Oh how I love this Bride. Her smile is infectious and her wedding is equally bright and cheery. You can just tell through each and every image captured by Katie Kett that this was her absolute best.day.ever – and from the looks of this gallery, it’s no surprise why. Smile right along with her here.
From the Bride…Nelson and I met through my college roommate, his sister, and started dated long distance traveling back and forth from Memphis and Chicago. Our long-distance relationship continued for over two years until Nelson made the move to Chicago. It was in the Windy City that we began to build our life together, experiencing as much of it as we possibly could, and easily making Chicago our home. Three years later Nelson picked up the engagement ring he had designed on his way home from work and immediately proposed on Oak Street Beach. From there the wedding planning began!
Our vision for our wedding day was simple. We wanted an intimate setting where our friends and family could be relaxed, have fun, and most importantly have a smile on their faces from the moment they walked into the venue until they woke up the next morning. I think we more than succeeded because not only did both our mothers tell us that they had never had more fun in their entire lives but also many of our friends and family thanked us for steering away from the norm and making our wedding day uniquely us in almost every detail. We choose a yellow and gray color scheme because, well, if you stepped foot into our apartment you’d know I love yellow and gray. Then when I saw the amazing bridesmaids dresses at Jenny Yoo, in the perfect mustard yellow, there was no going back. We also decided to work in a Chicago theme since most of our guest were from out of state (we had friends and family from over 20 states) and we wanted to take the opportunity to highlight some of our favorite things about the City we call home.
During the planning process I quickly learned that I got my DIY gene from my amazing mother. While I concentrated on designing and coordinating of all our stationary details, with the help of a family friend, my mom got on her sewing machine! She made robes for all my bridesmaids, flags for the ringbears to carry down the aisle, even Mr. and Mrs. pillows for our seats, just to name a few! By the end, almost every detail was handmade by myself or a loved one. Even Nelson’s bow-tie!
The wedding and entire weekend were perfect thanks to our amazing family, friends, and vendors! Looking back at the pictures is so much fun and instantly puts that huge smile right back on my face!
Photography: Katie Kett Photography | Floral Design: Martegras Designs, Inc. | Bridesmaids Dresses: Jenny Yoo Collection | Hair: Paul Rehder Salon | Event Coordination: Alyssa McKenzie | Men's Suits: Jos A Bank | Venue & Catering: Ravenswood Event Center