S: From "Will You?" to "I Do!"
FC: The road from Ms. Hernandez to Mrs. Marsh
1: Chris & Jillian Marsh | Congrats on your wedding! Love, Mary Kate | To the happy couple...
2: A girl from Chicago...
3: ...met a boy from St. Louis
4: GROOMSMEN GETTING READY | They fell in love and he proposed in Millennium Park on Nov. 24, 2010!
5: Engagement Night | Cheers to the future bride and groom | Think our dads were more excited than us!?
6: Will you be my Maid of Honor?
7: "To my lovely bridesmaids...the wedding date and plan is now and forever back to the original plan. July 2nd in St. Louis. Church service at 5 p.m., wedding reception at the Old Warson Country Club. Thank you for putting up with my inability to make up my mind! Love you all!" (Text message from Jill on Feb. 5, 2011)
8: Invitation Time
10: Co-Op Shower at Mrs. Wilson's House
12: The Bachelorette Party!
13: Cousins | For the birthday girl | Before heading out
14: What is Jill’s drink of choice? What common mixure is Jill allergic to? Who was Jill's first kiss and when? Who was Jill's first boyfriend? Who did Jill make-out with at Freshman Homecoming? Where did Jill and Mark sneak off to during the infamous “squirrel burger” birthday? Where did Jill get her first tattoo and what is it of? What did Jill used to hide in the pocket of her Roo's? Who on the LT Basketball team did Jill hook up with? Who did Jill go to prom with? What was Jill's nick-name for Brian Flanagan? Name one of the many strategies Jill used to get Flanagainagain to stop calling her? How did Jill get into the Phish concert? What did Jill get for her 18th birthday? What was Nick’s tattoo that Jill couldn’t stand? What was the profession of Jill's re-bound guy from Nick? Where did Jill meet Chris? What dorm did Jill live in at Bradley? What was Jill & Chris' first date? Where did Chris propose? If Jill is running late on the day of her wedding, what is most likely to be the reason? What is Jill & Chris’ wedding song? Where are Jill and Chris going on their honeymoon?
16: Met a Bachelor Party at Social 25, had a dance party, then played limbo...
17: The next day, Jill's favorite boys came to the BBQ to toast to the bride!
19: And after seven months, the wedding weekend finally arrived... | And after seven months, the wedding weekend finally arrived...
21: The Rehearsal & Dinner
22: Getting ready for the Big Day...
24: We have been practicing for this day for a while!
27: Introducing Mr. & Mrs. Chris Marsh!
28: On our way to Old Warson Country Club
30: Good evening, everyone. I’m Mary Kate, or as I am referred to as in the Hernandez house, Mary Kate Kathleen Raminski, and I am Jill’s Maid of Honor. To our hosts, Mr. and Mrs. H, thank you for having everyone. I’ve been to many a fun Hernandez party, and I know tonight’s is going to top them all I want to thank Jill and Chris for asking me to be a part of their big day. As it turns out, bridesmaid duties are more than just toasting and Bachelorette planning; they include: flipping through countless wedding magazines, going to fittings, helping find the perfect hairstyle, hours on the phone discussing bridesmaid colors, and was just for Chris! Whatever the task, I was so happy to be a part of the couple’s journey. Jill and I started our friendship twenty-four years ago when our moms met while searching for Kindergartens to send their oldest boys to. Since we were new to LaGrange, Mrs. Hernandez invited my mom to join Co-Op, a group where mothers in the neighborhood took turns babysitting one another’s kids. Growing up essentially raised by each other’s parents, Jill and I became close quickly.
31: Of all the memories we have though, I think Jill and my preschool tradition is the story that best describes our friendship: We would get picked up from morning class by our carpool and head to my parents’ for lunch. I remember the excitement of deciding who got to pour the noodles and who got to drop the seasoning nugget in the pot of Mrs. Grass’. As we ate our soup, we would watch the same Three Stooges episode and giggle as if we had never seen Moe, Curly, and Larry poke each other in the eye before. The afternoon would continue with Barbie and dress up, until we saw Mrs. Hernandez’s car pull up in the driveway. Then, Jill and I would run to my room and hide until our moms called for us to come down. It was at a young age of three that Jill and I learned how to corroborate stories, a skill that, eventually, would get us out of trouble in high school. With our story planned out, we'd grab hands and walk downstairs to tell our mothers that we couldn't leave each other. We'd claim that we had played with glue during school and were stuck together forever. We didn’t know at the time, but the words we said, “stuck like glue,” would come to shape the bond we have. Through all of the years: in many good times and a few bad...with every crazy party and each broken heart...through summer nights in LaGrange and travels across the country to visit, we have continued to stick by each other’s side. Jill, thank you for always being someone I could call especially when the first day of college dorm life seemed scary, with silly boy stories and after every exciting shoe purchase! You truly are the best friend a person to ask for, and I am so happy you found an amazing man to share your life with. You and I have been playing bride and planning today since we started walking, and with a guy like Chris, I guess we can say, “practice made perfect.” Chris, to say you are a great guy is an understatement. You are the best guy to marry my best friend. It is obvious to all who spend time with this couple how happy they make one another and I have no doubt they will share a lifetime of love with the vows they took today. However, there is one more vow that I have to ask the new husband and wife to now promise: Jill, promise Chris that you will always communicate with him; but when it comes to deciding which of the four pairs of shoes you are holding that you should buy; gossiping about a friend’s new boy; quoting Where Harry Met Sally; or any other obviously important girl-type conversations, that you will instead, call this best friend. And Chris, promise Jill that you will always be there for her. Let her know that through good times and bad, you will never forget take her hand and remind her that you two are forever more, “together like glue.” Chris, take it from two three year olds who spoke these words many years ago, this promise will last a lifetime. With that, I ask everyone to please raise their glass “Jill and Chris: May you stick together forever!”
33: "May your troubles by less and your blessings be more. And nothing but happiness come through your door” —Irish Wedding Blessing