Fun fact? Loft weddings are my new favorite thing. Especially when said weddings involve an industrial space with rustic tables and candlelight all elegantly planned by LOLA Event Productions. From their emotional first look to their I Do’s, you’ll want to glance through the timeless gallery a la Marcus Bell see more of their epic day from One Fine Day Productions below!
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From the beautiful Bride… Love really does come your way when you least expect it. On the morning of the day that I met my future husband, I woke up thinking that it was going to be the worst day of my life. My friend dragged me along to go sailing on the lake with a crew of people I have never met before. Yaneck caught my eye immediately. We talked the whole time we were on the boat; we seemed to have forgotten there were other people on board.
Fast forwarding a few years, Yaneck and I went on the trip of our lives. We were traveling around different countries and having our trip documented by having professional photo sessions in each country. During our session in Paris, Yaneck looked me in the eyes by the Seine River and said, “Babe, you know how much you mean to me. I would love to spend the rest of my life with you.” He got down on one knee and proposed.
A year and several months later we were starting a new chapter in our lives, it was our wedding day. Usually we are behind the camera photographing weddings and capturing happy moments filled with tears and joy, but this time it was our day. The morning of our wedding our whole bridal party got ready together in a big suite at the Waldorf. When it was time to put on my wedding dress, Yaneck and the groomsmen stepped out. I was surrounded by all 5 of my maids of honors, my mother in law, my grandmother and my mother who helped me put on my dress. Yaneck’s sister, Joanna, gave me a Russian gold coin to put in my shoe which is a tradition that has been followed for 4 generations in Yaneck’s family.
When Yaneck and I had our first look, it was emotional and it was the only time of the day we had to spend alone. Before our ceremony we went around Chicago with one of the world’s greatest wedding photographers, Marcus Bell. We have a huge appreciation for photography and having Marcus fly from Australia to capture our wedding felt like a dream. Even though we had a first look before the ceremony, walking down the aisle was an emotional experience for both of us.
Our reception was in a Chicago-style loft, Bridgeport Art Center. Getting up to the top floor, our guests had to use an industrial elevator which had a chandelier hanging from the ceiling and a bar to cool down from the heat before entering the venue. During cocktail-hour, we had our favorite jazz singer, Anna Lee, perform an amazing set.
Our venue was all perfectly put together with the help of our wedding planner and designer, Lori Stephenson from LOLA Events. We had rectangular rustic tables with lavender in vases on them and old Chicago-style windows hanging over tables with candles placed on top of the windows. Instead of having a table for the two of us we had 3 tables together which included our wedding party, their dates and our amazing photographer Marcus.
Most brides admit to their wedding day flying by super-fast. The day didn’t fly by in a blink; I remember my wedding day from the start, to walking down the aisle with my father and looking around at the people who joined us, to the speeches and dancing during the reception. Now we enjoy looking through our timeless wedding photos by Marcus Bell and our epic wedding video filmed by One Fine Day Productions.
Photography: Studio Impressions Photography | Videography: One Fine Day Productions | Event Planning: LOLA Event Productions | Floral Design: LOLA Event Productions | Ceremony Venue: Holy Name Cathedral | Reception Venue: Bridgeport Art Center Skyline Loft | Catering: Kasia's Deli | Makeup: Bomber Betty Cosmetics | Hair: Custom Hair Lounge | Transportation: Limos Alive | Hotel: Waldorf | Cake & Sweets: Oak Mill Bakery