On a winter night in Chicago in 2013, Jordan and Essie crossed paths at an ugly sweater party and the magic happened almost instantly. One look into her eyes and Jordan just knew Essie was the woman of his dreams. Even though the power went out at the party, the suddenly smitten pair stayed by each other's side talking by candlelight for hours. (Swoon!) Since then, their love connection has grown into the greatest love of all. Take in all the beauty of their jaw-droppingly gorgeous Grecian nuptials.Seriously, you won't be able to get enough of these photos.
Say Hello to the Newlyweds
Bride: Essie Kueberuwa, 31, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon Groom: Jordan Louis Yates, 27, Senior Partner The Big Day: 06/04/2016 Location: Santorini, Greece Theme: Luxury Black Tie
"Essie is a paradox," Jordan said as he descibes the women who stole his heart. "She is excellent in every way, organized, intelligent, no nonsense, ethical, and diligent. Simultaneously, Essie is playful, adventurous, and self-reflecting, which enables her to be one of the most balanced individuals that I know."
When Jordan asked Essie to marry him, the bride didn't hesitate to say yes. She knew he was the one.
"I said yes because Jordan is the most thoughtful, intelligent, spiritual and loving person I have ever met. He is dedicated to his family and friends, yet still finds time to be fiercely aggressive and successful in his own career. He is a wonderful example of a man for the family we will eventually have."
"Essie has the traits of my mother and grandmother, the two of the greatest women that I have ever known," said the groom of knowing the bride was the one for him. "Essie exuded rock-solid integrity, tireless work ethic, unconditional love, and a firm belief in Christ that I revered and adored. She is powerful with an uncanny ability to endure and thrive in any circumstance. Marriage is about committing to the uncertainties of life and I knew that Essie had what it takes to walk the long road."
"I wanted a backless dress and we had a blush and pearl theme wedding – from the moment I tried it on- and saw the amazing train and the pearl detail I knew it was THE DRESS," said Essie of her absolutely amazing wedding gown.
"I knew I would find true love, but I did not know how or when," said Jordan. "In the interim, I was working towards being the man that my future wife deserved and that I could be proud of. I was not looking for anyone at all when I found Essie, but she was hard to miss."
"I knew Jordan was the man I wanted to spend my life with within a few months of dating," shared Essie. "I knew from the first day we met, that we had a special bond and connection. Over the coming months as I saw Jordan’s dedication to me and our relationship. I also saw him manage triumphs and set backs in his life in the most admirable way. Very quickly, it became apparent to me, that he was the one I had been looking for."
"I believe true love is the outcome of two people with a special bond that work hard and commit to nurture a relationship that blossoms into true love," said the bride. "I knew when I met Jordan we had the capability to achieve this."
"Essie is a critical thinker constantly evaluating us as individuals and as unit to ensure that we are continuously improving and reflecting on how to better serve one another and have a positive impact on the world around us," said Jordan on his bride.
Essie knew Jordan was going to pop the question eventually she just didn't know how, when or where. When he finally did, she was blown away by the whole proposal. "Jordan proposed and there were 10,000 rose petals on the floor, 60 candles and the backdrop of the impressive Chicago Sky Line behind him. He proposed with the most beautiful brilliant marquise diamond ring that he had personally designed. Afterwards, he took me on a private helicopter tour that he chartered to take me over all the landmarks in the city that held special memories for us. When we got back to the hotel all of our friends were waiting for a surprise engagement party. It truly was a spectacular evening, and all a total surprise!"