-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 Darel Photography.
For about three years, Mary Artis would see a familiar face every week at her church, Living Word Christian Center in Forest Park. She and Ronald Greene were friendly — they’d wave at each other from a distance, shake hands sometimes — and then keep moving.
In December of 2011, Ronald expressed his interest in Mary to one of her sisters, who set the two up. “My mother and father immediately liked him,” Mary said. “We went out on our first date, and every weekend he’d come from the city.” Ronald never came empty handed either, and was always very thoughtful, opening car doors and such.
Both Mary and Ronald had been married previously, and didn’t want a huge wedding party for their March 29 wedding at White Eagle Golf Club in Naperville. Mary’s grandson was the perfect age for a ring bearer, and her twin nieces were flower girls.
While Ronald grew up in Chicago and lived there while they dated, Mary grew up in Aurora and had lived in Oswego for the past two decades. The couple wanted to stay in the area, and loved White Eagle.
Mary works long hours as a manager of financial services at Prudential in Downers Grove, and Ronald, a ramp worker with American Airlines, was always very thoughtful with helping out and working with Mary as a team, both on a daily basis and to plan the wedding.
Ronald’s uncle, along with a minister from the couple’s church, joined the couple in exchanging vows. Darrell White, a fellow church acquaintance from Living Word, photographed the big day. One of Mary’s sisters helped with day-of coordination, and the couple followed recommendations from Lillian Doran of White Eagle for other vendors and found all of them fantastic.
The inspiration for the reception colors— bright fuchsia, a grape shade of purple, spring green and white— came from flowers Mary spotted in a magazine. She and Ronald picked out fabric swatches from Jo-Ann Fabric in those colors and carried them around on vendor visits.
The couple live in Oswego and regularly attend and serve at Living Word. Mary sees her and Ronald’s strong friendship and faith as the basis for their marriage and their partnership in life.
Photographer: Darel Photography, River Forest
Venue: White Eagle Golf Club, Naperville
Wedding dress: Wolsfelt’s Victorian Bridals, Aurora
Florist: Floral Events, Naperville
Invitations/programs: Wally’s Printing, Aurora
Wedding cake: Oak Mill Bakery, various area locations
Makeup: MAC, Naperville
Linens: Satin Chair Covers, Naperville