A rainy day didn’t get in the way of this couple tying the knot and having the wedding of their dreams. All photos by Mary Rose Photography.

Ed and Allison, on how they met…

“We met on Christmas Day back in 2009. We were both going on a Habitat for Humanity trip to Bogalusa, Louisiana that was organized by a mutual friend’s family. We spent the week building a house for a really great family in need.”

 Ed and Allison, on how they knew they were perfect for each other…

“We seemed to instantly jump to a point in our friendship that felt comfortable.  We never had an awkward ‘getting to know each other’ phase- we were immediately in constant contact and setting up time to make the 3 hour drive to see each other before we were even dating.  There was a natural connection that we just can’t explain that continues to draw us closer.”

  Allison, on why they decided to tie the knot in Chicago…

Ed was born and raised in the Chicago suburb of Park Ridge and I moved to the area in 2013 from western Michigan. I knew I wanted to be very hands on in every part of the wedding planning process and it was easier to do that with a local wedding.

Allison, on first looks, rainy days, and pulling off the perfect wedding…

“To maintain my calm, I knew I needed to see Ed before the ceremony so we planned for a first look on a bridge over the river in St. Charles. We ended up with some of the most amazing photos to capture the day…”
 “…I expected to be a mess throughout the entire day, but I woke up calm and excited to marry Ed. Not even the weatherman who was predicting a dreary, dismal day could ruin my mood. We spent the morning apart and getting ready with our closest friends and family. Happy tears fell when we read the letters we had exchanged in place of gifts.”

Ed, on his favorite memory from his wedding day….

“Taking pictures right after the first look and being able to spend some time with the people closest to us right before the ceremony was a great way to ease our minds and prepare for the rest of the day.  We were able to goof around, listen to some music and just enjoy the fact that in a few hours we would be getting married.”

Allison, on her favorite memories from her wedding day…

“During the ceremony, Ed’s brother (who was officiating) had us take the time to look at each other and all the people surrounding us on our wedding day and really take it all in. The day moves so quickly and becomes a blur at times, but that moment will stick with me forever…”
“…The reception was exactly what we had hoped for. All the details (flowers, table designs, cakes, etc) I had obsessed over for the last year had come together better that I imagined…”
“…The dance floor was packed and a traditional dance off between Ed and his cousin kept it even more entertaining!”

Featured Vendors:

Mary Rose Photography (photos), Matthew Cowie (officiant), Jenny Yoo Collection (bride’s gown), Bombshell Blowout Boutique (hair & makeup), Black Tie Formalwear (menswear), Jasmine Galleria (bridesmaids’ dresses), Sheila Jung from Ipomea Floral Design (floral), Holly Thomas Design (invites), The  Baking Institute (cakes), DJ KJ/Kevin Barker (entertainment), Chicago Trolley and Double Decker Company (transportation)