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.”
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.