And Then We Partied!

And we’re back for Part Two of Leah and Matt’s amazing wedding day!

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Following the wedding ceremony, the bridal party met up with their dates while the bride and groom took some formal photos with their families at the church.

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I was happy to be reunited with my hot date!

Once the formal photos were done, Leah and Matt arranged for a bus to take the bridal party and all of their dates on ride through downtown Chicago for some picture stops before heading to the reception site for the remainder of the evening.

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The bus was stocked with subs from Jimmy John’s, snacks, beer and champagne.

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And someone  snuck some Four Lokos and Mad Ballers on the bus…

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What? That’s totally neon-green champagne in my glass. Winking smile 

And I’m not quite sure where the gang signs came from…. Leah’s brother-in-law told us that they were the “third loko.” They just come out of nowhere! Open-mouthed smile 

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Clearly it was a fun bus ride!

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The first stop the bus made was on Michigan Avenue, and we all got out for a photo op in the middle of the city.

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And then it was back on the bus!

Before we knew it, we arrived at Scoozi, an Italian restaurant in downtown Chicago for the reception.

The Reception

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The reception site was so, so neat because Leah and Matt rented out the entire restaurant. The reception felt like a hoppin’ Saturday night at an intimate Italian restaurant, only you knew all of other restaurant guests!

We were able to sit with our dates for a delicious sit-down dinner which was really nice.

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I literally ate everything off both of my plates!

And you better believe I had room for wedding cake.

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It was the perfect dance-floor fuel.

The dance floor was where we spent the vast majority of the night!

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Leah and Matt selected the BEST music. The DJ played songs that made me want to sing and  dance like “Call Me Al,” “Build Me Up Buttercup” and “Dancing Queen.” The music was happy music and the dance floor was packed the entire night.

Ryan and I had a great time doing some interpretive dancing and pretending to  booty dance to oldies songs. I could not stop laughing!

I loved how everyone seemed to have the best time on the dance floor and you could tell Matt and Leah were having a blast.

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About an hour before the reception was scheduled to be over, Matt and Leah surprised everyone by bringing out pizza! It was welcomed nourishment after breaking a serious sweat on the dance floor.

At midnight, the DJ announced that Matt and Leah decided to extend the reception for another half hour, which kept the party going and got everyone on the dance floor together.

The night ended with the song “American Pie” (Leah’s parents’ wedding song!) and everyone linked arms around the happy couple as they danced together one last time on their wedding day. It was so special and I felt honored to be a part of their special day. It was a wedding I will never, ever forget!

Congratulations Matt and Leah! I know you two will have the most amazing marriage and a wonderful future together and I hope you have the BEST time on your honeymoon. I love you both. Thank you again for including me in your special day.

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