Carrie is a buddy of mine from my 9-5 days, so I was thrilled when she asked me to be a part of her fantastic vendor team for her Salvage One wedding last fall! October weddings are always a toss-up: it could be 38 degrees and spitting rain, or you could be blessed with one of those gorgeous crisp autumn days that we all hope for. Luckily, Carrie and Jeff’s big day was in the latter category!
The bridesmaids started their day off at Black Hearts Hair House getting “done up” for the big event while Carrie relaxed at home getting on-location styling by Holly of Chicago Bridal Hair and Makeup. As soon as the bridesmaids were dressed, we packed up the bride and her gown and headed for Salvage One, where we met up with Jiho Park of Lilly Photography. Carrie got dressed in their fun “bridal room” there and Jiho took some great pre-ceremony shots of the lady members of the bridal party.
I love this one of Carrie’s dad seeing her for the first time!
To preserve the surprise, and have a few moments of quiet before the big event, Carrie rode to the ceremony with her parents. The Trolley Car & Bus Company scooped up the bridesmaids and headed to pick up the gentlemen who were getting ready at the Best Man’s home.
Carrie and Jeff had a beautiful Catholic ceremony at St. Hyacinth Basilica, the same church where Carrie’s parents had been married years before. It is definitely a hidden treasure in Chicago: a stunning cathedral located in the Logan Square-Avondale neighborhood. I thought their colors (dusty blues mixed with deep reds) perfectly complimented the church’s look. And check out those fabulous bouquets by Fleur!
When the ceremony was over, it was back to Salvage One. Jeff and Carrie had put together some really fun details to compliment Salvage One‘s eclectic decor: a thumb-print tree to serve as a guest book, old window frames strung with wire to display their escort cards, and an old trunk for a card box. My favorite addition, though, was a display of wedding photographs of their family dating back to the early years of the 20th century!
Jordan’s Food of Distinction put together a delicious buffet of Spanish-inspired food as a nod to the place where Carrie and Jeff spent some time and (if I’m remembering correctly!) got engaged! The mix and match tables were adorned with petite arrangements created by the incomparable Fleur.
Their Maid of Honor and Best Man had both been friends with Carrie and Jeff for MANY years (the couple met in High School…so lots of opportunity for fun stories!). It was quite amusing to hear their speeches cataloging the bride and groom’s decade-long history.
Once dinner was over, Marcus from Chicago Mobile DJs got the party started on the dance floor. It was definitely a high-energy group! The late-night hunger bug was cured by JFOD with Chicago-style mini hot dogs and an all-gummy candy buffet created by Carrie and her mom.
Jeff and Carrie, I thoroughly enjoyed working with you guys on your wedding. Lots of love to you both!