The scariest night of the year — Halloween — was more like Valentine’s Day for this particular Northwestern University ladybug and clown. Jenny and Kenny met in costume at college, and their alma mater played a very important part in their super cute engagement story.
After college they moved to Jenny’s hometown of Los Angeles and in 2007, Kenny mentioned they needed to fly back to Chicago to attend a Cubs game. Jenny thought the trip was a little random, but went along with the plan because, after all, what Cubs fan turns down a trip to Wrigley Field? Once they arrived in Chicago, Jenny and Kenny visited with some old friends and even maintained their weekly date night. They took the El (the elevated train) to Evanston and during the ride, Jenny bent down to fix her shoe, causing Kenny to panic because the engagement ring was inches from her nose in his sock! He shooed her away from her shoe and told her to stop or she might break a heel. Peculiar, yes, but Jenny just went with it and sat back up. They arrived at tapas restaurant and the bad actress hostess let on a fishy “ooohhhh” when Kenny gave the reservation name. And at the table, he almost spilled his water! And after four-and-a-half years of dating and flowing conversation, they exchanged awkward silences at the table. Clearly, this night was strange for Jenny, but she tried not to read into it too deeply. Finally, Kenny got down on his knee and admitted the reason he brought Jenny to the city they met was not just for a Cubs game, but to propose! Of course, Jenny said yes.
After dinner, a limo took them to Harry Caray’s restaurant downtown where all of their family was waiting to celebrate with them! Everyone flew in to toast to the newly engaged couple and the next day, they all enjoyed a Cubs game… for real. And of course, the Cubbies beat the Brewers 5 to 1.
While incorporating Jewish traditions in their wedding, it was important to Jenny and Kenny to also personalize those traditions. They flew in their college rabbi to perform the ceremony and Jenny’s aunt made the chuppah canopy from a tablecloth that is intended to remain in the family for holiday gatherings. They had a one-ring ceremony using a family heirloom ring, but exchanged the rings they wear daily and love letters during the reception. It was a mix of modernism and tradition!
Mazel tov, Jenny and Kenny!
Venue- Woodland Hills Country Club
Photographer- ES Photography
Bakery- Cake Divas
Bridal Gown- Lili Bridals
Bridesmaids’ Dresses- Bill Levkoff
Tuxedos- Men’s Wearhouse
Ketubah- Pearl Editions, Pamela Feldman Hill
Kiddush Cup- Cost Plus World Market
Makeup Artist- Creative Illusions Cosmetics and Skincare
Menu Printing- Ink Centric
Getting Ready Location- Westlake Village Inn
Guest Accommodations- Warner Center Marriott
Rehearsal Dinner- Magianno’s