Katelyn and Matt were married at Chicago Illuminating Company in Chicago, Ill. on September 6. “When Matt and I walked into our venue for the first time, both of our hearts started pounding,” Katelyn said. “The venue was modern and nontraditional but very elegant. I think we just knew it was the right venue for us, but the fact that we could have everything on sight, and there was a gorgeous, ivy courtyard definitely helped.” The bride wore a sweetheart lace mermaid wedding gown with a keyhole back, accessorized with her hair in an updo, fingertip-length veil, jeweled sash, and a pair of Badgley Mischka open-toe high heels, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a bow tie. “My veil was previously worn by two of my cousinss, who were also bridesmaids,” she said. “And around my bouquet, I carried a charm with a picture of my nana and pop pop, who were nable to be there with us on the wedding day.” Bridesmaids wore long gray one-shoulder chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, ranuncluses, hydrangeas, silver brunia balls, and dusty miller. Before the ceremony, the couple did not opt for a first look. “I decided do to one with my dad,” Katelyn said. “My dad and I have been very close, and I knew it would be very emotional for both of us when he saw me for the first time,” she said. “For me, seeing his face when he walked into the room and saw his ‘little girl’ as a bride was one of the best moments of the day.” Guests were greeted inside the loft with ceiling heights ranging from 15 feet to 50 feet. Aisles were lined with floating candles in staggered vases, tall altar arrangements, and fabric delicately draped across the windows for the backdrop. “The other moment I can’t stop thinking about is coming around the corner and seeing Matt for the first time as I walked down the aisle,” Katelyn said. “It immediately felt like we were the only two people in the room. I couldn’t stop smiling and barely kept myself from crying! After months of planning and hours of getting ready, it was such a rush of emotions to see him and finally get to marry him.” Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official! Cocktail hour began as the entire wedding party wandered outside to take portraits by Lake Michigan. The reception followed shortly thereafter. Tables were decorated with white linens, gray napkins, mercury glass centerpieces, and votive candles, surrounded by chiavari chairs. After dinner, a three-tiered buttercream-frosted cake was cut and served. Bonus: a late-night snack from The Slide Ride food truck. The newlyweds’ best advice? “During the reception, take a moment to step back with your new spouse and look around,” she said. “Look at all your hard work you put into planning this amazing day and look at all the people, who have come to celebrate you two and love you both.”
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!
Callie and Aaron were married at the Midway Village Museum Center in Rockford, Ill. on September 29. “We loved the rustic, wooden barn, and the garden area next to it,” Callie said. “It was a gorgeous, relaxed setting for a gathering with our family and friends.” The bride wore a lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with a keyhole back, accessorized with braided, sideswept updo, while the groom wore a white button-up shirt, khaki pants, and a brown herringbone tweed vest, accessorized with a striped tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched short yellow dresses and carried bouquets of sunflowers, craspedia balls, berries, wheat, and greenery. “The moment we were giving our vows,” she said. “Although, it went quickly, we wrote them ourselves and that made them genuine.” The couple also incorporated a traditional Korean tea into the ceremony, which represented the uniting of two families. They previously lived in South Korea at one point in time. The reception was filled to the brim with homemade touches. Tables were decorated with white lienens, burlap-wrapped centerpieces, and galvanized metal buckets. “We had guests bring pies for dessert and held a ‘Cutie Pie’ contest complete with prizes. We snuck away for a bit during dinner and tried all 18 of them and then gave awards in various categories following. These details made the day feel uniquely ours,” she said. Aaron brewed beer too — “Happy Trails EPA” and “Speckled Heifer Farmhouse Ale.” A bluegrass band kept guests on the dance floor all night long. “Having live music really brought the party and got the mother-of-the-bride playing washboard,” Callie said. The newlyweds’ best advice? “It is the one time you have everyone you love in one place,” she said. “Bask in the love and soak up the joy as much as you can. It truly is sharing your wedding with the ones you love most in the world that makes it special.”
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.
Taylor and Paul were married at Royal Oaks Farm in Harvard Ill. on June 14. “We visited our wedding site in the middle of a huge snowfall and knew through all the snow that it was going to be beautiful,” Taylor said. “It was perfect for us.” The bride wore a v-neck a-line wedding gown, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls with a fingertip-length veil and gold leaf earrings, while the groom wore a gray suits, accessorized with plaid ties. Bridesmaids wore short coral chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of dahlias, scabiosa pods, pincushions, and craspedia balls. “I had all my best friends in my wedding with me,” she said. “God gave us the most beautiful day too.” The ceremony took place outside overlooking 120-acres of apple orchards. Aisles were lined with wood slices etched with the words of 1 Corinthians 13 on them such as: it’s faithful, patient, and love never fails. “I loved all the wood pieces that my father-in-law cut and my father and I sanded down and wrote on for the aisles,” Taylor said. Fun fact: After the “I dos,’ portraits were taken on the carousel. Guests were asked to write their advice and well wishes on pieces of Jenga blocks. “My sister gave the best maid of honor speech,” she said. “I barely teared up all day, but I definitely cried during her speech.” Tables were decorated with burlap runners, mason jar centerpieces, and votive candles. Plus, the cake was only two-tiers of ruffled, buttercream frosting goodness. Yum! The newlyweds’ best advice? “Remember that no matter what details get messed up or can’t happen, you are marrying your best friend and that is all that really matters about the whole entire day,” Taylor said.