Glynn Kluska says her relationship with high-school sweetheart Sean Doyle is a lot like the one between the principal characters in her favorite Jane Austen book, Emma. “Sean is kind of like Mr. Knightley because he’s a little bit of a cranky old man but with a good heart,” she laughs. “And he keeps Emma honest when she gets carried away, which is a lot like us.”
In January 2016, the Wheaton natives were in their apartment in San Francisco’s Mission District, when Doyle, 30, who works in ad tech sales for Facebook, handed Kluska an old copy of the book. “On the inside he had drawn a picture of the Chicago skyline,” says Kluska, 28, a registered oncology nurse. “I asked if we were going to Chicago, and he said yes. I asked why, and he said to celebrate.” Before she could say anything else, he was down on one knee with a ring.
Their spring wedding at The Ivy Room (12 E. Ohio) was met with some rain — though it made for pretty pictures of the couple, who posed with oversized umbrellas. And much like their proposal, the nuptials had a storybook theme. “One of our friends was our officiant and he did [the ceremony] like a book, going through the chapters of our lives,” says the bride. Here’s to the next.
Photos by Tim Tab Studios
Bride’s gown: Watters, Crystal Bride, 207 W. State, Geneva; Crystalbride.com
Bride’s hair & makeup: Nika Vaughan Bridal Artists, 1821 W. Hubbard; Nikavaughanbridalartists.com
Bride’s jewelry: Anton Heunis, BHLDN, 8 E. Walton; Bhldn.com
Bride’s shoes: Rachel Simpson; Rachelsimpsonshoes.co.uk
Groom’s & groomsmen’s attire: The Black Tux, 918 W. Armitage; Theblacktux.com
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Joanna August, Bella Bridesmaids, 1 E. Delaware; Bellabridesmaids.com
Rings: Brilliant Earth, 34 E. Oak; Brilliantearth.com
Floral: bouquet of dusty miller, seeded eucalyptus, olive and bay leaves, raspberry thistle, polo roses, white ranunculus and sprigs of fresh lavender, Fleur, 2651 N. Milwaukee; Fleurchicago.com
Sweets: mille-feuille with wild berry mix, The Ivy Room, 12 E. Ohio; Ivyroomchicago.com
Entertainment: Matt Lewis and The Union; Greatlifemusic.com/live-music/bands/the-union
Invitations: Minted; Minted.com