August 31, 2011

our last weekend in chicago: the "bon voyage" party.

On Saturday, my parents threw Radley and I a "Bon Voyage" party to send us off and give us the chance to see family and friends one last time before we go. My mom and her best friend are quite the party hosts, so the entire beer garden at Casey Moran's was decked out in Chicago/San Francisco-themed decorations. There were flowers and posters and balloons and candies colored to match our city's sports teams--not to mention some seriously hilarious lollipops...
Great food, great drinks, cupcakes from Sweet Mandy B's, glow-in-the-dark bracelets, dancing, strings of lights, plus sixty of our closest friends and family. I was overwhelmed with gratitude--giddy--and found myself laughing until I cried at several points throughout the night.

The next day, Radley and I kept looking at each other and saying what we'd already said, over and over again, all morning: "That. Was. The best night. Ever." And it was--it really was--because it isn't every day you get to see so many of the people you love all in one place. As one friend put it, the party was just a bit of practice for our wedding day :) 

A heartfelt thank you to all our family and friends who came out this weekend--and an even bigger thanks to Mom and Dad for thinking to do something so special for us. It truly was the perfect ending to the most incredible couple of years, and I couldn't think of a better way to kick off our next chapter.


ashleigh said... [Reply to comment]

looks so fun!!
i love family/friend parties where you just dont want them to end! =]
i wish you the best of luck with moving girly

Cassie said... [Reply to comment]

How sweet! You'll remember that fun party forever! Happy travels. x

missy. said... [Reply to comment]

aw so cute. love your dress. glad to know you had such a good last weekend in chicago!

Kristina said... [Reply to comment]

Wow, what a sweet party to throw!! It looks like an amazing time!! I am in love with you dress by the way!

Laura Marie said... [Reply to comment]

@Kristina Thanks! Tried to find a link online but couldn't--it's BCBG, from Nordstrom :)

nicole said... [Reply to comment]

i was totally about to ask you where your dress is from...thanks for reading my mind :)

Becky said... [Reply to comment]

What a fabulous going away party!

Nicole Marie said... [Reply to comment]

is that a cable car sf painting?? obsessed!! such a sweet party. love the giants balloon and palm tress. but sorry no palm trees here.

L!$@ said... [Reply to comment]

Such a fun way to send you two off onto your next adventure! :D The lollypops were an awesome idea.

girls who like to gorge said... [Reply to comment]

This celebration looks like so much fun!! xx

Jasmine said... [Reply to comment]

You look so happy! :)