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It almost seemed….predestined. It was certainly meant to be.
Tony and Rose have the perfect story. They met at Indiana University where Tony was studying Business and Rose was working toward a degree in Education. They both joined the IU Asian-American Association, and their love blossomed on a leadership retreat. They spent their remaining college years together, and, on a special trip to Disney World, Tony proposed to Rose in front of the Magic Kingdom. With their fun and playful personalities, no-one was surprised when Rose wore her mouse ears to the Rehearsal Dinner.
The day started at Rose’s childhood home. The air was filled with the mouthwatering aroma of Thai food and the sounds of the wedding party making their preparations for the day. Tony, doing his best to avoid seeing Rose before it was time, pulled together his Salvatore Ferragamo and her Tory Burch shoes to make sure they were shined, clean, and ready to carry them down the aisle.
After finishing with hair and make-up, Rose donned her sweet Maggie Sottero gown, tied on her pearls, and moved her diamond and sapphire engagement ring from her left to her right hand. She picked up her white rose (roses, of course) bouquet, from Wilmette Florist, and made her way down the stairs.
Tony and Rose shared a First Look outside on the quiet, tree-lined sidewalk where Rose played as a child before heading to the Winnetka Community House for their wedding ceremony.
Rose and Tony were married in a beautiful courtyard surrounded by all of their closest family and friends. They chose to include a tea ceremony and presented gifts in red bags to their parents as a nod to their heritage.
After the ceremony, we headed out to the Chicago Botanic Garden for photographs with the parents and wedding party. There were so many great locations at the Botanic Garden, several of them seemingly straight out of a storybook – fitting for a couple who did their engagement photos at the Indiana University library. We made our way over to an area of the park that reminded the bride of the Secret Garden, complete with tall hedges, trickling fountains, and doors covered in ivy.
We then moved to a field full of poppies that could have been a page right out of The Wizard of Oz.
One of the best parts about photographing this wedding was the awesome wedding party. These people didn’t take themselves too seriously and definitely knew how to have a good time. The groomsmen commandeered the parasols from the bridesmaids and staged an attack on Tony.
Little did they know, their blue parasols were no match for his Mary Poppins parasol. It’s a good thing Rose is there to keep him grounded.
One of these is not like the other…. Gotta love Tony’s take on the bridesmaid pose.
Tony and Rose treated their guests to a reception at the Phoenix Restaurant in Chicago’s Chinatown. The food was phenomenal and the cake, from Chiu Quon Bakery, was the perfect sweet complement.
Tony and Rose, you are a beautiful couple with a solid relationship. Keep making each other laugh the way you do now and your marriage will last forever. Also, please send more mustard.