As a personal trainer at XSport Fitness (230 W. North), Edwin Echevarria sees dozens of people pass through his gym on a daily basis. But in December 2011, something about ER nurse Lindsay Ryan caught his eye. It took Echevarria six months to find the courage to strike up a conversation with Ryan — but once he did, the duo began training together, which sparked a romantic connection. In July of 2012, Echevarria proposed to Ryan at her favorite park near Navy Pier. The two wasted no time diving into wedding planning, tying the knot in front of 100 guests at Loft on Lake (1366 W. Lake) just one year later. “It was a party from start to finish,” says Ryan.
Echevarria’s parents traveled from their native Puerto Rico for the bash, where guests danced to traditional music and dined on ethnic bites such as carne asada and patatas bravas. The bride paid homage to her Italian roots with Italian-American buffet stations, stocked with chicken Marsala and roasted vegetables. The evening ended on a sweet note, as guests flocked to a dessert table topped with pizzelles crafted by Ryan’s mother.
Story by Katerina Bizios | Photos courtesy Tommy & Gina from Gina Cristine Weddings