“While we were from the same hometown, we had never met until the night before Thanksgiving 2011 while we were both out with friends. In a very out of character moment, I stopped Casey in his tracks and told him he should buy me a drink. After he bought me that drink (and spent the next hour with me), I asked him out for coffee after Thanksgiving. Coffee led to dinner the next week, and we were inseparable from then on.
“We dated while Casey lived in the suburbs and I was living in the city – lots of phone calls and texts during the week and as much time as possible spent together on the weekends. After about a year and half, I moved in with Casey in the suburbs, and we continued to grow from there. We traveled together, we got our puppy Brewser, and built our home together. After a year and a half, we found our way back to Chicago for my job at The Tie Bar, which was moving offices from the suburbs into the city. Casey proposed to me at a work happy hour that was to celebrate our move to the city. He had been working with my co-workers all week to plan it, and I was truly surprised. He got down on one knee on the rooftop of the Civic Opera building, and I yelled “yes” before he even had a chance to ask.
“We wanted a wedding that was simple, elegant, but most importantly, one that reflected us as a couple. We stuck to neutral colors for the day and minimal decoration since our venue, an old factory, did not need any help. We tried to use little pieces of our family throughout the day – my uncle did our flowers, our cake stand was Casey’s grandmother’s, and many more little tidbits. I was able to wear my grandmother’s jewelry that my grandfather gave her during their marriage – it had been the one thing I always knew I would wear on my wedding day.
“The day of was very relaxed, even with the 100% chance of rain starting at noon. It poured most of the day, so we definitely had luck on our side. Our ceremony was sweet and simple, filled with laughter, tears, and our own vows. The reception had even more laughter and tears, and was just one big, loving social gathering. We gave playing cards out as favors (we love a good game of rummy), had potato chip bags for our late night snack (our favorite!), and did our first dance to one of our favorite bands – Alabama Shakes! At the end of the day though, our favorite thing was being able to see all of our favorite people together, having fun in one room.” — Melissa