There are many things that go into wedding planning these days and sometimes it’s best to just keep it simple. Which is exactly what Laura and Max did. They were married on August 8th by a family friend in the courtyard of the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. What ensued after was an all night dance party, interrupted only briefly for heartwarming speeches by both the bride and groom’s older brothers, as well as the co-maids of honor. The love was tangible and the night unforgettable.
The Meet Cute: Max and I met through a mutual friend at a bar on Southport about six years ago, he took me out on a sushi date shortly after. Although the sushi wasn't great and the bar we met at is now closed, we've been together ever since!
The Proposal: Max picked the best day to propose - my birthday! I've always loved birthdays and I'm a bit of a planner, so Max couldn't have selected a more perfect day to ask me to marry him since I already had planned birthday celebrations with him, friends, and family over the weekend. The proposal happened at our apartment right after coming home from work and I was completely caught off guard, so much so, I almost didn't enter the apartment! It was lowkey and thoughtful, and definitely "us". After popping some champagne and calling friends and family, we went straight to dinner at Tanta and had such a special night together!
The Invitations: This was easy, because my best friend and co-maid of honor is a designer at All She Wrote, so I worked with her to design all of our wedding paper goods and I don't think I could have asked for more perfection. Jennifer saw our vision and created exactly what we wanted; it was the perfect reflection of our wedding. We knew we wanted a fun save the date so we settled on a photostrip with some playful language. Our wedding suite was more traditional, it included a nature inspired watercolor motif and a map of Chicago with our favorite spots and wedding location details. She also created our wedding program which was a fan with a lyric to our recessional song incorporating the watercolor motif on that as well. We've been best friends for over 20 years so we worked together well!
The Big Day: We decided early on that we wanted a more casual wedding that felt intimate and fun! We decided to forego a seated dinner and instead had food stations with all of our favorite foods for our guests, and four different cakes from Sweet Mandy B's. Some of my favorite details were our flowers which included a unique variety of succulents, sunflowers, and light blue delphinium. I think the best moments from the night were reading the vows we had written each other, dancing with Max surrounded by all of our friends and family, and sharing a piece of each cake with my brother and mom at the end of the night.
The Lessons Learned: I'm usually a little bit indecisive, but I learned early on that if you like something and it works for you and your budget, go with it and make the decision. I think it’s second nature to wonder, "What if there is something better," but you will drive yourself crazy looking for the best of everything!
Bride’s attire: BHLDN | Hair & Makeup: Chicago Avenue Salon | Groom’s attire: Jos. A. Banks (suits); The Tie Bar (ties & socks) | Invitations: Designed in-house by All She Wrote | Photographer: Thara Photo | Flowers & Decor: Exquisite Designs | Venue: Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum | Music: The Chicago Catz | Catering: J&L Catering | Cake: Sweet Mandy B's