Ever After: Amanda Factor & Jason Yale

By / Weddings / December 20, 2017
When Amanda Factor met Jason Yale in South Haven, Michigan, she never thought it would be the place where he’d propose three years later. Yale, 29, popped the question in July 2016 as the sun started to set over the beach. “I literally said, ‘Stand the f*** up’ because I thought he was kidding,” laughs the bride, 28, director of sales and marketing at her family’s business, Chicago Messenger Service. “The most romantic proposal and I’m saying ‘Stand the f*** up?’ I didn’t think it was actually happening.” Yale, a commercial real-estate broker from Northbrook, and Factor, from Long Grove, first met in July 2013 when they were both vacationing in Michigan. Factor’s brother knew Yale through mutual friends, so invited him over for a drink with the family — he met Factor and hit it off immediately.

This past summer, Factor and Yale were the first couple to get married at the newly-renovated Ritz-Carlton Chicago (160 E. Pearson). While the vows were traditional, the ceremony was anything but. Big Blackhawks fans, the couple arranged to have Tommy Hawk (the team’s mascot) surprise guests and hit the dance floor for a few songs. Their 300 guests were also treated to passed desserts like milkshakes with doughnuts, and midnight grilled cheese sliders and hot dogs from a Vienna Beef cart. “It’s really cool having all your friends from different stages of life come together as you’re walking down the aisle, knowing everyone’s there for you,” Factor says.


Photos by Jai Girard Photography

It’s in the details

Bride’s gown: Anne Barge Highland, Bella Bianca Chicago, 12 W. Maple; Bellabianca.com

Bride’s shoes: Jimmy Choo, Nordstrom, 55 E. Grand; Shop.nordstrom.com

Groom attire: Canali, Nordstrom, 55 E. Grand; Shop.nordstrom.com

Rings: custom, Dana Rebecca, 931 N. Michigan; Danarebeccadesigns.com

Wedding planner: Lindsay Stein Cohen, Designer Event Chicago; Lindsay@designereventchicago.com

Cake: Banana and chocolate with nutella, Alliance Bakery, 1736 W. Division; Alliance-bakery.com

Decor & floral: Platinum Events, 1918 Raymond, Northbrook; Enjoyplatinum.com