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Introducing the Newlyweds… - Ladue News: Weddings & Engagements

Introducing the Newlyweds…

Julie Hess & Joshua Saipe

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Posted: Tuesday, December 22, 2009 12:00 am

Their story…Julie and Joshua met at a Lincoln Park neighborhood bar in Chicago after a Jewish Federation social event. Although Julie is not exactly sure when she knew Josh was ‘the one,’ she did know pretty early on that she was in love. For him, it was a ‘three-part epiphany:’ Julie liked the hiccups, Taco Bell and was supportive of the things that are important to him.

While vacationing in Vancouver in August 2008, Josh proposed during an evening walk after dinner. “I summoned up my nerve, got down on one knee on Homer Street in Yaletown and asked her if she was up for spending our lives together,” he remembers. “We got cheers from some women who had apparently watched the whole thing from their balcony across the street.”

The wedding took place at Julie’s grandmother’s house in Ladue. Built by her grandfather in the ‘60s, the home also was the setting for Julie’s parents’ 1975 wedding. “Walking down the aisle was amazing and surreal, because I was surrounded by everyone I love,” she recalls, “but more important, there was Josh, waiting for me under the chuppah.” Four stations served the newlyweds’ favorite foods at the backyard-style reception. ”It turned out perfectly,” she remembers. “Guests relaxed and ate at their leisure and later raved about how delicious everything was.”

The couple honeymooned in South Africa, with a favorite part of the trip being their safari on a private reserve outside Kruger National Park. They reside in Chicago.

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