THE COUPLE They first connected through mutual friends on Instagram, but a few weeks later Jaymie Polet and Michael McGlocklin met IRL at a Halloween party. “After a few drinks, I worked up the courage to go say hi, leading with ‘hey, we’re friends on Instagram—we should be friends in real life,’” Jaymie says. The next day, Michael DMed her for a date.
THE DETAILS Jaymie had been in love with the Field Museum since helping put on a charity event there for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital pre-COVID; when she and Michael walked through it as a wedding venue they signed a contract on the spot. Months later, with a tulip bouquet in hand, Jaymie walked down the aisle to Justin Bieber’s “Lifetime.” Her uncle married them under a chuppah and, when the ceremony concluded, he unveiled a glistening red sequin vest beneath his robe and announced, “Let’s party!”
THE PARTY A delectable meal and the traditional hora kicked off the fun. Then, fueled by espresso martinis and an elaborate late-night Lays chip and dips bar, “our guests stayed on the dance floor until the last second,” Jaymie says. “Getting to be with all our friends and family from different stages of life was one of the most special things we’ve ever experienced.”
Jaymie’s gown had long tulle sleeves and a special patch sewn in bearing the initials of her late best friend.
Postceremony, the room was flipped for the reception. “Michael and I came in to see the space and the band played a song as we shared a kiss. It was such a special moment.”
“We incorporated tulips as they are a Dutch flower and my dad is from the Netherlands,” Jaymie says.
The bride in her gown.
Programs featured a painting of the Field Museum by Jaymie’s friend Madison Forbes (@mad.paints).