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Lindsay Abeles & Patrick McFarlane

November 2, 2013 | InterContinental Chicago O’Hare

The 97th time was the charm for Lindsay, who found “the one”—her Vera Wang Lara gown—at the Vera Wang boutique in Chicago after trying on 96 other dresses.

The Couple
Lindsay and Patrick, both University of Illinois students, met on a night out with friends. He commented on her sparkly hat, and the rest is history.

The Details
With a color scheme playing off of 50 Shades of Grey, the ballroom was decked out in silver shantung from BBJ Linen, plus white accents. Plenty of delicious fare was offered, including treats by Gotta Sweet Tooth.

The Party
Guests partied late into the night—with help from a Giordano’s pizza station. “All the guests plowed through the pizza, and when we returned to our suite, we were so excited to see a pizza box until we opened it and found only three slices left!”