Featured Wedding - Lindsey & Rafael - Romance on the Dance Floor

Lindsey Rankin and Rafael Bombino's romance began on the dance floor - taking salsa lessons together. Both were raised in the NW suburbs of Chicago, they met through mutual friends. Lindsey works for the family business and Rafael is an attorney. Says Lindsey, the "wedding day was beautiful - beyond my dream wedding." A long engagement allowed Lindsey to thoroughly enjoy ever bit of the planning process.

The stunning wedding gown is Ines Di Santo's "Carlotta." Lindsey was measured in New York by Ines herself during the NY Bridal Market (what a treat!) and a few months later she and her mother flew to Toronto to Ines' Bridal Boutique and Design Studio for her first fitting.

The wedding ceremony was held at Holy Name Cathedral and the reception at the beautifully remodeled Grand Ballroom at the Four Seasons. (The "After party" was held in state room at the Four Seasons.)

The darling short dress Lindsey wore to the After Party was very special. "It was my grandmother Majorie Durbin's wedding gown that she wore in 1950. She had given it to another relative but with Grandma's help we were able to track it down 3 months before the wedding. I tried it on and it fit like a glove. A close family friend, Jane Heflin, transformed a conservative a-line, long sleeve, scoop neck, lace gown into the "darling short dress" for the after party. My grandmother passed away March 30, 2010 exactly 60 day before my wedding. My grandma and I were very close. It meant the world to me to be able to honor my grandma and her memory by wearing her gown on my big day."

Larry King Orchestra (15 piece plus turntablist) provided the entertainment. Lindsey liked the Orchestra's very unique sound that integrates a turntablist. By integrating the turntablist they are able to recreate recent hits that the other orchestras could not. The turntablist began the After Party with 5 or 6 salsa and latin grooves as a nod to Rafael's heritage.

Wedding: May 29, 2010
Ceremony: Holy Name Cathedral
Reception: The Four Seasons, Grand Ballroom
Wedding Shoes: Christian Louboutin.
Cake: Take the Cake
Event Company: Erin McDonald, Heffernan Morgan
Lighting: Frost
Entertainment: Larry King Orchestra
Photographer: Jai Girard Photography