Allison Baker meticulously planned her Jan. 21 wedding for 18 months. The itinerary was set: She’d get ready with her bridal party at The Palmer House Hilton (17 E. Monroe), have a limo pick them up to take photos at landmarks like the Bean, waterfront and the Chicago History Museum, and leave an hour before the ceremony to reach the church in Lansing in time to wed her boyfriend of three years, Marko Milincic, 38, accountant at Kraft Heinz.
But her plans went awry when women’s marches erupted around the country and in Chicago, blocking streets throughout the city. “When we walked outside [of The Palmer House], there was no limo waiting for us,” says Baker, 35, nurse anesthetist at Lake Anesthesia. To get to the car six blocks away, the couple had to cross the march, but in the end, it made for a picture-perfect moment. As the crowd circled around them, their photographer, Jai Girard, prompted Milincic to kiss his bride-to-be. “They surrounded us and started chanting ‘Love Wins’ and ‘Love Trumps Hate,’” Baker says.
The spirit of the crowd was on their side: Once they got to the limo, traffic made way, helping them turn around to get to their wedding … just in time.
Photos by Jai Girard Photography
Bride’s gown: Matthew Christopher, Bridal & Formal, 300 W. Benson, Cincinnati, Ohio; Bridalandformalinc.com
Bride’s shoes: Ralph & Russo; Ralphandrusso.com
Bride’s hair & makeup: Kim Cleveland, Taylor & Co, 2819 W. Montrose; Taylorandcompanychicago.com
Bride’s jewelry: Wolsfelt’s Bridal, 1025 S. Lincoln, Aurora; Wolsfelts.com
Groom’s & groomsmen’s attire: Men’s Wearhouse, 535 N. Michigan; Menswearhouse.com
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Vera Wang, David’s Bridal, 2749 N. Elston; Davidsbridal.com
Rings: AaLand Diamond Jewelers, 8102 Georgia, Merrillville, Indiana; Aalanddiamond.com
Wedding planner, decor & floral: Derrick Taylor, Taylor & Co, 2819 W. Montrose; Taylorandcompanychicago.com
Church: St. Archangel Michael Serbian Orthodox Church, 1500 186th, Lansing; Starchangelmichael.com
Venue: Serbian Social Center, 18550 Stony Island, Lansing; Serbiansocialcenter.com
Cake: Elysia Root Cakes, 1939 W. Fulton; Elysiarootcakes.com
Entertainment: Becca Kaufman Orchestra; Beccakaufmanorchestra.com
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas; Weddingpaperdivas.com
Ceremony programs, table cards, seating chart & signs: EIGHT21 Studios, 18 George, Grayslake; Carolwoldhuisdesigns.com