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I’ve been in Chicago for the last few days staying with these two. Jen and Kelsay were gracious enough to host several of us who traveled for another girlfriend’s wedding. Some 260-plus photos later, I have more than enough proof we had a lot of fun. So much so, in fact, that I’m still a little sick today — three days later. It has been a very long time since the 7 girls were in the same place. We most certainly made the most of the occasion. If you live in Illinois and wonder why it was hard to breathe this weekend, it could be from us sucking all the oxygen while talking and giggling.

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But, oh, the fun we had. Amanda rocked her new hair and wardrobe.

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We inhaled more food than imaginable, including some Italian meat sandwiches at the rehearsal and pizza (about five times).

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And oh, did we pose.

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And then we started all over again the next day for the wedding. And what a party wedding it was! It was just such a great time. I’ll remember this wedding for the sweetness in the ceremony, for Kacey making everyone blush by her gorgeous dress and happiness on her wedding day, and the laughter.

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Min even rallied and made it to the ceremony about 20 minutes after having the flu. Trooper.

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Jen and Keith came with the Arizona crew too. It was so nice to have so many people we love in one place.

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Did I already mention how beautiful she looked? Stunning. It always makes me cry a little when my girlfriends get married.

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And how gorgeous are her bridesmaids? Loved the dresses!

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Now, all the gushy, sentimental stuff aside — here come some of the silly photos I probably shouldn’t post. But then again, I talked about hemorrhoids on Friday and got a call from my minister — so it won’t be the first time I embarrass myself around here.

Who wears a Cubs jacket to a wedding? Really? Not that I care, but the groom is a rabid White Sox fan, so it was the ultimate taboo. Plus, as you can tell, everyone else managed to find an adult jacket.

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But we quickly forgot such fashion faux pas as we entered the reception and began our celebrations…

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The good news? We were in good company.

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And these are the tame shots. We’ll stop here, shall we?

Okay — two more:

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Why are we giggling like this in the back of a car?

Taco Bell anyone?

Because our new boyfriend just gave us free cinnamon twists with our order. Thank you Amanda and your flirting prowess at 1 am. I haven’t seen that in action since college.

To be honest, I don’t think I’d seen a Taco Bell drive-thru at 1 am since then either.

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Congratulations Mrs. Tonelli! I am so glad we were all there to celebrate this wonderful weekend with you.


12 Replies to “Wed”

  1. I totally have not USED my talents for getting free stuff since college. Good to know I’ve still got it. At least with the Taco Bell drive-thru guy.

    My throat hurts from laughing so hard all weekend.

  2. I hope the glow of wedding excitement was enough to keep the wedding party warm since they couldn’t put on a jacket – it was SO COLD here last weekend!!!
    Looks like a wonderful time!

  3. Congratulations and my best whishes to the newly wed! It seems you all had really the greatest of time together. Thanks for sharing your pics Kelli, even the ones you’d liked to hide….

  4. Yea for you guys! What a blast.

    I’ll be doing the same thing in 2 days. Traveling to the frigid Cincinnati area for my brother’s wedding. I’m very excited and can’t wait to finally get all dressed up!!

  5. I haven’t looked at your blog in quite some time, so I’m glad came across your name in my address book and thought to drop in. That wedding looks like it was a lot of fun.

    I hope you’re well.

  6. Catching up as I have not been reading as rabidly as usual. Plus, I have to now share the computer with my husband and his fascination with Facebook! lol!

    Having lived in the Chicagoland area for some 30+ years before we migrated to Texas, I am SO not surprised at the Cubs jacket. *sigh* The stories I could tell………weddings, funerals, business parties…….

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