Ever After: Benjamin Sprunger & Erik Burns

By / Weddings / November 22, 2017

Benjamin Sprunger met Erik Burns at a house party in Los Angeles nearly 12 years ago. They had both moved from Chicago to LA and were introduced by a mutual friend (who would end up officiating their wedding). “Our introduction was, ‘Ben, this is Erik. Erik, this is Ben. You both hate Los Angeles and want to move back to Chicago,’ ” Sprunger remembers. “We instantly had 45 minutes of griping about LA, and another 45 minutes of how much we love Chicago and how we wish we were back there.” Within two years, they started dating — and had moved back home.

Sprunger waited until the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage before proposing in November 2015. Choosing a venue for their Sept. 23 wedding was fairly simple: “We chose Provincetown, Massachusetts, because we vacation there every Labor Day,” says Sprunger, 43, an actor at About Face Theatre. “It’s a colonial whaling village, and for whatever reason, it’s become this super queer place. Being there, as a gay person, I felt like I could hold [Erik’s] hand without stares or repercussions.”

After exchanging vows near Pilgrim Monument, Burns, 41, vice president of program management at Tribune Media, and Sprunger followed their 135 guests to a tented reception, featuring a traditional East Coast raw bar. Later, as the party died down, the newlyweds jumped into a rickshaw, which took them for a ride down Commercial Street. “Strangers were waving and cheering,” Sprunger says. “We felt like royalty.”


Photos by Kristen and Joe Navas, Organic Photography

It’s in the details

Grooms’ attire: custom, Trunk Club, 325 W. Ohio; Trunkclub.com

Rings: Windy City Diamonds, 1 S. Wabash; Windycitydiamonds.com

Wedding planner: Jamie Bohlin, Cape Cod Celebrations; Capecodcelebrations.com

Catering: Cosmos Catering; Cosmoscatering.com

Cake: four-tier red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting

Sweets: candy bar with gummy worms, Swedish Fish, pecan turtles and custom M&Ms, Lewis Brothers Homemade Ice Cream; Lewisbrothersicecream.com

Floral: arrangements of greenery and light blue hydrangeas with white larkspur, blue thistle, white wax flower, white veronica, succulents and orange ranunculus, wax flower and snapdragons, Designers Touch Florals; Designerstouch.info 

Entertainment: Mister John’s Music; Misterjohnsmusic.com


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