For any would-be groom, meeting future in-laws is a nerve-racking experience. But for Tim Smithe Jr., getting on the good side of Chicago’s Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy was an added challenge — one he welcomed when it came to winning the heart of the top cop’s daughter, Kyla. Luckily, Dad approved. “He was happy I wound up with a good Midwestern boy,” says McCarthy.
With his blessing, McCarthy and Smithe planned three wedding celebrations in three different cities, kicking off the festivities in Chicago March 29 at Harry Caray’s (33 W. Kinzie). Five generations of Smithes showed up for the bash, including grandfather Walter E. Sr., who began the Smithe family furniture business in 1945.
The following month, Smithe and McCarthy flew to the bride’s native New York to celebrate in Rockland County, then dashed back to Chicago June 1 — the same day as McCarthy’s grandparents’ 61st anniversary — to exchange vows at the courthouse. After signing their marriage license, they immediately joined family for brunch at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago (160 E. Pearson) before jetting off to Paris for an eight-day honeymoon. The pair concluded the revelry by reciting their vows under the Eiffel Tower and visiting the Pont des Arts bridge. “I came to Chicago wanting to try out a new city, but now it’s changed my life,” says McCarthy. “I can’t believe it happened like this.”
Story by Katerina Bizios | Photos by Stephen Zezza