A gorgeous beach wedding to curb your winter blues

By / Weddings / December 14, 2017

Gregory Palivos fell in love with Amanda Walsh the moment he met her in August 2011. “She was so beautiful — I didn’t want her to leave my side,” says Palivos, 30, a wealth advisor at Morgan Stanley. Walsh, however, needed convincing. “We were both really young, so I took my time with it,” says the 27-year-old owner of a private security company. After six months of requests for a date, she finally accepted. “It was his persistence,” Walsh laughs. “He wouldn’t give up.”

Five years later, Palivos proposed during a helicopter ride over Chicago. “Of course the one night I decided to do this it was extremely windy,” he remembers. “I almost broke her hand squeezing it so hard. I think she was so scared that she didn’t even say yes, she just stuck her hand out and I put the ring on.”

The River North couple’s fall wedding at Secrets Playa Mujeres Golf & Spa Resort was a family affair — Walsh’s 80-year-old grandmother walked the aisle solo as the “flower queen,” and designer Peter Dundas (who is in a relationship with Palivos’ cousin) designed the bride’s rehearsal dinner dress, which came straight from the runway.

Seeing Walsh walk down the aisle was pure magic for Palivos — just like when they met. “There was a glow around her and it was almost like this white tunnel between us,” he remembers. “She looked like an angel floating toward me.” 


Photos by Citlalli Rico

It’s in the details

Bride’s gown: Muse by Callie Tein, Bella Bianca Bridal Couture, 12 W. Maple; Bellabianca.com

Bride’s makeup: Troye Antonio; Muatroyeantonio@gmail.com

Bride’s hair: Michael Cartier Onsouvanh; Monsouvanh@gmail.com

Groom’s & groomsmen’s attire: Gentleman’s Cooperative, 111 W. Jackson; Gentsco-op.com

Rings: New York Jewelers, 11 N. Wabash; Nyjchicago.com

Floral: bouquet of white phalaenopsis and dendrobium orchids

Invitations: Minted; Minted.com


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