Bridesmaids decked out in a sea of neutral are fast becoming the hot wedding accessory. We’ve seen it time after time and it never disappoints. Dawn E. Roscoe photographed this beauty of a case in point and it’s rocking a deliciously soft, muted palette, fab DIY details all crafted by REALLY TALENTED loved ones and a couple that clearly knows how to have a great time. They met in a dive bar after all which is exactly where I met my husband. Go Team Dive Bar! Settle in for a host of pretty details and perfect moments straight from Room 1520 in Chicago and be sure to pop on over to the gallery for a whole lot more.

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From the Bride…Both Bryan and I are Michigan transplants to Chicago, and we met at a dive bar where Bryan hosted a Motown music night.  Soon after we had our first date – a sunset sail on our little boat in Lake Michigan, and we knew that we wanted to spend our summers sailing together.  Bryan purposed on a weekend trip to Portland Maine filled with Lobster Rolls and as much of the Atlantic as we could soak up.  The engagement ring was made out of jewelry from both our grandmothers and mothers.

Marrying the old and the new was the inspiration for our wedding day. We didn’t have a theme or colors we loved. We both like mixing urban elements with the outdoors.  We just went with soft romantic colors that I typically favor and all things important: food, family, friends and fun.

We chose to get married at a loft in an industrial party of the city, and our friends and family pulled their talents together to create a memorable day.  My aunt and uncle catered the food that is always present at family celebrations, my mom and sisters made the place setting from old post-cards we thirfted together and wrapped the bombonieres (Italian wedding favors) in old-timey Italian maps.  Friends designed my dress from vintage French lace, spun the records, designed and printed menus, coasters and so on.  Our cousins sung at the ceremony and a great friend (and now ordained minister) married us.  Like the rings, we kept the old and maintained some important traditions while putting our new touch into the details and out came a spectacular that truly represented our lives together.

Preparation: Hotel Allegro / Ceremony + Reception Location: Room 1520 / Wedding Photography: Dawn E. Roscoe Photography / Assistant Photographer: Kelly Shaw / Caterer, Florist + Decor: Aunt of the Bride / Wedding Cakes: Sweet Cakes Bakery / Wedding Dress: Friend of the Bride / Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew / Make-up + Hair: Friend of the Bride / Jewelry: Family Heirlooms / Brooch: Thrift Store

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