Jessica Schwartz and Andrew Morris are an example of a blind date gone right. Set up by a mutual friend, the Chicago-raised Schwartz had lived in Los Angeles for a year before meeting Morris, an L.A. resident for seven years. After a successful first date, the two met again at a Super Bowl party and followed up with a Valentine’s Day date. Three years later they returned to Schwartz’s hometown to tie the knot on Oct. 20 at the Standard Club, where she always knew she wanted to get married. “I grew up going to dinners there, and it fit my old-world Shakespearean theme. It was perfect,” says Schwartz. With neutral tones and an abundance of candles lighting the ceremony and reception, Schwartz chose variations of garden roses, hydrangeas and ivy, using the green and white tones to set a romantic garden theme. Matching the softness of the décor was Schwartz’s fairy-tale Kenneth Pool gown with a cathedral-length veil, which she found with the help of her mom (a personal shopper at Saks Fifth Avenue). After a traditional Jewish ceremony, the 200 guests enjoyed an array of comfort food, including stations with grilled cheese, tomato soup, sliders and mini milkshakes and a dessert bar with cheesecake lollipops and a cupcake tower. Dancing the night away, the band played an extra half-hour because the crowd just wouldn’t wind down. “Andrew is so conservative, so I never thought he was a partier. But by the end of the night he was on the dance floor with his shirt off,” laughs Schwartz. The couple recently moved to New York, where Morris is pursuing a law degree and Schwartz is working at American Express Publishing. “We’re so grateful because we had so many people fly in and be there for us that day,” says Schwartz. “It was so special.”[nggallery id=everafter-SLH-120912]
Story by Katerina Bizios | Photos by Megan Bearder
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