Ever after: Zach Englum & Rico Ricketson

By / Weddings / January 25, 2018

As an only child, Rico Ricketson admits he never learned to share. But in June 2016, while celebrating his birthday in France with a group of friends — including his partner Zach Englum, 32, a content marketing manager at Target Data — he had an idea: “I wanted to surprise Zach,” says Ricketson, 41, client service lead at Razorfish Health. “Not only were we there celebrating my 40th, but I proposed on the same day. I Skyped in his family from Paris, Illinois … and we released Chinese lanterns for family that has departed.”

The same loving spirit was present for the couple’s Dec. 2 wedding at the Milwaukee Art Museum: Ricketson’s family crest motto “Prend moi tel que je suis” (which translates to “Take me as I am”) was written on a large greenery wall, and the 111 guests had a part in surprising Englum by singing along to “I Got U” by Duke Dumont at the reception. “The groomsmaids started lip-syncing the lyrics in the beginning, and the groomsmen played bongo drums,” Ricketson remembers. “Everyone else had their napkins in the air.”

After the nuptials, the jet-setting newlyweds — who live in Lincoln Park — traveled to Cape Town and Zambia, South Africa, for an exotic and adventurous honeymoon.


Photos by Jenn Gaudreau, Jennifer Kathryn Photography

It’s in the details

Grooms’ & groomsmen’s attire: Formally Modern Tuxedo, 2112 N. Clybourn; Formallymodern.com

Groomsmaids’ hair & makeup: Beauty by Valerie Anna Marie; Vmeyers6@gmail.com

Rings: designed by Ricketson

Wedding planner: Heather Vickery, Greatest Expectations Special Events & Weddings, Inc.; Greatestexpectations.com

Cake: chocolate with cream cheese frosting, Sugar Fixé Patisserie, 958 W. Armitage; Sugarfixe.com

Decor: Natalie Walsh, HMR Designs, 4200 W. Bryn Mawr; Hmrdesigns.com

Entertainment: Sound By Design, Soundbydesign.org; Fifth House Ensemble, Fifth-house.com

Invitations: Erickson Design, 1229 N. North Branch; Ericksondesign.com

Videographer: Poetic Productions; Poeticweddings.com


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