On the morning of Nora’s wedding, we were all very excited! The girls started the day by getting their hair and makeup done.
By coincidence, my sisters Mary Kate and Sheila and I were all wearing the same shade of turquoise.
We all snuck a peak at the stunning wedding gown hanging in my parents’ room. As a wedding shower gift, Nora had received a personalized hanger with her future name “Mrs. Lewis”, a perfect place to hang her dress!
The florist delivered eight beautiful bridesmaid bouquets with dark pink roses and lime green hydrangeas, and a bouquet for the bride with white roses, peonies, and hydrangeas, and blush pink calla lilies.
Once the bridesmaids were dressed, it was time for the bride to get dressed too.
All of my siblings were in the wedding. Mary Kate, Annie, and I were bridesmaids; Maureen and Colleen did readings; Sheila and Katie sang; Kevin and Brian were ushers; Patrick and Matthew were groomsmen.
Even Pippa Middleton would have been envious of how great Nora looked in her white dress.
Nora’s bouquet was wrapped in a handkerchief from our late grandmother Nancy and had a charm with a picture of Dan’s late mother on her wedding day.
There were a few minor hiccups that morning and no less than four people were crying during the hour or so that we looked for the bride’s missing earrings, followed by tears of relief when they were finally found.
Once we were all dressed and ready, we took pictures outside of my mom and dad’s house. The fall colors were beautiful with the midnight blue dresses and the pink and green flowers.
My mom’s dress was fantastic. It featured the same scalloped lacy v-neck of the wedding gown in the midnight blue color of the bridesmaid dresses. She looked great!
The bride did a quick champagne toast with the girls before the attendants loaded onto the bus to pick up the groomsmen who had spent the morning getting ready at the University Club in Chicago.
We arrived at St. Joseph Church with plenty of time, and although it was cold, it was a beautiful, sunny day.
Unfortunately the limo that was going to take Nora and my parents to the church broke down and never made it to my parents’ house. So my dad drove his pickup truck, with the bride in the front seat and my mom and the photographer in the back seat. Thankfully they made it to the church on time! And thankfully the perpetually carsick Nora didn’t lose her lunch.
We took a few last minute pictures before the start of the ceremony and Danny practiced his ring-bearer duties with Uncle Jay and Aunt Shelf.
The ceremony started with my brothers Kevin and Brian escorting my mom down the aisle.
Next, Danny and his flower girl cousin Mara started off down the aisle together but about halfway up the aisle, Danny turned back and bolted for the back of the church. Holding hands, he and I walked to the front of the church together.
The rest of the bridesmaids walked in next.
Finally, Nora and my dad walked down the aisle.
It was a beautiful ceremony.
The mass featured singing from my sisters Sheila and Katie, and from the choir at the grade school where Nora runs the music program.
After the priest pronounced the happy couple husband and wife, Nora and Dan kissed and processed out the church led by bagpipes.
We took a few family pictures on the altar before leaving the church.
In the school parking lot across the street, Nora and Dan carried on the family tradition of lighting off the cannon in celebration of special occasions.
The bride and groom enjoyed a celebratory toast on the bus with the bridal party.
The next stop for the bus was the LaSalle Street Bridge for a few photos at the spot where Nora and Dan got engaged.
Check back on the blog later this week for a post about the fun we had at the reception that followed!!