We are the the deep, dark part of winter where it almost feels like spring will never come, but come it will, and after that will be summer, and with summer come weddings like this. Warmth and excitement, love and laughter, beauty in every detail… Ben Elsass Photography captured the stunning Chicago soiree and to warm your little hearts, we’ve put it all in this pretty, pretty gallery!
From the stunning bride… Connie and I wanted a wedding that mirrored our relationship – somewhat sappy, super romantic, full of fun, and surrounded by our favorite people – our family and friends. For years, I’ve dreamed of a barn wedding, but after deciding to get married in Chicago, that wasn’t going to be possible. When we found Promontory Point, we instantly fell in love. With its beautiful wood beams and rustic feel, it was the closest we were going to get to getting married in a barn. Its location right along Lake Michigan with a breathtaking view of the Chicago skyline provided the perfect backdrop to the ceremony, and allowed us to include the city we love in our special day.
We wanted to create a day that included our passion for music, celebrated our roots, and showed our appreciation for our friends in family. We chose to have two live bands – a bluegrass band during the ceremony and cocktail hour, and an amazing band after dinner (One Night Band) that packed the dance floor for hours. During our ceremony, each of our guests were given a stone to hold and make a wish for our future. We collected the stones from Michigan and Wisconsin (our home states), and the stones are now sitting in a canning jar on our bookshelf as a constant reminder of the love and support we have around us.
When it came to the details, our amazing wedding planner, Katherine Brown from Greatest Expectations, helped us make our dream wedding a reality. Working with her and our florist, Forget Me Knot, we used wild-looking blue, orange and white flowers, burlap table linens and salvaged barn wood “table runners” to create a laid-back rustic elegance throughout the space. With a small guest count of 80, the long family-style tables allowed for everyone to mingle and enjoy each other’s company. I incorporated my grandma’s cameo into my bouquet, and wore both my mother and grandmother’s garters. My brother read an excerpt from my favorite childhood book, The Velveteen Rabbit, during the ceremony, and we also used that book as our guestbook. Our favorite part of wedding preparation was taking dance lessons to prepare for our first dance. It was a much needed break from the hectic planning process to take a romantic time out to look into each other’s eyes and fall in love all over again. The dance turned out to be an amazing part of our day as our first steps together as a married couple.
Thank you to the amazing Ben Elsass Photography for the photos that so perfectly captured our special day!
Photography: Ben Elsass Photography | Event Planning: Greatest Expectations | Floral Design: Forget Me Knodt | Wedding Dress: J.Crew | Reception Venue: Berger Mansion | Catering: Jewell Events | Make-Up: Rachel Reiman | Hair: Rachel Reiman | Band: One Night Band | Suit: J.Crew | Officiant: Anita Vaughn | Hotel for Getting Ready: Hyatt Regency McCormick Place | Invitations and all Print: Courtney Callahan | Linens: Private Label Linens