There was no meet-cute in the grocery store, no blind date gone right. Chase and I, we've simply always known one another.
Our dads were old friends and made sure to bring their growing families together once a year for a Wisconsin camping trip. I suppose that our first memories of one another came from those camping trips. We'd pedal furiously around on our bikes, catch frogs and the occasional fish, roast marshmallows around a campfire...Needless to say, we have a lot of shared childhood memories.
As we grew older and life became more hectic, those summer camping trips stopped. Aside from the occasional comment that would make its way through the paternal grapevine, Chase faded into the background of my life, as I'm sure I did in his.
Kari and I had remained loosely in contact over the years and one day, she invited me to visit her in North Carolina. After reconnecting over that visit, she invited me to come back later that year for a New Year's Eve party. Her brothers were going to be there as well, and--excited at the prospect of a camping-buddy reunion--I bought a dress and a ticket.
I'll never forget walking into Kari's apartment, seeing Chase for the first time in nearly a decade, and getting this feeling that something—everything—was different between us.
After parting ways that weekend, I felt a strange sense of loss. My childhood friend had grown into this super interesting and funny guy with which I had so much in common... BUT, he had recently moved to New Mexico, 1400 miles away from my Chicago apartment. "There is no way this could ever work out," I remember thinking sadly to myself.
And then my phone chirped. Text message from Chase Guarnaccio.
Chase was accepted into a graduate program at Wright Patterson Air Force Base and moved to Dayton, Ohio in August of 2014. Our short visits turned into long ones. He shared his love of Lord of the Rings and astronomy with me; I introduced him to running and let him in on my travel dreams. We argued over the merits of vanilla ice cream and whether it's grammatically acceptable to have a 1-sentence paragraph. We fiercely encouraged each other, and shared our goals and hopes for the future. We fell more deeply in love.
On July 30, 2016, while enjoying the sunset at his family's property in Wisconsin, Chase asked me to be his wife. Amid happy tears, fireworks, and a very stealthy brotherly contingent taking photos in a nearby deer stand, I said "YES!!!" Chase had arranged for my family to be there after the proposal and we spent the rest of that night celebrating under the stars, a bonfire lighting up everyone's excited faces.
Chicago North Shore Limo will be running two coach buses leaving These 2 shuttles will begin at:
Following the ceremony (~4pm), the Second Coach will be looping back to the Hilton Garden Inn and returning guests to the Deer Path Inn while the First Coach will shuttle guests directly to the reception at the Deer Path Inn down the street. These two shuttles will end at:
Following the reception, there will be one coach bus making a loop from the Deer Path Inn to the Hilton Garden Inn. It will make continuous trips during the following times:
Your best bet is to drive to the Deer Path Inn, take advantage of the complimentary valet parking (valet will be on N. Bank Lane), and then walk down the block to Church of St. Mary. After the ceremony, we will be heading back to the Deer Path Inn. After the reception, your car can be picked up from the valet.
Your best bet is to park at the Hilton. There are two shuttles that leave from the Hilton, the first leaving at 2:00pm and the second at 2:10pm. The shuttle will be making continuous loops between the Hilton and the church and can hold 40 people. We expect a round trip to take approximately 25 minutes, so if you miss the shuttles leaving at 2:00/2:10, you should be able to catch one of them when they come back around. Please note, that once the ceremony starts at 3pm, the shuttles will stop making rounds back to the Hilton and simply wait outside the church. Following the ceremony (~4pm), one shuttle will be returning directly to the Hilton Garden Inn, waiting for guests to check in, and returning back to the Deer Path Inn down the street before looping back around to the Hilton Garden Inn. After the reception, one shuttle will be traveling continuously along the same route to bring you back to the Hilton (10:30pm - 1:30pm).
Take advantage of the complimentary valet parking (valet will be on N. Bank Lane), and then walk down the block to Church of St. Mary. After the ceremony, walk down the hallway to your room. Pick your car up from the valet the next day.
The Church of St. Mary is just down the block from the cocktail hour/reception site, but since we're the crazy people that get married in January, you might still need that heavier parka/mittens/hat to brave the 5-minute walk.
Looking for something to do during the hour in between the ceremony and the cocktail hour? We recommend warming up and having a pint at the White Hart Pub, an English-style pub in the lower level of the Deer Path Inn.
Our hotel block is at the Hilton Garden Inn. For those who wish to stay on-site of the reception, there are also limited amount of rooms available at Deer Path Inn.
Please see above for information on the shuttles that will run between the Hilton, the church, and Deer Path Inn.
Please note, while the shuttle will not stop directly at the church, the church is down the block from the Deer Path Inn.
After a night of dancing, you can simply walk down the hallway to your room.
A limited amoung of double queens and kings are available on a first come, first serve basis.