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Stephanie + Matthew | Chicago, Illinois | Chicago’s First Lady - Love Stories TV

Stephanie + Matthew July 23, 2016

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From The Bride:

We met during our sophomore year of high school in English class. He used to try and cheat off me during our vocabulary tests! We became good friends, and lost touch after graduating high school. About 10 years after graduating, we reconnected when I was getting my PhD and home from Arizona for the summer. Our connection was instant and we started a long distance relationship between Chicago and Tucson, Arizona. After a year and a half long distance, we moved to Virginia to work at Virginia Tech and got engaged in our high school’s parking lot on January 2, 2016. We planned our Chicago wedding from Virginia in about 6 months. We knew we wanted something non-traditional that involved the city we love so an architecture boat was ideal. However, our wedding ended up getting totally rained out so things didn’t work out exactly as planned. We did get to be on the top of the boat for our toasts, first dance, and an unforgettable fireworks show.

  • Bridesmaids Dresses: made by the bride
  • Cake: Vanille
  • Ceremony Venue: Chicago’s First Lady
  • Cinematographer: Shutter and Sound
  • Dress: Hayley Paige
  • Flowers: Mariano’s
  • Hair: Dream Dry
  • Makeup: Benefit
  • Music: Greenkey
  • Officiant: Ken Myles
  • Photographer: Graham Hill
  • Reception Venue: Chicago’s First Lady
  • Shoes: Jimmy Choo