A feel-good time & great grub

Exactly 7 weeks from last Saturday, I’ll be a Mrs
Last summer I was all, “He’s never going to do it!” and then he did it, and now I’m here. Life happens fast, doesn’t it?

Well, as you can imagine, there a lots of things “they” don’t tell you about wedding planning. (Consider “they” every female in this world besides you.)

  • It’s basically insane
  • Flowers are crazy-expensive (remember my muffin depression?)
  • Square-shaped invites are the devil
  • You will get hung up on (a.k.a. obsessed with) something you never anticipated (see: muffin depression)

And much more.

But while wedding planning comes with lots of baggage and guest-list-induced freak-outs, there’s something else that I really didn’t anticipate: the feel-good moments. Like when you find out five different women are throwing you bridal showers, spend a weekend celebrating your bachelorette party in Nashville with 12 of your closest friends, or read an incredibly heart-felt card from someone you didn’t expect. There are so many moments throughout this crazy process that have really tugged my heart strings (yes, I just said that), and I really can’t put into words how deeply grateful I am.

So, with that in mind, I’m sharing one of these experiences with you, because it deals with — you guessed it! — amazing food. (This whole marriage thing is making me emotional, eh?)

Allow me to introduce you to Roy’s Chicago, and all of my fav wedding gals.

We’re talking mommas…


Maids of honor…

Wedding coordinator and bridesmaids (even my soon-to-be sister-in-law — who is sporting the cutest pregnant belly ever).

(And here’s Laura!)


They all came from near and far, raged against the city traffic, to join me in a super unique dinner downtown.


Did I mention my mom coordinated and sponsored everything? (Do you get why I’m talking about my heart strings?)

One of the managers walked us through each of the unique tastings we had, and we even had a personalized menu!

As an appetizer, we had the Ahi Poke, Big Island Ebi Roll and Lobster Dim Sum (which was my fav).


For our main course, we had the Hawaii Kai Beef Short Ribs (YES, I ate beef!) and some kind of fish with black rice ( I honestly can’t remember what it was — but it was heavenly).

And it doesn’t stop there. 
For dessert, we enjoyed the most amazing thing ever imaginable: Melting Hot Chocolate Souffle. When you bit into it, the cake literally oozed with warm, gooey chocolate. I had to restrain myself from licking the plate. (I wish I was kidding.)
And just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, they brought out a special treat! So nice, and impressive. Whenever I try to do that with a sauce, I end up with a big mess.

We had SUCH a great time.

All I could think on the drive home is just how incredibly blessed I am. Seriously. So blessed, and so thankful.

So a BIG thank you to all of these ladies, and everyone who has been so amazing throughout this whole experience. It doesn’t go unnoticed.

September 7th, here I come!

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