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f E A t UR E w E D D I NG Graham & Fran August 10, 2013 A West Town couple celebrates with four fashionably fun weddings. | By Amalie Drury | Photography by Dennis Lee Photography | There’s no shortage of imagination between Graham Kostic and Fran Taglia, who first thought their wedding should be an over-the-top affair at a castle in Ipswich, Mass. (They lived in Boston at the time.) But that started to seem complicated, so next they announced a 2013 New Year’s Eve bash back home in Chicago. Yet procrastination—and budget!—got the better of them, and they pushed it back again. Finally, after returning to Chicago for good and beginning renovations on a house in West Town, they realized that an intimate wedding at home would be more meaningful. “The idea of a small wedding was a surprise to our big families because they thought we’d opt for more of a blowout,” says Graham, the creative director of the fashion and beauty website Glossed & Found. A series of summer events began to take shape. There would be the official small ceremony at home followed by a chic, Ralph Lauren-inspired seated dinner for 80 at RM Champagne Salon in the West Loop. Additionally, the Kostic family would host a barn dance near their vacation home in Michigan, and the Taglia family would throw a backyard bash in Lisle. “It was really like we had three weddings,” says Fran, a chief operating officer with a Red Bull/beverage distribution company in Chicago. Make that four. Unbeknownst to anyone, Graham and Fran had eloped to Boston a month prior, where they were wed before the county clerk and received the marriage license that, at the time, they could not obtain in Illinois. “We’re fortunate to have the great models of our parents’ loving marriages,” says Fran. 210 MODERN LUXURY BRIDES CHICAGO SOCIAL | s p r i ng / su mme r 2 0 1 4

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