Well, it wasn’t big or fat, but it was at a brewpub and it was magical. This past weekend, Grizz and I, after like a 3 year engagement, finally got married at our favorite brewpub, Flossmoor Station!
If you don’t know, Flossmoor Station is a repurposed train station in Flossmoor, IL. It’s been a staple for us and our friends for some time. Great beer, great food (the fried pickles are to die for) and a cute atmosphere. Everything is train themed, including a lot of the menu. After talking to one of the fabulous staff members serving us for the night, I learned we were the first people to get married there.
The Station has a “Caboose Deck” for events. There’s a caboose on the back deck that is actually an ice cream shop. The wedding itself was held on the caboose steps. The groom entered the area from the street while the bridal party was staged inside the restaurant. When the music (Within You from my favorite movie, Labyrinth) began to play, the party joined Grizz on the deck. Each couple walked in; the gentleman in black, each wearing bow tie with a different color of the rainbow and the ladies in black holding respective flowers. The music switched to “As The World Falls Down” (also from Labyrinth) as I entered with my dad. The ceremony was short and sweet, performed by one of our best friends, Barry. When we were finally pronounced Mr. And Mrs. we walked out to Here’s to Us from Halestorm and were greeted with personalized drinking horns, a gift from Barry, engraved by best man, Shaw. They were already filled with our favorite beer, The Pullman Brown. Definitely a must have, if you’re into the dark beers, brewed with the sweeter flavor profile, such as caramel, chocolate, and coffee.
Then it was time for dinner. If you have never eaten at Flossmoor Station, you absolutely must. There is not a single thing I’ve tried that I didn’t like. For the wedding we had, BBQ chicken, pulled pork, Mac and cheese, and green beans, and fresh fruit. And of course, even though it wasn’t part of the menu option, a plate of fried pickles (seriously the best I’ve ever had) appeared before me. Perks of being the bride, I suppose. Strawberry cheesecake and cookies and brownies were served for dessert, and it was time for dancing.
Grizz and I danced to a version of “Fly Me to the Moon” that resembles the ending to Evangelion (his favorite anime) the most. Grizz and his mom danced to “Tennessee Waltz” which they always danced to when he was a baby. My dad and I danced to “The Best Day” from Taylor Swift, since the first time I heard that song I played it for him and told him whenever I get married, we’re dancing to this. Then, the floor was open to everyone!
I danced the night away, drank delicious beer, and hung out with the best people on the planet.
It was small, it was intimate, it was the freaking hottest day of the year to have a wedding outside.
And it could not have been more perfect.
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