“Bryan and I shared mutual friends in college at Purdue University in West Lafayette; little did we know at the time that we would start dating nine years later upon running into each other in Chicago. After our first date we were inseparable almost immediately and knew we had met someone very special. About three months into dating we were apart for two weeks over the holidays and it was difficult; we knew that we never wanted to spend that much time apart again. This really solidified what we already knew – that we had met the person with whom we would spend the rest of our lives. Shortly thereafter we moved in together and got engaged. We love taking in our beautiful city of Chicago so it was only appropriate that Bryan proposed on bent knee while on a boat ride overlooking the city — and I happily said, ‘Yes.’
“We knew almost right away after getting engaged that we wanted a late summer wedding. The time of year is our favorite and reminds us of when we started dating. When we saw Cress Creek Country Club, we absolutely loved it for our reception and we booked it right away! Everything else seemed to fall in place similarly, including the Century Memorial Chapel at Naper Settlement.
“Much to our dismay it was pouring rain our entire wedding day. As luck would have it though the rain stopped just long enough for the bridesmaids and me to make our entrance into the chapel and walk down the aisle as planned. Any tinge of nerves we had melted away when I walked into the chapel and Bryan and I saw each other for the first time that day. We became husband and wife surrounded by our closest family and friends.
“Even with the rain we took photos outside in downtown Naperville following our ceremony. I have to give much recognition to our fabulous photographer and videographer for making it fun and distracting us from the fact that we were getting wet!
“Our colors were blush, gold and rose gold. Cress Creek was beautiful when we arrived – from the beautiful blush and ivory flower arrangements to the handmade (by Deanna’s Dad) table numbers and gold accents. The evening started with a cocktail hour followed by Bryan and I being introduced as husband and wife. We cut the cake, and then had beautiful toasts by Deanna’s Dad, the best man and matron of honor. We enjoyed an amazing dinner and finally the dance floor opened for the evening. We wanted to ensure our guests had a great time, and if the packed dance floor was any indication, then I know we succeeded.
“People always say, rain on your wedding day is good luck and I used to think it was something people say to make a bride and groom feel better. But after experiencing such a perfect rainy day marrying my best friend and love of my life, I am now a believer!” — Deanna