THE COUPLE: In October of 2010, my girlfriend invited me to a casino-themed charity event for Children’s Memorial Hospital. Little did I know, meeting my future husband would be the best bet of the night. After a night of games, laughs, and bidding for children, we arranged to have our first date the following week. After three blissful years of dating, we planned a trip to Nicaragua and on the morning of our departure, Jason got down on one knee and proposed! He whisked me away on a romantic getaway to celebrate our engagement and I have been on cloud 9 ever since!
THE PARTY: This may sound alarming, but I did not want a wedding! I wanted to elope and thought Nicaragua would be perfect. Unfortunately my husband-to-be was not on board! Thus, we came up with the idea of a surprise wedding! We let our immediate family in on the secret, but told the rest of our family and friends that we were getting married in a family only ceremony on November 29th and a week later December 6th would be our reception. Now this was an incredibly difficult secret to keep, but we had repeated the story so many times that I even began to believe our own lie!
Needless to say our 200 guests were in complete shock after a slideshow and a previously recorded piece from Jason and I announcing that we did not wed the week prior because we wanted our friends and family present! Immediately following, the chuppah and rabbi came on stage and we walked down and said I do, while our friends and family watched in awe! I wanted a space that kept my guests on the dance floor all night while sipping on cocktails and enjoying great food! We chose 1st Ward inside the Chop Shop in Bucktown for our venue. We had lounge furniture throughout, purple and silver lighting, candles in crystals vases, and party favors such at “I love Lev” sunglasses to set the mood! To keep the party alive we hired Matt Roan who played all of our requests until 2 a.m.!
IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS: I knew my strapless dress with lace detail was the one I was meant to wear when I put it on at Palazzo Bridal. I loved how the dress was elegant and timeless and would allow me to show off my dance moves! The satin belt, Manolo Blahnik peep toe shoes, and Dana Rebecca Jessica Leigh Teardrop Earrings made me feel like the ultimate bride on my special day!
WHAT WERE YOU LOOKING FOR IN YOUR WEDDING JEWELRY AND HOW DID DRD FIT THAT VISION?
I wanted to wear one piece of jewelry that would accentuate my features and be noticed through my long, dark hair. My Jessica Leigh Teardrops were the perfect piece and fit my vision of beauty and elegance.
WE KNOW A BRIDE’S FOCUS IS ON THE SPECIAL DAY. TELL US YOUR PLANS FOR YOUR DRD PIECES AFTER THE WEDDING.
My Jessica Leigh Teardrop Earrings are a timeless staple and I love wearing them for a night out on the town with my husband or for a special occasion! But, I still love and wear my first piece of DRD, my Rima Naya Earrings that Jason bought me when we were dating!
Photos by Fred Fox Photography