Fall Indiana Wedding: Caitlin and Allison
Oct. 16, 2015
Caitlin and Allison met in Chicago, just a few months before Allison was to leave for boot camp. They had an amazing first date, and seemed to click right from the very beginning.
The two like to joke and say that Allison’s recruiter actually proposed to them. They knew early on that they wanted to get married, but planned to wait until Allison was done with training to do it. When they told the recruiter this, he basically asked, “Why wait?”
So, that weekend they drove up to Minneapolis, as gay marriage wasn’t legal in Illinois yet. They married at the courthouse. It was just the couple as their families were snowed in due to “Snowpocolypse 2014.” It was a sweet and special time for them both. Two years later, they held their “real” wedding with all of their friends and family.
Allison and Caitlin chose their venue because Allison grew up not too far away, and most of her family and friends live close to Chicago. It wasn’t technically their first choice. They had actually been double-booked and had to change the wedding date twice at another venue, but it did turn out to be the best choice.
They could not have done any of their planning without Allison’s mom, Lisa. They were living in California and getting ready to move all the way across the country to Maryland during most of the planning process. Lisa took care of absolutely everything, from scoping out venues, to ordering linens and even crafting roses from book pages of their favorite books.
Caitlin’s favorite wedding day detail was that she made the flowers for their boutonnieres out of a page from their favorite series, Harry Potter. Even more significant, the page was taken from the chapter entitled, “The Unbreakable Vow.”
They also enjoyed having all of their closest friends and family together in one place. They had people come in from all over the country, which made the day absolutely perfect.
Caitlin’s experience as a cake decorator for the wedding industry added to her own wedding experience makes for great advice. Most important, she recommends is not to “stress about every little detail, because at the end of the day, it’s about two people who love each other. That is what will make the day perfect, no matter what.”