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Brooke Shannon & Tom Steele

July 21, 2012 | The Drake Hotel

Brooke and Tom sharing a laugh outside The Drake Hotel. For their big day, Brooke chose a gown by Monique Lhuillier from Ultimate Bride and Tom sported a Vera Wang tuxedo from Men’s Wearhouse.

Coren Moore dresses from Bella Bridesmaid

Custom coasters by Elizabeth Grace

The Drake catered the four-course dinner.

Floral arrangements by Kehoe Designs adorned the Gold Coast Room.

The three-tier cake had a summery surprise on the inside—Key lime pie filling!

The couple
Brooke and Tom met while studying at the University of Illinois and, after six years of dating, Tom popped the question during a bike ride and picnic along Lake Michigan.

The details
One thing the couple shares is their love for Chicago. Hope Weis Consulting got the message, securing Lou Malnati’s for the rehearsal dinner and The Drake Hotel for the reception, and filling the welcome bags with Garret popcorn and 312 beer.

The party
Brooke and Tom did their favorite move, the “spin and dip,” during their first dance to “Everything” by Michael Bublé. Afterward, The Don Cagen Orchestra played all night.