Gina Lombardo and Ben Firestone met at a local real estate networking event in 2006. Five years after their first date, the duo got engaged and began planning their dream wedding — a task made easier because the couple had attended more than 60 weddings together, giving Lombardo a clear picture of how she wanted her own big day to unfold. With a guest list that quickly grew to 275, Lombardo and Firestone enlisted the help of wedding planner Reva Nathan and tied the knot June 29 at the Chicago Illuminating Company (19 E. 21st). Here are the highlights of their day:
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