Among a couple’s first affairs in the new year, they become the first to marry in Cook County in 2023.
Cook County Clerk Karen Yarbrough held a live draw on Tuesday to select a winning couple who will receive the county’s first marriage license of the new year.
The bride and groom chosen to wed are Daniel Ferguson and Mandy Fila. The couple are expected to exchange vows on January 3, 2023, with the clerk officiating the ceremony.
Not only did Ferguson and Fila beat out more than 75 couples who entered the lottery, but they also scored a list of special wedding gifts from Chicago-area establishments.
The couple received a gift box for dinner including filet mignon, striploins and lobster tails, as well as a basket of sparkling wine and champagne flutes.
To top it off, the couple also got a couple’s dance lesson, a cooking class, wedding flower arrangements and two tickets to a comedy show.