I love telling the story of my couples. However, I usually put them into my own words, through my eyes and through my lens, but the way Melissa talks about the experience is simply unbeatable. I have to give it to you word for word.

“In life there are good days, but September 4th, 2015 was a truly perfect day…. (Her Story) Earlier in the week, Patrick told me he had a work party to attend on Friday at High Line Tavern. He said all of his work colleagues would be there and wanted me to come with him. Well, Friday came, and after work I rushed over to Patrick’s to hurry and get ready for the evening. I wanted to look my best since we were attending his work party! Instead, we got caught up watching “Bachelor in Paradise” on TV and soon realized the time. I was now in a panic trying to hurry and get ready and in my rush, I just throw on some clothes and we headed out the door. In heels and walking fast, we came up to the Kinzie Bridge; it is one of the most beautiful places in Chicago to take in the city skyline. I noticed a couple taking what looked like engagement photos and remember thinking, “How sweet!” As we stood there for a moment taking in the view, and resting my feet from our speed walking, I looked over and Patrick was on one knee! My heart dropped and it was as if time stood still. I couldn’t believe it. This was happening. I’d waited my whole life for this moment. There was no question, no hesitation, of course I said “YES!” My fairytale was now a reality. And he’d even gone as far as arranging a photographer to capture our moment on the bridge! He is so thoughtful. I was beaming in happiness. But it didn’t stop there… Naturally, all I wanted to do was call my family (and every other person I’d ever met for that matter!!) but Patrick asked that we please just go on to High Line Tavern first. He quickly admitted that it wasn’t a work party after all, but rather some of his family was there waiting for us so we could celebrate our engagement! Well, sure enough, we walk in the door, and there in front of me was my family and his family and some of our close friends! I couldn’t believe it. He’d thought of everything. My family!! My family all flew in. It was the greatest night of my life and I was honored to be sharing it with our family, friends and most importantly, the man of my dreams. Even now I pinch myself to make sure I’m not dreaming! This is real. This is my fairytale! I couldn’t be more honored and blessed to know that I get to spend the rest of my life and grow old with such an amazing man.”

Melissa, from the way Patrick was looking at you all day, I am 100% certain that he feels just as lucky to be spending the rest of his life with you. My warmest congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Larmon!

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VENDOR CREDITS // Wedding Dress Designer:  Lazaro 320 | Bridesmaid Dresses Designer: Jenny Yoo – Aidan, Staci Darby – Wedding Stylist @ Nordstrom Oak Brook Suite: 630-571-2121 | Tuxedo Designer: Michael Kors, Savvi formalwear, contact person Barry: 847-965-5565 | Hair/Make-up Stylist: Francesca Ortale Makeup and Hair Artistry by Francesca, contact@artistrybyfrancesca.com/phone: 630-412-1244 | Videographer: Joe Mastrino, e: joe@ojo-creative.com/630.546.7210 | Florist: Maggie (Fasan) France Fasan Florist, 773-523-8564/www.fasanflorist.com | Band: Wedding Crashers, 801-231-0172 | Paper Goods Designer: Clyde Printing Co., Colleen Woulfe 773-847-5900/clydeprint@sbcglobal.net | Ceremony Venue: Notre Dame Catholic Church | Reception Venue: Butterfield Country Club | Rings: Chicago Diamond Consultants, Peter Miller | Brides Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Event Planner: Alexander Lilly

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