This wedding had me at hello. Or, if we’re being technical, it had me at “a vintage, jazz filled, history-inspired, Old Chicago wedding.” Because anytime you give me a classic venue like The University Club Of Chicago mixed with beautiful vintage-inspired details and a bride and groom who are too cute for words (seriously), I am one very happy lady. Press play to see every moment captured by Nicodem Creative. It’s amazing.
From Nicodem Creative… There is a certain marriage of timeless strength and graceful beauty in the city of Chicago, IL. From the stone and steel skyscrapers that tower over Michigan Avenue to the curving lake shore dotted with bobbing sailboats, it is a city built for classic, elegant affairs. When we met with Robby and Tala a few months before the special day to discuss their hopes and dreams, that was the plan they proposed: a vintage, jazz filled, history-inspired, Old Chicago wedding. And it did not disappoint.
The day began at the University Club of Chicago, a private social club that began in 1887 in the heart of the Loop, and a pillar of old city tradition. While the men donned their suits and pocket watches in the Billiards Room, complete with felted poker tables and various game birds stuffed and mounted on the walls, the bride and her bridesmaids busied themselves with their hair and makeup in the Club’s chic Barber Shop. And no First Look could have been as timeless and truly classic as what immediately followed in the stately, spacious Library, with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the city below, shelves lined with old books, and rich leather chairs scattered before a massive stone fireplace.
And that was just the beginning. From photos in front of the city’s iconic “Cloud Gate” and up along the shore of Lake Michigan, to the ceremony held in historic Wrigleyville, back down to the University Club for cocktails in the Library, all culminating in a delightful dinner and dancing in the grand ballroom, it was a night of pure elegance. And no true Chicago wedding experience could end without a private rooftop kiss overlooking the city streets below, the fireworks from Navy Pier bursting in the distance at just the right time. It was a joy to take part in the celebration of Robby and Tala, and the epitome of a classic, Old Chicago wedding.
From The Bride… Robby and I met at a wedding in Miami, FL. A year later, he called me out of the blue and we began getting to know each other while I was living in Detroit and he in Chicago. After nine months of long phone conversations, lengthy car rides and flights to see each other, Robby proposed on his family’s farm in Western Kansas. I moved to Chicago shortly after and had eight months to plan our big day!
When we decided to get married in Chicago, Robby and I were immediately drawn to the historic buildings in the city that had charm and character. Our elegant vintage theme was effortless to attain after choosing the University Club of Chicago as our venue. We have a mutual love for live jazz, old books and mid-century fashion which came together magically for our wedding day. One of my favorite moments was our private first look in the library; all the details that we had worked so hard to perfect culminated at that point and we could relax with each other and enjoy the rest of the day. The entire occasion was everything we hoped for, and we are still reminiscing about the best day of our lives!
Cinematography: Nicodem Creative | Floral Design: Wishing Well Florist | Wedding Gown: Olva By Blue By Enzoani | Ceremony Venue: Miseo Dei | Reception: The University Club Of Chicago | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Bride's Accessories: The Left Bank Bridal Finery | Bride's Hair: Antje Kastner’s Studio | Bride's Makeup: Milian Bonillo | Bridesmaids' Hair: Bride Style Beauty | Bridesmaids' Robes: Etsy | Catering And Cake: The University Club Of Chicago | Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Formally Modern Tuxedo | Live Music: The Alan Gresik Swing Shift Orchestra | Pocket Watches: The Left Bank Bridal Finery