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Our Ridiculous Wedding Wish. Please share.

July 5, 2012

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If you’ve spent any time with me, you’ve probably heard me say, “No matter how ridiculous it sounds, just put it in the universe.  You never know.”  That’s how I’ve lived my life for the past eight-ish years, starting with me sitting on my couch after being let go from my last 9 to 5 and making a list of things I wished I could get paid to do [playing board games on my couch with strangers, what?! Resulted in a job that’s not a job and is the best thing that ever happened to me].  And continuing with Housing Criteria [resulted in a converted toy-factory loft], Boyfriend Criteria [resulted in a best-friend turned Fiance and a custom-made cologne], putting on my website that I’m a speaker not because I am but because that lifestyle of traveling to talk about what you love sounds amazing [resulted in two days later getting my first speaking gig in front of 300 at the Museum of Contemporary Art] …

More often than not, not only do things work out, they exceed expectations.  Here’s to hoping that can happen again.  Because Friends, we need us a miracle.

Engagement party invitation created by the sweetest, most creative person in the world (who is also an amazing real estate agent!)

I am recently engaged.  It’s the traditional tale –

And thus the wedding planning begins and where putting ridiculousness out in the universe comes in.

Our wish – to find a privately-owned gorgeous North Shore North Shore or Chicago house for a low-key backyard wedding 

The Sticking Points 

a) we don’t know any owners of gorgeous North Shore [Evanston to Lake Forest]/Chicago houses,

b) we’re paying for the wedding ourselves and don’t have a lot of disposable income, don’t want to incur any debt, and don’t want to/can’t spend ANYWHERE near the average cost ($27000 nationally!  $53000 Chicagoly!)

Ridiculousness We’re Putting Out in the Universe – an angel to say, “Sure!  I’ll let strangers use my house for their wedding!  For free, for a barter, for a low low price!”

What We Can Offer 

  • Chicago Bike ‘n Beer Tour: visit breweries, take a class on home-brewing, sample beers unavailable commercially 
  • Workplace Improv: Pete comes to your company and uses improv as a tool for professional development, team building, ideation and problem solving, improving client relations…
  • Event in the City: whether it be a night of comedy or inspirational speakers, a hands-on cooking experience or an underground supper club, Saya curates an event for you and your friends in a converted toy-factory loft
  • Inpsirational Speaking: Saya comes to your group to talk about how you can live your passions and live a Life of Yes!
  • Retreat: Saya curates an opportunity for rejuvenation, escape, learning, connections-making, and inspiration
  • Opportunity for you to speak at Potluck!, Ignite, or any other Mac ‘n Cheese/TeamPete offerings
  • Marketing: use of our expansive networks to promo your business/your cause/your ______ via e-newsletters, social media, and blogs
  • Money-ish
  • What else?!?  Let’s brainstorm!

Wedding Wishes* [*beggars can’t be choosers; we’re very flexible and open to creative suggestions] 

  • Date: ideal timeframe Spring 2013 to Fall 2013 (ideal month September 2013)
  • Number of guests: 120-180
  • Backyard to hold late-afternoon into evening ceremony and reception
  • Access to kitchen and bathrooms

Getting to Know Saya & Pete

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  • Pete
    • 33 years old
    • Director of Financial Aid at University of Chicago’s Business School and Founder of TeamPete
    • From Monroe, Louisiana, where his parents still live
    • Undergrad: Vanderbilt; Grad: University of Illinois
    • Has one brother, a professor of African-American history in Georgia
    • Passions: improv, biking, tech tools that increase efficiency, craft beer, college football, hugs, and chubby animals
    • Accolades of which he’s most proud – Read the Most Books Award, 2nd grade, Jack Hayes Elementary and Takes Care of His/Her Horse the Best Award at Horsey Day Camp
    • Proof you can trust this guy: LinkedIn, TeamPete testimonials
  • Saya

So there you have it.  Ridiculousness.  If you’re an angel, please get in touch!  If you’re friends of an angel, please share!  If you have any DIY/budget tips or resources, we’d love to hear them in the comment section.

If this doesn’t work out, we’ll go to Plan B or Plan C, without tears or curses, reminding ourselves that it’s not about the day, but about being with your best friend for the rest of your life, regardless of venue, shrimp cocktails, and empire-waists.  But thought we’d try.

20 Comments leave one →
  1. November 14, 2012 10:50 AM

    Saya, you and Pete are great! I almost came to see you speak last night at NextDoor Cafe, but missed out by working late. This link popped up on my feed by a FB friend so I read the story. Such a smal world. I feel compelled to help! Right now, I just have an apt. in LP, but I will keep my brain working on this and post back if I think of anything. 🙂

  2. Anonymous permalink
    November 5, 2012 8:34 PM

    If you change the location to Saugatuck – we could help you there. Beach weddings are cool too!! But seriously I hope your dreams come true. I believe too in putting things out into the universe!! You never know…
    Leanne Berry

  3. August 26, 2012 8:25 PM

    I love this idea and hope it happens for you! Will keep my eyes & ears OPEN.

  4. July 23, 2012 8:08 PM

    I lack the house but I do create wedding favors! Let me know what you wish and I will sprinkle a magic dust & viola wedding favors for your guests 🙂

  5. Julie permalink
    July 13, 2012 9:55 AM

    Try contacting this site. If they’ll post your Wedding Wish link you never know…..a Lake Forest mansion-dweller might bite!

  6. July 5, 2012 12:31 PM

    Aww! I wish I knew someone, but hoping your dreams come true. I think they will :). ❤


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