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Chelly & Kyle’s Theatrically Sophisticated Wedding at the Hyatt Lodge, Oak Brook 08.26.12

Chelly and Kyle’s wedding was such a blast! These two Ball State grads really know how to throw a party, even if everything doesn’t go as planned.  They are a fun-loving, hilarious couple who love theater, art, their families and friends, as well as having a great time. Their wedding encompassed all of that and more: it was 100% Chelly and Kyle!

When I first met Chelly and her mother, Debbi, I learned of their history in working in backstage theater. They were looking for someone to “stage manage Chelly’s wedding” and I immediately knew I was their girl!  (When I’m not managing events, I am a stage manager for theater productions!) As we chatted, they explained their plans to have intimate wedding at a hotel where everyone would stay and hang out together for the weekend.  They had chosen vendors that they connected with as  friends (great advice for all brides!) and had an all-star cast of vendors lined up! Chelly and Kyle planed a symbolic ceremony, and super fun reception in a palate of bold purples and teals.  The festivities would included elements like props, cupcakes and a candy buffet. We were able to use our theater lingo to plan the big production that was to be Chelly and Kyle’s Big Day.

The happy couple had chosen to get married in late August on the beautiful grounds surrounding Hyatt Lodge on the McDonald’s Campus. The ceremony was to be held next to Lake Fred on a grassy knoll, the cocktail hour on an outdoor patio surrounded by lush greenery, then moving inside to the ballroom for dinner. Unfortunately he weather decided to throw a wrench in our plans and rain all day long. The Hyatt Lodge staff was on the ball and accommodated us immediately by moving the ceremony to an open ball room with a wall of windows and the cocktail hour was held just outside the dinner ballroom.

The morning started early for Chelly and her bridesmaids as they got their hair and makeup done by friends and stylists Alice Salazar and Jeff Ashlock.

Meanwhile the Groom and his groomsmen were getting ready, taking a moment to pose together with the most important detail to their dashing suits: their purple converse tennis shoes. It was the perfect nod to the day’s theme:  a little bit of serious and a whole lot of fun! Photographer, Bethany Fritz with Maypole Studios, made use of a slight pause in the rain to capture this great shot of the group outside on the grounds while Jeremy Bircher of 3 line 9 filmed the action!

With the help of her mother, Chelly got into her beautiful gown, and prepared herself to see her groom for their first look.

Looking pensively outside the window, Kyle waited patiently in the hotel lobby as Chelly approached him.  It is obvious in Bethany’s photo’s just how much love and joy these two share for each other, a bond that is so special!

After their first look, Chelly, Kyle and their wedding party had a quick photo shoot around the hotel lobby.  I love how Bethany was able to capture the great energy of the group, and find fun places to shoot, despite the soggy conditions outdoors.

Chelly’s gorgeous boquet and  florals were designed by Kristen Janes of Kio Kreations.

Chelly and Kyle’s ceremony was so special, full of symbolic moments like a hand-fasting ceremony, personal vows, and a lovely Rabbi, who made everyone feel so special, just by the way she spoke.  At the end of the ceremony, both Chelly and Kyle broke a celebratory glass, with everyone shouting “Mazel Tov!”.

After the ceremony the guests made their way to the cocktail hour where they were greeted by the jazz tunes of friend and pianist, Paul Goldman. They got to experience many beautiful hand-made details, like the card mailbox decorated by Chelly’s aunt, the wedding portraits of parents and grandparents, as well as the beautiful florals by Kio Kreations.

Once dinner was served the guests were welcomed by both sets of parents, then served an absolutely delicious three-course meal. Throughout the dinner, Maid of Honor and sister Lizzy Brodsky and Best Man, Nick Greiner, were hilarious and spoke with such love and joy about how special Chelly and Kyle are!

Soon it was time for Chelly and Kyle to cut the cake! They had a family friend bring cupcakes from Sweet Mandy B’s, as well as other sweets to create an epic sweets table, which served as the guests’ favors for the event.  Everyone was encouraged to grab a to-go box (or 2!) and fill it with their favorite sweets!  The sweets table was a big hit, and was devoured by the guests.

To the awesome 80’s tune, “Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley, Chelly and Kyle danced their first dance together as husband and wife.

Then, Chelly and her dad, Jerry, surprised the whole party (especially her mother) with a fantastic choreographed dance. Kyle swept up his mother and sashayed her accross the dance floor!  Laura Jellum of Toast and Jam DJs kept the energy up with awesome dance tunes, and the floor was crowed for the rest of the night!

When the guests were not dancing, they were having a blast in the Traveling Photo booth Cos photo booth! Or enjoying a late night snack of McDonald’s cheeseburgers.

I absolutely love this film short that Jeremy of 3 line 9 created of their day:  sums it up much better than my words ever could!

 There were so many special moments full of joy and excitement that, in the end, the rain was really a blessing as it brought the whole group even closer together.  It was a fantastic evening and a celebration that I will not soon forget!  Thank you, Chelly and Kyle, for allowing me to “stage manage” the production that was your wedding! It was an absolute honor and SO MUCH FUN!

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