Before Mark King was set up with Lorraine Anderson through their mutual friend Justine Mitchell, he received a stern warning: “[Justine] said I needed to get all of my dating out of the way, because after Lorraine, I wouldn’t want to date anyone else,” King says. She was right — King, director of research and strategy at IA Collaborative, and Anderson, VP of regional public affairs and communications at Teach for America, immediately hit it off during a night out at High Dive (1938 W. Chicago) in December 2011. After a little more than a year of dating, King surprised Anderson with a proposal at their Wrigleyville home. With a background in design, King admits to having had a specific vision for their wedding. “I treated it as a big design project and by the end, I was referring to myself as ‘bridezilla,’ ” he laughs. His attention to detail paid off: They tied the knot in an elegant, spring-inspired affair at the Chicago Illuminating Company (19 E. 21st) March 1, where simple arrangements of freshly-cut tulips stood out against a white and navy color palette.
The couple wrote their own vows for the ceremony, which brought many of the 165 guests to tears — particularly King’s 7-year-old daughter, Soleil. “She burst into tears and kept saying, ‘I’m so happy. This is the best wedding ever,’ ” says Anderson. At the reception, Soleil and King stole the show with a choreographed dance to the Blues Brothers’ “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love.” The enchanting evening was the perfect start to the couple’s new life together. “It feels comforting, like this is the way it always should have been,” says King.
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