors / Bag - Coach Factory / Necklace - Amrita Singh / Bracelet - BaubleBar

Dress (similar) - Target / Sandals and Bracelet - Michael Kors / Bag - Coach Factory / Necklace - Amrita Singh

A kayak tour through Positano Sea Kayak



A day trip to Tuscany

Getting what was voted 2x to be the best gelato in the world in San Gimignano

And, if you aren't too overloaded...

While we were gone my sister had a baby! Mae Ellen (or MIGHTY MAE) was born on July 2nd, and I was so excited to meet her when I got back. This is the first grandchild on either side of our family so she is going to be spoiled to death.

And then we also had a little bet to settle up. You may remember Jeff and I are in a couple's fantasy football league and the girls somehow pulled off a win for 2014. Sure, the football season may have ended in January, but half the group got engaged or married since then, and we all had a million other obligations so we just got around to the celebration/humiliation this weekend with a little MANi-pedi time. The guys were dragging their feed a little (their faces when we walked in the salon were priceless - not only were they in girl zone, but there were THREE bachelorette parties) but they all ended up loving (or at least tolerating) their little bit of pampering. Oh, and they had to pay for mani pedis for all of the girls too ;)

So that's it, we're all caught up! I'd say life is about to go back to normal, but we have back to back weddings the next three weekends, so not quite ;) I hope you had a good weekend! 

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  1. First things first, you looked absolutely gorgeous and your venue looks amazing! It looks like you had such a fun tome on your honeymoon, love seeing all of the photos of you and your new husband having a blast in Italy. What lovely scenery as well, I would never have wanted to leave! And congrats to your sister! So much goodness in one post :)

    prosecco in the park

  2. a big YESSSSS to all of this! Your wedding dress and venue are gorgeous and 3 selfie sticks seriously seems like a sign of a great getaway.Congratulations again!

  3. First of all congratulations on your wedding, Kristina. You were such a beautiful bride. Loved your ruffled gown. How lucky to honeymoon in Italy. One of my most favorite places in the entire world, for sure.

    Have a great rest of the Summer and welcome by sometime. <3 Ada.

  4. You were a gorgeous bride! and that wedding venue is stunning!!


  5. GORGEOUS photos, lady! Your dress was perfect on you. And loving the honeymoon shots. :)

    So sorry to hear you were sick- hope you're all on the mend now!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  6. you look amazing in your wedding dress...

    kisses from dubai ♥

  7. Congrats again to you! You looked beautiful & that venue is amazing!

  8. Congratulations! How very very exciting. You, of course, loved absolutely beautiful. What a honeymoon~ you both look so ecstatic. *^_^* Mighty Mae is so precious.

  9. Wish you the best! Your photos are amazing!

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