Monique & Julian Got Hitched!


Yesterday was David’s and my only full day here in Chicago, IL this trip but it was chock full of very, very important business … namely the wedding of our dear friend Monique to her Prince Charming Julian. After a week of blistering heat here in Chicago, the gods smiled down on Monique and J and gave them a reprieve. The temps cooled down considerably and a very lovely breeze blew into town … making for the perfect wedding day for our amazing friends. Check out some fun photos from yesterday’s nuptials below.

The wedding ceremony was just beautiful. There was an Indian ceremony, a Persian ceremony and a German portion each dedicated to the couple’s familial roots. Honestly, the Persian ceremony was my favorite — a little play acting is involved where the bride rejects the groom a few times before she relents and agrees to marry him ;) Monique is stunning pretty much every day, honestly, but yesterday on her wedding day … she was radiantly stunning. Julian is a lucky, lucky man.

The cocktail, reception and dance portion of the ceremony was Mad Men-themed because Mo and J feel in love bonding over their love of watching Mad Men together. It was just a superfun way to celebrate the couple’s marriage.

I cannot even tell you how much David and I love Monique and how important she is to us. You don’t know this but Mo is largely responsible for much of the success of Pink is the new Blog. She was an integral part of the behind the scenes action early on when PITNB was taking off. Because of her love and care for me, the site and the integrity of what I was trying to do with the site, PITNB flourished. I will forever be indebted to her hard work, yes, but her loving friendship means more to me than anything else.

I hope you’ll join me in sending all of our collective congrats and LURVE to Mr. and Mrs. MoJay (as I’ve dubbed them) on their happy new life together. The couple will be jetting off on their honeymoon later today … they are not playing around ;)

Alas, my time in Chicago is dunzo this time around. We really had no time to enjoy the city properly but I did manage to get out for a 5+ mile run early this morning. I got to run along the lakefront and I also got to spend some fun picture taking time in Millennium Park. I love you, Chicago, thank you for the wonderful hospitality. I promise, the next time I visit, I’ll stick around longer so I can enjoy you as much as possible! See y’all back in LA!

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  • Megan

    Stunning bride :)

  • jenn

    gorgeous wedding! i love to see how much your sense of community and family appear on your blog. its why i read it. xx

  • Nicole

    Amazing recap for us that were not there… Great play by play!! Pics are fab. Nothing less than I expected! Simply stunning & looked like a brilliant day!! Love you guys!!

  • Z

    How cool that they incorporated the wedding traditions of their respective familial heritage. I’m not at all familiar w/ Persian culture so that was very interesting to read about. Congrats to the happy couple! :)

  • BCDanielle

    Congratulations to your friends!

  • rOXy

    Blessings to the newlyweds! You have such amazing friends.

  • Dezden

    Congratulations to them!!! And thanks to Mo for her PINTB help in the early days! :)