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The Captains Wedding Season Part Two

As far as back-to-back weddings go, the past two weekends could not have been more different.  Our first wedding of the season was kidsapalooza.  Next up was a real ritzfest.  Meg and I drove to Chicago for a long wedding weekend.  Megan’s friend Marissa from NYU married a nice chap from Philly named Adam, and we were front and center to enjoy the festivities.  Here we are with the happy couple.

We stayed right in the heart of downtown Chicago, minutes away from the lake and Michigan Avenue.  Check out the view from our room!

Meg was busy with bridesmaid duties for most of the weekend, which left me plenty of time to explore Chicago.  I spent most of Saturday walking the downtown area.  I started at the Navy Pier and walked to the end of the lake trail and back.  There were tons of people out enjoying the weather.  The triathlon runners, the sand volleyball players, and Cubs fans in jorts made for some prime people watching1.

The last time I was in Chicago was for Lollapalooza 2005, and I spent most of my time in Grant Park.  I had forgotten the immense size of downtown Chicago.  The massive amount of buildings, traffic, pedestrians, etc. makes downtown St. Louis look quaint in comparison.

The wedding itself was also on a scale that I had never seen.  The ceremony and reception were held at the uber-swanky posh Drake Hotel.  The Drake is one of the oldest and classiest in Chicago, like turn-of-the-century-fancy-drapes-huge-chandeliers-gold-everywhere-tycoon classy.   Here’s Megan and the other two bridesmaids on a posh looking bench…IN THE ELEVATOR!

It was hands down the fanciest wedding I’ve attended.  Someone dropped some serious coin on these nuptials.  I don’t want to go into unnecessary detail, so I’ll just say this; I sat next to Oprah’s manicurist at dinner and I’m pretty sure that the bar was transported directly to the reception from out of my dreams.

This was also the first Jewish I’ve ever attended.  The ceremony was very interesting, and the reception was a blast.  They hired a live twelve piece band!  We were exhausted by the time we left around midnite.

We took our time heading back to St. Louis on Monday, and spent the rest of last week catching up at work and recuperating from our trip.  With two great weddings down, we only have one more till wedding season 2008 is over.

Ciao,

The Captain

1  Traveling to other cities really bring out my hometown pride, especially when the city is Chicago.  I wore every Cardinals shirt I own throughout the weekend, and I heard plenty about it.

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