Last February I received an email from a Mother of the Bride looking for a coordinator for her daughter’s June wedding. As I read through the details of the event, and double checked her name again, I realized that this could be for none other than my old neighbor, Lindsey! Lindsey’s mom didn’t recognize my married name when she was referred to me, but after a brief re-introduction phone call we got right to work! I was especially glad to learn that I knew many of her bridesmaids already–but I had no idea just how much fun everyone would be until wedding day.
The morning was spent hanging out at Lindsey’s parents’ beautiful condo on Ohio Street. Music was playing, a delicious breakfast had been delivered by J&L Catering, and mimosas were flowing. It was definitely a joyous atmosphere! The joke throughout the day was that Lindsey had never been on time for anything in her whole life–so I was pretty proud that we got her out the door for her first look with Brian only about 30 minutes behind schedule (don’t worry, we were able to get word to him so he wasn’t waiting and wondering!).
Originally the bride and groom had not planned to see each other before the ceremony, but Lindsey and Brian had such a cool opportunity at their fingertips that Veronica of Hinojosa Photography and I practically begged them to change their minds. Both Lindsey and Brian work for the Chicago White Sox and had been given permission to take photos on the field! To allow for plenty of time for that once-in-a-lifetime experience, the bridal party met them at the park where they shared their first look and headed south in their Chicago Trolley Company vehicle.
I love all these fun shots from U.S. Cellular!
From there, the group hurried out to Oak Park where their ceremony was due to take place at Ascension Catholic Church–the parish Lindsey and her family attended while she was growing up. In attendance was an enthusiastic group of the couple’s nearest and dearest. [clear]
After the ceremony, guests headed east to Salvage One. Simple potted arrangements for the tables were provided by Amlings Interior. J&L Catering hit it out of the park with a delicious station-style meal as friends and family mixed and mingled. The adorable (and incredibly tasty) pie pops were created by Dinah Grossman of Cheap Tart.
But, the real fun began as soon as everyone was out on the dance floor. Lindsey and Brian’s main focus for the evening was music. They selected Stitely Orchestra to provide the night’s entertainment–and boy did they ever! The tunes ran the gamut from Led Zepplin to Stevie Wonder to Rihanna, and Stitely even learned close to a dozen Phish songs–Lindsey and Brian’s favorite band.
One of the coolest parts of my job is that I often get to be party to surprises for wedding day. Usually it’s a surprise that the bride and groom are providing for their guests, but in this case it was a surprise FOR the bride and groom! Two of the bridal party members choreographed a flash mob dance to Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance with Somebody”. Close to 30 people participated and it was a huge shock to Lindsey and Brian–and an amazing thing to watch.
…and here’s the full video of the flash mob. The sound/visual is off ever so slightly, so just know that the real thing was EVEN better!
Lindsey and Brian, your wedding day was so full of love and laughter–just right for your relationship. Thank you for including me in your big day!