Keara Fanning wasn’t exactly surprised when her boyfriend of three years, Rick Bronge, proposed in May 2016. “I’d be lying if I said I didn’t know something was up,” laughs Fanning, 29, senior manager for investment management company JLL. The real surprise came just moments after the proposal, though, when the couple walked into a celebratory dinner at their favorite Italian eatery, Balena (1633 N. Halsted).
With a large Irish family to entertain and over 200 guests in attendance, the summer nuptials were filled with tradition, starting with the church. Fanning and Bronge, 31, an audit manager at Deloitte, exchanged vows at Holy Name Cathedral (730 N. Wabash), where the bride’s parents were married 34 years prior. The reception at the University Club of Chicago (76 E. Monroe) was elegantly decorated with natural greenery, touches of gold, and plenty of candlelight.
The newlyweds cut into a custom lemon chiffon cake with the same knife used by Fanning’s parents at their own wedding, before enjoying an evening of speeches, impressive dancing and flowing wine. “Above all else, we just wanted everyone to have fun,” Fanning says.
But the bride’s favorite moment came before she even walked down the aisle, when her father saw her in her dress for the first time. “My dad had warned me that he might get teary-eyed,” she remembers. “I’ll remember that moment forever.”
Photos by Cristina G. Photography
Bride’s gown: Pronovias, Dimitra’s Bridal Couture, 1009 N. Rush, Dimitrasbridal.com
Bride’s shoes: Jimmy Choo, 114 E. Oak; Jimmychoo.com
Bride’s jewelry: Tiffany & Co., 730 N. Michigan; Tiffanyandco.com
Hair & makeup: Nika Vaughan Bridal Artists, 1821 W. Hubbard; Nikavaughanbridalartists.com
Groom’s attire: Hugo Boss, 520 N. Michigan; Hugoboss.com
Rings: Hakimian Imports Inc., 5 S. Wabash; Hakimiangem.com
Bridesmaids’ dresses: BHLDN, 8 E. Walton; BHLDN.com
Groomsmen’s attire: The Black Tux, 918 W. Armitage; Theblacktux.com
Wedding planner: Lola Event Productions; Lolaeventproductions.com
Catering: University Club of Chicago, 76 E. Monroe; Ucco.com
Entertainment: Larry King Orchestra; Larrykingorchestra.com
Invitations: Scriptura; Scriptura.com