A Windy City Wedding
Tell us your love story!
We met on Amy’s first day in Chicago. I volunteered to help her move in, and it was love at first sight (for me). She took a little more convincing. We were both starting law school at the University of Chicago, and even though it was a busy year we found time to fall in love.
Tell us about the proposal!
We had discussed getting married a good bit, so we both knew a proposal was coming. Maggie had big plans of taking me to one of my favorite places in Chicago to propose. However, the day she got the ring happened to be during a blizzard that dumped about two feet of snow. She had a backup plan. She asked if I wanted to go for a walk (in the two feet of snow), to which I immediately responded, “yes, please!” We walked through a park by our house, and she got on one knee and proposed to me. It was beautiful.
When did you know that you were meant to be with each other?
I think I knew even before we started officially dating. We were apart over Christmastime in 2014, and I called Maggie every single day because I missed her so much. It was then that I realized our “fling” was really no fling at all.
Going into the wedding planning, what did you definitely know?
We knew nothing. We started out with the plan of going to the courthouse and “gettin’ her done” as my people in Tennessee would say. After talking to a number of friends and mentors, though, we decided to have a small, family-only wedding and a reception afterward for friends.
What surprised you during planning?
It was much more work than I would have imagined (Maggie here). We ended up doing most of the planning during the few months we were working apart and not in Chicago. There wasn’t really anything in particular that was extremely challenging, but the sheer quantity of to-dos can be a bit overwhelming.
Is there anything you wish you knew while you were planning your wedding that you know now?
Start early. But we planned ours in three months. Don’t worry if you do happen to start late.
Any advice for couples planning weddings now?
Good luck! Being married is definitely the best part so don’t stress too much about the wedding.
What was your favorite part of your wedding day?
Maggie’s father did the ceremony, and it was really beautiful. I loved that the wedding ceremony was truly about us and our love.