Epic Greek Orthodox Chicago Wedding

May 27, 2017 has been marked with a big red heart on my calendar for over a year. Carly and Chris planned a wedding day packed full of celebratory details, surprises and special moments. Kicking off the day with a wedding gift of Christian Louboutin pumps and a mother-daughter whiskey toast, this couple honored family tradition and faith with a Greek Orthodox ceremony at St. John the Baptist in Des Plaines. Following a rose petal-showered church exit, the party bus stopped by Catherine Chevalier Woods for photos of the wedding party and Chris and Carly. Wedding guests enjoyed cocktail hour at The Empress in Addison until the bridal party welcomed the bride and groom with a stunning sparkler entrance to the ballroom. 

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A terrific team of vendors included Gaby Raguso of GLAMD, Flowers for Dreams, I Do Video by Leo, Mario Tricoci: Oak Brook all coordinated by Ashley Nicole Events.

Bohemian Vintage Brewery Wedding

A few years back, a Portland man had relocated to Chicago for work and lived around the corner from Renaldi's, an Italian restaurant. This restaurant not only boasted fabulous pizza and beer but also a particularly adorable bartender named Jessica. The two finally met the night of his 26th birthday, when they were both out on the town with their friends in Wrigleyville. Barton recognized Jessica and Jessica recognized Barton, and they connected the dots with Renaldi's- but it wasn't for several more flirtatious visits for pizza and beer that Barton finally asked for Jessica's number and she agreed to go out with him.

After three years together in Chicago, the couple moved to Portland, where Barton proposed at beautiful Multnomah Falls. Shortly after, Jessica began planning their wedding and gave me a call! Now kids, usually an initial phone call with a bride lasts about twenty minutes, tops. After two hours of laughter and conversation about everything from the wedding to college experiences to local Glen Ellyn life, I was definitely hooked. Jessica was planning a BHLDN-inspired dreamy vintage wedding to be hosted at the Two Brothers Roundhouse in Aurora. This promised to be a day to remember- and it was! 

I hope that you enjoy this sneak peek of photographs from Barton and Jessica's wedding day celebration. From the bride's velvet Stuart Weitzman shoes to a stunning set of yellow gold wedding rings, the details are whimsical and vintage but still oh-so modern. 

Love, Grace xo

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