Richard and Jillian Linares get ready to board a helicopter Saturday in Tinley Park to go to their wedding reception in Monee. | Hannah Kohut~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 7, 2013 2:27AM
Jillian and Richard Linares knew they wanted to make their wedding day special. There was the church, the perfect dress, the wedding party, a limo bus — and a helicopter.
The Orland Park couple sent their wedding guests from the Tinley Park church on their way to the reception, which was at a family member’s property in Monee, telling them they would take photos and soon follow.
What they didn’t say, however, was how they would get to their reception.
“My uncle (Larry Loziuk) has a plane, so he asked one of his flying friends if he would bring us from the church to the reception,” Jillian said. “So, as a wedding gift, my uncle is giving us a helicopter ride.”
Not just any helicopter ride, but one that would surprise all their wedding guests.
“Oh they have no idea,” Jillian said. “We’re just going to land in the field and watch their faces.”
Once the wedding guests were gone for about an hour, the chartered helicopter landed in a vacant lot about a block east of Landmark Church in downtown Tinley Park. A few guests were in the know, Jillian said, including a handful of cousins, who stuck around to watch the blissful takeoff.
“How cool is this going to be,” Richard said, before boarding the helicopter. “We are just so happy to be able to do this.”
Jillian said she and Richard had been engaged since July 2012 and by December couldn’t find the right reception venue. They wanted one that would be outdoors and large enough for their friends, family, a band and a disc jockey. That’s when Loziuk offered his property as a venue.
“We’re just really blessed to have this opportunity,” Jillian said.
The couple will honeymoon in Chicago and postponed their official honeymoon until next year.
“I want to go to Spain to run with the bulls,” Richard said.