Shannon’s first night as a Chicago resident was a snowy Tuesday in December of 2013. She and her roommate were holed up at a local pub over celebratory drinks, when they were approached by two boys. One of these was an acquaintance of Shannon’s roommate from their time studying abroad in Spain. As the two of them swapped old stories and caught up, Shannon struck up a conversation with the second boy, who introduced himself as Brandon. The two of them made a connection instantly, and met up again that Saturday. It was the beginning of a long friendship for the two of them. Two years of memories, inside jokes, and nights on the town together later, Shannon and Brandon began dating officially.
When it finally came time to propose, Brandon had a plan. When in their early stages of friendship 4 years earlier, they had watched an episode of “Freaks and Geeks” together, in which the character Jason stages a romantic atmosphere in his parents’ basement and serenades the object of his affections to Styx’s “Lady”. At the time, Shannon had mentioned how she thought that would be the best way to get proposed to. Brandon was already taking notes. On December 27th, 2018, Brandon set about filling their Chicago apartment with candles and mood music by – you guessed it – Styx. The plan went off perfectly, and the two longtime friends began planning their future together.
The wedding day was set amidst the rustic elegance of Benton Harbor’s Blue Dress Barn. An abundance of bright floral and vibrant greens filled the venue and adorned the banquet tables, while string lights sparkled in the barn’s loft above. The celebrations began early that clear morning along the waters of Lake Michigan, and went well into the night with lively music by Motel Breakfast keeping the dance floor packed.
Shannon’s Gown: Pronovias
Catering by On the Spot BBQ
Venue: Blue Dress Barn
Cakes and Desserts by Sarah Paulson and Chris McNeil
Live entertainment by Motel Breakfast
Floral by First Avenue Flowers
Appetizers by Veronica Soto
Hair and Makeup by Nicole Marie Salon