Erin Rebekah Daubert

and

Jose Alfredo Ramirez

Erin Rebekah Daubert and Jose Alfredo Ramirez
Erin Rebekah Daubert and Jose Alfredo Ramirez

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Events

Wedding Ceremony

3:00 PM, December 8, 2018
Zion Lutheran Church
330 Griswold Street, Elgin, IL 60123

Please join us for a Christian ceremony at Zion Lutheran Church, the church Erin attended while growing up and the church at which Erin's parents are the pastor and deacon.

Attire: Cocktail attire.
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Wedding Reception

4:00 PM, December 8, 2018
Emmett's Brewing Co.
128 West Main Street, West Dundee, IL 60118

Please join us for a two-hour cocktail reception at Emmett's Brewing Co. in West Dundee to celebrate with us. Emmett's is known for its world-class, small-batch beer, which is brewed locally. Not a beer fan? No worries! We'll have plenty of delectable foods and other drink options.

Attire: Cocktail attire.
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Our Story

I’m not a writer. In fact the last time I had formally written something was for my capstone class in grad school in 2012. So when I enthusiastically agreed to write something for our wedding website, afterwards I asked myself, “What was I thinking?!” My wonderful and beautiful fiancée is a WEDDING PLANNER who already knows all of this! But here it goes, from the beginning.

Erin and I met through eHarmony, a website I had told myself I would never use. But I had just moved to Illinois and I told myself “What the hell? Go for it!” I remember logging in one day to a waiting “wink and message” from Erin!! I excitedly clicked on her message and saw her picture and thought she was pretty cute! I read her profile and noticed we had a lot on common. Even better!! We started talking through the website, then we started talking on the phone (I asked for her number first). When the day came that we both were certain that we sounded somewhat normal and not completely crazy, we agreed that we should go on our first date.

The rest as they say is history, because not long after our date (which was a wonderful success), I had spoken to both of my parents and I told them, “I think I found her.” As time went on, I met Erin’s parents, Dave and Marlene, two wonderful people, and Erin met my parents, Joe and Olivia. Given the thumbs up from both family and friends, it wasn’t long after when I was bombarded with the question “Have you asked her yet?”

The Proposal:
I bought the ring a couple months out and, for fear of losing it or Erin finding it, had been carrying it around with me since. Now I was going through the arduous task of planning the most romantic and best proposal one can think of. Because, as you know, you only get to ask once, right?! So I had better make it perfect.

I had so many scenarios in my head. Riding in on a giant black steed!?!..... No, that won’t work. Renting out a private boat and having a very romantic dinner!?!..... No, I can’t swing that… it’s winter! There aren’t any boats out. How about taking her in front of the Christmas tree in downtown Chicago and asking her there!?!.... Too cliché, plus she mentioned before she would hate a public proposal. So what do I do!?

Then I remembered last year when we had gone to the Lincoln Park Zoo to see the lights. We had a ball when we went. Plus I had heard this year that they were having a Ferris wheel! That’s perfect! We will go see the lights at the zoo and, while at the top of the Ferris wheel overlooking Chicago and all the beautiful lights, I would ask her. It’s perfect...

Unfortunately, that’s not how the evening played out. We were on our way to the zoo and the night was turning out to be a disaster. We had run a few errands before going to the zoo, and then arrived to find that the zoo was closed to the public for a private event. Erin was disappointed. On our Uber ride back to my car, we were separated... I was in the front and Erin was in the back. Erin was getting even more annoyed because our driver was loudly talking on her phone in another language the entire ride and the rider next to Erin was blasting their music to drown out the driver’s conversation. I was getting angry text messages from Erin… Oh no! All my plans of asking were totally busted and we had just arrived back at my car. It was at that moment that I told myself... “Ok, just do it!” This ring had been burning a hole in my pocket for too long. I had all these plans and was too excited. I couldn't wait any longer. I pulled out a little gift wrapped box from my coat, got out of the car, went to Erin’s side, opened her door, got down on one knee on the curb. Erin was hysterically laughing at this point, since she realized what was happening and that the night didn't turn out at all as I must have expected. While on one knee I asked, “Will you marry me?”

