Let’s get real for a minute, lovelies, and talk about just how truly awesome this gorgeous Goose Island wedding is. How the bride is one of the most beautiful ladies you will ever lay your eyes upon, the setting (the oh-so-amazing Gallery 1028) is nothing short of breathtaking and how the neutral color palette and soft candlelight will literally take your breath away. And then when we are done gabbing about all of the crazy gorgeousness, let’s spend the rest of the day soaking in every last mesmerizing moment captured by Tim Tab Studios, because it’s just that fabulous. Join me in the gallery for more.
From the Bride… Bob and I have known each other for ten years and have built our lives together here in Chicago. When we got engaged, we knew we wanted an intimate wedding in Chicago with our closest family and friends. As we put our guest list on paper, we realized that the number of guests was a little larger than we expected. Still, we knew we wanted our wedding to feel like an intimate dinner party – cozy, fun and informal. There was no question it would be a Fall wedding, as it’s our absolute favorite season.
The first time we saw Gallery 1028, we knew it was a perfect blank pallet for us to be able to create the look and feel of our special day just as we had imagined. It was like a hidden gem in an industrial part of the city. We walked up to what appeared to be a loading dock, but once we were inside the doors, we saw an incredible space with hundred-year-old floors and beams and high ceilings perfect for over-sized chandeliers. I immediately envisioned the entire space filled with candles of all different sizes on the tables, in bunches along the aisle and along a concrete ledge that ran around the main room. We opted for simple, white linens and flowers to contrast the dark wood floors and beams. In the lounge area, we used marble tulip tables, a large white sofa and white chairs for a more modern look, again to contrast with the old building. As a last minute addition, we worked with P.J. at Studio AG to hang strands of cafe lights along the brick wall we would get married in front of. They hung from the beams and pooled on the floor on either side of us, it was such a romantic touch.
As for colors, my friends may say I’m a bit color-phobic. I much prefer neutrals in varying textures and shades. So, that’s what we did. The bridesmaids wore rose gold Trina Turk cocktail dresses we picked up at Bloomingdale’s. Most of the decor fell into the white, champagne, ivory range, with little pops of gold here and there. There were feather wreaths hanging from the backs of our chairs, gold, blush and ivory tassel garland above the entry way and a weaved table runner with streaks of gold, blush and ivory from Anthropologie on the entry table. I slowly collected all of these little pieces over the past year.
As for the personal touches that made the event more intimate, we opted for gilded cards from Russel and Hazel and asked our guests to leave “Advice and Best Wishes for the new Mr. and Mrs.” instead of a traditional guest book. We had a great time going through these when we returned from our honeymoon! We sipped our signature cocktails (rosemary infused vodka with grapefruit juice and a soda water for me, a classic Manhattan for Bob) out of our gold etched “Mr. and Mrs.” glasses from Furbish, a gift from Bob’s sister. We also asked my cousin to officiate the wedding, which was incredibly special. As a late night snack, my aunt baked chocolate chip cookies that guests took to-go in kraft bakery bags that Bob and I stamped with custom stamps from Mae Mae Paperie.
We had our first look at the PUBLIC Hotel, a Chicago landmark with great history. We knew we wanted to have a special moment to ourselves before all of the excitement began, and this was a perfect place to do it, as it’s one of my favorite spots in the city. Bob’s mom surprised us by arranging for our bulldog, Hollywood, to make a surprise appearance for some photos. Seeing Bob before the ceremony put me completely at ease.
When we arrived at Gallery 1028, it took my breath away. Everyone told me that the night would go by in a blink, and it really did. It was amazing to see all of the details we’d worked on come together, but even more amazing was having all of our friends and family in one place to celebrate with us.
Photography: Tim Tab Studios | Wedding Coordinator: Pop.Plan.Party. | Wedding Gown: Ulla Maija | Cake: Swedish Bakery | Invitations: Studio 255 | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaid Dresses: Trina Turk | Caterer: Calihan Catering | Makeup: Dori Mae | Hair Stylist: Garret Koski-Budabin | DJ: Style Matters | Groom's Suit: Hugo Boss | Floral & Decor: Studio AG Design | Getting Ready Location: Public Hotel | Loft: Gallery 1028 | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother