Alex and Ricky often visit Indiana Dunes State Park for an afternoon hike or dinner on the beach. Their tradition always includes snagging a selfie on an elevated staircase that overlooks the park and the Lake Michigan shoreline. The couple traveled to their favorite spot one snowy January morning, but instead of taking a snapshot, Ricky dropped to one knee and proposed. While driving home, Ricky requested they get married within the year. Although they knew it was going to be challenging, they knew they could pull it off together.
The couple planned to get married in the same Greek orthodox church as Alex’s parents. It also resides right across the street from Rush University — where they originally met. Upon arrival, Ricky’s nerves escalated, but then he caught a glimpse of Alex in her beautifully beaded dress. His eyes never left her throughout the rest of the traditional Greek ceremony. In order to make sure the guests were able to follow the ceremony, Alex created an overview of Greek orthodox symbolism.
By the time the pair got to their venue, they were ready to take in the roaring ‘20s Great Gatsby atmosphere and cut into their snickerdoodle cake. The décor was spot-on with a burgundy and navy color scheme, coupled with the white marble bar and dramatic arches of the striking space. As amateur mixologists, Ricky chose an old fashioned for his signature drink and Alex chose an amaretto sour. Combining the delicious craft cocktails with amazing music made for an unforgettable night.
NUMBER OF WEDDING GUESTS: 120
CEREMONY VENUE: St. Basil Greek Orthodox Church
RECEPTION VENUE: City Hall
PHOTOGRAPHER: Yoni Gill
VIDEOGRAPHER: Alyssamay LaBanca Films
EVENT PLANNER: Kensington Event Design
BRIDE’S GOWN: Anna Campbell
BRIDE’S SHOES: Badgley Mischka
VEIL: Sew Bridal
HAIR & MAKEUP: Lerin Johnson Bridal Beauty
BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES: Lulus
GROOM’S FORMALWEAR: Emanuele Tuxedo
GROOM’S SHOES: The Rail
GROOM’S TIE: The Tie Bar
FLORAL & DÉCOR: Mayfield Flowers
DÉCOR: Boka Catering Group
CAKE: Sweet Mandy B’s