Go With the Flow

March 2021 View more

Naperville native Ryan Langer and Lauren Siamis, raised in Western Springs, worked at the same accounting firm and first met at a coworker’s party. But it was actually after a chance meeting at the Country Thunder music festival in Wisconsin that they started to date. Langer surprised Siamis with a proposal in April 2019, and, agreeing they didn’t want too long of an engagement, they planned a June 2020 wedding at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago and White Eagle Golf Club in Naperville for 180 friends and family members.

Rescheduling their celebration to October 24 because of the COVID-19 pandemic was a difficult decision—one that didn’t become any easier in the weeks leading up to the big day. “There was an email saga to our guests, keeping in communication with them as things changed,” says Langer, 30. Just days before the wedding, state guidelines tightened, forcing them to halve their reception invitees from 50 to 25. “It was heart wrenching … but if you asked me the evening of, I was on cloud nine,” he says. “It was very intimate.”

To the ceremony, the bride wore a custom-made lace gown and a veil trimmed with lace from her grandmother’s wedding dress. “She’s my only grandmother left living and I really wanted her to be there,” says Siamis, 30. “That was really special to me.” For the reception, Siamis changed into a dramatic party dress with a ruffled train and surprised her guests with the reveal.

The couple recently bought a home in Naperville, which they are settling into with their beloved Lab-cattle dog mix, Lexi.


Venue and catering
Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago and White Eagle Golf Club, Naperville

Wedding planner
Plum & Ivy Events


Sweet Creations by Tracey, Channahon

Kloeckner Preferred Flowers, Chicago

Creative Design Jewelers, Orland Park

Groom’s attire
Formally Modern Tuxedo, Chicago

Bride’s attire
Dresses by Bri’Zan Couture, Naperville

Hair and makeup
Rare Bird Beauties, Chicago

Bonphotage Fine Art Photography, Chicago