This is why I love Chicago weddings.  One minute we’re partying it up with an adorable duo in a posh ballroom and the next we’re basking in some nautical-style pretty at the Columbia Yacht Club.  This is a city that knows how to throw an awesome wedding.  And when it all comes together in a drop-dead gorgeous gallery captured by Rada Portzer?  Amazing.  See it all here.

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From the Bride… Jesse grew up sailing at the Columbia Yacht Club and from the moment we chose this venue for our special day, we knew it would serve as a romantic and unique location to celebrate our marriage.

We wanted the decor to remain simple, classic and elegant. The Chicago skyline and harbor views provided such a beautiful backdrop, we didn’t need much more. HMR Designs did an incredible job with the flowers and table decor. Two if By Sea Studios (a close friend) created all the printed material. The cake and individual desserts came from a local bakery from my hometown. 1982 Bordeaux from my father’s wine collection was served at dinner. Finally, the ceremony was officiated by one of my husband’s close friends and we prepared our own vows. All of these details helped create an intimate and personal celebration which is exactly what we wanted to share with our family and closest friends.

And the dinner/party was a blast! In keeping with the classy, Chicago theme, we hired a big band orchestra (thanks Old Town School of Folk) and danced to classics like Etta James and Frank Sinatra. Truly the best day of our lives.

Photography: Rada Portzer Photography | Rings: Jay Boyle Company | Catering: Columbia Yacht Club | Hair & Makeup: Robert Lucas Salon | Cake and Desserts: Macri's Italian Bakery | Ceremony Music - A Violin/Cello Duo: Old Town School of Folk Music | Dress and accessories: La Sposa | Florist/Decorator: Heffernan Morgan Designs | Invitations and all printed material: Two if By Sea Studios | Reception Band: Outcast Jazz band | Venue: Columbia Yacht Club