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Bess Szadzinski & Josh Montecalvo

October 12, 2014 | Ceremony & Reception: Embeya

Bess looked picture-perfect in a gown by Demetrios.

Bess’ bouquet of white roses was accented by a few sparkling embellishments.

The bride’s superfun pink frilled Badgley Mischka pumps.

“The gobo provided by MDM Entertainment was extremely important to us. It shined on the exact spot we met in the restaurant. We love that we can say that we got married in the place we met,” Bess says.

Vanille Patisserie created miniature strawberry shortcakes for the occasion.

THE COUPLE
It all came full circle for Josh and Bess, who met in October 2012 at Embeya, where Josh is director of operations and head of guest relations, and then they tied the knot there two years later. Bess, marketing manager at Food For Thought, said yes in September 2013 when Josh popped the question. “He had a plan to ask me on our vacation to Cape Cod the next day, but he got too nervous to bring the ring through security at the airport, so he knelt down at our bedside and asked me as we were packing our luggage,” Bess shares.

THE DETAILS
When it came to their big day a little more than a year later, which Bess planned herself, the couple incorporated personalized touches. Ryan Turner of StemLine Creative infused the restaurant’s space with a pink-and-white modern-elegance theme, using white hydrangeas and orchids, and roses in shades of blush and pink.

THE PARTY
In true Asian-infused Embeya fashion, guests indulged in passed apps, like scallop ceviche with Thai chile and carved prime rib with wasabi crema for dinner. After the celebration ended, Bess and Josh jetted off to Puerto Rico, soaking up the sun on the beach and going on sailing, horseback riding, snorkeling and kayaking excursions. “It was the perfect blend of adventure and relaxation!” Bess adds.

WHAT WE LEARNED 
“Surround yourself with people with whom you click during the planning process. Take your time meeting with vendors, and understand that your visions need to be in sync,” says Bess.

WEDDING RESOURCES
Flowers & Decor StemLine Creative
Bride’s Gown Demetrios, macys.com
Bride’s Shoes Badgley Mischka
Hair & Makeup Nataliya Ilkiv, Michael & Michael; Daniel Howell, M•A•C Cosmetics
Groom’s Attire Calvin Klein, macys.com
Catering Embeya 
Custom Etremets Vanille Patisserie 
Linens Windy City Linen
Invitations & Save-the-Dates Magnificent Milestones 
Entertainment Ruki Dole, Dream House Productions 
Lighting MDM Entertainment