Such a fun wedding for such a fun couple! We loved reading the interview with this couple ... especially their wedding planning advice for our readers!
Bo is an artist (and I am an artist at heart) and we live in the arts district of Chicago, so the color scheme was actually a big decision for us. We wanted something unique, colorful, and indicative of Independence Day (since we met AND were getting married on 4th of July weekend). We decided to do a retro twist on "red white and blue" color scheme using light blue/aqua and crimson. The red color tied in nicely to our flower of choice, red roses. My ceremony dress had a large, flowing rosette skirt and I wore a custom-made red flower hairpiece. We are both huge fans of the Dia de Los Muertos artwork, which also incorporates roses, so we selected hand-made Dia de Los Muertos cake toppers we found on Etsy. Bo also hand-painted our table numbers on tiny little canvases that sat on miniature easels on each table. We were both really happy with the way everything turned out. It really spoke to who were are as people and artists.
We chose Two Birds Photography before we even got engaged! Two Birds photographed our friend’s wedding a couple years prior to ours and we knew then that we’d be calling them when we decided to take the plunge. Two Birds is an extremely talented husband-wife duo that works with you to perfectly capture your wedding day down to every detail. When you work with them, you can tell they are the best in the business. They take full advantage of every minute and take notice of all the small “moments” to beautifully express the emotion of the day. They are extremely creative, easy to work with, and just really good people. They worked with us to make our artistic vision a reality and Chicago provided the perfect backdrop for our pictures, including the hustle and bustle of Michigan Avenue, the architecture, the beautiful scenery of hand-painted murals, and sparkling Lake Michigan.
Our florist was Twigs by Teri, out of Encinitas, California. Teri Brand, the shop owner, is my mom’s best friend and flying her (and her flowers) from California to Chicago seemed a little crazy, but we wouldn't have had it any other way. She created a more magical, elegant, and personal experience than we would have ever gotten from anyone else. Talk about a non-traditional florist experience! Teri flew in to Chicago the day before the wedding and created all the centerpieces, bouquets, boutonnieres, hair pieces, ceremony decorations, table decorations, and everything right out of her hotel room with buckets of water, the hotel bathtub, and a mini-fridge. Although we had talked in advance about the color scheme, the flowers, and some vague ideas for the decorations, I honestly had no idea what to expect. So when we walked into the venue for the first time and saw what she had done, we were in complete awe. It was one of those moments during the wedding that brought tears to my eyes. She made our wedding day beautiful and uniquely “us”.
After looking at and considering several venues, we chose Salvatore’s Ristorante in Lincoln Park for a few key reasons. First, it’s located in downtown Chicago – a city we love. We met in Chicago and we reside there now. We knew it only made sense to celebrate our most special day downtown. Second, Salvatore’s provides a fantastic wedding package, making it easy to plan and coordinate your day. We didn’t want the hassle (for us or our guests) of having two separate venues for the ceremony and reception, coordinating with an outside caterer, etc. Salvatore’s took care of the whole thing. We rented out the entire restaurant for the evening (6pm to Midnight) and held the ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner, and reception all in the same space. After our nuptials, our guests went straight into the parlor for cocktails and hors d’oevres while Salvatore’s and Twigs by Teri “flipped” the ceremony site into a beautiful dinner reception. During dinner, the parlor was transformed into a dance floor where our DJ set the tone for the rest of the night. The whole evening flowed seamlessly and our wedding coordinator, Suzi, was there every step of the way.
DO IT YOUR WAY. Don't listen to anyone else. Get advice, but not too much advice or it will confuse and frustrate you. This is your one day to create an event that will mark one of the most important days of your life. Talk to your fiance and work together to make all the details unique to who you both are as individuals and as a couple. If you're on a budget, splurge a little on your photographer because they will make your wedding look like a million dollars. At the end of the day, it doesn't matter what anyone else thinks about your dress, your flowers, or the food. What matters is the commitment you're making to your other half. The rest is just glitter.
Photographer: Two Birds Photography
Venue: Salvatore's Ristorante
Flowers: Twigs by Teri
Cinematographer: Gary Eimerman
Wedding Cake: Oak Mill Bakery
Stationery: Aaron Orsini
Hair Design: Jazz Salon
Makeup Design: Emily Salyer
Bride's Dress: Michele's Bridal
Transportation: Expectations Limo