I met Lindsey and her mom at the Indie Wed show last January. They were both high energy, fun, and had a really clear idea about what they had in mind for Lindsey and Jason’s August wedding. I was thrilled when they decided to book Five Grain Events on the spot!
Once their wedding day finally arrived, I was beyond excited to help them put together all the details they had worked on tirelessly. The ladies got ready at the Palmer House Hilton where Sara Jean Stevens styled the bridesmaids in vintage pinup style and friend, Brenda Arlano, did their makeup. Lindsey had gone up to Antje Kastner’s studio in Ravenswood earlier that morning for her hair appointment, so when I arrived everyone was already looking SO fabulous!
Lindsey and Jason chose to do their first look in the lobby of the historic Palmer House. Steven Gross of Real Life Weddings and Melissa Martens of Fig Weddings captured this intimate moment between the two lovebirds (and we did our best to keep the onlookers out of their way). Lindsey’s first dress of the day (yes, she had two) was the perfect compliment to the pinup style hair and makeup–and she got it from Kleinfeld’s! What an experience!
While rain had been predicted for the whole day, we had high hopes of a wrong forecast since we had woken up to sunny skies that morning. Unfortunately, the downpour started just as the bridal party was stepping onto the trolley to head out for photos. They were prepared with matching umbrellas and a few fun indoor photo locations, like Union Station!
Don’t you just love the bridesmaids’ attire? They picked their own vintage-inspired black dresses and shoes in red, turquoise, and leopard-print. Too fun!
The sunshine happily returned just as they were finishing their photo tour and they were able to get a few shots in front of the iconic Fireside Bowl.
Lindsey works in theatre and Jason is an artist, so there was no doubt that this wedding was going to have lots of amazing details. Jason hand folded dozens and dozens of paper cranes in their wedding colors to create this mobile in the entrance way of The Stan Mansion. Pollen floral design created amazing bouquets for the bridesmaids using a combination of real florals and brooches that Lindsey had collected. And instead of a traditional bouquet, Lindsey carried her family bible which had been adorned with ribbons, succulents, and flowers–it was a work of art!
As the ceremony start time drew near, Lindsey changed into her second dress, a more traditional gown that she’d kept as a surprise for Jason. It was her way of maintaining the feeling of Jason seeing her for the first time walking down the aisle, while still not having to miss out on any of cocktail hour for photos!
Their marriage ceremony was incredibly personal. The beautiful backdrop was designed by Lindsey and brought to life by the ever-talented Art of Imagination. Lindsey’s uncle, Len, officiated and they had close friends and family participate with readings. They wrote their own vows, but also included traditional marriage vows as a token of history. The couple offered their guests vintage handkerchiefs that Lindsey had collected to dry all the tears of joy.
The end of the ceremony led directly into cocktail hour. Everyone loved taking advantage of The Traveling Photo Booth’s photo opp!
Following speeches, the delicious buffet was open. Hearty Boys’ offerings included a mashed potato bar, slider station, and various salads. Cupcakes and Cakeballs from Bleeding Heart Bakery rounded out the meal.
The rest of my evening was spent in awe of the incredible dancers spinning around the floor. Dena from Toast and Jam made sure there was no shortage of fabulous tunes. Lindsey and Jason, it was such a pleasure spending time with you both as you put together the final details from your wedding, and what a fantastic event it was! Lots of love to you both as you build your lives together.
Lindsey and Jason’s wedding was also featured on Middle of the Map Weddings! Check out their feature below: