In some ways I felt like my involvement in Liz and Hank’s wedding was pure fate! The day that Liz reached out to see if I was available, I had just had a meeting with another potential client for their wedding date. The other couple seemed nice, but I just didn’t feel that connection. When Liz emailed she mentioned that she had been referred by Emily and Cameron (some of my favorite clients), that the reception would be at Galleria Marchetti (where my reception was) and that her ceremony would include a 10-piece brass ensemble . I knew this would be the perfect fit–and within 5 minutes of back and forth communication I was on board! I couldn’t wait to see what else they had planned for their big day.
Hank and the gents were at Liz and Hank’s apartment in Wrigleyville awaiting the start of their grand ceremony. Windy City Trolley collected the guys from their hang-out to bring them to St. Josaphat as Jill Brazel was snapping away. For August 27th, the weather was breezy and pleasant–quite the contrast from what was going on on the East Coast that weekend with Hurricane Irene!
Their Catholic Ceremony was so beautiful. Liz’s parents are both retired members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra so the bar was set high for the music that day–and boy did they hit the mark! The processional and recesssional were performed by a brass ensemble–all Liz’s mom’s colleagues and friends, and there was a performance by a solo violinist during the lighting of the Unity Candle. The bridal party processional piece, Highland Cathedral, was incredibly moving. When the bagpipe started playing I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who got chills!
My clients are always perplexed by what to do about the “Catholic Wedding Gap”. You have an afternoon ceremony, but want to have an evening reception–what are your guests supposed to do with that extra 1-2 hours? Liz and Hank had a great idea: offer their out-of-town guests a guided tour of the city! While the bridal party was off taking photos, Pontarelli Companies provided a bus to drive guests around to some famous areas of the city and the couple assigned a native Chicagoan family member to narrate the landmarks they were passing.
At Galleria Marchetti, we were getting everything ready for guests to arrive. Flowers Flowers put together beautifully simple green and white arrangements to compliment the white pintuck linens. Liz created an escort board instead of a traditional table display–each of the tables was named after a favorite place or event Liz and Hank visited together. [clear]
Cocktail hour was so lovely out in Galleria Marchetti’s courtyard. Music was a huge priority for the reception as well, and Stitely Entertainment was there to fill the void with a jazz trio while the attendees mixed and mingled in the evening air.
Liz’s Maid of Honor was her soon-to-be sister-in-law, Christine. No matter how hard I tried, I could not get her to go off-duty! Now that’s a person you want around on wedding day!
As guests were invited inside for the reception they were greeted by this display of cupcakes from Molly’s. Isn’t that the hardest part? Seeing the delicious dessert displayed and knowing you have to wait for it??
Speeches soon followed by Christine and Hank’s brother, Nick. Christine and Nick toasted the completion of their public speaking obligations with a shot!
All that was left on the schedule for the evening was party time! The dance floor was hopping thanks to the musical stylings of Stitely Entertainment.
When it came time for the bouquet and garter toss we had a little snafu. Hank and Liz thought they had given me Liz’s garter, and since I didn’t have it I’d assumed she was going to be wearing it on wedding day (you know what they say about assuming…). With no option of running out to grab one, the lovely Shannon actually SEWED a garter for Hank to toss out of some ribbon and a rubber band. Ha! It wasn’t perfect but did the job. Obviously since that day, we’ve added a garter to our emergency kit.
What a fantastic wedding! I am so glad that fate brought us together and that we get to celebrate together again in a few months with yet another of your friends’ weddings.
Stitely Entertainment also wrote a post about Liz and Hank’s wedding. Check that out here: