John Findlay had just moved to Chicago from Dallas in January 2014 when his friends told him about their friend, Julie Hamm.“They were saying, ‘Is she single yet? Did she break up with [her] boyfriend?’ ” jokes Hamm, 30, senior director at public relations firm The Door. “They told him, ‘You definitely need to meet this girl.’” That piqued Findlay’s interest: For the next month, he was persistent in trying to get Hamm’s number from her friends to ask her on a date. Finally, Findlay, 31, vice president at Periscope Equity LLC, invited Hamm to watch the Stanley Cup Finals at the now-shuttered American Junkie, and their relationship began.
For their May 14 nuptials, the couple opted for a destination wedding in Naples, Florida, where the bride’s family has vacationed for the last 15 years. Still, she was adamant about not getting married on a beach: Instead, she chose The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort (2600 Tiburon), where her father surprised her with a first dance to “As Long As You Love Me” by the Backstreet Boys. “I used to dance to it in my bedroom when I was 10!”she says.
The father of the bride continued to make the reception memorable: He gave a toast inspired by President Obama’s latest White House Correspondents’ Dinner speech, ending it with the line: “As my third and final wedding, I just have one more thing to say: FOB, out!”
Photos by Tiffany Kelly of TRK Photography