A Formal Hotel Wedding at the Chicago Athletic Association in Chicago, Illinois

Michael Corrigan (and a publicist) and Eric Evenskaas (an associate director of development for a theater) met in Chicago, Illinois, while playing in the same kickball league after college, though that first meeting was a little fuzzy for Michael. A mutual friend was convinced they were meant to be, though, so he introduced them (again) during a casual game of flip cup at a friend’s house. The second time was the charm, and “we’ve been together ever since,” says Michael, who jokes, “many, many, many subsequent flip-cup games have followed, but the jury is still out on who is the better player.” With family in Ohio and California, the couple wanted a venue that showcased the best of Chicago—the city where they met and fell in love. “The moment we saw the Chicago Athletic Association, we knew it was perfect,” Michael says. “We booked it on the spot.” Overlooking Millennium Park and Lake Michigan, the venue is in the heart of downtown Chicago, mixing modern sophistication with authentic 19th-century glamour. The couple pulled wedding inspiration from the opulence of the landmark building, with its intricate scalloped teardrop ceiling, mahogany walls and marble floors. “We focused a lot of time making sure we captivated the elegance of the 1920s without being overly literal or vintage,” Michael says. But in the end, the most "Chicago" part of the day was something they never could have planned. As the wedding week approached, the grooms began to realize that if the Cubs won the World Series, their victory parade could end up happening the day of their wedding — possibly running outside the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel.  "As fate would have it, these events did collide but in an amazingly fun way," says Michael. "Fortunately, nothing about the parade interfered with our wedding, it only added to the celebration. Many of our favorite photos of that day were us out and about with parade goers and the wedding party having the time of our lives." —Chrissy Sorenson