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Stephanie & Eddie
Amalie Drury | Photo: Averyhouse | June 12, 2013
An adventurous couple adjust to a last-minute twist.
It’s a good thing Stephanie Taylor has a sense of humor, and also that her wedding dress—a Vera Wang on loan from a friend—had a detachable skirt. The shortened version made more sense with her hot pink leg cast, and it didn’t drag on the floor when the bride cruised down the aisle on a knee scooter.
Stephanie is not normally one to sit still. She’s an outdoorsy type who bonded with her husband-to-be, Eddie Schoen, over years of rock climbing, snowboarding and biking. The two native Chicagoans now live in Vermont, where they both work at the headquarters of the snowboard company Burton and walk to work with their dogs.
But the week before their fall nuptials at the private Casino Club on Delaware Place, Stephanie acquired her first serious sports injury: a shattered ankle that twisted while she was “bouldering” at—of all places—an indoor gym.
The bride’s mother, Barbie Taylor (the family owns Chicago-based Cole Taylor Bank) conferred with the wedding planner, Linda Alpert of Affairs With Linda, and it was decided that the long-planned event must go on. “The timing was impeccable,” jokes Stephanie. “But I’m not one of those girls who’s always been dreaming about her wedding day, so it wasn’t the biggest deal.”
Improvisations were made. Allison Denny, florist and owner of Stems, outfitted the bride’s scooter with a basket of flower petals. Stephanie and Eddie never wanted to do a first dance (“The thought of everyone standing around us in a circle made us a little nauseous,” she says) so they performed a song together instead—he sang, she played tambourine. Her bridesmaids cheered Stephanie through the day, making her laugh during the traditional hair and makeup routines, and Alpert sent the bride and groom on an impromptu horse-and-carriage ride so they could de-stress before the ceremony. Stephanie’s father did insist on a dance, during which he twirled her around on her scooter.
In other ways, the wedding went off exactly as planned. “Stephanie and Eddie have simple tastes, and they didn’t want any fussy, plushy things,” says Alpert. The candlelit decor evoked a green forest, and the maple cotton candy served after dinner paid tribute to the couple’s new state.
The bride had originally asked for an all-vegan wedding—an idea vetoed by Barbie in deference to meat-loving guests—but all agreed that the three-tiered, bike-themed vegan cake from The Chicago Diner was delicious. Guests ended the night with tacos, tostadas and fajitas from a food truck parked outside the Casino Club.
When she and Eddie got engaged, Stephanie remembers thinking that she would be happy to marry him on a mountaintop—no formalwear required. “But once you start in with your family, you realize your wedding’s going to be big and you just go with it,” she says. “We felt lucky to have so many special people there.”
Now back on the slopes and nearly fully recovered from the surgery she had just two days after she said “I do,” Stephanie swears that despite the unusual circumstances, she was never nervous on the big day. “It felt natural to be marrying Eddie,” she says. “And in the end it was pretty laid-back, I think—for a wedding.”