Jennifer Nelson, 35, adores animals and Christmas is her favorite time of year, so she felt the stars had aligned when she discovered an opening at Lincoln Park Zoo’s Café Brauer on the first night of Zoo Lights, November 24.
Though event planner Elizabeth Tulipana, 36, and chef Tom Bronny, 40, both work on weddings for a living, they didn’t envision a traditional celebration for themselves.
German expat Florian Hudelmaier remembers the exact moment he knew he would marry New England native Karina Bhaiwala: It was on a trip to southern Germany when she sweetly disarmed his family’s stoic patriarch.
When Pilsen residents Ashlee Pinto, 29, and Keny Zurita, 31, met as first-year law students at Stanford University, they bonded over their Mexican heritage and easy banter.
When Patrick Hogan, 29, proposed to Lee Battaglia, 27, on a horse-drawn carriage ride around Chicago, her cousin Paige was so excited that she nominated them for one of her favorite wedding shows, TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress.”
Great food has been always been a shared love for River West couple Teddy Heidt, 29, and Ryan Arndt, 34. After meeting at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, they set off on foodie adventures while dating, from a catering side hustle to stints on the Food Network’s “Cutthroat Kitchen.”
While the engagement of Annie McCloy, 28, and Chris Lashmet, 29, was thoroughly Chicago, with a proposal at the Lyric Opera House and dessert and bubbly at Blackbird, they headed to McCloy’s hometown of Cincinnati to marry.
For attorney Ashley Bennett, 31, and physician Benjamin Reiss, 32, their journey to the altar began and ended with stunning views.
After a long night of partying, one last drink is rarely a wise idea. But for Alison Tierney, 29, and Kody Montgomery, 30, it made all the difference.