Sheridan Road kicks off the wedding season by following the stories behind three North Shore couples on the happiest day of their lives. With the guidance of Rachel Bradley Events, these pairs found that their happily ever after began with one flawless day.
Libby Connelly & Russell Mason
Photography by KingenSmith
The ceremony was at First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest and was followed by a seaside-themed tented reception at Shoreacres in Lake Bluff last August.
Libby and Russ have been together for 10 years, meeting first at a fraternity party at their shared alma mater, Southern Methodist University.
Russ bent down on one knee overlooking the Hudson River in Battery Park, after a day at the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament in New York.
Libby wore Vera Wang, accented with Manolo Blahnik heels, with her bridesmaids in Jenny Woo.
The Wedding Day
The day started off dreary with storms looming, but the clouds parted when guests arrived at the club, greeted by a shimmering Lake Michigan dotted with sailboats.
The couple relaxed on the beaches of Maui and Kauai.
Jenna Gustafson & Ryan Long
Photography by Elan Photography
The First Date
Jenna and Ryan attended Miami University in Ohio—another infamous “Miami Merger”—which led to a first date of ice cream and a viewing of the movie Serendipity.
On a record-high warm day last October at St. Joseph’s in the city, the couple celebrated with a purple and chocolate-themed reception at the Peninsula.
Ryan popped the question during a romantic dinner while vacationing in South Beach, later traveling on to share the exciting news with the bride’s family, who was also vacationing in Florida.
Party-goers were treated to dancing to the tunes of Indigo in between courses of the gourmet dinner, which included jumbo prawns, grilled filet, and seared sea bass.
Jenna wore Ulla-Maija, and on her finger, a custom-designed round brilliant three-stone engagement ring and diamond eternity band.
Dancing went well into the night, as guests retired to the Peninsula’s Aviator Room, enjoying bar games like foosball and pool, and noshed on mini-hamburgers and mini-milkshakes.
Jessica Margot & Dante Federighi
Photography by Garbo Productions
Jessica and Dante married at the Peninsula on Sunday in July, in a “simply perfect” setting, flanked by the pair’s loved ones.
Jessica wore an elegant gown by Winnie Couture, and a custom-designed engagement and wedding band.
Dante wore a custom-designed white dinner jacket and a Cartier wedding band.
Friends and family enjoyed the sunny day setting by spending time on the terrace and dancing the afternoon away.
Guests dined on a non-traditional Sunday Brunch buffet.
The couple explored Italy for three weeks.
All events produced by Rachel Bradley Events, 312-642-4483, or visit www.rachelbradleyevents.com.