Jesse & Ben
Q & A with the Bride:
1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
The overall aesthetic just felt right. It was the first of 10 venues we visited. I remember we were walking out to the car, looking at each other and both said, “Yeah, that’s it.” We just knew. At our wedding, our friends and family kept telling us, “This place is so you guys.” The exposed brick, the timber beams and the natural light. It was like love at first sight.
2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
1. The votives surrounding our venue: we purchased 500 votives and holders which took up a lot of space in our apartment for the months leading up to the wedding, but it was worth it. They gave the space a beautiful, warm glow.
2. The Jack Straw Band: we like to see them play at bars and festivals in Chicago, and they also played at our parents’ 25th anniversary party. One of the most memorable moments was when they started playing my favorite song, Blue Sky by the Allman Brothers Band as Ben and I walked into the cocktail hour.
3. The Lovely Love Story by Edward Monkton: it’s a children’s story about two dinosaurs, who come to love each other despite their differences. I was a preschool teacher when I first came to Chicago (our flower girl was actually one of my students!) so the children’s story had even more meaning.
3. Give us the one moment from your wedding that you cannot stop thinking about.
The most memorable for me will always be when I watched Ben read his vows. All of my bridesmaids were crying because Ben was crying, and I was just so filled with love. It was beautiful. The most hilarious moment though had to be the end of the night. We had just found out that we needed $500 cash if we wanted the DJ to play for an extra half hour. It was about three minutes before she was scheduled to stop playing when our family and friends started chipping in money. That extra half hour on the dance floor was totally worth it.
Rose & Patrick
From the Groom: “We loved the floor-to-ceiling windows that looked out to Michigan Avenue at the Peninsula Hotel. The beautiful staircase leading from the main lobby down to the reception area was very impressive, too. Old St. Patrick’s Church in downtown Chicago is the oldest church in the city and by far one of the most beautiful churches in the country. The architecture and stained glass windows are really hard to beat. We’d advise other couples to strongly consider working with a wedding planner for ‘day of’ details. You will save tons of time and frustration, as well as get pointed to some top-notch vendors such as graphic designers, florists, DJs, and photographers.”
Gretchen & Nic
July 10, 2010
Some weddings have a unique aspect that you’ve not seen yet in any other features. This wedding popped out at me because it was designed exactly to the couples personalities. From the vintage dress to the handmade shoes with their wedding date, to the Lego cake topper. What this wedding says to me is that you can truly do whatever you want, that’s it’s your day, and you should let your individuality guide your theme or decor.
Photographer: Misha Media Photography | Caterer: D’Absolute Events & Catering, Woody’s Special Events | Reception Venue: Zhou B Art Center | Invitation Designer: Sealed with a J | Cake Designer: Sweet Mandy B’s | DJ: robertomonastero | Linens and Coverings: Tablescapes | Makeup Artist: Heather Lim
Maurine & Linus
July 31, 2010
From the Photographer: “What makes this wedding special: Maurine met Linus at a nightclub in Prague while traveling in Europe for one summer. After their first meeting, they spent one month trekking through Europe and decided to spend the rest of their lives together. Linus proposed to Maurine in Sweden (where he was born and raised) and they were engaged for one year and married this past July. Maurine’s details were a unique combination of whimsy chic with touches of purple and yellow to create a bright, modern palette. The cake was made to reflect the architectural silhouette of the Willis Tower in Chicago and in the color combination of her dress and decor details. The flowers and bridesmaid bouquets were also very sculptural and artful and created color accents to highlight her vintage bridal accessories.”
Marianne + Ian
Cantigny Gardens – Wheaton, IL
From the Photographer: “Marianne and Ian had an absolutely gorgeous ceremony and reception at cantigny gardens in wheaton, il. marianne was a DIY bride and created all the bouquets and centerpieces for the wedding. she also made the cake topper for her cake to honor the fact that ian is an avid fisherman.” -gina&tony|photographers
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