You know what I love? This stunning bride and groom – a twosome that clearly knows everything there is to know about throwing a fab party. Think a team of awesome vendors (hello there, Canvas Weddings), yummy food and much “too confident” dancing. Check out the sweet film from Revolution Weddings below, then head to THE VAULT for every beautiful moment captured by Britta Marie.
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From Canvas Weddings… Erin and Jon are artists, and their wedding was such a clear reflection of that fact. The entire day was rich, vibrant and full of meaning — even the flowers in Erin’s bouquet were chosen largely based on the meanings of the individual flowers.
The wedding’s aesthetic was largely based on the juxtaposition of soft and hard textures — delicate florals added elegance to the modern industrial backdrop of the reception space, Erin’s gorgeous calligraphy swirled across hardwood signs, and the light pink, ivory and gold color palette softened the dark wood harvest tables and gunmetal chairs. The day was visually striking and immaculately cohesive while maintaining a soft, laid back elegance.
The details of this day were incredible, but nothing could possibly outshine Erin and Jon and their love for each other. Their self-written vows were incredibly special.
From the Bride… Our wedding day was beyond anything I could have imagined. It was a perfect day that went by waaaaaay too fast. Jon and I keep saying “I can’t believe it’s over.”
Our ceremony was held at the Peggy Notebart Nature Museum in Chicago. The outdoor space was gorgeous and the weather could not have been more beautiful! We wanted to keep the ceremony short, sweet and meaningful. The whole event was focused around this section of Psalm 1:
“Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the lord,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers.”
We love the imagery of a tree being planted by streams of water. We actually originally wanted to get married standing in a river but everyone I told that to made fun of us or told us it would be a logistical nightmare! So we decided to incorporate the Psalm in different ways (hence the nature museum) and instead of a unity candle, we decided to plant a tree together. We wrote our own vows which everyone kept telling us was so brave. We discovered why they say that because both of us barely got through them. So many tears! And that was pretty much it. In what felt like no time at all, we were husband and wife! I really never thought I would be so nervous for my wedding ceremony, not because I was unsure about marrying Jon or anything like that. I just didn’t know that I was going to be able to contain my sobs, I didn’t want to trip, I wanted my dress to look pretty, I didn’t want to step on my veil, I didn’t want us to completely miss on our kiss! I even asked Jon to rehearse it a few times the weeks leading up to the wedding. Jon didn’t understand, haha. I just feel like no one ever tells you about how nervous you will be, or at least no one told me!
Next up was pictures, which Britta flew through smoothly (Side note: Britta was absolutely my favorite choice out of the whole wedding day. This girl is gold.) We rode a trolley around to take pictures with our entire bridal party. It was so fun. We sang loudly to One Direction and “Cheerleader.” Jon got a little too confident with his dance moves.
Then it was time for the reception! Second favorite choice of the day: Ovation Chicago, our reception venue. I mean this place could not be more gorgeous. The aesthetic of the whole day was very important to me and Ovation provided a blank canvas of sorts that really fit in with my vision of industrial meets romantic. This kind of became the “theme” of our wedding, if you will. I just really love the harsh industrial space with soft pretty decor. The contrast is both surprising and beautiful to me. Another favorite part of the day was all the details that I personally created! My calligraphy was all over this reception and I was very proud of that. We had some BBQ, listened to some amazing toasts, cried, laughed, took pictures in the photo booth, ate some gelato and Schmakary’s cookies and danced our little booties off!
Before I knew it, it was time to go and it was all over! So many people stayed until the very end to send us off with sparklers and shout their love as we drove off in the most elegant car I have ever been in — a ’59 Rolls Royce.
I have absolutely no regrets with the wedding and that is just the best feeling ever. Jon and I keep talking about how unbelievably grateful we are to our family and friends that put so much into making our day perfect for us, and how we are so excited for all of our friends to get married so we can humbly serve them as they all did with us. I could not be more excited to be married to the love of my life. Jon is it. He’s the best and I love him.
Photography: Britta Marie Photography | Cinematography: Revolution Weddings | Event Planning: Canvas Weddings | Floral Design: The Bread & Butterfly | Wedding Dress: Mignonette Bridal | Cake: Magnolia Bakery | Ceremony Venue: Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum | Reception Venue: Ovation - Chicago | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Rings: Seawave Diamonds | Calligraphy: Sweet Bear Shop | Groom's Attire: JCrew | Desserts - Cookies: Schmackary's | Desserts - Gelato Truck: Gelato D'Oro | Rentals - Linens & Flatware: Event Essentials | Rentals - Loveseat: Shadowbox Dreams Vintage Rentals | Robes: Silk & More