When Andrew Rannells and Caitlin Weinstein got married, they kept their ceremony and reception in Lake Forest to show his out-of-state family where she grew up.
Caitlin, a marketing representative for Jim Beam Bourbon in Deerfield, and Drew, a Koontz Lake, Ind., native, married at Lake Forest's St. Patrick Catholic Church, the parish Caitlin has attended since she was a little girl.
The bride arrived with her dad, Richard, in a 1947 Ford Sportsman Convertible driven and owned by Dave Kuffel, a family friend and president of The National Woodie Club in Libertyville. The antique car’s license plate fittingly read, BELAMIA, an Italian phrase Dave defined as “my beautiful.”
A Salvador Dalí painting of poppies played a part both in Joe Giertych's proposal to Christine Douglas and in the inspiration for their wedding theme.
The couple, who live in Lake Forest, got engaged this past May in Spain. While staying in the tiny coastal town of Cadaqués, Joe surprised Christine one evening with a signed print of Dalí's "Spring Explosive," which depicts three poppies and includes, in the bottom right corner, a sketch of a man proposing to a woman.
As Christine, a Dalí fan, viewed the unique sketch, she looked over at Joe, who had gotten down on one knee.
Stacia Peters, born and raised in Canada, travels frequently for her job in film and TV production. Her husband Seth Hatlestad, also travels around the country for his job in construction management.
Seth grew up in Libertyville, but had been working in New Paltz, N.Y., a town between Albany and New York City, when the couple met at a friend’s get-together on Thanksgiving Day 2010.
Industrial engineer Megan Gallagher and mechanical engineer Shaun Gosselin got engaged after a 30-day scavenger hunt that was replete with forestry and waterfalls, and ended at a bed-and-breakfast in Vermont.
Megan, from Lake Bluff, met Shaun, from Oswego, N.Y., at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., where they studied engineering. Mutual friends introduced them in March 2008.
Allison Grenesko, originally from Glencoe, and Todd Stecko, formerly of Lake Forest, spent their first wedding anniversary visiting places in Chicago where they’ve made special memories together. The first night was spent just the two of them and the second included their newest addition: 5-month-old son, Mason.
They began their weekend celebration by having a drink at the Drake Hotel, the location of their wedding reception. Allison convinced Todd to sneak into a wedding so she could see the Gold Coast room one more time. Overlooking Lake Shore Drive, the room has an ornate old-fashioned feel that the couple fell in love with the minute they stepped inside. They planned all the decor and color schemes around its classical look.
“We wanted our wedding to be special. To us, that didn’t mean having the largest wedding we could possibly have, but it meant having very special characteristics that were very us,” Joel Bruckman said.
As with many couples, Joel, an assistant state’s attorney in Cook County, and Barisa Meckler, who recently earned a master’s degree from Northwestern University, had high expectations for their wedding. Looking back, their big day far exceeded the expectations they set.
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Nathan Judas hit the jackpot when his team placed third on ’90s trivia night at a Wrigleyville bar and received a goody bag filled with memorabilia. Part of the loot included a “Goosebumps” novel and Trolls pencil toppers. Highland Park native Emily Kanarek and her friends noticed the Trolls, which Nathan perched on his drink straw. Emily and Nathan quickly bonded over their love of Ohio State sports.
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Brianne Page met her husband, David Hamilton, while working at the same architectural firm in London. Though they married at the Deer Path Inn in Brianne’s hometown of Lake Forest, the couple paid homage to England, where David spent most of his adult life and where they live now.
At the end of a traditional Jewish wedding ceremony, the groom steps on a glass as guests shout “Mazel tov!” to congratulate the newlyweds. However, Thomas Edison and Dana Portman added a modern twist — replacing the glass with a light bulb as it breaks easier and makes a more distinct popping sound.