After tying the knot at St. Benedict, Marilyn and Anthony took their celebration to Volo Wine Bar. All photos by Anthony Yoon Photography.

Marilyn, on how she and Anthony met…
“We met at a terrible dive bar that we both hated, so we joke that ‘we found love in a hopeless place’. Anthony’s friend started flirting with my friend so he decided to keep me company. We really hit it off, so he asked me to go on our first date the following Saturday, and then the Saturday after that to be his girlfriend.”
 Marilyn, on how she knew Anthony was the one…
“I’m constantly learning new things from him-not knowledge or information- but ways to be, ways to think, and ways to love. He treated me like a wife long before we were married. That’s how I knew he was my one.”

Anthony, on how he knew Marilyn was the one…
“When I met Marilyn,  she had short hair slicked back, a sequin mini skirt on, and tall black leather boots, and I knew I had to get her number. I didn’t know that a year later when we took home a rescue pup and nestled him in between us as he snored away on a cold winter night, I’d want her to be my family. Now our dog, Tad, still snores under the covers between us and we are a family.”
Marilyn and Anthony, on why they got married in Chicago…
“We didn’t want to just get married in Chicago, we wanted to get married in Roscoe Village because we wanted our own backyard wedding- our neighborhood backyard, that is. Its where we live, started our lives, walk our dog, and now got married!”
Marilyn, on the ceremony…
“As me and the girls ran to the church off the bus, it all started to become so real. After hyperventilating down the aisle thinking I was going to faint, there was a firm hand at the end that clasped my fingers…”
 “…Anthony started doing subtle breathing exercises with me while kneeling at the altar, and I finally was able to smile a happy smile, not a nervous one- suddenly it was all perfect.”
Marilyn and Anthony took beautiful outdoor photos in a field of wildflowers that matched Marilyn’s headpiece.
Following their pictures, the couple and their wedding party hopped in a limo that took them to Volo.

Marilyn and Anthony, on their reception…

“The reception was a giant party. We had a vintage 20’s theme with touches of Glam to bring in a Great Gatsby feel. We had F. Scott Fitzgerald framed quotes on the bars, white faux fur chair pads, crystal candlesticks, a moss lined giant lantern on the front patio, and much more including old fashions as our signature cocktails! The moon kingdom artwork was done by a local artist.”

Instead of a traditional dinner, the couple opted for “heavy hors d’oeuvres” including Australian lamb chop canapes, bacon mushroom and goat cheese flatbreads, and fig and brie tea sandwiches.

Marilyn and Anthony, on their desserts….

“To accommodate the Italian side of my husband’s family there was a traditional (albeit extravagant) Italian sweets table including a giant canoli with mini canolis inside…”

“…To pay tribute to my Nordic roots, we did a very simple Scandinavian style cake- a tiny 6″ 2 layer cake with a metallic top layer, garnished with fresh blueberry privet matching my flower crown.”

Marilyn, on the couple’s favorite moment from their wedding day…
“Our favorite moment was during our first dance (Ophelia by the Lumineers) which was a really upbeat song and Anthony picked me up and twirled me around. That split-second moment felt like our own private celebration.”


Anthony Yoon Photography (photography), St. Benedict (ceremony), Volo Wine Bar (reception/catering/wedding cake), Fr. Jason Mulave (officiant), April Thornley (wedding consultant), Enzoani Blue via Annabella Boutique (bride’s gown), Betsy Johnson (bride’s shoes), Studiano’s Salon (bride’s hair & makeup), David’s Bridal (long bridesmaids’ dresses), Macy’s (short bridesmaids’ dresses), Formally Modern Tuxedo (formalwear & shoes), GoGoSnap (invites), Gratitude Heart Garden (floral), Charlie’s DJs (entertainment), Windy City Transportation(transportation)

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