Chloe and Jose’s romance was an act of fate if there ever was one.
Their knowledge of each other started through social media. Jose was scrolling through his Instagram feed and came across a photo posted by one of his friends. That was the first time Jose laid eyes on Chloe. At the time, she wasn’t ready to date and respectfully declined the offer to be connected. Fast forward to a few months later, Chloe is having a drink at a typical New York City happy hour, and in walks a man she can’t take her eyes off of. “My friend couldn’t help but laugh as he responded, ‘that’s the guy I told you about and you snubbed a few months ago.'”Chloe told ESSENCE.
Their chemistry was magnetic from the start, and their first date confirmed the potential for a lasting relationship. They soon began dating. And because these two are all about doing it big, it only made sense that the proposal was as epic as their love story. Over the Thanksgiving holidayin 2017, Chloe and Jose traveled her hometown of Chicago for a family scavenger hunt. The prize was 2000,000 frequent flyer miles. Little did Chloe know, there was no contest. The entire day was an elaborate plan for Jose to pop the question. During the last leg of the mission at Chicago’s Cloud Gate, Williams arrived ready to claim her prize. What she saw instead were her friends and family…and Jose on one knee. To no surprise, the proposal went viral…and it will surely bring a tear to your eye.
The couple’s wedding was just as buzzworthy. The ceremony had an intimate yet modern glam feel. Thanks to their wedding planner, Kia Marie, they were able to utilize one spay and incorporate stylish elements into their dream wedding. The day went off without a hitch, and love was everywhere you turned.
Scroll through the gallery for the most beautiful moments from Chloe and Jose’s Chicago wedding.
"Jose was extremely intentional and his actions matched his words," Chloe says of her husband. "He was all-in from our first date and has been consistent since the day I finally met him."
The Groom's View
"The experience of being a groom was filled with ups and downs, but I learned a lot along the way," Jose said.
The Ultimate Besties
"I was relaxed throughout most of the planning process but my nerves got bad the weekend of the wedding," Chloe recalls. "My bridesmaids were on the job and quickly calmed me down. It was the best."
A Mother's Love
Chloe shared plenty of laughs with her mother, who was an integral part of the big day
Wedding Day Glam
Chloe strikes a pose, showing off her complete wedding look. So gorgeous!
Chloe gears up to unveil her stunning final look to her hubby,
Why I Love HEr
"Chloe is beautiful inside and out," Jose says. "She’s trustworthy, demands to be respected, is a professional and always finding herself being the life of the party."
Tradition With A Touch Of Glam
Chloe and Jose's wedding took place inside the stunning Gold Coast Room at the Drake Hotel in Chicago.
The groom's plum tuxedo was a unique and stylish choice.
Here Comes The Bride
Chloe began her walk down the aisle with her mother to “So Amazing” by Luther Vandross. "I have envisioned it as my wedding song since I was in my Uncle Robert’s wedding at the age of 2," she says.
Three Good Men
Chloe's three uncles took turns walking her down the aisle. "Along with my mom who raised me as a single parent, my uncles stepped up to fill in the void of my father not being around. So it was important to me that they were included in one of the most important days of my life."
We Are Gathered Here Today
The couple exchanged heartfelt vows, which they wrote themselves.
Sealed With A Kiss
Introducing the Duverges!
All Black Everything
That is one good looking wedding party!
Dream Day Accomplished
"I literally had the wedding of my dreams and felt like a Nubian queen," Chloe tells ESSENCE. "I tell my husband I want to do it again, and again, again!"
A Look To Remember
Chloe carefully shopped around in both New York and Chicago for her perfect wedding dress. After coming across some options that were good but not great, she found the dress of her dreams on her very last appointment. "I saw this beautiful gown hanging on the rack and immediately tried it on and it knew it was the one. She just happened to be apart of Vera Wang’s Iconic Collection. What girl doesn't want to get married in Vera Wang?!"
Flip It And Reverse It
During cocktail hour, Chloe's amazing planners flip the ceremony room into an equally gorgeous reception space. "Thatś the best part of having a wedding planner that also has a great eye for design, Chloe said. "We were able to find modern candelabras with long gold steams that would give a grand effect. The ceremony altar and stage was draped in gorgeous ivory fabric."
Simple, Elegant and Delicious
The couple wanted their cake to have a clean look. Their wedding planner, Kia Marie Events, make sure a glamorous aesthetic was incorporated with cascading roses and gold monogram initials.
Change Clothes and Go
Chloe switched up her look for the reception with a jumpsuit that was glamorous and fun.
Chloe's Advice To Brides
"Take a moment with your husband at the reception and just take it all in. It’s one of the few times in life that you both will have everyone you love in a room together celebrating you."