A Modern Affair at Chicago's Bottom Lounge
April 1, 2014
ModernIndustrialSummer Weddings
This mother of the Bride might win for best Mother ever. She hand-crafted a modern paper flower wall. A show stopper that takes this already awesome wedding captured by T & S Hughes Photography to a whole other level. And when mixed with all white blooms by Fasan Florist, planning by Sweet Pea Wedding Studio, and a whole lot of yummy comfort food; well lets just say it turns into a celebration we can so get behind. See even more in the full gallery.
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From the Bride... When we began wedding planning there were a couple things that my husband, Colin and I agreed on: 1) we would have food that we really eat on a daily basis 2) our wedding would be a genuine reflection of us as a couple and 3) I promised Colin that it would be different.

Colin loves music and I figured the best way to get him truly excited about all the pomp and circumstance was to have it in a place he felt comfortable in. We chose the Bottom Lounge in the West Loop of Chicago because it provided a funky loft-style space that I wanted, but it was also a concert hall and thus made Colin feel at home. Since the Bottom Lounge is actually a bar as well, guests were able to grab a drink or play the pinball machines before heading up to the loft for cocktails.

Food is very important to us and we wanted the meal to be laid back comfort food. Our cocktail hour featured fried green tomato sliders and Belgian fries with garlic aioli, which set off the evening perfectly. Our family style main meal had pulled pork sandwiches and smoked barbecued salmon with sides of macaroni and cheese and garlic Brussels sprouts. After the feast, guests were able to spend the evening either on the dance floor or out on the huge patio that provided an amazing view of the Willis Tower and watch the “L” go by.

The most stunning décor were the huge panels of paper flowers that my mom created for us. She made them one by one for months leading up to the big day. The largest set of panels sat right behind our head table and fit into the theme of white grey and green and matched the chevron table runners that my sister made perfectly.

I chose a simple fit n’ flare crushed organza dress, but I felt very glamorous in it. It was extra special because I wore my mom’s veil and a belt that she made from beads off of her wedding dress. My sister also wore the belt for her wedding the previous year so it was my “something borrowed”. My favorite moment was my first look with Colin. On such an emotional day, seeing him calmed me down, let me relax and made me remember that it was all about the two of us.

(Funny side note: the day of our wedding there was a death metal band that played downstairs in the concert hall! Luckily, none of our guests heard a thing. Phew!)