Sometimes couples walk in the door that we just know are meant for us. That was the case when we first met Julie and Laura. These brides had a flair for the creative. We knew the moment Laura insisted we hold all meetings in a bar that their fun and very big personalities would make the wedding planning process full of laughter and such a complete delight. We were not disappointed. Even their first glance was full of fun and laughter.
We not only had the opportunity to work closely with the brides but also their amazing families. This wedding was truly a family affair. Getting to know entire families and feeling like we were welcomed into the fold is one aspect of our jobs that is so unique and truly adds to the enjoyment of the process on our end. We also loved the “Party People” which is what the brides affectionately called their wedding party. We even had a Ring Bear (ala How I Met Your Mother, but this little guy was adorable and refused to wear the entire bear costume).
Invitations set the precedent for all things awesome. In this case Courtney Callahan Designs created the perfect invitation set to capture the look and feel for the event but also truly managed to embody the spirit of the brides. The event was also peppered with fantastic signage throughout, including “thoughts to consider” on each table.
The perfect location for the big day was Ignite Glass Studios. This little gem of a venue is nestled in the heart of the city and has a gorgeous roof top deck, perfect for a ceremony with a view of the city. The cocktail hour was held in their courtyard which is a little bit like a secret garden. Inside we decided to leave the garage door up, revealing the glass blowing studio beyond the band. We also added some really cool lighting from Chicago Lighting Design behind the band and cafe lights strung throughout the room.
Because the brides wanted to really warm up the otherwise very urban space, we used wooden farm tables and French industrial chairs (from Tablescapes), chevron table runners (from BBJ Linen) and warm floral. One of the biggest challenges we had during planning was Laura’s severe allergies. We worked with the ever talented Kelly from Fleur to create the most stunning centerpieces that would really represent their style but not cause Laura to be miserable. What Kelly created was perfectly breathtaking.
When a super foodie couple walks in the doors it is always fun to work with a speciality catering company. In this case, Boutique Bites really pulled out all of the stops. The attention to detail is outstanding, the food is unbelievably delicious, the bespoke cocktails were insane (the “Sofa King Good Whiskey Cocktail” and “Hakuna Some Vodka”), and the s’mores station was a massive hit.
Everyone danced the night away to the sounds of Matt Lewis and The Union. We knew this was a special bond when the brides first met Matt before a gig at The Green Mill while he was dressed as Doc from Back to The Future for a Halloween event. Matt was instructed to have the band dress in their most fun attire and bring their sense of humor.
Glow sticks, wine from a family winery and candles handmade by Julie capped off the night.
A giant thank you to Steve Koo Photography for making magic happen with his camera. Steve’s photographs show the extreme joy, happiness, love and over all insanely fun day.
I will bring this little love fest of a blog post to an end with the video from Smiling Toad Productions. They did an outstanding job. Truly outstanding.
Laura and Julie from Smiling Toad Productions on Vimeo.
From the bottom of our hearts, we thank Julie, Laura and their families for allowing us to plan their super epic funtimes wedding with them. It was one of the most fun events we have ever had the pleasure of planning.
Laura’s bespoke suit was made by Boris Powell and Julie’s beautiful dress was by Jesús Peiró.