Tuesday, April 9, 2013

One Treasured Day: The Aftermath

Adam and I left the reception venue separately. He had to bring the cooler from the trolley back to his parents' room, and I had to get my clothes from my parents' hotel. My best friend and bridesmaid walked with me back to the hotel. I was in my wedding dress, carrying my heels in my hand, walking through the middle of downtown Chicago on my wedding night without my brand-new husband. I could not stop laughing because it felt like something out of a movie.

Eventually, I made my way to our hotel room for the night. I took off my wedding gown and replaced it with the dress from our rehearsal dinner, and Adam and I headed over to the same bar where we'd had our rehearsal dinner the night before. We drank beer and ate nachos with our friends and family members from out-of-town. It was so nice to have that extra time with them. One thing I'm really happy about is that we got to spend a lot of quality time with all of our guests on our wedding day. I'm so glad that we weren't liberal with the guest list.

A little after midnight, we headed back to the hotel and quickly fell asleep. The next morning, I awoke to the sun coming up over Lake Michigan, which illuminated the aftermath of our wedding day.

It was the first time I noticed how filthy the underside of my bustle was. Check out those red stains from our surprise signature cocktail! Thank goodness for the modern miracle of dry cleaning.

Once Adam woke up, we left the hotel to go to breakfast together. I highly recommend this to everyone. As we enjoyed our Irish breakfast, we played with our new rings and reminisced about our favorite moments from the previous day. It was a funny feeling walking through the same streets where the day before, everyone yelled their congratulations to us, but this time, we were in nondescript jeans and t-shirts. No one could tell that just hours before, we were the bride and groom. It was nice to be husband and wife instead.

After breakfast, we went back to our hotel, packed up, and said goodbye to our families. Before long, we were in a cab to the airport to begin our honeymoon! Everything we'd spent 14 months planning was all over, but our life together was just beginning.

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