Allison and I go way back–I think we met in 2nd or 3rd grade attending Hebrew School together in the suburbs of Chicago. That’s why I was so thrilled when she emailed to let me know she was getting married at one of my favorite venues in the city, Galleria Marchetti, and asked me to be a part of it!
Allison and Mark’s wedding day began at the Hyatt Regency. The beautiful suite was abuzz with the ladies of the bridal party getting dressed, chatting, and taking turns getting makeup done by Alexandra Andrade and hair by Salon Soca. Their gorgeous bouquets by Dilly Lily perfectly matched the stunning one-shoulder bridesmaid dresses.
Allison and Mark shared their first look along the Chicago River, just outside the hotel. For 4th of July weekend, it was a beautifully breezy day, and not too hot. Mother Nature was definitely on our side that day!
Once the bride and groom had taken a few shots, Mike Scarpelli of Gerber + Scarpelli rounded up the whole bridal party to take some group pictures around the city. Allison and Mark had given the bridesmaids and groomsmen Ray Ban sunglasses as gifts–and they modeled them in a few pics–such a cute idea!
The ceremony was held in Galleria Marchetti’s courtyard. It’s hard to believe that this urban oasis is plopped right in the midst of a very populated area of Chicago, and just off the highway! Mark’s mentor, Judge William Bauer, officiated the personalized ceremony which included elements of both of their cultural and religious backgrounds.
Dilly Lily’s centerpieces were perfectly matched to Galleria Marchetti’s slightly rustic feel. They used a combination of hydrangea, orchids, and branches to dress up the simple white linens. I also adored their escort card table arrangement (nicely accenting the table cards created by Elizabeth Grace). Don’t forget that the little details in a reception really do make a difference!
Allison and Mark’s friends and family gave some very touching speeches. I love hearing the “behind-the-scenes” quips on the bride and groom!
Instead of a traditional wedding cake, the couple served their favorite flavors of Molly’s Cupcakes. Mark’s dad built a tier in their wedding colors to display them.
Allison and Mark chose an AMAZING band for, in my opinion, the best part of the evening: dancing! Becca Kaufman Orchestra really brought the house down until the clock struck midnight.
What a fun-filled day! Congrats to Allison and Mark on an incredible wedding and beautiful future together.