Sunday may have dawned grey and gloomy but with the promise of champagne, beautiful tables, and even more beautiful bridal gowns, my thoughts were sunny and excited. The Afternoon of Bridal Luxury is an annual bridal walk around the shops near the Mag Mile here in Chicago that touches on bakeries, dresses, venues, tablescapes. You’re handed a map and a bag and a mimosa and sent on your way.
The walk included places like Kate Spade, Vera Wang, Del Frisco’s Steakhouse, and more. As you walked from shop to shop, you went inside and looked around. Some places had presentations, others gift bags, others yet had bakeries set up with tables inside full of samples (I ate so many macarons, I don’t think I’ll ever move again).
Upon leaving each boutique, you got a stamp on your map card. When you filled the card, you got to go to the Waldorf Astoria ballroom and pick up a swag bag filled with promos and other goodies from participating vendors.
I loved the day! Had so much fun running around town with one of my bridesmaids, learning lots and even finding a dress that made me swoon. So now I have some fuel for when I go actual dress shopping.
Enjoy a few more snaps from the day below!
Kate Spade earring swag. Loving these beauties.
Tablescape at Spiaggia Private Events
Anne Klein dress, a Marshall’s find.
Alli’s look of the day! Forever 21 dress.
I mentioned before the holidays (very subtly in the caption of a photo to see who was paying attention) that I’m engaged! So here’s a little tag teamed post by both myself and my amazing lady to share the wonderful story.
At the end of a 4-day weekend that contained Thanksgiving dinner with my family, a nice dinner in with her family, and lots of relaxing lady time, we cuddled up in bed. I was a bit nervous but I don’t think she could tell. I had hidden the ring in question under my pillow while she was out of the room, and now I was ready to pop the question. Just had to set it up.
I asked her what her favorite part of the weekend was, and she told me it was getting to see everyone at the Thanksgiving dinner. When she asked me in return what my favorite part was, I told her, “This right here.”
She was confused, “Just snuggling?”
“No, this,” I replied.
I pulled the box out from under my pillow, opening it up as she asked, “What is that?”
“This is a ring, and I would like to make you my wife.”
She nodded, unable to speak, and hugged me tight. When she figured out how to say words again, I put the ring on her hand and she smiled wide and kissed me.
And now I’m guessing she’ll put in a bunch of pictures of us, so enjoy!
As predicted and promised, here’s “a bunch of pictures of us” mostly featuring the rings. She’s wearing my undergraduate class ring as a placeholder while I ring shop.