They grew up about ten minutes from each other but never met. He was five years older and went to the catholic school so their paths never crossed. After high school, he went to Northwestern on a football scholarship and then got drafted by the NFL, living in New York and Scotland before eventually landing in Chicago. She went to college in Florida followed by Northern Illinois University and then moved to Naperville.
A few years later, they were in their hometowns, spending Christmas with their families. After extended family time, they ended up at the same local bar with friends. He caught her attention immediately because he was:
b) wearing a white cashmere scarf over a topcoat
c) very loud
If truth be told, it wasn’t love at first sight. . . . but it was memorable.
So although they knew a lot of the same people, and grew up very close to each other, they met at a bar on Christmas 🙂
Their first date was at Sullivan’s Steak House in Naperville– the site of their dinner reception. Once they started dating, they didn’t get serious for a while. He was still wild, and she didn’t have the patience for him or his behavior. But she kept him as the benchmark standard that she compared all other men, knowing they would eventually end up together. She let him change on his own and realize all the things she already knew. And he did.
Audra and Tim… you’re the best. Your wedding was fun and beautiful. Thank you for being so kind and lovely. I wish you the best as you create a life full of happiness and joy!