Happy Anniversary to my college friends, Karlin and Vince! It is crazy to think that a year ago this weekend we were helping this super chic couple celebrate their big day. Spring wedding are always beautiful, but theirs, held at St. Hedwig Catholic Church and Greenhouse Loft was extra lovely. Our fun-loving couple was all smiles from their first look to the last dance.
Cheers to years to come filled with just as many ear-to-ear grins. Thank you so much for allowing us to be a part of your special day.
Kelly DeMarino of Five Grain Events was the day-of coordinator for our wedding, and she was incredible, she went above and beyond to help us in every way imaginable. From the first meeting three months before the wedding through the last dance at the end of the reception when she sent us off assured that she’d take care of everything, Kelly was organized, attentive, responsive, and a pleasure to work with. If you’re planning a wedding, hire Five Grain. Having Kelly on our team was the biggest factor in having the wedding go smoothly and coming together just the way we wanted it to.
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It was such a treat working with Siobhan and Evan on their wedding this past April. Siobhan had a clear vision of what she wanted for her wedding day, and she was organized to boot! She and groom-to-be, Evan, also live in Logan Square and were excited to work with a locally-owned planning company to help bring the details together.
The day started beautifully with all the bridesmaids getting ready together at the historical Palmer House Hilton – a location partially chosen because of the amazing engagement Evan planned for Siobhan (more on that in a bit!). Siobhan’s talented friend Lauren (of Lauren Ashton Makeup) did the ladies’ makeup, while the accomplished Alexis of The Indigo Room Salon did all the updos. Surrounded by her dearest friends, future in-laws, and family members, Siobhan was glowing from the minute we saw her until the very end of the night!
Michelle Lytle Photography captured some truly incredible photos of Siobhan and Evan’s first look. They chose the roof of the Palmer House, as that’s where Evan had carefully set-up his proposal message, “Marry Me?” in twinkle lights, across the street from their former high-rise residence in downtown Chicago. We love the shots of Siobhan looking effortlessly chic in her wedding dress amidst the industrial “back of house” area of the hotel. To help Siobhan and Evan remember their wedding festivities, Chicago Videography captured the special moments throughout the day.
The wedding party traveled in style thanks to Windy City Limo to a few classic Chicago locations for their photos. They got some gorgeous shots at both Adler Planetarium and the Chicago lakefront on their way to Zhou B Art Center for the ceremony and reception.
Siobhan and Evan are big fans of the Zhou brothers, and were ecstatic to be able to share the incredible artistry with their friends and family throughout their wedding day.
The ceremony was filled with heartfelt personal touches, from the talented Wellington String Ensemble who expertly played some original music composed by a member of Siobhan’s family, to incorporating a blessing from Siobhan’s great uncle, a priest in Ireland, who was not able to attend the festivities. Rev. Dennis Condon led the service, and thoughtfully wove Siobhan and Evan’s personality into their ceremony. The aisles were lined with framed photos of Evan and Siobhan from their early childhood to present day, and truly brought home the feeling of the road they took to arrive to each other. The ceremony backdrop was beautifully constructed by Art of Imagination, who also provided the warm purple-hued glow and café style up-lighting for the reception space.
After the ceremony concluded, guests were invited into the foyer and galleries, where they were able to mix and mingle while enjoying drinks and appetizers from Kenmare Catering among custom art pieces by the Zhou brothers. Siobhan included elements of her Chinese heritage with a red guestbook for her guests to sign.
Guests were welcomed into the main reception space by the music of Gold Coast DJs’ Jena Nixon, and gorgeous centerpieces created by Flowers for Dreams. The art installation that was up during their wedding was called “Freak Out” and Siobhan and Evan loved this playful backdrop that greeted their loved ones as they entered the room.
Siobhan’s father thanked guests for celebrating with his family, and loving toasts were delivered by both Siobhan’s cousin and maid of honor and Evan’s best man.
Kenmare Catering delivered a delicious meal, which was followed by a delightful (and beautiful!) cake from Alliance Bakery. Jena of Gold Coast DJs had guests up and dancing in no time! Siobhan’s maid of honor amazed us with her spot-on rendition of Lady Gaga’s Romance! Concept One Photo Booth opened after dinner for a chance for guests to ham it up in front of the camera. Rounding out the props display were photo cut-outs of friends and family who couldn’t make it to the wedding–definitely made for some memorable photos!
Guests were also treated to tasty favors from the bride and groom – macaroons home-made by Siobhan’s cousin! Just another example of how beautifully integrated the couple’s family and friends were into this wedding. Siobhan and Evan, we loved helping bring all the details together for your wedding day! We wish you both the best in your long, happy marriage together – thank you for choosing Five Grain Events to help you coordinate your big day!
Siobhan and Evan’s wedding was also featured on Borrowed and Blue! Check that out below:
It’s never an easy task to predict the weather for April in Chicago. Katie and Bryan’s April 2nd wedding day was filled with both snow showers and sunshine which kept us all on our toes throughout the day. Despite the unseasonable weather, everyone was all smiles!
The ladies were up bright and early as usual getting ready at the Virgin Hotel with snowflakes drifting outside of the windows. It sure made for a beautiful backdrop, but not exactly what we all had in mind!
Elena Bazini was there to capture the day’s festivities from the start. Natalia from Michael & Michael Salon and April Toofan made sure the gals were photo-ready. The girls looked stunning in their floor length navy dresses as they helped Katie into her own gorgeous bridal gown.
The men looked equally sharp as they donned their classic black tuxedos. There was no denying Bryan and Katie were a perfect match and couldn’t wait to get the day underway.
The first look took place on the top floor of the Virgin Hotel where the wintry weather created a snow globe effect. Before long the couple was the off to take photos around the city in their transportation provided by Windy City Limousine.
To everyone’s surprise, just after departing the hotel, the sun decided to make its debut. The bridal party was able to get in plenty of shots around town while the snow took a hiatus.
Once everyone arrived at Morgan Manufacturing it was time for the Ketubah Signing. The ceremony was full of laughter, love, and high-fives!
Finally, it was on to the Chuppah Ceremony. Morgan Manufacturing looked absolutely breathtaking. Kehoe Designs truly outdid themselves; the Chuppah looked magnifent draped in flowers creating the perfect backdrop for Katie and Bryan to say I do. The ceremony was lovely and went off without a hitch.
At last, it was time to celebrate and get the party started! Morgan Manufacturing had this incredible glow and one might say Katie and Bryan were lighting up the room as well.
The speeches and toasts filled the room with tears and laughter as guests enjoyed the delicious meal from J&L Catering.
As the “doughnut cake” was brought over, we had to play security against everyone asking “can I have one now” “do I have to wait until dinner is over”? Needless to say Stan’s Donuts was an absolute hit! The doughnut topper was the definitely the icing on the cake…or doughnut as it were!
One of the more heartfelt moments of the evening was Katie’s dance with her father to Anything Like Me by Brad Paisley. You could see the love and joy on both of their faces and it was hard not to be wrapped up in the moment as much as they were.
Once dinner concluded and the dancing had begun, it was apparent that this crowd was ready to get on the dance floor! Toast and Jam got the party started with the Hora kicking off the open dancing. Katie and Bryan were all smiles as they were swept off the ground.
The day was beautiful from start to finish and both Katie and Bryan were a true pleasure to work with. We wish them the very best in life, love and happiness!