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Fall colors have a nice little warm spot in my heart. Add that crisp in the air and you’ve won me over. Fall is my favorite season for a wedding (and why I married in the Fall, myself). Valerie and Aaron’s wedding is just full of Fall. And, love. And, sweet and personal details. It’s the type of wedding that warms your heart and makes you fall in love with Fall.

Simply Jessie Photography

From the Bride:
Our wedding was October 2, 2010, at the Peggy Notebaert Museum. It was truly the first real Chicago fall day of the season — complete with wind, a bit of rain, and temperatures 20 degrees below those of the day before. But luckily it didn’t get in the way of what was the most memorable day. The sun came out for pictures (we did a “first look” and family pictures before the ceremony so we could enjoy the cocktail hour and reception to their fullest!) and the floor to ceiling windows of the Nature Museum made the ceremony feel both open and intimate, despite being inside.

Aaron and I wanted to combine both the architectural elements of the city with with more natural details, and the venue was perfect for that, with the skyline in the background and lush green and fall colors all around us. Our primary color was orange for fall, which we tempered with steel grey, so our flowers combined the bright orange with the architectural angularity of the square vases. And, Aaron designed all our invitations, programs, cd covers, and gift bags.

My sister designed our gorgeous decoupage Ketubah, which is now hanging in our apartment. The Chuppah was made out of birch, incorporated both my sister’s and great-great-grandmother’s veils. On the lighter side, we’ve never thrown a party without jello shots, so we designed special stickers to go with the peach (orange!) shots we served throughout the night! We also love to go to live shows together, so we handed out mixes of “Songs We Love from Bands We’ve Seen Together” as favors.

Our first dance was such a perfect moment — just the two of us, surrounded by all the love of our friends and family. When Valerie’s mom broke out in a song she wrote to the tune of “My Favorite Things” during her toast, we could hardly contain ourselves.

Despite us living in Brooklyn, I am from Chicago and Aaron is from South Dakota. Being able to have so many of our friends and family there was incredibly important to both of us. Plus, everyone is just so nice in Chicago!

If I could offer any piece of advice to the to-be-weds, but have fun and make it yours (I know it sounds hokey). We had such a blast planning all the personal little details!

Ceremony / Reception Venue: Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum | Catering: Food for Thought | Cupcakes: More Cupcakes | Wedding Gown: Custom made gown by Alice Padrul | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids dresses: | Groom’s Attire: Alton Lane (so cool – they do a full body scan to get your measurements and you pick your material and details) | Photography: Simply Jessie Photography | Stationery: Aaron (the Groom) | Flowers: Roscoe Blooms | Photo Booth (and resulting guest book!): Shutterbox | Makeup: Sean Stevenson | DJ: Amanda at Toast & Jam


  1. Those shoes!!! Fab!

  2. Beautiful fall color flowers! Where did you buy that clear umbrella??

  3. Thanks for showing off this gorgeous wedding! This umbrella has saved us on rainy/windy days. We got it at Target believe it or not!

  4. I adore the colors in that bouquet!

  5. I love the last picture. So much emotion.

  6. Thank you for sharing this beautiful pictures with us!!