How did you meet? We met on Tinder soon after I moved to Chicago. I guess we both swiped right.
What do you remember most about your first date? Laughing a lot! I remember he had a great sense of humour.
When did you know he was the one? A month or two after we started dating, I went home to Toronto for 2 weeks and was surprised at how much I missed seeing him. That's when I realized how much I wanted to have him around.
How did you feel the moment he proposed? Were you surprised by his planning? In my head, I thought "finally"! We had been dating for four and a half years! I was surprised at how he did it but I knew the proposal was coming because we went ring shopping together.
Why did you choose this venue? I loved how unique the decor was. It was a place where I could take beautiful photos without needing a lot of embellishments. I also heard how amazing the food was so that was a big plus!
If you could use 3 word to describe the theme of your day what would they be? Fun. Intimate. Unique.
Memorable moment from your waking up the morning of and getting ready for your day? Waking up with my fiance and sharing our excitement over the day ahead.
Tell me your feelings about who and why you chose to be with you while you put your dress on? I chose my mom and one of my closest friends. I wanted to surround myself with people I knew would be calming.
What did you feel and remember from your ceremony? I remember feeling nervous standing in front of every and sharing personal feelings out loud. But I also remember looking at Jon and seeing how calm he was like this was the most normal thing in the world. I think my favourite part was seeing how emotional he got while reading his vows.
Who and why walked you down the aisle? I walked myself down the aisle. I didn't want anyone to "give me away". It was more important to me that my parents sit together and watch as I was making this choice to get married for myself and by myself.
Comments / Tips about your venue for future couples? Andrea Chavez is amazing! She was the venue coordinator and was extremely helpful as I was planning this whole thing from another country. I would also recommend getting a photographer who has experience shooting at this venue as it does pose some lighting challenges.
What did you talk about during your first dance together? We did not have a first dance.
What did you do together the next day that was memorable? We had breakfast and lunch with family and friends before they left the city.
If you could tell engaged couples 3 things not to stress about on the wedding day what would it be?
How the reception space looks (the florist/decorator is on it), the schedule (other people will be there to keep you on time) and what the groom is up to while you're getting ready (he'll be fine).