SHANA + ANDREW

After we graduated, he moved to NY, I stayed in Providence, and we realized that we missed each other.

Andrew and I were friends long before we started dating. We were dating other people when we first met. I was finishing a print design program at RISD and he was completing post-grad studies in culinary arts at Johnson and Wales. After we graduated, he moved to NY, I stayed in Providence, and we realized that we missed each other. We began Amtrakking back and forth on weekends.

 

One night he was living in New York and told me he was working late, but at about 9pm, he texted me a picture of the Providence skyline and my heart dropped because I realized he had come to Providence to see me! We became official after that, and within six months of dating we had eaten our way all over NY, spontaneously planned a 48-hour trip to Mexico City, then packed up and moved to Barcelona. 

 

 

Andrew completely surprised me with the proposal. He pulled out a stunning emerald cut estate piece and asked me to marry him while we were eating dinner with our dog.

 

I knew I did not want to wear a “wedding dress,” so I settled on a very simple, ivory J. Mendel cocktail dress, and paired it with gold studded Balmain sandals. I also wore pearl and diamond earrings that were my “something borrowed.” They were given to me by Andrew’s sister, Alison, and were handed down to her from her grandmother.

 

 

Our wedding was at Publican Quality Meats, a European-style butcher shop and cafe in Chicago. Since Andrew has a culinary background, the food (and booze) were big priorities for us. We had charceuterie, cheese, shellfish, bourbon, the works.

 

Andrew’s sister made our cake and surprised us with the cake topper, which included our dog-child, Lil’ Frankie.

 

My dad walked me down the aisle to “Leather and Lace” by Fleetwood Mac and “Beast of Burden” by The Stones played immediately after the service, which was followed by lots of dancing, drinking, and laughing.