Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Jill + Chad: October 20, 2012

This weekend Scott and I made a trip to St. Louis for the wedding of my good college friend Jill.  (You might remember that I went to Jill's bachelorette party on my 28th birthday).  Jill's wedding was outside at a beautiful winery about 45 minutes southeast (I think) of St. Louis, and she couldn't have gotten a more picture perfect day.  The forecast was 58 and cloudy, but it ended up being at least 10 degrees warmer and clear sunshine.  The ceremony was short and sweet, with the couple's dogs playing a memorable role, and concluded in a sparkling wine toast on a bluff overlooking the beautiful fall foliage.

After that, we had two or three hours until the reception began, so instead of moving directly to the hotel where we were staying, a group of 15 or so of our college friends all stayed at the winery for a tasting :)  (And seriously, at $6 each you couldn't beat it if you tried).  The wine was all delicious, but the company even better.

Then we moved on to the hotel for a quick check-in to drop our luggage before it was off to the reception in scenic downtown St. Charles.  The reception was held at the Opera House, so it was both visually pleasing and historic.   After a good (and hearty!) meal, it was time to dance our feet off :)  I haven't danced that much for a long time.  (And no joke - my feet were KILLING me the next day).

It was a thrill to witness Jill and Chad say their "I do"s, and amazing catching up with my girls and their awesome guys.

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