-By Renee Lee. Every wedding tells a story. Contact Renee at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-651-6613 to share yours. Photos courtesy of Timothy Whaley & Associates.
Helen Budziak had an interesting nickname for her husband, Nick Costakis — “White box face.” While searching for a Chicago apartment on Craigslist, Helen, formerly of Cleveland, Ohio, saw a personals ad that caught her eye. Nick had his face boxed out, thus Helen’s nickname for him.
The couple emailed each other for a week and Helen traveled from where she was living in Mundelein to Nick’s hometown of Lisle, the day before Valentine’s Day.
“He came out of his house with flowers,” Helen said. “He just seemed to be a genuinely down-toearth person.”
Both are outdoorsy people and have similar interests but didn’t have any mutual friends or similar careers. They likely wouldn’t have crossed paths were it not for Craiglist, Helen said.
The couple looked for one wedding venue so their guests wouldn’t have to move from point A to point B and Helen wanted a location that was casual but romantic. They found Seven Bridges Golf Club in Woodridge and made sure guests were comfortable with hotel accommodations at the nearby Marriott in Naperville.
Just minutes before their June 1 ceremony was about to start, a downpour began. They moved everything inside, where Helen and Nick exchanged vows they wrote themselves. But, they were still able to get photos outside.
“The photos are definitely very unique,” Helen said. “It added to the day even though there was a storm.”
For the main wedding color, dark purple came to Helen’s mind. But the couple decided to use a light lilac as a nod to Nick’s grandparents, who are from Lombard where the annual Lilac Parade takes place.
Helen and Nick’s 150 guests danced the night away to one of the couple’s favorite bands, Switchback.
Nick is a licensed clinical psychologist and works in a private practice in Naperville. Helen studied business at Loyola University. They live in Lisle.
Photographer: Timothy Whaley & Associates, Chicago
Venue: Seven Bridges Golf Club, Woodridge
Floral: Phillip’s Flowers, Downers Grove
Wedding cake: John Dough Bakery, Lisle
Wedding dress: Nordstrom
Welcome bag for guests: Naperville Convention and Visitors Bureau
Hotel accommodations: Chicago Marriott Naperville
Hair and makeup: Total Image Bridal, Lombard