This area truly is beautiful in the winter with the snow and Christmas lights. My mom used to take my sisters and me to Chicago each year at Christmas-time it was truly magical. I will forever remember Christmas-time in Chicago.
What an awesome idea! At your wedding, have a seat reserved with a white lei or flowers for fathers/mothers that have passed away. After the wedding take the lei's/flowers, set them into a heart and let the ocean take them away.