|The wedding site - before all the chairs were set up.|
Jane and I drove to Chicago and flew from Midway to Minneapolis on Friday. It took just over 3 hours to drive and the flight was just under an hour. We took a cab from the airport to the hotel (where our room was, as well as the wedding). The cab ride was a little scary (I thought we were going to wreck about 3 times), but we survived. The rehearsal was Friday night. It was on the 8th floor rooftop of the hotel, and we ate there afterward too. It was a beautiful setting. The rehearsal was a tad chaotic - they had 8 attendants each, and it was not overly well organized - but no one got out of hand and everyone seemed happy when it was over.
|The end of the rehearsal|
All four of us left Sunday morning. We hired an SUV to take us to the airport (cost us the same as the cab - $45) and left the hotel around 8 am. Isaac flew from MN to O'Hare in Chicago, then onto Indianapolis. The rest of us were on a plane together going back to Midway in Chicago. I thought traffic was a little heavy for a Sunday and we got home around 5:30 pm. All in all the travel there and back went pretty smooth.
Crowne Plaza Northstar on 2nd Ave and 7th Street right downtown. It was a very pretty hotel and had a nice bar and restaurant. The elevators were a bit tedious at times, but other than that it was a nice place. Our room was on the 11th floor overlooking the site of the wedding ceremony, which was on the 8th floor. My parents were on the 8th floor, and our kids were on the 9th floor. I think there were 17 floors altogether.
The only real issue we had was, apparently since it was the weekend, the gift shop was closed and there was no water in any of the vending machines. Saturday morning we walked around and there was a Target just a couple blocks over. We also found several restaurants and shops and things. Then on Saturday there were two weddings at the hotel (ours was the 2nd one), and there was some big country music concert at the nearby stadium, so the hotel was PACKED!
|The ring bearer (after the ceremony)|
After the wedding everyone went to the Five Event Center. It was a rather hip place and worked out nicely. It was a little crowded at first, but I think everyone survived. They had two bars and served finger foods throughout the night. It was maybe 3 miles from the wedding, and we arrived a little after 9. We stayed until a little after midnight. It was supposed to end at 2 am. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves, and I haven't heard that anyone got too out of hand - which is always good, and I am maybe a little surprised about. :)
Again, all in all, it was a really nice weekend. I was glad our kids got to go. My dad did way better than I expected he would. I think most everyone had a nice time.