Heather and Rayan have the cutest “how did you meet?” story I’ve ever heard! The two both lived in the Gold Coast and rode the same bus to work every day. Rayan noticed Heather, but was too shy to say hello. After months and months of seeing one another daily, Rayan finally got up the courage to ask Heather to lunch. That lunch turned into more dates, and now here they are, a happily married couple! I absolutely love hearing the back story behind our couples and how they got together. It just makes the wedding day that much more special to be a part of.
Heather and her bridesmaids began the day at Charles Ifergan Salon. Even though it is walking distance from The Peninsula, I picked Heather up after her appointment was over. I couldn’t let her risk her beautiful hair in the August heat and humidity! Once the ladies were all back at the hotel, Mike from Timothy Whaley & Associates, arrived to photograph the getting ready process. Heather had selected deep purple one-shoulder dresses for her bridesmaids to wear which complimented her spaghetti strap fit and flare gown perfectly.
Before long (and after a celebratory glass of bubbly) it was time to head over to Assumption for the ceremony. The girls stepped into the limo provided by Royalty Limousines and arrived in no time. Their beautiful Catholic ceremony was officiated by Father John Guiney who knew Heather from her elementary school days. It made everything all-the-more meaningful. All the lush purple florals were provided by Natural Beauties.
After their ribbon send-off, the bridal party headed to some Chicago landmarks (including the bus stop where they first met!). It was Lollapalooza weekend, so traffic was a concern, but luckily they had plenty of time scheduled in between their 1pm ceremony and 6pm reception.
While they were being photographed from every angle, my assistant and I had headed to The Peninsula to begin setting up for the reception. Heather used her crafting skills to put together “Mr. & Mrs.” signs for the backs of their chairs, which featured the Fleur-de-Lis, a theme that she carried throughout the day. As a nod to his Indian heritage, Heather and Rayan chose cakes with a henna design along the bottom, and The Peninsula’s pastry chef executed them perfectly. Natural Beauties provided vases filled with orchids as stands for each of the cakes. [clear]
Because of the long break between ceremony and reception, Heather and Rayan were able to schedule a bit of downtime for themselves as well! Once they returned from photos, the bride and groom went up to their room for some well-deserved relaxation before the rest of the festivities began.
Cocktail hour was held on the gorgeous Terrace which boasts some of the most beautiful views of Michigan Avenue. It was a warm but not-too-hot August evening, and all the guests enjoyed their time in the fresh air. String Theory byStyle Matters provided the background music for the lovely setting.
I was warned ahead of time that Rayan is not a dancer, and that the first dance would be the only time I saw him spinning around the floor. In order to give him the confidence he needed even to participate in that portion of the evening, the couple took dance lessons and learned a routine. I’m not talking about one or two lessons, either: Rayan and Heather took DOZENS of lessons before wedding day, yet Rayan was still pretty nervous before he was announced into the room that day. Once the music started, you’d never have known it! They flowed effortlessly around the floor to Everything by Michael Bublé.
After the first dance, the nerves disappeared and everyone had a great time. There were heart-felt speeches, a delicious meal presented by The Peninsula, and a full dance floor (complete with a limbo competition) presided over by Spencer of Style Matters.
As a parting gift to their guests, Heather and Rayan had a truffle tower specially created for them by Katherine Anne Confections. There were adorable take-home boxes, but I’m not sure how many candies were actually left by the end of the night since they were so tasty! [clear]
Sending my best wishes to both of you for a wonderful first year of marriage and beyond!