Sunday, July 27, 2014

Kopecky/MacKay Chicago Wedding

Michelle is one of my FAVORITE people! (I am just now realizing I say that about everyone…but I can’t help it. When I love you, I REALLY love you!)

She is a tall drink of water (is that weird for me to say? she’s a formed volleyball player) whom I have had the privilege of meeting and becoming dear friends with through AdvoCare. She is absolutely beautiful inside & out and truly radiates the joy of the Lord. She loves everyone, is so funny/goofy, and the kind of person who you just can’t help smile around. She has introduced me to a ton of her friends & family, whom naturally I also adore. (Loved meeting all of you at the wedding this weekend. Y’all are even BETTER in real life!) Seriously, they are all precious & I so enjoyed getting to give them all hugs and get to talk them for a few minutes.

Justin & Michelle live in Baton Rouge, but the wedding and reception were in the suburbs of Chicago (she is originally from Illinois) about an hour outside of the city. Jonathan & I were honored to be invited to witness such a special day in Michelle & Justin’s lives. We’d been looking forward to celebrating this sweet couple, and it definitely did NOT disappoint… I’ll tell ya one thing…they sure know how to do weddings in IL!

It was a super quick trip for us. We flew in to Chicago early Friday morning and headed right back out Saturday morning. We rented a car…red Ford Focus parked in V-16!


We arrived at the hotel early enough to see Michelle & her gorgeous bridesmaids getting ready. She looked like wedding Barbie! (And I was not kidding…girlfriend looks like a model. I had heels on here and she was in flip flops. And I’m 5’5 1/2”!!)


Jonathan & I went to eat lunch with James at Whole Foods. Seriously LOVE me some Whole Foods & was able to keep it clean on the challenge. We always have such a blast hanging out with him (and Mariah, but she was one of those gorgeous bridesmaids I was talking about). We got ready & rode over to the wedding with James too. Glad we didn’t have to navigate by ourselves!

Nothing like an “in front of the hotel door” pic, right?


Jonathan snapped this one without me knowing. I guess he wanted to document that I actually halfway fixed my hair for once. I know, that is definitely worth getting on record. (If you’re wondering about the necessities in that clutch- cell phone, lip gloss, and Carb-Ease! The essentials, of course.)


Big Jon in a suit= FIIIIIIIIIYAH!!! Seriously, he is such a stud and looks so handsome dressed up.



The church was absolutely beautiful, but Michelle totally stole the show. She was SO, SO stunning and absolutely glowing. Her dress was perfect. The ceremony was incredibly sweet and  I really, really loved the music- the vocalists did a beautiful job and I loved their song choices.


First time seeing his bride! So sweet. He was precious during the ceremony.


There she is!!


My favorite part of the whole thing was that Michelle & Justin served communion to their guests. I have never seen that and it was so special and unique. Just shows their servant hearts and love for others.


First kiss as Mr. & Mrs.!!


Jonathan & I sent a selfie an ussie home to Baby Jase after the ceremony.


The reception was GORGEOUSSSSS!!! Dinner was fantastic, the cake was beautiful (reminded me of mine…maybe part of why I loved it so much), and the company was awesome. Loved our table & getting to meet sweet new friends. They had us cracking up laughing all evening.



Of course, photo booth fun!

Seriously, is that not a gorgeous wedding/reception/bride?

Glad for some quality time with this beaut too. Isn’t that bridesmaid dress stunning?


Such a special day for a special couple.

We woke up super early Saturday morning to head back to the airport. I’ve been to Chicago before (I went in high school for a softball tournament), but Jon has never been so I’d like to go back to Chicago sometime when we can explore.


We had to hurry to get HOME to this though…


Love you two dearly & praying the Lord uses your marriage in a mighty way!! Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your sweet journey.

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