We met at all the girls at a new bar called Estate Ultra Bar, right on the river. Reservations were at 2pm. Before that Colie and her husband Grant and I met at the sail boat we were taking out for the day to decorate and set up the food we had catered in from Fox and Obel - a great grocery store down town. At 2pm we headed to the bar and met- Jess were she had held down the fort and order appetizers and pitchers of Sangria. Hayleys' four friends from Indiana were there: Kelly, Mandy, Gabby and Becky and then Mary and Margo showed up and of course Hayley.
Photos of the bar:
|Hayley & Becky|
|L- R: Kelly, Margo, Gabby, Mandy|
|Gabby, Mandy, Colie|
|Hayley, Becky, Kelly|
Then we had our first little surprise. Question of the day was..."how are we getting from the bar to the boat? Our answer: we called a few cabs... Which of course was not true. We all waiting in the parking lot for: THE LIMO we rented for the hour. It was totes worth it, everyone was really surprised and a few girls said it was their first time in a limo
|waiting for "our rides"|
|The secret Limo|
|Bride to be|
|She's a natural|
|Chuggin' the Champers in the limo- Mary, Colie & Margo|
|Hayley- out the window|
|Jess, double fistin'|
|the other end of the limo|
Then we headed to the sail boat! Where we met Val who came from a test - straight from medical school- and Grant, our captain for the day. And we were off! We went for a sail around the harbor, then into the lake for a swim! Me and Baby Chobot did pretty well on the boat, we got in the water to swim too, so i don't have any photos of that part, but it was fun! I did have to lay down for a bit after the cold dip in Lake Michigan.. brrrrrrr! But the weather was perfect. Such a beautiful day for a sail.
Here are some photos of the boat:
Here are the rest of the photos i took. The end of our night included: opening hilarious and sweet presents, Surprise Fireworks! (we didn't actually set these up, in Chicago in the summer there are fireworks every Wednesday and Saturday nights at Navy Pier)- So awesome.
|Opening hilarious "video" gifts here...|
|Hayley and Val- looking at the camera|
|Blur of the group|
|Fireworks on the water|
Then after some gals left for the evening- the boat a few spaces down had a surprise for the bride to be. The one request Hayley had was- NO STRIPPERS--- well little did we know the guys at the boat down the way didn't get this memo and Grant got one of their friends to do a little strip tease for Hayley, Colie, Me, Val, Margo and Mary. I didn't get too many photos of this either but it was really hilarious.
|Hayley, Colie, and "Captain Stripper dude"|
That's the only one i got. the "stripper" pretended to be the captain of the boat. Hilarious.
And- here's the group photos!
Such a fun night! Can't wait for the wedding.