Nestled in Lincoln Park, Sarah and Brian tied the knot just steps away from the place they first met seven years earlier. Filled with touching moments from their wedding party and custom cocktails, Sarah and Brian's wedding was a celebration that was nearly a decade in the making!
The Meet Cute: We first met in the Spring of 2007 in Lincoln Park. Brian was on the way to a concert and I was shopping with friends. If you know anything about us, this is still basically how our social lives work! Our roommates were dating each other, so naturally we ended up spending more time together. It came full circle as we ended up getting married just one block from where we first met.
The Proposal: It was a Friday night in November and we had planned to stay in. Brian said that he had to work late and when I got home expecting an empty apartment, he was there preparing a romantic dinner for us! He had every detail covered from printed menus to fresh flowers, candles and wine. It was exactly the proposal I had hoped for!
The Invitations: Initially we weren't sure what direction we wanted to go, but ended up choosing something very timeless and classic that tied in with our venue. We liked the idea of working with someone directly to help us find exactly what we wanted as opposed to ordering from a website. The team at All She Wrote did a fantastic job of guiding us along the way and making the process effortless. In the end we got exactly what we hoped for and we would recommend them to anyone.
The Big Day: A family friend officiated our ceremony, which made it very personal and unique. During the speeches, my sister and family sang a song they wrote for our wedding. Additionally, Brian's father surprised us by singing a song he wrote during the reception. We had been dating seven years leading up the wedding and his song was about how it "finally" happened. We also had his and her drinks at the reception that were definitely crowd pleasers!
The Lessons Learned: Have fun! Wedding planning can be very stressful at times, but we really tried to embrace it and we had the most fun when we were planning together, whether it was picking out the music for the ceremony or cake tasting. Remember that it's about the two of you, so be confident in the choices that you make. Any personal touches will go a long way with your guests!
Bride’s attire: Maggie Soterro BHLDN | Hair & Makeup: Zazu Salon & Outer Beauty| Groom’s attire: Formally Modern | Invitations: Vera Wang by All She Wrote | Photographer: Victoria Sprung Photography | Flowers & Decor: Crystal Bailey | Venue: Salvatore's Ristorante | Music: Toast & Jam (DJ) & Deane Myers (pianist) | Catering: Salvatore's Ristorante | Cake: Oak Mill Bakery
Though we may be in the midst of a cold Chicago winter, it only takes one look at Aaron and Brian's wedding photographs to transport us to the lush green of a Michigan summer. This past September, the couple invited 100 guests to enjoy an evening under the stars at their Allegan Gardens home in Saugatuck, Michigan. Filled with simplistic elegance and personal touches, Aaron and Brian's wedding was a true celebration of their love.
The Meet Cute: We met online in 2010 through a dating app. We became Facebook friends and Brian sent me a message. I never responded to the message because I started seeing someone, so he DEFRIENDED me. Well, the other relationship was short lived and I was back on the app after a few weeks. Luckily, so was Brian and as he likes to say, "he came running back to me!" I knew I had to step it up for our first date, so I took him to my third date place on our first date. I picked him up in a cab and we had a long dinner at Cafe 28 where we talked all night. I don't remember much time we have spent apart since then!
The Proposal: We spend a lot of time in Saugatuck, Michigan. Brian surprised me with a hike to the top of Mount Baldhead, the highest point in the area, with beautiful views of Lake Michigan and Saugatuck.
The Invitations: We wanted simple, classic elegance and chose navy lettering on white card stock. It was important that our look and feel was consistent from our save the dates, invitations and the event itself. Our home and our suits were navy blue and All She Wrote was able to help us create a timeless invitation that perfectly spoke to our personalities and ideas for our big day.
The Big Day: We had a trolley pick up guests around Saugatuck. They signed in with our polaroid guest book and made their way to our backyard where they enjoyed cocktails around the pool. My best friend Samantha served as our officiant and wrote a beautiful ceremony, joining us in front of our family and friends. Guests then enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and a formal dinner outside. Desert was a naked cake with fresh seasonal berries and cream and a donut bar with spice donuts from Crane’s Orchard. Guests were invited to wander our two acre property and enjoy our home under the stars.
The Lessons Learned: Make sure to take time to enjoy the evening you’ve worked so hard to plan! Plan your event to give you and your partner enough time to connect with each of your guests. Recognize that while every little detail matters to you, it won’t to your guests and they will love you regardless of whether everything goes ‘perfectly’ as planned. If you have a professional photographer, give him or her a shot list of everything you want captured that day. Some things that may be obvious to you, may not be to them. Having that list is a great way to insure you are able to capture every memory.
Grooms' attire: Zeglio Bespoke Suits | Invitations: William Arthur by All She Wrote | Photographer: Jacqueline James Photography | Flowers: Back to the Fuchsia | Music: Sinatra Station on Sirius Radio | Ceremony: The Couple's Home, Allegan Gardens | Venue & Catering: Gilmore Catering | Cake: Alpen Rose
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
It's the height of wedding season here at All She Wrote and that can only mean one thing: a flurry of newly engaged couples are picking the attire, venue and invitations that will make their big day uniquely their own. One of our own employees, Rachel, recently tied the knot in a stunning May 9th ceremony and we could not wait to hear all about her special day.
The Meet Cute: Bobby and I met through my college friend, Lisa, who worked at the Alzheimer’s Association with Bobby. We met on the corner of Jackson and Wells before our first date. I worked right across the street and he passed that corner on the way home every day.
The Proposal: The evening started out as a normal walk, but Bobby had so much more planned. We got to the zoo and he proposed right at the entrance because he couldn’t make it any further on the walk down to the pond! It is a spot we love to walk through, and he knew it would be a special memory. After that we celebrated with pink champagne, lilies, and a romantic dinner at Piccolo Sogno.
The Invitations: I knew I wanted an invitation with fun gold print, and the gold polka dot liner because it went with our whole vision. My mom came and looked after Bobby and I got engaged, and we recreated the suite with some of our own ideas – it turned out better than we could have imagined! My mom did the calligraphy for the save the dates and the invites.
The Big Day: We both didn’t want to see each other before the ceremony, so we took a picture on either side of the door of the bridal suite. It’s such a special picture to capture the moment right before the ceremony. Bobby said seeing the doors open was one of his favorite moments. The ceremony was so personal to us, and at the cocktail hour we had so many guests tell us it was one of the best ceremonies they had been to because Father Paul had us face all of our guests throughout. We wanted to share some of our favorite drink and snacks with our guests so we created speciality drinks and served mini pretzels with cheese, and short rib tacos later in the night at the reception.
The Lessons Learned: The last few weeks were definitely hectic tying up all of the loose ends, but it was fun to be able to do it together. We wanted to just enjoy this time while we were planning our wedding and preserve the organic feel of the day.
Bride’s attire: Alvina Valenta | Hair & Makeup: Robert Jeffrey Salon & Reiman Condron Beauty | Groom’s attire: Groom’s own tux | Planner: Bee for the Day | Invitations: William Arthur by All She Wrote | Photographer: Colin Lyons Photography | Flowers: Jazzy Flowers | Music: Deja Vu Band | Ceremony: Saint Francis Xavier | Venue & Catering: Venue One Chicago | Cake: Groom’s cousin