Elizabeth and Alex initially wanted to host their wedding at Elizabeth’s parents’ home on the North Shore, but when their list of their nearest and dearest began to exceed 150, they knew it just wasn’t possible. Plus, with their guests coming from in from literally all over the world, they wanted to make sure everyone got to experience the best that Chicago has to offer. They decided, instead, to emulate the feeling of an at home event, with a morning wedding and brunch reception in the sun-soaked Chicago Room at the Chicago History Museum.
The morning began bright and early for the bride and her team. I met Elizabeth and her Maid of Honor, Brynne, at the Sofitel where Livia Caporale was hard at work on Elizabeth’s hair and E’s friend Kaylin was busy doing makeup.
The bride and groom shared their first look on the steps of Chicago History Museum. The weather was a total toss-up but it turned out to be a gorgeous sunny day. Everyone, especially the photographer, Bethany from Maypole Studios. They took advantage of the sunshine indoors by signing their Ketubah in the new North & Clark Cafe.
Elizabeth and Alex’s day could not have been filled with more personalized details. The couple wed, surrounded by their family as their bridal party, under a quilted Chuppah hand sewn by Elizabeth and Alex’s mothers. The names of each of the family members were embroidered around the perimeter. Alex’s nieces and nephews (all six of them!) formed the gaggle of adorable flower children who preceded the bride in her walk down the aisle.
While the room was changed over from ceremony to reception, delicious hors d’oeuvres were passed by Food for Thought staff and Larry King Orchestra provided a Bluegrass trio to play some tunes. During the last few minutes of cocktail hour, the musically-talented newlyweds (who met playing at a jam session in NYC) sat in with the trio and delighted the guests with a couple of their favorite Bluegrass numbers!
Brunch, which was served at long tables speckled with sweet terracotta pots and blue mason jars filled with mint, artichokes, and the most beautiful delicate early-spring blossoms created by Fleur, was where their homestyle vision really came to light. Following a plated salad, guests were each served a slice of quiche paired with a minted grape salad and potatoes along with traditional lox and bagels served family style. Guests ate and passed and chatted with family and friends–both old and brand new: exactly how the couple hoped the afternoon would be spent.
The toasts honoring Alex and Elizabeth were some of the best I have ever seen or heard. Elizabeth’s parents wrote a rhyming poem that mentioned every single guest present at the wedding. Alex’s brother, an accomplished singer, brought in his world-class barbershop quartet to dedicate a song to the couple. Even Alex’s little niece got in on the action–she performed The Beatles’ Love Me Do with Alex backing up on the mandolin, for the crowd!
Brunch was over about 1:30pm and then it was time to party! Larry King Orchestra got the crowd up immediately–not an easy feat for a mid-afternoon reception–and the dance floor was packed until the bitter end. Guests were treated to one last surprise when Elizabeth’s parents, who both play harmonica (aka blues harp), rocked out to a rendition of Walter’s Boogie. It was almost too much to handle how ridiculously talented this crowd was!
Once their guests had said their goodbyes, Alex and Elizabeth freshened up and headed out for a final photo session with Maypole Studios. It was a nice perk of the morning event that they could take some time for some really relaxed photographs after the festivities had ended without worrying about a time crunch. And Elizabeth’s Caroline De Villo tea length eyelet dress looked just as beautiful as it had the moment she put it on.
It was such a pleasure working with this wonderful couple and their families on their unique and beautiful celebration. Congrats to you both!
E&A’s wedding was also featured in both Elizabeth Anne Designs and the 5th Anniversary Issue of Chicago Social Brides! Check those out below: