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Emme’s Real Life Wedding Stories

by Maryann Pisano on June 3, 2013

Prince Charles and Princess Diana

Chris and Leslie

Elk Grove, IL

Chris and I met at work.  I was a receptionist and he was an engineer.  I just walked up to him one day and asked him out!  Our first date was at a bar in Niles.

I knew he was the guy for me because he was always polite.  It was the little things that made me fall in love, like how he opened car doors for me.  He was one of the most polite guys I had ever met.  Chris proposed by posting notes all around our house with clues on them.   The notes led to a dozen red roses in the garage.  Chris had the ring in his hand, and was kneeling on one knee by a bonfire.  I love Chris so much!

Michael Corleone and Apollonia Corleone

 Steve and Laura

Franklin Park, IL

Steve and I have always known each other because we went to the same church.  We attended junior high and high school together.  I had a special place in my heart for Steven when he had witnessed a bad motorcycle accident and stopped to help.  We got married at Resurrection Lutheran and honeymooned in California for 3 weeks!

Prince Adam and Belle

 Rick and Elizabeth

Lake Geneva, WI

Rick and I met when we were both working at the Chicago Board of Trade.  We really liked each other from the beginning and started dating within a couple of weeks.  I felt really comfortable with him right from the start- I knew I could be myself with him.  I knew in my heart that he was “the one” because he was kind, caring, generous and funny.  He got along with my big Italian family and I knew that he would always take care of me and be there for me.  It took us a year to plan our wedding.  We started in September and were married the following October.  Planning a wedding can be stressful.  You want to please everyone– that’s how I ended up with 8 bridesmaids.  You don’t want anyone to feel left out and hurt anyone’s feelings.  At the end, you know you’re going to have this wonderful life with this person that you love so much.  On my wedding day, I was the calmest person in the room.  My mom and sisters couldn’t believe it!  I was so happy to be marrying the man that I loved more than anything- I really just enjoyed the day!

My advice for single girls is to be patient and don’t settle.  Wait for that special man who is going to treat you like a queen.  Wait for the man who is going to love you when you look your best and your worst.  Wait for the man who will stand by your side in good time and in bad.  Wait for the man who will love you more than anything… and tell you that everyday!  He will be worth the wait.  Rick and I have been through a lot of good and bad times.  He has loved me and I have loved him through it all.  This October will be our 22nd anniversary.

Andrea Dotti and Audrey Hepburn

 Joe and Bethany

Brookfield, IL

Joe and I met playing music together.  We both played in pit orchestra for musicals.  We first played together when I was 14, but we played together again when I came home from college and that’s when we started dating.  I knew Joe was “the one” when realizing that I could contribute a lot to his life and he could do the same for mine.  We got engaged right before Christmas and got married in July.  The best part about planning a wedding is planning a huge party!  You get to decide everything and make it your own.  Logistics can be difficult at times, and planning takes time and a lot of energy.

Single girls shouldn’t rush into anything.  My husband and I dated over 3 years before we got engaged, so it felt comfortable.  If we rushed and pushed ourselves into a new family too soon, it would’ve been a nightmare.

Frank Sinatra and Mia Farrow

 Joe and Julie

Franklin Park, IL

The moment Joe walked through the door I liked him.  I was like a school girl.  I was so giddy and giggly whenever he was around.  Joe and I worked together at the Niles park district.  At work, we would socialize because we had the same friends.  We dated for 2 years before we got married.

Single girls should take the time to get to know someone before making the leap, because marriage is forever.

Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe

 Caitlin and John

Oak Park, IL

John and I worked at our college newspaper and met there in December 2006.  We struck up a conversation and hit it off right away.  He made me feel so special and beautiful– and he still does!  We always are able to talk about things.  He’s like an open book.  He’s always honest with me about his feelings.  We love to laugh together, and that’s really important.  We got engaged in January 2011 and married that September.  We knew we didn’t want a long engagement.

The worst part about planning the wedding was worrying that I wouldn’t have everything done in time.  But, like everything, it came together in the end.  The wedding day exceeded our expectations!  It was our perfect day filled with family, friends, love and fun!  We got so much out of our Catholic marriage prep.  It helped us prepare for marriage, which is more important than just planning for your wedding day. Your wedding day is about you and your fiancé and the commitment you’re about to make – do things the way you want to do them, not the way the wedding industry makes you feel you should do them.

Mitt and Ann Romney


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