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A multidestination long-distance relationship ultimately meets in Chicago with a Scottish-themed wedding filled with tradition, heritage and love. 

Ammar plants a kiss on his stunning bride, Amy.


Ryan Turner from StemLine Creative created lush textural bouquets of white florals, blue thistle and rosemary herbs.


Table linens from The Tartan Bunting Co. stylishly hinted at Amy’s heritage.

The couple at their traditional Mahar


The groom donned a custom monogrammed shirt by Brooks Brothers.


Lovin Oven Cakery provided a white cake with raspberry jam filling and buttercream frosting. 

While a blind date set up by a family member doesn’t exactly sound like the perfect recipe for romance, Amy Gearhart will forever have her Aunt Lisa to thank for setting her up with one of her colleagues, Ammar Bahrani, just in the nick of time before Amy embarked to the U.K. for grad school in 2011. With an instantaneous connection, the duo wound up beating the odds and staying together through a long-distance relationship that spanned across the pond, as well as Arizona, Brazil, Wisconsin and Illinois.

Their relationship took a permanent turn in November 2013 when Ammar flew in to surprise Amy for a weekend together at Starved Rock, where he proposed with Amy’s maternal Scottish grandmother’s ring. The couple took two years to plan their big day, which allowed time for Ammar to move from Brazil to Chicago and establish his career as a finance manager, and for Amy to move from Rockford to Chicago and begin her new journey as a strategy consultant.

While the jet-setting duo held a traditional Mahar in July 2015 in celebration of Ammar’s Iraqi heritage, the legal nuptials took place October 10, 2015 at Mission Hills Country Club in Northbrook. Paying homage to Amy’s family heritage, the Scottish-themed affair was complete with a blue, green, white and gold color scheme; a bagpiper; a kilt-clad ring bearer; Scottish vows; traditional Gaelic handfasting; and the use of Amy’s family tartan for table runners.

Despite details like an image of Scottish thistle on the wedding invitations that Ammar actually drew himself, the couple advises any bride and groom to spend more time thinking about their marriage than the actual wedding. “Yes, we planned and planned, and absolutely loved the festivities, but we also took time to consider our future, not just our lives on that wonderful day,” said Amy. After the elegant affair, the newly married couple honeymooned in Turkey, Greece and Italy, beginning a life of traveling the globe together instead of separately.  

Venue Mission Hills Country Club 
Flowers StemLine Creative
Bride’s Gown BHLDN
Bride’s Jewelry Earrings: Givenchy, Macy’s; bracelet: David Yurman
Groom’s Suit Suit: Men’s Wearhouse; shirt: Brooks Brothers
Invites Jenny Musilek
Catering Victoria
Cake Lovin Oven Cakery
Music DJ Sultan
Videographer Lexoria Wedding Films
Linens The Tartan Bunting Co. 
Hair & Makeup Beaute Luxe