August 27, 2022 | Photography by Matt Mason Photography
Raymon and Meredith were both celebrating with their respective friends at a posh bar in Chicago’s West Loop, and the two groups happened to be seated near each other, which led to the couple’s first encounter. A month later, they went on their first date and the sparks flew. In early 2021, Raymon and Meredith purchased a condo together in Geneva National, and one evening that spring, they dodged a power outage to have an elegant dinner at the Hunt Club Restaurant. Returning home, Raymon got down on one knee and asked Meredith to marry him.
For the late August ceremony and reception, the couple chose the Geneva Inn, loving its breathtaking lake views and the food from the hotel’s fine-dining restaurant, The Grandview. Raymon and Meredith were married on the lakefront patio, with a friend officiating and 56 of their closest friends and family looking on. (Several boats on the lake stopped to witness the event as well!) Meredith chose a simple and elegant off-the-shoulder gown, with a fitted bodice and gentle, A-line construction. The bouquet and floral decoration featured a mix of white flowers and greenery designed by Pesche’s Greenhouse. Bridesmaids wore wine-colored, one-shoulder gowns, and Raymon and the groomsmen complemented the color scheme in classic navy suits.
Following the ceremony, the party moved into the ballroom for a dinner catered by The Grandview, and cupcakes from Lorelei Bittner’s Bakery. After dinner, the DJ kept the dance floor packed. The next morning, the couple hosted a post-wedding brunch at The Grandview before setting off on a honeymoon in Greece.
CEREMONY & RECEPTION VENUE: The Geneva Inn
ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS: Martin & Martin, Oak Lawn, Illinois
BRIDEʼS GOWN: David’s Bridal
BRIDEʼS SHOES: Badgley Mischka
BRIDEʼS JEWELRY & ACCESSORIES: Borrowed from family and friends
BRIDEMAIDSʼ DRESSES: David’s Bridal
GROOMʼS FORMALWEAR AND SHOES: Men’s Wearhouse
GROOMʼS ACCESSORIES: Michael Kors watch
GROOMSMENʼS FORMALWEAR: Men’s Wearhouse
HAIR & MAKEUP: Clear Waters Salon and Day Spa
INVITATIONS & STATIONERY: The Knot
FLORAL & DECOR: Pesche’s Greenhouse
CATERING & MENU: The Grandview Restaurant at the Geneva Inn
CAKE & SWEETS: Lorelei Bittner’s Bakery, Constant Cravings
ENTERTAINMENT: Cage & Aquarium, Chicago, Illinois