By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz
4:52 PM CDT, September 4, 2013
Their fairytale romance began four years ago on a CTA bus and traveled to the Near North Side last month, where they walked down the aisle. No CTA card required.
Alissa and Don Gold married Aug. 24 in Washington Square Park and held their reception nearby at the Newberry Library. They returned from their St. Lucia honeymoon this week.
The Wrigleyville couple met on the No. 82 Kimball/Homan bus four years ago during their commutes to North Park. He started tailoring his schedule so he could run into her. One day, they started talking.
Last year, he proposed.
About 150 people gathered to celebrate the couple on their wedding day. One person who was not in attendance but had a definite presence at the wedding was Mayor Emanuel.
The mayor called the couple in January after RedEye published a column about the engagement.
"He gave me a little bit of advice. He goes, 'Marriage is a journey not a destination,'" said Alissa Gold, 30.
Gold's cousin, who officiated the wedding, worked that line into his speech.
The CTA was also a bit of a theme at the wedding.
Instead of cake, the couple served pie and the toppers were heart-shaped "L" maps, Alissa Gold said. She also gave Don, 34, a pair of cufflinks made of old CTA fare tokens to wear to the ceremony.
During the open mic portion of the night, their family sang "Bus Stop," a 1960s hit by the British band, The Hollies.
One of the lines of the song: "Every morning I would see her waiting at the stop ... Someday my name and hers are going to be the same."
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