Gracanica Monastery, Third Lake, Ill.
Couple's Name: Amanda Crawford and Mladen Vladusic
Wedding Date: May 26, 2012
Wedding Location: Gracanica Monastery, Third Lake, Ill.
ABOUT THE COUPLE
How they met: The couple met in AP World History class in their junior year of high school. They began dating the summer after freshman year in college.
How he proposed: The couple was in Las Vegas for Amanda's work, but the future groom had other plans. He intended to propose after a romantic dinner, on top of the Eifle Tower observatory deck at the Paris hotel, but it was raining and the elevator was closed. It was still drizzling the next day, so he settled for the Empire State Building replica on the highest point they could reach without an elevator pass code, the 39th floor. From that hallway, with a romantic night time view of the city, he asked her to be his bride.
Groom's occupation: Student, working toward a Doctorate of Physical Therapy
The ceremony: A traditional Serbian Eastern Orthodox wedding ceremony was held at Gracanica Monastery in Third Lake, Ill. It was performed in English and Serbian languages.
The bouquet: Handmade by the bride; her grandmother's ring was set in the middle of her bouquet as the “something blue.”
THE WEDDING PARTY
Bridesmaids: Jodi Kreuser, Pamela Manno, Biljana Jankovic and Krstina Vidosavljevic
Best man: Bojan Vladusic
Groomsmen: Petar Djuric, Vaskrsije Jankovic, Velemir Jankovic, Zarko Jankovic, Aco Milankovic, Niki Nikolic, Jovan Dupor and Christopher Brittingham
Number of guests: 300
The reception: Infusino's Banquet Hall
First song: “Stand By Me”
The menu: Appetizers included assorted meats and cheeses, roasted peppers with garlic, Pogaca (Serbian homemade bread) and Kajmak (cream cheese spread). The first course was Italian bread and butter and Caesar salad. The second course consisted of mostaciolli in homemade red sauce with Italian meatballs and sausage. The third course included baked chicken, sliced prime rib, homemade roasted pig and lamb, parsley potatoes and green beans. To finish the meal, the couple served red velvet cake with cream cheese filling, white hazelnut cake with buttercream filling and assorted sweets.
What made the day unique: The combination of the two families and their traditions.
Most touching moment of the day: The speeches the wedding party gave on their behalf.