The West Bloomfield crew reunited in Chicago this past weekend for Marisa and Herb’s wedding. Grace and I arrived mid-afternoon on Friday and checked into The Peninsula Hotel, which is where everyone was staying and also where we enjoyed our last stay in Chicago.
Marisa’s parents hosted drinks and dinner on Friday evening. The honor of attending came with the pressure to toast the couple, especially when Herb’s other friends were throwing down the gauntlet and Grace (fueled by liquid courage) was threatening to get up there if we didn’t. As his oldest friends, we do have unique insight into the man.
We left the club that seemingly all of Chicago was trying to get into and headed back to The Peninsula for drinks. It was a great time to catch up with everyone, including Joanne and Andy who arrived a little later in the evening.
Saturday, we had lunch at Joe’s Steak and Seafood. We had the pleasure of dining with the groom on his wedding day. The food and the service were impeccable as always and our server even treated Herb on his big day. We all went our separate ways to enjoy Chicago for the afternoon.
The wedding was at the Waldorf Astoria, which is an amazing property that didn’t exist back when we lived in Chicago. The ceremony was traditional, but in a modern, elegant setting, which is very fitting for the couple. Marisa was a stunning bride. Both she and Herb were calm and confident as they exchanged vows. The evening ended at the penthouse home of their friend, who graciously hosted an afterparty with food, drinks and even magic.
A common theme throughout the weekend was how long Herb waited before finally settling down. Friends joked and family lamented. We’ve been to more than a few weddings and it seems more gratifying now than ever to see a person for whom you care deeply find the love of their life. We were very happy and honored to be there to celebrate with Marisa and Herb for their intimate wedding among family and friends.
Best wishes to both of you!