I walked into the Sheraton Mesa Hotel and it was buzzing with life. Vendors were arriving to add their creative touches to Zane and Jake’s big day. Pink and blush linens. Mason jars with baby’s breath. The bouquets. The cake. OH, THE CAKE. (insert dramatic pause here) #IComeForTheCake
And then he walked by. On a mission. In his hand, he held the bride’s shoes. The ones that she would wear as he walked her down the aisle to give her away. Then, just like that, he was gone again. Marking tasks off the list one by one, determined to make this day run as smoothly as possible.
I walked into the bridal suite to see the bridesmaids dresses hanging, awaiting that final steam, girls hurrying about in floral robes and Zane, dressed in her white silky robe, “bride” bedazzled across the back, sitting in her make-up throne, as the final curls were added to her beautiful hair. I turned to greet, the mother of the bride, Carolyn, who minute by minute grew more overwhelmed with the events the day held. Up until this moment it had just been planning. But now, all the plans, all the dreams were put into action by the incredible vendor team. Her job now, was to stand with Griff to give their daughter away.
Family and friends all gathered at Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral and eagerly waited to watch as Zane and Jake, finally, became one. Griff, led Zane down the long center aisle to an emotional Jake, who proudly waited at the altar of his childhood church to take Zane’s hand in holy matrimony. An hour of blessings and prayers, exchanging of rings and communion passed and finally, Jake kissed his bride (quite passionately, I might add) and they walked back down the aisle, hand in hand as husband and wife.
Everyone returned to the Sheraton Mesa Hotel and joyfully celebrated Zane and Jake with the most delicious wedding feast and hours and hours of laughter and dancing. There was no doubt about it, this was a joyous occasion.
Zane and Jake, CONGRATULATIONS!
I am so incredibly excited for the two of you as you start this new season of your life. The best man said it best, keep Christ center of your lives. Eagerly seek him and he will surely determine your steps.
Venue: Sheraton Mesa Hotel at Wrigleyville West // Cake: Piece of Cake // DJ and Photo Booth: Got You Covered Music // Linens: Y Knot Party Rentals // Flowers: Fred’s Flowers // Ceremony: Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral // Second photographer: Benjamin Clifford Photography // Photographer’s Assistant: Donna Thompson Photography