Skydeck Chicago Social Media Contest Awards Four Couples a Private Wedding Ceremony 1,353 feet in the Sky
 Love is in the air, literally, for four Chicagoland couples. Today, Willis Tower, the iconic Chicago skyscraper, announced the winners of its annual social media contest giving couples the opportunity to win a romantic Valentine’s Day ‘Love on The Ledge’ wedding ceremony atop the highest observation deck in America -- Skydeck Chicago’s 103rd floor, 1,353 feet in the sky.
Between January 9th and 31st, adventurous couples seeking a unique way to tie the knot or renew their vows submitted two-minute video entries to the Skydeck Chicago Wedding Contest at Skydeck Chicago’s Facebook page. In their videos, entrants explained why they should win the wedding ceremony of a lifetime atop Chicago’s most iconic landmark. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, couples shared their most romantic stories; how they met; why they want to spend their lives together, or how their love has stood the test of time.  
The four winning couples are:
·         Jennifer Can and D’Andre Hamilton, Chicago residents who will marry after six years together
·         Betty Rivera and David Castillo, who reside in Brighton Park and who met in high school
·         Oliver Robinson and Lara Pira from Skokie, IL, who met the first day of high school 16 years ago and fell in love seven years ago
·         Kathy and Denis Kendall of Glen Ellyn, IL, who will renew their vows to celebrate their 26 year marriage
Winning couples will exchange vows from The Ledge’s glass floor balconies that extend 4.3 feet from the skyscraper’s famed 103rd floor. Accompanied by up to ten guests, each couple will enjoy a private 15-minute ceremony with the Chicago skyline as the backdrop. Each picture-perfect couple will receive a complimentary photo on The Ledge taken by Willis Tower’s in-house photographer. At the ceremony’s conclusion, the newlyweds and their guests will celebrate with a champagne toast and receive a wedding gift from Chicagoland-based lifestyle brand, Crate and Barrel. Couples also receive a romantic overnight at the LondonHouse Chicago, a high-design luxury hotel.

Willis Tower and Skydeck Chicago are no strangers to Love on The Ledge. Last year, couples submitted videos for the chance to win a wedding ceremony at the Skydeck. Five couples were selected for four weddings and one vow renewal.
To date, there have been 874 known marriage proposals, 90 weddings, 15 vow renewals and hundreds of private “Pie in the Sky” dates on The Ledge.

Contest Details
·         WHAT: Couples submitted a video to Skydeck’s Facebook page explaining why they should win a Skydeck wedding ceremony
·         WHO: Couples proclaiming and renewing marriage vows
·         WHEN: Wedding ceremonies/vow renewals take place on Sunday, February 12th
·         LOCATION: Skydeck Chicago, 103rd Floor, Willis Tower, 233 S Wacker Drive, Chicago,    IL

About Willis Tower
As the second tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and the twelfth tallest in the world, Willis Tower offers more than 4.5 million square feet of premier office and retail space. Located at 233 S. Wacker Drive, the skyscraper is centrally situated between Chicago’s financial and cultural hub of the Loop and the dynamic West Loop, home to top restaurants and shops. Standing 1,450 feet and 110 stories tall, Willis Tower has remained a fixture of the city’s skyline and part of the fabric of Chicago’s culture for decades. Originally opened in September 1973 as the Sears Tower, it is home to more than 100 different businesses including prominent financial services, law and insurance firms. Its infrastructure system includes enormous telecommunications and electrical capacity with unsurpassed reliability. Willis Tower boasts spectacular vistas of Chicago and Lake Michigan with views reaching nearly 50 miles on a clear day. Skydeck Chicago on the 103rd floor is the highest observation deck in America and attracts more than 1.7 million visitors per year. Since opening The Ledge in 2009, millions of visitors have experienced this first-of-its-kind attraction. The Ledge’s four glass boxes extend 4.3 feet outside the Tower, 1,353 feet above Wacker Drive, with glass on the ceiling, floor and sides to create a truly an unforgettable experience. /