If you haven’t noticed, we are big fans of Chicago weddings around these parts. I would go as far as to say we are super fans. And it’s because Chicago brides just seem to put their own stamp on chic. Case and point – this beauty planned by Soirée Weddings & Events with florals by Exquisite Designs. Every image from Studio Starling shows a couple that isn’t just stylish but super in love, making us super in love with this gallery.
From The Bride…Scott and I had both been living in New York City for a number of years but despite having many mutual friends from back in the Midwest had never met. One fateful day we both happened to be at the same bar down on Wall Street for Happy Hour and upon striking up a conversation realized that we both hailed from the Midwest, Chicago and Madison respectively, loved/hated the Bears and loved/hated the Packers and amazingly knew a lot of the same people from the small town where I grew up. The rest really is history as we quickly found despite our intense NFL rivalry we shared a great deal in common and became pretty much inseparable.
Proposal…This past February, in what had been a crazy year of weather in New York following Hurricane Sandy, the city was once again bracing for a big storm, Nemo. It’s pretty miserable getting around the city when a big snow storm hits and near impossible to get a cab but Scott was insistent that we venture out and head to our favorite pizza restaurant at the end of our block for our usualFriday night “date night.” We visited there almost weekly, so I didn’t quite understand the urgency to make it there in the midst of a record setting blizzard but alas I agreed and off we went. Following dinner we walked back out into the blizzard conditions to head home and within feet of the restaurant Scott dropped to one knee and asked me to marry him. Of course I said yes! And we were even able to get my eventual Maid of Honor and her boyfriend to venture out in the snow for some celebratory drinks!
Wedding…Prior to getting engaged we had decided on Chicago as the location as that’s where I grew up and Scott’s family lives just a short drive away in Madison, Wisconsin. Through family friends we were familiar with Gallery 1028 and after looking at a few other venues decided 1028 was it! We both loved the unique location of being on Goose Island and especially loved the unique aspects of the venue like the wood floor, exposed brick and huge windows. Since we were planning the wedding from half way across the country we decided that a Wedding Planner was a must. After doing some research we found Tiffany at Soirée Weddings & Events and she did a fantastic job bringing our vision to life. Our goal was to have a great day with family and friends and most importantly make sure everyone had fun and we couldn’t have asked for anything more! What a truly special day it was!
From Studio Starling Photography…Lisa chose bright blue for her bridesmaids to wear and the cutest floral robes for them to get ready in. Scott’s love of design showed in his shoes and classic attire for the guys. Everyone got ready at the W Lakeshore and because it was a gorgeous summer day, we walked over to Olive Park for their first look and group photos. Then it was on to Michigan Avenue to have the couple photographed with a beautiful stretch of Chicago architecture. When we arrived at Gallery 1028, we found a space made beautiful by Soirée, flowers by Exquisite Designs, sweeties by Molly’s Cupcakes and music filled the room by High Society Orchestra. It was a fun night full of dance, edibles, cocktails and lots of laughter!
Photography: Studio Starling | Planner: Soiree Weddings & Events | Florist: Exquisite Designs, Inc. | Cupcakes: Molly's Cupcakes | Shoes: Nordstrom | Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Catering: Calihan Catering | Hair & Makeup: Morgan Blaul | Venue: Gallery 1028 | Bar Rental: Revel Decor | Dress Designer: Mira Couture | Groom Shoes: Del Toro | Groom Tux: Black Lapel | Music: High Society Orchestra | Trolley: Second City Trolley