Friends and family thought they were attending Olivia and Jordan’s engagement party – but it was in fact their wedding (Picture: Zach Caddy / SWNS)
It’s always fun to keep your loved ones on their toes, right?
That’s exactly what Olivia Sullivan and Jordan Bailey did when they invited their friends and family to their engagement party – then revealed said party was in fact a surprise wedding.
Olivia, 30, and Jordan, 31, met on Tinder in December 2015, and seven years later got engaged at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
‘We love going to museums together,’ said Olivia, a lawyer from Chicago, Illinois, US
‘On one of our first trips together, he took a picture of me looking at a painting.
‘He does that at museums now and we have pictures he’s taken of me at museums all over the world.
‘When we were in San Francisco, he did the same thing, he took a picture but behind my head, he held up the ring.
The couple had told their loved ones they planned to elope, so no one suspected a thing (Picture: Zach Caddy / SWNS)
‘Then he asked me if I liked the photo and I saw that he was holding the ring behind me in it.
‘When I looked up from my phone, he was on one knee.’
Soon after Jordan popped the question, Olivia pondered doing a surprise wedding.
Jordan initially thought it was a ‘terrible idea’, but when Olivia started to explain her vision, he was keen.
The couple set about planning the event in August 2019, realising the best way to pull off the trick was to disguise the wedding as an engagement party.
Olivia loved being able to plan the wedding without outside opinions (Picture: Zach Caddy / SWNS)
Covid put the plot on ice, but eventually they asked their friends and family to come along to the ‘party’ on May 28, 2022.
Olivia said: ‘The appeal to me was planning just between the two of us.
‘It was really nice not to have outside opinions and get to make the decisions that we wanted to make that we thought were best for us.
‘It really took the pressure off the day itself. I didn’t want the pressure of a big formal wedding, I really wanted the wedding to be a party with our friends and family.
‘I did not get close to telling anyone, we were really serious about keeping it a secret.’
On the morning of the big day, Olivia had her friends and family come to her house for brunch, then 80 guests headed along to Whiner Brewery in Chicago.
The day started with a casual brunch (Picture: Olivia Sullivan / SWNS)
An hour into the wedding, the couple revealed the truth: they were getting married in 15 minutes time (Picture: Zach Caddy / SWNS)
The couple had told their loved ones that they planned to elope, so were having an engagement party as a way to celebrate.
But an hour into the party, the duo made an announcement: ‘We lied – we’re getting married right here in 15 minutes.’
Olivia had just moments to ask her dad, Bill, 60, to walk her down the aisle and tell her sister, Emma, she was the maid of honour, while Jordan speedily asked his best friend Mike to act as the best man.
Olivia’s dad Bill was so excited to walk her down the aisle (Picture: Zach Caddy / SWNS)
‘They were so happy they were going to be there’ (Picture: Zach Caddy / SWNS)
Olivia was ‘nervous’ when she spotted her parents in tears – but says they were ‘happy tears’ when they realised they would be a part of the couple’s big day.
Moments later, the couple said their vows in front of their stunned guests.
‘My dad cried quite a bit and he was just so happy that he was able to walk me down the aisle,’ said Olivia.
Everything went brilliantly (Picture: Zach Caddy / SWNS)
‘Everything about it was perfect,’ said Olivia (Picture: Olivia Sullivan / SWNS)
‘It was a day full of happiness and joy’ (Picture: Olivia Sullivan / SWNS)
‘I think that’s one reason this surprise worked out so well – because my friends and family thought they weren’t going to see us get married as they thought we were eloping.
‘They were so happy they were going to be there and be involved in the ceremony – I think they were just excited.
‘Everything about it was perfect, it was a day full of lots of happiness and joy.’
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