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Julia Zaborowski & Phil Casper

August 16, 2014 | Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago

Julia wore a Monique Lhuillier gown, and the tux for the 6-foot-4 groom was custom-made by Alton Lane.

The Couple
Julia, director of client relationships at a consulting firm, met Phil, vice president of mergers and acquisitions at AIG, on eHarmony. Phil proposed just over a year later on the North Fork of Long Island. “When the day came and we walked all the way down to my chosen location, there was a boat full of fishermen blasting REO Speedwagon and chugging beers—not exactly the romantic scene I was hoping for,” Phil says. He improvised and popped the question on their way back to the car, where Julia ecstatically answered yes.

The Party
Four months before the big day, Julia’s mother, Donna, sadly passed away after a year-and-a-half battle with sickness. In her honor, the couple incorporated touching details of her favorite things: The ceremony’s music was solely Beatles songs, in homage to her favorite band, and favors were bags of Garrett Popcorn, another of her favorites. Natural Beauties Floral created a garden atmosphere using blooms and foliage in shades of white, peach, blue, champagne and green for a natural and intimate feel.

What We Learned
“Pick your priorities, and budget accordingly. We knew we wanted a customized ceremony to honor our respective religions, followed by a big dance party, so we focused on putting together the ceremony first, then finding the perfect band!” says the couple.

The Honeymoon
Julia and Phil began their journey in Cape Town, South Africa, where they hiked and dove with great white sharks. For their next stop, they chose to go on a safari at Sabi Sands Game Reserve at Londolozi. To wind down from all the adventure, the couple spent a week on the island of Mauritius at the luxury resort One & Only, Le Saint Géran.

Wedding Planner Shannon Gail Weddings and Events
Flowers Natural Beauties Floral
Videographer Leap Weddings
Bridal Gown Monique Lhuillier, Ultimate Bride
Bride’s Shoes Vera Wang Sammy shoes
Groom’s Tux Custom-made, Alton Lane in New York City
Bridesmaid Dresses Monique Lhuillier, Bella Bridesmaids
Brides Hair and Makeup Sana Kawar and Alice Ezrow, Sonia Roselli
Invitations and Day-Of Signage Magnificent Milestones
Catering Terzo Piano Chicago
Cake and Desserts Broken Tart
Band The Chicago Players
Favors Garrett Popcorn cheese-and-caramel mix
Something Blue Pedicure in Meet the Parents, Essie
On-Site Coordinator Emily Vandevender