June in Chicago is an interesting month. It can be shorts weather or sweatshirt weather, but this June was definitely one for the record books: it was HOT! Despite the steamy temperatures, Gabby and Chad’s wedding at the South Shore Cultural Center couldn’t have been more beautiful.
The day began with the bridesmaids getting ready at Gabby’s mom’s home in Oak Park. Gabby gave each of her bridesmaids (and her mom!) matching robes. They all looked fabulous during the getting-ready process.
Gabby and Chad shared their first look in the backyard, which was such a touching moment. I love this picture by Chris Ocken, of Ocken Photography, who captured their joy perfectly!
After Gabby and Chad’s first look, the bridal party departed on a trolley from The Trolley Car & Bus Company to take photographs around the city. They hit some great spots!
The trolley arrived at the South Shore Cultural Center and the bridal party had a chance to cool off while some family photos were taken. The ceremony took place in the Solarium at SSCC. The room was drenched in natural light and the lake views were breathtaking. The ceremony was very personalized and heartfelt. Gabby and Chad chose to write their own vows; their love for one another was palpable.
After the ceremony, guests headed in to the foyer for cocktails, followed by dinner served (quite appropriately) in the Dining Room. The couple kicked off the evening with Gabby and Chad’s first dance, cake cutting, and a speech by Gabby’s mom.
Life Made Pretty skillfully decorated the dining room, pulling inspiration from the gorgeous architecture and existing room decor. Gabby chose vibrant flowers set in chic mercury glass vases for the centerpieces. Each arrangement was slightly different, making each table unique. And just look at her bouquet!
Food for Thought prepared a spectacular meal that was enjoyed by all of the guests followed by a tasty dessert thanks to Sugar Fixe. The speeches by Gabby’s Maids of Honor (her sisters) and Chad’s Best Man (his brother) were very touching. There is no one who knows your past more completely than your siblings. It’s always fun to hear them bring up just a little bit of dirt on the bride and groom.
After dinner, guests danced the night away to the sounds of Dynasty.
Gabby and Chad ended the night with a send-off from all of their guests, who cheered them on in their new life together.
Gabby and Chad, you were a joy to work with. I could truly feel the happiness radiating from everyone present. Your family, friends, and bridal party couldn’t have been happier for you. Good luck to you, Mr. and Mrs. Pendley!