Lost In A Moment

The band jammed. Gorgeous flowers adorned the tabletops. Laughter and smiles spread throughout the room. Molly, Christine, Frankie, Rachel and I danced our hearts out as if was an ordinary girls night out.

But then I pushed my mental pause button, just for a second, and I reflected on the moment I was in.

I wasn’t thinking about the blister starting to form on my toe. Or how Molly always has the best dance moves. Or how stunning Christine looks when she smiles. Or how Frankie’s personality lights up the room. Or how Rachel’s face is beaming with happiness and love. (All of which were true!)

Instead, I thought about how lucky I am.

….. lucky to be sharing one of the most important days in Rachel’s life (her wedding!) with some of the most amazing friends. Friends that have come into my life at all different points, yet friends who seem to have been there throughout it all.

It was a moment where I wondered how life turned out this way. How all the crazy paths I took led me to this perfect moment where everything seemed, well, perfect.

Molly. Frankie. Christine. Rachel. These women are truly incredible, and I am so lucky to have them be such a huge part of my life.

When I am with them, I am always in the moment, but at that moment dancing at Rachel’s wedding, I was lost in a moment.

Friday Fancie :: Vino Dolce

I will admit it. I have a sweet tooth. I am going to blame it on my Italian upbringing and the fact that at EVERY holiday, we have more desserts than main course options.

So needless to say, this desire for all things sweet influences the vino I pick for dinner or happy hour or lunch….hey…sometimes you just need a glass no matter if it is 5 o’clock somewhere or not.

You can find me in front of the riesling section …always. I’ve tried at least 60 different rieslings over the the years, but there is only ONE that I am completely, utterly in love with…(ok more like obbessed with).

 

In honor of the weekend, Dr. Beckermann’s Piesporter Michelsberg (or the riesling in the green bottle….because that is a mouthful, and I know I do not pronounce it correctly) is my Friday Fancie this week!

– You can only find this bottle of perfection at Trader Joe’s (pretty much my favorite store and this is just another reason why).

– It costs $5.99. Yes, my favorite bottle of riesling is less than $6 a bottle making it the perfect bottle for every day. Why enjoy a glass of wine out, when you can have the whole bottle at home with friends. :)

– The wine has hints of pears and peaches. It is sweet, but not like candy. I would say it pairs well with just about everything (but that is because I drink it with everything.)

Pick up a bottle of this vino this weekend, and I bet you will start to fall in love with it too! Have a fabulous weekend!

 

Chicago Engagement :: Theresa + Anthony

Two months before Anthony boarded a plane for the Peace Corps, he met Theresa. Timing could not have been worse for the two as Anthony was just weeks away from spending two years teaching English in Cambodia.

A mutual friend set them up. Somewhat of a blind date you might say. The two both went to Rolling Meadows High School together, but they never met until their first date at Looptopia Festival in Chicago.

Anthony is a go-with-the flow type of guy. Theresa is a planner and organizer – obsessed with the details. They knew they would end up together after only a few months of dating.

But before they could start the rest of their lives, Anthony headed off to Cambodia.

Skype. E-mails. Letters. They endured the long distance the best they could. Theresa even made the 18-hour flight to visit Anthony. Yet after 18 months, Anthony jetted off to be with his girl – for good.

There is something special about the love these two share. It radiates from their eyes when they look at each other. They will marry this June at Our Lady of Wayside in Arlington Heights. I had the pleasure of spending a Saturday afternoon with the two, capturing their love in all of their favorite places. Here are some of my favorites!


Stop being so stinkin’ cute, you two!

For their first date, the pair met at Ogilvie Train Station before heading to Looptopia Festival. Anthony wasn’t sure what Theresa looked like, but when he saw her he hoped (and prayed!) that she was the girl he was spending the day with!


Theresa, you are stunning! Really.

Theresa and Anthony are the sweetest, most loving couple I have met. I know their wedding will reflect this amazing love they share!

To see more of Theresa and Anthony’s engagement pictures, feel free to CLICK HERE.