Garrett was living in northern California running a motorcycle racing team when he got a call from his family, they told him that his father Greg had prostate cancer and was going in immediately for surgery at a hospital in Chicago. Without hesitation, Garrett bought an airplane ticket to Chicago leaving the next day.
Of the three days Garrett spent out there, two were in Indiana visiting extended family, and one was spent in Chicago. During that one day in Chicago, Garrett spent 15 minutes harmlessly flirting with Lindsey, Greg's nurse in the hospital's post-surgical unit. The next day he flew back to California. In the recovery room, Greg talked to Lindsey about his son, and playfully would push for her phone number so he could pass it along to Garrett. Lindsey's response was always, “Why can't your son get his own number?” Greg was discharged from the hospital, and as he was being rolled down the unit's hallway toward the elevator Lindsey ran after him, and handed Greg her phone number.
Garrett didn't call right away, and Greg hammered at Garrett, “You need to call this girl!” Garrett finally did and his conversations with Lindsey quickly snowballed, two weeks of back and forth texts and phone calls. After that second week, Greg bought Garrett a round trip ticket back to Chicago for Garrett's birthday. Lindsey was waiting at the airport to pick him up.
Lindsey and Garrett, now living together in Chicago, chose to get married there because it's close to almost all of their family, even though Garrett grew up mostly on the west coast. They chose the Danada House for their wedding venue, a mansion estate just west of Chicago in Wheaton. The estate is surrounded by trails and equestrian facilities. Lindsey and Garrett both love autumn colors and chose November 1st for their wedding date. The leaves on the property were vibrant gradients of yellows, oranges and reds. Chicago wedding photographer Matthew Steed Wilson second shot the wedding with me.