Dave proposed to Mary Marshall on Christmas Eve with a diamond that his dad had given to his mom. “His original plan was to propose with a puppy, but my mom accidentally spoiled the surprise,” Mary Marshall laughed. “I got suspicious, so the puppy ended up being an early Christmas gift instead!”

The couple didn’t think twice about getting hitched in the Windy City and after taking their time shopping around for venues, they chose to hold their reception at the Sidney Yates Gallery in the Chicago Cultural Center. “We fell in love with the bold orange walls and the towering ceilings,” they said. The pair opted for rich, inviting colors that played well with the Cultural Center’s décor and perfectly completed their unusually warm November wedding day.

The cocktail hour took place in the same room as the reception, but the couple decided to curtain off most of the space with ivory chiffon drapery until dinner. When it was time to eat, the curtains went up and revealed everything from blood-orange Moscow mules and mini pumpkins filled with soup to a grand Cubs entrance and plenty of dancing.

As for the couple’s favorite memories? “For me, it was when we were able to relax and spend quality time together with our guests,” Dave said. “It really hit us how lucky we were when we saw everyone together in a small vicinity.” Mary Marshall couldn’t help but agree. “Enjoying dinner with everyone really stood out,” she said. “One of Dave’s groomsmen has a hobby of trying out Michelin-rated restaurants, so we actually brought him along to our tasting! The food passed his test, and was delicious.”

By: Christina Oddo

Ceremony: Assumption Catholic Church Officiant: Fr. Joseph Chamblain Day-of Coordinator: Red Orchid Events Bride’s Gown: Hayley Paige via Bella Bianca Bridal Couture Hair: Lira Guzi Salon Makeup: Lucy Macias Makeup Artist Bride’s Jewelry: Bella Bianca Bridal Couture, Maria Elena Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale; Bella Bridesmaids Formalwear: Formally Modern Tuxedo Cake & Sweets: Oak Mill Bakery Catering: Food Evolution Catering & Special Events Stationery: Dodeline Design Floral & Decor: Stems, Inc. Entertainment: Mike Dangeroux Band Rentals & Lighting: Prestige Wedding Decoration Services

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