Despite it being a blind date, Brian Fisher’s eyes were wide open when he met Jessica Zweig at Volare (201 E. Grand) in May 2012. “She was the most stunning woman I had ever met,” says Fisher, a commodities trader at CME Group. “You lose your words when you meet someone like that.”
When he proposed two years later, his bride knew exactly where she wanted to get married. “My family and I have been going to Zihuatanejo, Mexico since 1999,” says Zweig, founder of local marketing firm The SimplyBe Agency. “I wanted a destination wedding, and there’s no other place in the world I would want it to happen.” She flew a Chicago-based planner, DJ, hair and makeup artists and media vendors to Mexico, plus enlisted her friend, Chicago designer Azeeza Khan, to create the wedding dress of her dreams: a crepe-silk gown with a gold crystal motif and an open back draped with Parisian crystal beads. The couple also honored Fisher’s late friend, jeweler Jeff Spreckman, by wearing custom rings he had created.
For the ceremony, Zweig and Fisher decorated a private villa at La Casa Que Canta in the spirit of Mexico. “I wanted it to be authentic to the country, but still luxurious,” Zweig says. “Our wedding planner [Rachel de Marte] called it ‘Ralph Lauren Mexico chic.’ ” To document the day, the couple asked their 40 guests to post pictures on social media using the hashtag #BFandJZ. “The hashtag is the modern-day disposable camera — you can see everyone’s perspective,” the bride says.
The weekend ended with a splash — literally — when the wedding party changed into swimsuits to continue the dance party in the pool. This fall, the couple will continue their tropical celebration with a honeymoon in Bora Bora.
Photos by Brian Carey/Fig Media, video by James Gustin/Fig Weddings
Bride’s gown: Azeeza US, 900 N. Michigan; Azeeza.us
Bride’s shoes: Badgley Mischka, Nordstrom, 55 E. Grand; Shop.nordstrom.com
Bride’s jewelry & headband: BHLDN, 8 E. Walton; Bhldn.com
Bride’s hair: Hans Van Doornik, Maxine Salon, 712 N. Rush; Maxinesalon.com
Bride’s makeup: Shannon O’Brien; Shannonobrienmua.com
Groom’s attire: Alton Lane; Altonlane.com
Groomsmens’ attire: Alton Lane; Altonlane.com
Wedding planner & décor: Rachel de Marte; Racheldemarte.com
Catering & cake: La Casa Que Canta; Lacasaquecanta.com
Entertainment: DJ Jesse Hoz; Jessehoz.com
Videographer: James Gustin, Fig Media; Figweddings.net
Invitations: Pulp & Ink; Pulpandink.com
Signage: Shi & Uri; Shianduri.com