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S P O T L I G H T W E DDI N G S 2 B E T I N A G O Z O & J O H N E LY What We Learned D e c e m b e r 6 , 2 0 14 T he Iv y Room Pho t o g r a phy by Ry a n T i m m “All of my bridesmaids live in different cities so we used Weddington Way to pick out their gowns—all different styles in the exact same shade of gray chiffon,” says Betina. SUNNY SIDE With the help of Stems, Betina and John said “I do” with a wintry white ceremony at the Ivy Room brightened by pops of pale yellow. John Ely may play the eld as a pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers, but o the mound, he’s a happily married man to tness director and personal trainer Betina Gozo. Although the couple roamed the halls of the same middle and high schools, they started dating after college—mostly because Betina ignored John’s pleas to hang out until the day she decided to step up to the plate. All led up to an annual trip to Las Vegas, where John blindsided Betina with a table at Stratosphere occupied by her mom, dad and out-of-town friends. ere, John took a knee, delivered the biggest pitch of his life and aced it. Flanked by bridesmaids in di erent styles of gray chi on frocks, a big-day Betina looked resplendent in diamond earrings and a bracelet that John gifted her the morning of their wedding, along with another piece of wrist candy borrowed from her mother. e couple’s prized pooch, Stevie, meanwhile, was also cloaked for the occasion in a oral collar by Stems. e reception took a sweet turn with mini cupcakes from Sweet Mandy B’s and small candy bars. A cigar roller supplied favors; a game of cornhole busied the downstairs crowd; and in between stints when the bride played bass and John played the harmonica alongside the Chicago Catz, everyone hit the slow-motion booth. But the party never did slow down for John and Betina, who had a ball on their active honeymoon in Costa Rica. WEDDING RESOURCES Planner Anthony Navarro, Liven It Up Events, livenitup. com Photographer Ryan Timm, ryantimm. com Bride’s Gown Allure Bridals, House of Brides, Bridesmaids’ Dresses Weddington Way, weddingtonway. com Catering Entertaining Company, entertainingcompany. com Flowers & Decor Stems, stemschicago. com Groom’s Tuxedo Men’s Wearhouse, menswearhouse. com Invitations Jordyluxe, etsy. com Rings Dana Rebecca Designs, danarebeccadesigns. com; Kay Jewelers, kay. com Music Parkwest Strings, parkweststrings. com; Chicago Catz, chicagocatz. com FINISHING TOUCH Clockwise from top: Bright white decor and fl orals were accented by subtle hints of yellow; a long hooded cape kept Betina warm for outdoor photos; the bride’s pale yellow sparkly pumps were a gift from a friend. Videographer Turning Point Productions, turningpointcinema. com 138 MODERN LUXURY BRIDES CHICAGO

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