It became a love story for the ages when Nathan Fan, 33, proposed to Roda Cunanan in the grand ballroom of the Chicago History Museum (1601 N. Clark) in April 2015. Cunanan, a senior psychosocial rehabilitation instructor and mental health counselor at Neumann Family Services, was lured to the museum by her best friend under the guise of attending a charity fundraiser. “She said there [would be] bottomless mimosas,” the bride laughs.
Instead, Cunanan, 30 — who Fan describes as a Chicago history buff — walked into the empty ballroom to find Fan, a principal consultant at data management firm Clarity Solution Group, standing in a suit. “I still didn’t know what was going on until I saw his best friend in the corner recording everything,” Cunanan says.
Appropriately, the pair’s June 25 nuptials and reception at the JW Marriott Chicago (151 W. Adams) were rooted in history as well, albeit history of a more personal kind. Cunanan incorporated references to the couple’s past, from choosing vendors located in Old Town, where they met in January 2012, to displaying photographs of their parents’ weddings and their grandparents at the reception. They achieved the classic romantic feel they were going for with flowers by Juliet Tan floral design and decor in shades of navy, gold and white.
Photos by Michele and Andy Rivera, Misha Media
Bride’s gown: Sareh Nouri, Bella Bianca, 12 W. Maple; Bellabianca.com
Bride’s jewelry: diamond drop earrings, a wedding day gift from Cunanan’s parents
Bride’s hair and makeup: Pamela from Elana Darrus Makeup & Hair, 1061 Robey, Downers Grove; Weddingmakeupartistchicago.net
Bridesmaids’ dresses: David’s Bridal Collection & White by Vera Wang, David’s Bridal, 2749 N. Elston; Davidsbridal.com
Groom’s attire: Indochino; Indochino.com
Groomsmens’ attire: Black by Vera Wang, Men’s Wearhouse, 535 N. Michigan; Menswearhouse.com
Groom’s accessories: Baume et Mercier watch and Tiffany & Co. tie bar, wedding day gifts from Cunanan
Rings: custom by Sarah Bowen, Bowen Arrow Diamonds & Design; Bowenarrowdiamonds.com
Wedding planner: Michelle Speight, Personalized Events by Michelle; Personalizedeventsbymichelle.com
Catering: JW Marriott, 151 W. Adams; Marriott.com
Decor: lighting by Encore Event Technologies with the JW Marriott; Encore-us.com
Floral: Juliet Tan Floral Design, 220 N. Halsted; Juliettanfloraldesign.com
DJ: Rex Balcita of Mode Events; Mode-event.com
Invitations: Pulp & Ink, 1344 N. Wells; Pulpandink.com