Oliver & Mallory were married a few short months ago. Their ceremony and reception were held at the Newberry Library. It was an amazing event and everything turned out beautifully!
Story on How They Met
Their story started with a love of intermural sports. When Oliver’s indoor beach volleyball team (yea, they have that in Chicago) needed a new female teammate, their friend Jenny told Oliver that she had a friend that wanted to play. What was the first thing that Oliver said?…”Perfect”?….”That’s awesome”?…NOPE! He said, “Is she good? Will she help us win?” Oddly enough, it’s that unhealthy competitive attitude that Mallory and Oliver share that attracted them to one another.
Oliver was not dissapointed when he first saw Mallory. Her serves were intimidating, her passes were clean, and her sets were unparalleled. Oliver was intrigued as was Mallory and the seed of friendship was planted. Mallory went home that evening after winning their game and told her sister, Jill, how she met this “really cool guy” on her volleyball team. Oliver went home to his bachelor pad that evening and did the same in his journal…jk.
Mallory and Oliver’s attraction for one another grew as their friendship did. They would hang out with each other at volleyball team outings, at church, etc. It wasn’t until a 4th of July party that things got interesting.
Oliver, being a grill master, offered to man the grill for the evening. Needless to say, the food turned out perfect. The next day, Oliver received a text message from Mallory saying how appreciative she was for his help at the party. After a couple of flirtatious text message exchanges, Oliver and Mallory finally went out alone to one of their favorite watering holes in Chicago, Delux.
Ask either of them and they will tell you that being with each other that night was the easiest “date” they have ever been on (even though they still debate to this day if that was really their first date). It must have been their love for touchscreen video games that really lit the fire.
The next day, Oliver told Jenny that he was really interested and within seconds of saying that he heard uncontrollable giggles from her and he knew Mallory’s feelings were mutual.
Within the week, after a couple of failed attempts, Oliver finally asked Mallory out on a formal first date. He recalls the first word out of her mouth was, “Finally!”
Since that beautiful day on July 18, 2010, Oliver and Mallory could not be happier and are looking forward to taking the next step in their relationship.
Oliver spends time with Mallory’s family every Easter. In 2012, Oliver decided that Easter weekend would be a perfect time to propose with Mallory’s family all together. So, Oliver reached out to Mallory’s sister and mom about 3 weeks prior to the weekend and discussed different ways to propose. That is when Jill (her sister) and Karen (her mom) told Oliver about their Easter Egg hunts that they had when Mallory and her siblings were younger. Oliver decided this was a perfect way to do it without arousing a lot of suspicion since the plan was to have her mom bring up the idea to Mallory and her siblings. When Mallory heard the idea, she thought it was ridiculous for grown adults to do but went along with it. The weekend finally comes and Oliver is a nervous wreck since they arrived on a Friday and the proposal wasn’t until Sunday. Sunday rolls around and Oliver and Mallory’s family return from church. Then, Karen and Dan go outside in their large backyard to place all the eggs for the kids. All the eggs that were set out contained candy of different sorts except for one large red one. Oliver brought it and it contained a gold box inside that had the words “Will you…” written at the bottom. Everyone except Mallory knew where the special red egg was going to be. So, once all the eggs were laid out, everyone knew to stay away from the area until Mallory picked up the egg. Once the hunt started, it took all but 10 seconds for Mallory to find it. When she does, Oliver conjured up in his head that Mallory would want to open this special large red egg right away…Nope…Instead she keeps hunting for more eggs while Oliver follows her around like a loss puppy hoping for her to open it. After some pestering and a bag full of eggs, Mallory slyly opens the egg while standing next to Oliver and Dan hoping that no one would notice. Right as she opens the egg and box, she immediately closes it and has a smile from ear to ear. Oliver asked her, “Did you see what it said?” and she shook her head no with an even bigger smile on her face. Oliver knew that was the time to get down on one knee and ask the rest of the question. Before he gets a chance to finish, Mallory tackles Oliver and says yes!
Hot dog stand.
Jenga pieces as a guestbook.
Hardcover books as table numbers.
Check out some of my favorite shots and a great slideshow below!
Officiant: Rev. Kensen Lam from Park Community Church
Gown: Vera Wang
Hair/Makeup: Sasha Schumaucher
Groomswear: Men’s Warehouse Vera Wang Black Collection
Flowers: Steve’s Flower Market
Catering: D’absolute Catering
Music: Style Matters DJ