Leah and Andrew came to Five Grain Events a month before their wedding day looking for someone to help finalize their plans and make sure that their day would go exactly as planned. We immediately jumped in to start pulling together details on their unique celebration including two ceremonies, a walking tour, a drum performance, and fun party at the Chicago History Museum.
The morning began with Leah and her bridesmaids getting hair and makeup done at Bird’s Nest Salon in Logan Square. Lucy of Love, Lucy Photography was there to capture the giddy excitement during the beautification process.
Meanwhile, Andrew and his groomsmen were at Hotel Lincoln spiffing themselves up in preparation for the big day.
After everyone was done getting ready, the ladies headed over to St. Michael’s for the first ceremony. Leah slipped into her gorgeous gown in the bridal suite, while Andrew and his groomsmen waited patiently for the ceremony to begin.
The Catholic ceremony at St. Michael’s was personal and intimate–presided over by Leah’s uncle. As the bride and groom briefly celebrated their official union, Taiko drummers were waiting outside to lead the wedding guests and the happy couple down the street to their second ceremony at Midwest Buddhist Temple.
Once guests had gotten situated the processional began for the Buddhist ceremony–played by the talented musicians at Artistrings. Leah and Andrew were key players in selecting which ceremonial elements would be included. Reverend Ron Miyamura did an excellent job of explaining the significance behind each moment in the ceremony.
Leah and Andrew walked out of the temple grinning from ear to ear into a flurry of bubbles.
Following the ceremony, guests were invited to enjoy the 10-minute walk from MBT to the Chicago History Museum by stopping at a few of the happy couple’s favorite spots in the Old Town neighborhood along the way. Leah, Andrew, and 60 of their closest friends loaded into two trolleys from Chicago Trolley Company and made a few stops for group photos in the area.
Meanwhile, at Chicago History Museum reception setup was in full swing! Guests were enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres expertly presented by Limelight Catering, paper airplane escort cards (created by the bride!) were being laid out in tidy rows, favor packets of coffee or tea were placed at each setting, and the stunning floral arrangements from Four Finches were added to the mix of long and round tables.
My favorite part of the whole event came toward the end of cocktail hour, when Leah and Andrew invited their guests to come outside to the plaza to watch a thrilling Taiko drum performance by the troop Andrew has been playing in for years. During the planning of this I wasn’t sure what to expect, but all of the logistic proved more than worthwhile for this amazing choreographed presentation of music and movement!
Toast and Jam DJs took the cue after dinner to start the fantastic dance party–and the floor was packed with friends and family–young and old–for the rest of the night! We made sure to serve their late night tacos from Big Star on trays directly on the dance floor so that no one had to take a moment away from the fun.
Due to an unavoidable work conflict, Andrew’s brother wasn’t able to be present for most of the festivities–but when he showed up at nearly 11pm, the joy that abounded was so much fun to witness!
Andrew and Leah, it was such fun getting to know you and helping to make your beautiful wedding day a reality! Sending all the best wishes to you both.