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annie and tom’s wedding

Annie & Tom


Irish Inspired

A first date filled with conversation about Notre Dame football, dogs, and even the Real Housewives franchise over a Guinness beer or two led to a proposal in Puerto Rico a year later - and that led to the need for Annie and Tom to find a reception venue for their wedding. Not only did they choose Kimpton Hotel Palomar Chicago for the honors, they also hosted their rehearsal dinner here and returned for a staycation on their one-year anniversary. They learned that in venues, as in love, when you find a good thing, don't let it go!

Memorable Details

The traditional Catholic mass at Old St. Patrick's Church was the first time Annie and Tom saw each other that day. Blue Water Kings Band played an Irish jig as they exited the church a married couple.

Annie wore a couture gown, custom veil, and sash, all from local designer Victoria Sdoukos. She accessorized with a diamond necklace her father gave her mother for their 50th wedding anniversary. "I'm hoping that brings us good luck!" she says. Tom and his best man wore bow ties with the tartan of Annie's mom's family, a surprise.

The couple skipped a formal sit-down dinner in favor of food stations (including mini Chicago dogs!) and passed hors d'oeuvres that allowed the 200 guests to mix, mingle, eat, and dance whenever and wherever they wanted. In researching venues, they found many couldn't accommodate their idea.

A good time was had by all. "People loved this reception," Annie says. "I think one of the greatest compliments we received was: 'The music was perfect. The food was perfect. The wedding couple was perfect. We should have paid to go to that event!'"