Couples Name: Sarah and Chad Ward
How did you meet? We met at a party after a basketball game over Thanksgiving break in 1996. However, during the Pumpkin Fest Parade that same year I was working at the Sports Booster’s pork chop booth, and saw him on the Sycamore News Float in the parade and thought he was cute! We went on our first date at the beginning of December and just before Christmas I saw a picture of him on the float and realized it was the same guy!!!
When and how were you engaged? We were engaged officially in January of 1998. We had already selected the diamond from a friend in the US Virgin Islands and had the ring created there and shipped. I expected him to propose at the Blackhawks game we went to the first weekend in January, but he didn’t. The ring came in the mail on January 8th and that same day Chad’s boss sporadically played a song that reminded him of me and he left work quickly, ran across the street, bought a red rose, and raced up to my classroom where he proposed.
Wedding Date: 11-28-98 (Happy 15th Wedding Anniversary, Sarah and Chad!!)
Ceremony Location: Disciples United Methodist Church, Mt. Morris, Illinois
Reception Location: Ballroom of a Hotel in Rock Falls, IllinoisNumber of Guests: between 275-300
First Dance Song: Is it bad I can’t remember? ; ) I’ll ask Chad. (neither one of us could remember!) ;)
Bridesmaid dress color: Black
Most memorable wedding day moment? My favorite part of the entire wedding weekend was the time spent with our closest friends AFTER the rehearsal dinner. We hung out in the pub connected to the hotel and stayed up way too late laughing, talking, and reminiscing. At that point in my life, many of my closest friends were far from home at grad school and working out of state. It was a gift to have them all together.As for the wedding itself, the flowers (fire and ice roses) were absolutely stunning! I wanted a holiday feel to the wedding and they really felt festive.
If you could do it all over again would you change anything? I would do a destination wedding!
What is one piece of advice you can give to our Bride and Grooms?
Don’t let outside conflicts and opinions factor in – as much as possible. More is not always better and in the end, looking at the photos should bring you joy, not bad memories.
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