Stephanie & Ryan
March 16, 2018
The Grand Ballroom at Joliet Union Station
Weddings can be expensive, especially for couples enduring medical and financial burdens. With the help of The Grand Ballroom at Joliet Union Station, managed by Mistwood Golf Club, one lucky Illinois couple was able to have a beautiful wedding without the stress of expenses.
Stephanie and Ryan, winners of the 2018 Wedding Giveaway, tied the knot at The Grand Ballroom on March 16, 2018. According to Diane Cook, director of sales, out of all the entries, “Ryan and Stephanie’s love story stood out.”
Ryan experienced a series of medical challenges that began in high school, when doctors found a cyst on his brain. Not long after having surgery to remove the cyst and add a titanium plate with 13 screws to his skull, Ryan was hit by a car, resulting in additional surgery on his knee and the discovery of his hyperglycemia. With the stress of medical bills, dealing with seizures and recently finding out that the cyst on his brain had returned, the thought of a wedding was set aside for the future.
Together with The Grand Ballroom, a team of local vendors made Stephanie and Ryan’s dream a reality with a beautiful March wedding. Groomsmen in gray suits and bridesmaids in sparkling plum dresses lined both sides of a delicate white altar, provided by Rustique Swan Events & Styling. Stephanie wore a strapless chiffon gown and carried a cascading bouquet of purple and pink blooms from Flowers by Stein as she made her way down the aisle toward Ryan. The couple lit a unity candle, exchanged vows and excitedly made their way back down the aisle, hand-in-hand.
A gorgeous reception awaited them. Gold chiavari chairs and chargers sat atop white linens under the glow of the ballroom’s chandeliers. The newlyweds danced their way toward the head table passing purple illuminated “Love” and “Mr. & Mrs.” signs, provided by Tone Productions, along the way. After cutting into a delicious cake from Nothing Bundt Cakes and sharing a first dance, the couple celebrated the night away with their guests.
Click here to learn more about Stephanie and Ryan, along with the vendors that made their special day possible!
Venue: The Grand Ballroom at Joliet Union Station
Photography: Imagen Sevilla
Floral: Flowers by Stein
Décor: Rustique Swan
Cake/Dessert: Nothing Bundt Cakes, Shorewood
Savory Dinner Rolls: ButterCrumb Bakery
Entertainment: Tone Productions
Photobooth: I Do Mirror Booths
Officiant: One Fine Day