Millions of people said "I do" to donning their pink hats and participating in the Women's Marches taking place around the country (and across the globe) this past weekend. And after one couple's literal "I dos," they couldn't help but join in! When the limo of a pair of newlyweds was halted by the Chicago protests, the bride hiked up her dress, grabbed her guy, and the duo made their way onto the streets to celebrate their nuptials with a group of thousands. Casual.
On Saturday January 21, Allison Baker and Marko Milincic were waiting with their wedding party and photographer at the Palmer House Hilton for their limousine to arrive. But the protests made it near impossible for their limo to pass through the crowded, congested streets, leaving it at a standstill six blocks away. So what's a bride to do? Hope that her wedding heels are really as comfy as she's been telling herself!
Baker, Milincic, and their wedding party decided that they would have to walk to their car if they were ever going to make it to the venue — but not without stopping to celebrate with the estimated 250,000 protestors!
"Once we stepped out the door of the Palmer House, everyone was clapping and cheering and telling us congratulations and how amazing we looked," the bride told Yahoo Style.
The Women's March participants soon surrounded the newlyweds and cheered as the groom dipped and kissed his bride, and the couple's photographer Jai Girard captured the crazy cool moment. "They parted the march for us and then they started surrounding us," remembers Baker. "They started chanting, 'Love wins!' and 'Love trumps hate!' It was all about love and acceptance."
"I've had so many brides and grooms that wouldn't even let their dress touch the hotel carpeting, let alone go outside. This bride was literally walking six blocks down Monroe Avenue without one complaint, with her hair flying everywhere," photographer Jai Girard said of the wedding party's six-block hike. But once they arrived at the halted limo, amazing photos wasn't the only wedding gift the crowd gave the couple: The traffic parted, allowing the bride and groom through the streets to get to their venue.
"The whole day was way more than we could have ever hoped for," said Baker. "I've never participated in a protest, but the protest participated in my wedding."