I met Rachel at the Martha Stewart Wedding Party and was instantly impressed with her personal style. It was the dead of winter in Chicago, and she looked effortlessly pulled together. This was a trait I’d come to realize is just a part of her nature, and just one of the million reasons why I absolutely adored working with her.
Rachel described her dream wedding as “preppy, sophisticated, and elegant” — three adjectives that I think came through in spades on June 6, 2015. From the tiniest details on her print pieces created by Color Me Carla, to the overall look and feel that her guests experienced when walking into the reception in the Chicago Room at the Chicago History Museum, all the vendors she chose came together to bring her vision to life.
Early on the wedding day, the bride and her bridesmaids took a yoga class at CorePower Yoga before heading back to PUBLIC Hotel to get all dolled up by the expert stylists from Nika Vaughan Bridal Artists and Salon Blue.
The team from Ann & Kam Photography & Cinema captured every moment to perfection, from the details while the ladies were getting ready, the stunning first look on the terrace outside the Ava Room at the PUBLIC Hotel, to the last shot of the night on the stairs outside the History Museum.
A classic trolley from Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Co. drove the wedding party in style as they made their way around Lincoln Park for photos before the ceremony.
The ceremony was a delightful blend of the couple’s two backgrounds, pulling elements from traditional Catholic and Jewish wedding ceremonies, and officiated by a dear friend of the couple’s. Life in Bloom artfully decorated the chuppah, complete with some fabric from Aaron’s grandparents’ chuppah and eucalyptus garland adorned with white roses.
Life in Bloom’s execution of Rachel’s vision literally brought tears to the bride’s eyes – the use of olive branches, a mix of white flowers, and lush topiaries were the perfect blend of preppy sophistication.
Chicago History Museum could not have been a more fitting venue to complement Rachel and Aaron’s wedding style – the classic architecture of the building, black and white tiled floor, and beautiful columns made all the other stylistic details shine. Bowery & Bash provided elegant furniture for guests to lounge in throughout cocktail hour and the reception.
Food for Thought provided the delectable hors d’oeuvres and dinner for Rachel and Aaron’s guests, and their impeccable service kept guests happy and comfortable all night long. We absolutely loved Rachel and Aaron’s gorgeous cake from Amy Beck Cake Design, fit with simple sprigs of olive branches from Life in Bloom.
Rachel and Aaron are both extremely lucky to have incredibly supportive and close-knit families. The love that surrounded them throughout the day was palpable, and it was truly special to witness.
It’s always an amazing dance party when David Rothstein Music is involved – and Rachel and Aaron’s wedding was no exception! From a lively hora to a spirited rendition of “Shout” – I don’t think I saw the couple without ear-to-ear smiles the whole night!
Guests took full advantage of Fotio’s photo booth and props, creating images that will be sure to bring more smiles to Rachel and Aaron’s faces for years to come.
This video from Ann & Kam Photography & Cinema sums up the absolutely wonderful wedding day:
Rachel and Aaron, I had such a fantastic time being a part of your wedding planning process. I wish you two all the best in your life together. I know it will be filled with laughter, love, and fun – just like your wedding day!
Rachel and Aaron’s wedding was also featured on Style Me Pretty! Check that out below: