During a 2013 visit to Kentucky, Mike walked into a bar in downtown Lexington where Alicia and her friends were drinking and dancing the night away. “Mike said he saw me on the dance floor and had to introduce himself,” Alicia said. They hung out the rest of the evening and even though Mike returned to Chicago a few days later, the couple never stopped talking.

Mike and Alicia tied the knot at the Warwick Allerton Hotel Chicago on what Mike swears was the hottest day of the year. “It. Was. Hot,” he joked. “But you can’t tell that we were melting in our photos!” Mike and his groomsmen enjoyed Kentucky bourbon while the girls got ready, and then the couple met for breathtaking first look pictures on the fire escape of the Warwick Allerton – twenty-three stories high!

It was important to Alicia and Mike that their Airedale terrier, Arden, was part of their big day. “After the ceremony, everyone stood to cheer for us and Arden joined in by jumping up and barking along,” Alicia remembered. “It was perfect!” In addition to their adorable pup, the couple made their wedding memorable by incorporating elements from their favorite movies and shows. Alicia wore the blue satin Manolo Blahnik shoes from Sex and The City, and the couple learned a choreographed dance to “A Whole New World” from Aladdin.

One of Alicia and Mike’s favorite memories from their wedding day was the crazy thunderstorm that hit during the ceremony and lasted into the night. “There was lightning and thunder for hours,” Mike said. “Everybody loved watching the storm through the windows of the Warwick Allerton. It was pretty awesome.”

By: Christina Oddo

Officiant: Dr. David McFadden Bride’s Gown: Pronovias Hair: Alexa Gorogianis of Zazu Salon Bridesmaids’ Dresses: David’s Bridal Formalwear: Menguin Cake & Sweets: Bombon Cake Gallery Catering: Warwick Allerton Hotel Chicago Stationery: Shutterfly Floral & Decor: French Poodle Floral Entertainment: Toast & Jam, Inc.

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