Gina Glocksen and Joe Ruzicka were married on New Year’s Eve. The afternoon ceremony took place at the Century Memorial Chapel at Naperville Settlement, just outside of Chicago, in front of 300 guests.
The bridal party arrived in a tour bus, rented for the occasion as a nod to Gina’s days on the “American Idol Live Tour.”
The wedding focused on the couple’s love of music and its importance in their lives.
Gina walked down the aisle in an ivory strapless Melissa Sweet “Anya” gown, joined by both parents.
She wore her hair down with strands of red streaks near the front.
“Without or Without You” by U2 played as Gina made her way to the front of the church.
The eight bridesmaids, including “American Idol” contestants Jordin Sparks and Haley Scarnato, wore champagne-colored gowns by Priscilla of Boston and carried bouquets of red roses. The bridesmaids walked down the aisle to “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz.
The groom and his groomsmen wore gray morning suits with ascots. Joe had red streaks in his hair to match Gina.
The 15-minute ceremony was officiated by the groom’s uncle, William Byrne, who was ordained for the event.
As the couple lit a unity candle, the Neuqua Valley High School string quartet performed “Fix You” by Coldplay. (Joe teaches science at Neuqua Valley.)
Following the vows, a reception was held at Bolingbrook Golf Club. Guests dined on stuffed chicken and Portillo’s Chocolate Cake.