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Jane & John
Kristin Larson | Photo: David Wittig Photography | April 2, 2014
A meant-to-be couple ties the knot at a romantic retreat in Lake Geneva.
Jane Yovovich and John Tough’s love story started off like a Craigslist “Missed Connections” posting; before becoming a couple, the two nearly met several times throughout their lives, beginning in college. “Duke University isn’t a very big school—there’s only 6,600 students—so it’s surprising that we didn’t run into each other there,” says Yovovich.
Although they had a few mutual friends, the two remained strangers even after their 2007 graduation. From there, Yovovich, a Wilmette native, decided to move back to Chicago to begin her marketing career, while Tough, who was born in Toronto and raised in Connecticut, also coincidentally moved to the Windy City to pursue business opportunities.
Their parallel paths finally crossed in March 2009, during an associates board meeting for the Golden Apple Foundation. And even though it was just their first “official” introduction, Yovovich “knew pretty much right away that this was it,” she says. After a three-year courtship that included date nights at rock concerts and many trips to her family’s house near Lake Geneva, Wis., Tough proposed to Yovovich on her family’s boat in September 2012, and they soon began planning their wedding in (where else?)
A year later, the couple kicked off their September wedding weekend with a welcome cruise for 216 guests aboard the historic Lady of the Lake steamboat, where everyone enjoyed beers and bites while taking in the gorgeous views of the Wisconsin waters. The next day, the two wed at Lake Geneva Country Club. Yovovich walked down the rose-flanked aisle in a stunning ivory Vera Wang gown, which was the first time that Tough got to see his fiancée transformed into a bride. “I just felt complete happiness,” he says. “She was beautiful.”
After the touching ceremony, which included their niece and nephew as the flower girl and ring bearer, guests continued into the tented cocktail hour and reception. Wedding consultant Hope Weis set the scene for a rustic yet romantic fete, complete with hanging crystal chandeliers and long wooden farm tables topped with golden candelabras. John Hensel from HMR Designs created cream and blush-hued floral table runners using garden and majolica roses as a strategic substitute for the bride’s favorite bloom. “We knew peonies weren’t going to be in season, so John did a good job of finding a rose that could give a similar look,” says Yovovich.
The music-loving couple wanted to keep their guests dancing between dinner courses, so bandleader Don Cagen played everything from The Beach Boys to Robin Thicke’s infectious hit, “Blurred Lines”—twice. “One of John’s friend’s really liked that song, so he took it upon himself to ask the band to play it again for me. I was laughing when one of the band guys came to find me so I wouldn’t miss ‘my request!’” she says.
The festive evening ended with guests donning special flip-flops and sunglasses, and noshing on fried mac-and-cheese bites and a DIY s’mores bar. For Yovovich and Tough, it was the perfect way to celebrate their love. “We’re really grateful to everyone for making it happen—it was a dream come true,” says Yovovich.
Ceremony & Reception
Lake Geneva Country Club
Hope Weis Consulting
Floral & Decor
Sweet Food Chicago
I Do Films
Vera Wang Chicago
Haute Couture by Joanna, Glenview
Caroline Shaw, The Wedding Dresser
Pattie Campbell & Beth Ann Weis-Morris