Monday, July 15, 2013

Congratulations to our Honeymoon Contest Winners Sarah Bellino & Jeff Faber!

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Sarah Bellino & Jeff Faber

Jeff and I met for the first time at a local bar in Glen Ellyn. My best friend and I were out having a drink when the guy sitting next to us tried to engage me in conversation. Because I am a friendly person, I played along; however, I wasn’t interested in meeting another guy at the bar, so our talk didn’t go far and we parted ways for the evening.

A few months later, my girlfriend invited me to hang out with some new people she met. Sure enough, who did I see but Jeff, the guy I brushed off at the bar months prior. Awkward! Neither of us mentioned our previous encounter, and we actually had a really great time getting to know each other that night. As time went by, we started getting together more and more and discovered how much we had in common, like our shared love for the band Deftones, among other things.

Jeff and I became very close friends, and soon he told me that his feelings towards me were stronger than buddies. At that time, I was not sure how to handle it. I didn’t want to ruin this awesome friendship that we built, and I also just started seeing someone else. Jeff came over to my house one night to have one of our famous ‘I can’t sleep’ late-night talks. He told me that he didn’t care if I was seeing someone else because he knew that his feelings towards me were real, and he would wait for me. It wasn’t until that night that I admitted to myself that he was the one. There was something about him that I was drawn to, and while I didn’t know what it was, I knew I wanted to be around him all the time.

He proposed to me six months after our official first date. We were headed to the city to see a band play at the Beat Kitchen — or so I thought. We arrived early and decided to spend some time walking around Millennium Park. I kept reminding him of the time, insisting that we were going to miss the band play. He finally lead me to the famous Bean at the park and said, “Don’t you worry about the band because we are not going to see them.” He knelt down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I was shocked, scared, happy and embarrassed because everyone in the park stopped and clapped! He informed me that he and my best friend had planned the whole surprise, and she was waiting at the Dana Hotel to celebrate the big news with us.

When we met a few years ago, we were just two people who shared similar interests. As time went on, we realized we were more than just friends and our feelings had turned into love. The great thing is that we will always be best friends, and I think that is the best relationship you can have with your significant other prior to getting married.

We will have a winter wedding on January 11, 2014. Our theme is glitter because it reminds me of how the snow looked the night he proposed to me. Our first dance will be to “No Ordinary Love,” a cover song by our favorite band the Deftones. We have both been so busy working and saving money for a house that we had no plans for a honeymoon, so this amazing gift is truly a blessing for us. Thank you so much ChicagoStyle Weddings!

Honeymoons consist of a 6 day / 5 night all-inclusive stay for two. Compliments of El Dorado Spa Resorts & Hotels provided by Island Getaways.

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