After connecting online, Andrea Bradley and Matthew Morrissey met for their first date at the J. Parker, the rooftop bar of Hotel Lincoln (1816 N. Clark). It just so happened to be the perfect destination between their two Lincoln Park apartments. They bonded over a few rounds of old-fashioneds and stayed until the bar closed at 2 a.m. on a Tuesday. Four years later in October 2019, they returned to the J. Parker and Morrissey surprised Bradley with a proposal.
They favored Café Brauer (2021 N. Stockton) as a venue, but found the earliest available dates were in 2021—except for February 22, 2020. They decided to go for it and, thanks to the help of Danielle Kuhn of Ohana Events, planned the wedding at lightning speed. “Matt’s parents got engaged and planned their wedding in four months,” says Bradley, 37, who works in business development at Kirkland & Ellis. “Every time somebody asked, ‘Are you crazy?’ we said, ‘No, that’s what they did!’ ”
The fluke 50-degree weather allowed for first-look photos at—where else?—the J. Parker before their ceremony at Holy Family Church (1080 W. Roosevelt) at St. Ignatius College Prep, where Morrissey went to high school. Their candlelit reception at Café Brauer started with heartfelt speeches and ended with a packed dance floor, thanks to Kansas City band KC Flo. “They play primarily mash-ups of all the hits and it was just like nonstop party the whole way through,” says Morrissey, 35, an attorney at Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath.
They honeymooned in Africa, where they visited Victoria Falls in Zambia, went on safari excursions in Botswana, and relaxed on the beach in Benguerra Island off the coast of Mozambique.
Photos by AJ Abelman Photography