Chad and I met the summer entering our freshmen year at the University of Illinois. My first cousin, Jeff, who is like a brother to both of us introduced us. Though the story did not unfold that quickly. While we instantly became the closest of friends, our first kiss was 2 years later, at his sister’s wedding, and that’s an entirely different story on its own. From that point on, our relationship evolved into what it is today. Best friends that are more into each other today than ever before…gotta love it.
The day he popped the question was the most perfect day. I became a bit suspicious as Chad asked me to take the day off work – something we don’t ordinarily do – but deep down I thought he would wait until his place sold. We went to lunch at Fred’s on top of Barney’s. He didn’t seem nervous or anything so I thought this was his way of making me think we were getting engaged to throw me off.
After lunch we walked around the cold city, stopped by the Drake hotel (the location of our first kiss), and went back to my apartment. Unbeknown to me he’d picked up a red rose at the Drake. He gave me the flower and, as I turned around to reach for a vase, Chad said, “I have something else for you too.” I turned around to this gorgeous super sparkly ring and my incredible husband down on his knee. If that wasn’t enough, he had planned an engagement party for me at my favorite restaurant, Rosebud Prime, with 60 of our closest friends and family.
We took a “mini-moon” at the St. Regis in Punta Minta Mexico. It was so perfect and relaxing. We rarely stopped speaking about our most perfect wedding weekend. We plan to honeymoon in the summer – Biking Tuscany…we both love activities.
Wedding Gown – Vwidon By Carla and Kenneth (a local chicago designer)
Wedding Shoes – Jimmy Choo
Bridesmaid Dresses – Jenny Yoo
Wedding & Reception – The Standard Club
Floral & Event Design – Heffernan Morgan Ronsley
Wedding Planner – Randy Schuster and Kim Schwartz (my Mother – a total rock star!
Entertainment – Larry King Orchestra
Cake – Take the Cake
Hair – Aaron Scott
Makeup – Stella Mikhal
Videography – idofilms
Photography – Jai Girard