Allison & Joe’s Ireland-Inspired Summer Cantigny Wedding
In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, I’m delighted to share Allison and Joe’s lucky Irish love story! Not only have I known Allison since we were kids (it’s true!), meeting Joe and seeing them together has been an absolute delight. Needless to say, their summer Cantigny wedding day holds a special place in my heart.
In their own words:
“Allison and Joe met by chance at a restaurant in Dublin, Ireland. Joe had just finished a work trip in Germany and Italy, Allison had just finished a work trip in Denmark, and both had decided to spend a week of vacation in Ireland before heading back to the States. Joe picked the restaurant because it had a cool red door. Allison picked the restaurant because it was featured in her guide book.
Joe arrived first and after being told that they did not serve food at the bar, sat down to have a drink and re-evaluate his options. Allison walked in and also asked if she could eat at the bar, and when Joe chimed in that he had also asked to eat there, she immediately recognized his accent as American. Turns out he was from Chicago, where Allison was planning to move later that year from San Francisco!
Two dinners for one turned into one dinner for two…”
And I think we all know where the story goes from there! They even met a woman that night who claimed to predict the future, and guess what she said to them?? Yep – their marriage was in the cards from the very first day they met 🙂
Cantigny Wedding Day
Allison and Joe finally made it official in the South Grove at Cantigny Park. Their summer ceremony was officiated by a family member, and I don’t think there was a dry eye among us! Once the knot was tied, guests enjoyed cocktail hour at the First Division Museum, in honor of Joe’s service. The evening was filled with delicious food, drinks, dancing… and the occasional reference to fortune tellers and Ireland, of course!
Allison and Joe: Thank you again for having us in August! Your wedding was such a pleasure to capture and I’m honored to have been a part of it. Super happy for you two, wishing you all the best!!
Venue: Cantigny / Planner: Sarah Kathleen Events / Bride’s dress: Hayley Paige / Bride’s shoes: New York Transit / Groom’s suit: Men’s Wearhouse / Florist: Branching Out / Hair & Makeup: Total Image Bridal / Stationery: Vistaprint / Bride’s rings: Fallers Jewellers / Groom’s ring: Stonebrook Jewelry / Ceremony Musicians: Cousins of the Bride / Live Band: Bluewater Kings Band / Cake: DeEtta’s Bakery / Second Photographer: Jeremy