11/11/11 was a coveted wedding date for couples across the country, and Monica and Deshawn felt especially blessed to be the fourth wedding wish granted by the Chicago Chapter of Wish Upon a Wedding. Their love-story-25-years-in-the-making culminated on Friday, November 11th, as they celebrated their wedding day with their dearest family and friends at the beautiful Lincolnshire Marriott Resort.
The day started with Monica having a day of beauty with her daughter, family and friends. Monica and Deshawn chose to see each other before the ceremony and shared an intimate moment in front of the roaring fireplace at the resort. The evening ceremony was officiated by a Deshawn’s aunt and was a ceremony of love, laughter and excitement for their future together.
The reception was beautiful and exactly what Monica and Deshawn had envisioned with flowers by Avante Gardenia, linens by Windy City Linen and a custom gobo with the bride and groom’s names and wedding date provided by Frost Lighting.
Their wedding was also covered and the story of Wish Upon a Wedding on the evening news by Lourdes Duarte at WGN News!
All images provided by Sarah Alair Photography, who shot this beautiful wedding.
This wish could not have happened without the generosity of the following vendors who made Monica & Deshawn’s wedding dreams come true:
Venue: Lincolnshire Marriott Resort
Wedding Planner: Effortless Events, Cindy Shanholtz
Photographer: Sarah Alair Photography
Videographer: White Wedding Cinema, Luiza Perkowska
Florist: Avante Gardenia, Jenna Bruhn
Cake: Lovin Oven Cakery
Entertainment: MDM Entertainment, Mike Dodson
Musicians: Bradley Young Orchestra
Gown/Accessories: The Bridal Mansion of Lisle
Tuxedos: Formally Modern Tuxedo
Makeup: Brie Aarin Makeup
Hair: Revolution Studio, Chrissy McLaughry 224-622-5561
Linens: Windy City Linens
Favors: Cacao Sweets & Treats
Custom Gobo: Frost Lighting
Chair Rentals: Modern Event Rental
Stationery: Natural Impressions
Seussical The Musical Tickets: Marriott Theater
Custom Embroidered Handkerchief: Li’l Inspirations
Jewelry: Tejani Jewelry