Was is perfect? No. Was it romantic? Possibly. But did it work? Absolutely! Because she said “YES!”

Wedding Party

We are thankful for the many loved ones in our lives. We have each asked two couples to stand by our sides as we say "I do."

Couples are listed in order by last name.


Sara and Calvin Birden

Friends of the Bride (& Groom!)

Erin and Sara met the first week of freshman year of high school and immediately became buddies. They particularly bonded because the lunch room at their school was overcrowded, which forced them to eat lunch together in a smaller room (which also doubled as the detention room after school!). The two have seen each other through a lot, but Erin thinks especially fondly of the times in high school and college when they would just take car rides to nowhere for hours, listen to hit tunes and talk about life. Sara met Calvin in the fall of 2015 and the two are now happily married; Jose and Erin feel like they've known Calvin forever and he is one of the couple's cherished friends.

Charles & Ann-Marie Emmett

Friends of the Groom (& Bride!)

Jose met Charles and Ann-Marie many years ago while living in San Antonio. After a short time, the now Emmetts became some of Jose's closest friends. They spent countless nights grilling and getting into all sorts of trouble (mostly that meant just picking on Ann-Marie). In spite of Charles' unnatural Godzilla toy collection, Charles and Ann-Marie are dear to both Jose and Erin.

Steven Thai & Kevin Wege

Friends of the Bride (& Groom!)

Erin and Steven met the first week of freshman year of college in Paideia class. They first hit it off when they realized they both had been swimmers in high school. They talked so much the teacher thought they had known each other for years and wound up reprimanding them... when in fact they had only known each other for days. Several years ago Steven and Erin traveled to Brazil together. During that trip, Steven started communicating with his now husband Kevin, who he had met on his kickball team back home. The rest was history and Kevin has now been a wonderful part of Erin's life for many years.

Brad & Bethany Wulf

Friends of the Groom (& Bride!)

Jose and Brad met as kids in New Jersey while playing on the same middle school football team. Brad started picking on Jose and, having had enough, Jose took a swing at Brad. And missed. Brad said, "You just took a swing at me. That's awesome. Let's hang out." And hang out they did. For many, many years. Brad married Beth in 2012 and the heckling on Jose doubled once Brad had found his partner in crime (his wife!).

Travel & Accommodations

Airport Details

Chicago has two airports, Midway and O'Hare. We highly recommend that you fly into O'Hare airport. It is closer to Elgin, where the wedding will be held, and has greater access to transportation into the city and out to the suburbs.

Getting to Elgin

The City of Elgin is about 25-30 minutes northwest of O'Hare airport. The quickest route is a straight shot on Interstate 90W. Both the airport and Elgin sit on this interstate. There is limited public transportation from the airport to Elgin and around the city itself. It is recommended that you rent a vehicle or arrange for a ride.

Our Hotel Room Block

Courtyard Marriott West Dundee
Reservation Information:

COST:
Sleeping rooms in our room block are $85 plus tax for a King room with a sleeper sofa and $85 plus tax for 2 Queen Beds.

BOOKING DEADLINE:
Room reservations must be made by Sunday, November 11. After that time, any rooms in the block will be released to the public.

MAKING YOUR RESERVATIONS:
Call: You may call 800.321.2211 or 847.429.0300 and reference the Daubert/Ramirez Wedding Block at the Courtyard West Dundee to make your reservations at the group rate.

On-line: To reserve a room online, please use this link: https://tinyurl.com/y736k7dv

ADDITIONAL HOTEL DETAILS:
Check in time is 3pm. If an earlier check-in is required please contact the hotel directly to check for availability.

Check-out is at 12pm.

Breakfast is not included, however they do offer breakfast in their Bistro from 7:00am to 10:00am on weekends and 6am – 9:30am Monday – Friday.

Gift Registry

Amazon

Our registry is on Amazon.com. You can click the link below to access the registry. Or visit Amazon.com and click "Registry" then click "Find a Registrant". Type "Erin Daubert" into the search (that name isn't quite as common as Jose Ramirez!) and the registry should be at or near the top.
Oma N. Ramkhelawan