Ever After: Michelle Hicks & Joshua Stanton

By / Weddings / April 6, 2017

When Ford model Michelle Hicks walked into Lakeview bar Cooper’s (1232 W. Belmont) in August 2013, it was love at first sight for bartender Joshua Stanton. The two were introduced through a mutual friend, and Stanton’s feelings solidified. “He texted our friend the next day and said, ‘I want to marry that girl,’ ” Hicks says.

Four years later, Stanton, 27, now a high-school teacher, got his wish. “We wanted a smaller, more intimate setting,” Hicks, also 27,
says, “and an outdoor wedding, too, which is so hard to plan in Chicago.” So they headed to Cozumel, Mexico, where Hicks walked down the beach in front of 30 guests toward a flower-adorned altar. “When I [walked] down the aisle, Josh started crying,” Hicks says. “I was like, ‘Yes! I got him!’ ”

After the ceremony, it was Stanton’s turn to get a reaction out of his new bride. “One of Josh’s favorite songs is ‘Pony’ by Ginuwine, so he and his friend choreographed this mini ‘Magic Mike’ routine,” she laughs. “They got out there and did a little sexy dance — it blew everyone away.”

Photos by Kate Moore Photography

It’s in the details

Bride’s gown: custom, Mira Couture, 1 E. Delaware; Miracouture.com

Bride’s hair & makeup: Rea Triggs, Reatriggs1@hotmail.com; Kate Moore, Katemoorephoto@gmail.com

Groom’s attire: Suitsupply, 945 N. Rush; Us.suitsupply.com

Jewelry: grandmother’s ’50s pearl-drop earrings and a vintage Dior bracelet

Rings: engagement ring, Mon Ami Jewelry, 23 N. Wabash, Monamijewelry.com; hers, stackable wedding band, Swarovski, 540 N. Michigan, Swarovski.com

Hairpiece: crochet with rhinestones, BHLDN, 8 E. Walton; Bhldn.com

Wedding planner: Pati Gomez, Secrets Resorts, Weddings.seacz@secretsresorts.com

Sweets: cupcakes, strawberry cheesecake, ice cream and chocolate mousse

Bouquet: Alcatraz calla lilies with greenery

Entertainment: DJ Bliss; Therealdjbliss@gmail.com

Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas; Weddingpaperdivas.com


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