Emily and Bobby were married at the Chicago History Museum in Chicago, Ill. on June 6. “We lived in the neighborhood of the Chicago History Museum in Old Town, and I would walk past it often when walking our dog,” Emily said. “We always loved the feel of it, and it is beautiful inside and out. When our originial venue canceled on us about eight months before our wedding, we were devastated and very worried to say the least. Chicago History Museum ended up being everything and more not to mention it is a museum honoring the city where we fell in love. We loved it from the beginning, before we were even engaged, so I guess it was meant to be for us.” The bride wore a strapless lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized wit her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, fingertip-length veil, jeweled sash, and a pair of Kate Spade peep-toe bow pumps, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore short navy blue chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of peonies, hydrangeas, and berries. “I especially enjoyed taking pictures before the ceremony with our wedding party,” she said. “The weather was perfect, and our photographer, Eric, handled everything so well. It really captured how relaxed and happy we felt on that day.” The ceremony took place outside in the plaza with scenic views of Lincoln Park. Guests were greeted with a chalkboard that described the itinerary. Aisles were lined with lanterns lit with candles. “It was a gorgeous 70 degree day with not a cloud in the sky,” Emily said. Following the “I do’s,” sealed with a kiss, the reception took place inside the ballroom. Tables were decorated with navy blue linens, silver napkins, burlap runners, tall curly willow centerpieces in mason jars, and patterned numbers. “The handmade and heartfelt details – we put so much time and effort into the day, and we wanted it to really show who we are and where we come from,” Emily said. “Our guests appreciated our extra touches.” The surprise entertainment during dinner was a slideshow put together by her stepdad! The newlyweds’ best advice? “If I could offer one piece of advice for other couples during planning, I would say to make one day a week a wedding-free day,” she said. “Go to dinner, enjoy each other, and put the wedding out of your minds for a moment. It’s hard to do, but it’s important to not let it take over and to remember why you are doing it all in the first place. I would also say to expect that something along the way will not go as you thought or planned, so prepare for that. Then, let it go and be thankful for all that goes right.” After it was all said and done, they traveled to St. Thomas for their honeymoon!
Allie and Bryan were married at Kitchen Chicago in Chicago, Ill. on August 2. “It was the only place we actually saw in person,” Allie said. “It had the vibe we wanted and a price that fit! And all the vendors were who we wanted, which helps when on a budget.” The bride wore a strapless chiffon a-line wedding gown with a notch neckline, accessorized with a jeweled sash and a pair of comfy TOMS slip-ons, while the groom wore a light gray suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched short dresses and carried bouquets of roses, stock, craspedia balls, and succulents. “We chose neutrals with a touch of teal blue,” she said. “So, the venue could stand on it’s own.” The ceremony took place inside the shared-use space with exposed brick walls as the backdrop. “The music playing, watching my bridesmaids walk down the aisle to my favorite ‘Sleeping at Last’ song, and seeing my smiling future husband,” Allie said referring to the moment she can’t stop thinking about. After the vows were sealed with a kiss (or two), cocktail hour began with an assortment of local beers and wines from Trader Joe’s. Guests found their seats via escort cards hanging from clothespins. “There were lots of do-it-yourself projects,” she said. “Hand-pressing all the save-the-dates and invitations, and our polaroid guest book was a huge success.” Even the Instagram hashtag #fleminweddin too. Farm tables were decorated with white linens, burlap runners, vintage vases, vessels, mason jars, and wine bottles, and votive candles. Dinner was catered by Chipotle! Imagine eating all the burritos, chips, guacamole, and pico de gallo you wanted. Ole! Dancing began with the choreographed first dance and ended with a sparkler send-off. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Plan every detail with meaning,” Allie said. “If it’s for the sake of tradition, and has no meaning to you and your future spouse, it’s not needed. Be wise with your spending, it adds up so quickly.”
Kathleen and Mike were married at St. Clement’s Church, followed by a reception at The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Chicago, Ill. on May 24. The bride stunned in a strapless ball gown with a ruched bodice and tiered skirt. She wore her hair in a delicate updo and carried a bouquet filled with peonies, garden roses, white dawn roses, and silver brunia. Her ‘maids donned short, navy blue a-line dresses with a v-neckline. They carried bouquets of trick dianthus, viburnums, hydrangeas, and roses. The groom wore a navy blue three-piece suit with a striped necktie, while his groomsmen wore gray suits with blue and white striped neckties. Kathleen and Mike were married in a traditional ceremony in front of friends and family. A reception followed at The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Lincoln Park. Guests sat at round tables with navy blue linens and floral centerpieces with candles in the middle. Each table had a graphic-designed quote and table number. The couple offered local beer such as Half Acre and Goose Island. After dinner, guests enjoyed a three-tiered, chevron-patterned square cake adorned with flowers. This beautiful city wedding was surely a night to remember.
Katie and Chris were married in a traditional mass ceremony at Assumption Catholic Church followed by a reception at Bridgeport Art Center in Chicago, Ill. on November 2. “We were limited to the number of venues that could fit our guest count,” Katie said. “We fell in love with the huge space our venue offered, and it’s rustic charm. It had beautiful city skyline view and gave us the exposed brick and wood look that fit our theme perfectly.” The bride wore a sweetheart lace wedding gown, accessorized a beaded bolero, while her bridesmaids wore gray long dresses. (Fun fact: Her maid of honor stood out in blush!) The groom looked oh-so dapper in his black three-piece tuxedo and bow tie. “Have all of our family and friends together in one room to support us was the most important detail of the day,” she said. The loft was twinkling with crystal chandeliers and window panels with candles overhead. Long banquet tables were decorated with baby’s breath centerpieces and framed book pages served as table numbers. “The band we picked was another detail that made the night unforgettable,” Katie said. “They chose the perfect music to keep our guests dancing all night long.”
1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
THE VIEW! The serenity and beauty of being steps away from Lake Michigan really spoke to us. It was so peaceful and was also a way for us to expose a side of Chicago that many people don’t know exist.
2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
1. The music – we were able to have all guests request their favorite song to be played at the reception, and Spencer even surprised me with a surprise piano serenade at the reception of our favorite song “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds.
2. The flowers – I was absolutely blown away when I arrived at Loyola. Our florist created pieces that were unique, beautiful, and ones that really made an impression on everyone in attendance.
3. Pictures around Loyola’s campus, just the two of us – not only is Loyola’s campus absolutely gorgeous, but being able to sneak away for just a few minutes with just us and our photographer was priceless. Some of the shots speak louder than what a video would ever capture. Ben Elsass Photography truly captured our exact emotions and thoughts at that exact moment.
3. Give us the one moment in your wedding you can’t stop thinking about.
Married couples will say that the second the bride walks down the aisle, time stops. THIS IS 100% TRUE. All of the jitters, nervousness, anxiety, planning, coordination, and every other detail happening in life STOPS from that time on. It was truly an unforgettable feeling, and a moment that we will both remember for a lifetime. No words can describe what we felt during those moments, but it was pure bliss in its most truest form.