A Letter from Kyle and Samantha
Posted January 28, 2011
To all the fans:
Hello everyone! Samantha and I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and rang in the New Year in style; we certainly did!! As most of you may already know, Samantha and I were married on New Years Eve in Chicago. What an event that turned out to be! We would like to send a sincere thank you for all the great advice and many great ideas via Twitter, that we actually incorporated into our special day! Samantha and I thought it would be a wonderful idea to share a little bit with you with some of our never before seen photos. We hope you enjoy!
Although there was a bit of rain, the temperature in Chicago on New Year’s Eve was 53 degrees. Almost a record high! Father John Boivin wed Samantha and I at Holy Name Cathedral in downtown Chicago. We both really wanted a traditional Catholic wedding and when we saw this beautiful church, we knew this was the spot. Here is a picture of the inside of Holy Name Cathedral, WOW!
The ceremony was perfect! Coach Gibbs did a reading along with my grandmother and Samantha’s godmother.
Below is a picture of Samantha saying her vows and placing the ring on my finger.
The part I was waiting for all day, “You may kiss the bride!”
As the new Mr. and Mrs. Kyle Busch, we were ushered into our 1937 Rolls Royce where we were all smiles.
After the ceremony, the bridal party went around the city to take some photos before the reception. This shot is from the Great Hall at Union Station that was built in 1925. From right to left, Samantha had six bridesmaids: Tara Breen (matron of honor), Ashley Greer (maid of honor), Jacquelyn Butler, Susan Kennard, Alexis Gamboa and Eva Busch. I had five groomsmen: Matt Crafton, Brian Ickler (best man), Steven Sarcinella, Kurt Busch and Greg Passen. We would like to say a special thank you to everyone that stood up in our wedding!
Our reception was held at the Chicago Cultural Center. This historic landmark was once the Chicago Public Library and houses two unbelievable stained glass, translucent domes which our guests very much enjoyed. Samantha worked for months to create the perfect wedding that was both breathtaking and unique. She did such an amazing job! Samantha and I saw a rock and roll violin group that we knew we had to have perform for cocktail hour. There were multiple signature drinks, a full feather bar and of course food that was out of this world! We had unique hor’deours, appetizer stations, a delicious multi-course dinner, a dessert bar, midnight snacks, and of course, a huge MARS Candy station.
As our first dance, Samantha and I moved to the sounds of “I Could Not Ask For More” by Edwin McCain. Again, thank you for the twitter recommendation; it was the perfect song! As you can see, Samantha wanted a statement cake as it was over five feet tall! The flavors were chocolate with peanut butter and carrot with ginger icing, YUM!
We had an amazing band. Larry King Orchestra kept the dance floor packed all night long. For Samantha and I, the dancing never stopped!
We passed out festive party favors before midnight to get everyone into the New Years Eve spirit. Here is a shot of everyone getting ready for the big countdown!
Samantha and I were decked out in our New Years Eve finest too. Samantha even changed into a short dress so she could dance the night away.
The wedding was beyond our wildest expectations. We had the most wonderful night with all of our family and friends.
Since there was only a short period of time to take pictures between the ceremony and the reception, we decided to spend New Year’s Day going around the city of Chicago for more photo opts together. The first spot we went to was the Sky Deck at Willis (which everyone still knows as the Sears) Tower. We even had fun getting to interact with the people taking the tour as Samantha ended up becoming a tourist attraction in her gorgeous dress!
The next stop, we went back to the gorgeous Union Station for some alone time photos. LOL
Our last stop was at the Dana Hotel. We really appreciate them letting us use one of their awesome lounge areas to do another set of shots in.
Roaming around the city was a really a great time and the people in Chicago are awesome! Everyone was honking and yelling congratulations to us as we were driving and stopping at our picture spots. It was really nice of them to wish us the best of luck for our future.
We left Chicago the next morning to head back to North Carolina so we could unpack and repack for our honeymoon in Jamaica. We stayed at the beautiful Half Moon Resort in Montego Bay and had such a wonderful time! We wanted to share a few pictures from this experience with you too. I have always wanted to go zip lining and even though Samantha screamed on every zip line, the whole way across, and was nicknamed on the expedition as the “screamer”, she was a real trooper!
I managed to take a video of while I was on the zip line for you all to see. It was a really cool experience and we both had an enjoyable time. One of the lines was over 500 feet in the air and the line was close to 1600 feet long!
Other highlights of our trip include dinner and entertainment on the beach, a sunset cruise, snorkeling and hiking up the Dunns River Falls. It was really nice to get away and relax for a change! This is one of our relaxing moments:
Samantha and I really want to thank all of you again for your continued support, you all are truly amazing! 2010 was a great season and we are looking forward to 2011 being even better!!
So from our family to yours,
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!