Love in Bloom: Janie & Sean's Enchanting Elopement at Chicago's Garfield Park Conservatory

May 3, 2024 Chicago Wedding, Chicago Elopement

In the heart of Chicago, amidst the lush greenery of the Garfield Park Conservatory, Janie and Sean chose to celebrate their love in an intimate elopement. A place in the city that holds a special spot in their hearts, it was the perfect setting for their laid-back yet deeply meaningful ceremony. After the ceremony, but before hopping in the limo that would take us downtown for dinner at Shaw's Crab House, Janie changed from her wedding gown into a chic white jumpsuit for one last sprint of photos around the venue. We’ll be saving Janie’s dress reveal until their larger celebration on the same date in 2025.

Their love story began through a serendipitous meeting in 2015, facilitated by mutual friends at Sean's apartment party - complete with a game of pong baseball (Janie had never played, so it was the perfect excuse for Sean to step in and show her a thing or two). Their friendship, nurtured through engaging conversations and shared interests, seamlessly evolved into a romance unlike any other. Sean, with his unassuming charm, and Janie, with her spontaneous spirit, found in each other a love that is both exhilarating and comforting.

Garfield Park Conservatory, a verdant oasis in the bustling city, witnessed the union of Janie and Sean, along with their closest family and friends - Sean's parents, his sister, and four of their nearest + dearest friends (one of whom even officiated this monumentous occasion). Their journey, from friendship to love, is a testament to their strong foundation and shared values. Their love story is peppered with adventures, from spontaneous tattoos on Friday the 13th to laughter-filled vacations, reflecting their adventurous spirits and joy in each other's company.

Janie and Sean's relationship thrives on mutual respect, love for travel, and a passion for experiencing life together. Whether it's learning a new hobby or serenading each other to their favorite tunes, their love is a collection of moments that celebrate both the ordinary and the extraordinary.

Their chosen songs, from the nostalgic "One Last Breath" by Creed to the soulful and often relatable “Conversations “in the Dark by John Legend, underscore the eclectic and deeply personal nature of their relationship. Their love languages, encompassing all five for Janie (relatable) and focusing on quality time and acts of service for Sean, highlight their complementary natures.

As they prepare for their grand celebration at Starved Rock in March of 2025, Janie and Sean continue to build a life filled with passion, laughter, and endless adventures. Their elopement at Garfield Park Conservatory is just the beginning of a lifelong journey of love and togetherness.