Officially Forever

John and Matthew met attending the same social group at church. Requesting financial advice on his new property, Matthew invited John over only to find that the impressive dessert he planned could not be enjoyed, as John has type 2 diabetes. Rising above his embarrassment, Matthew promised John dinner in the near future. “When John arrived for dinner, he noticed the diabetic cookbook on the counter…[John] seemed so impressed that I would go to the trouble of not poisoning him, that he decided to soften his stance on [his] no-dating rule.”

Ten years later, John and Matthew were to be joined in matrimony. After getting ready in separate suites, they met for an emotional “first look.” “As the photographer snapped up shot after shot, I realized why people say that their wedding day was the happiest day of their lives…you are the stars of your own production, and everyone you love and care about are all gathered together.” John and Matthew exchanged vows and rings at an altar that “seemed a magical place of glowing light and reflection, both real and metaphoric.”

Encouraging their families and friends to fully enjoy the evening, an elegant lounge theme replaced assigned seating. “We wanted our guests to be able to mix and mingle,” Matthew and John explain. The couple served a nineteen course dinner with three desserts, featuring “tapas-style dishes you could eat in two or three bites while sitting or standing.”

“The memories are worthy of a lifetime of marriage and love, and we’re so grateful to everyone who worked to make our wedding a reality.”

By: Jeanne Sullivan

Ceremony & Reception Site: Intercontinental Chicago Magnificent Mile Photography: Nakai Photography Officiant: Rev. Heidi Alfrey Wedding Consultant: Parties, Events & More Formalwear: Bloomingdale’s; Simon James Menswear; Thom Browne Stationery: Pulp & Ink Flowers: HMR Designs Catering:Intercontinental Chicago Magnificent Mile Entertainment: Don Cagen Orchestra

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