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I love the simplicity of Amy and Chris’ Chicago wedding. And, their love story? There are no words. For the two of them, their wedding was very much about celebrating their love and the joining of their families.

From the Bride:
Chris and I found love a little later in life (he’s 42 and I’m 44) and we wanted the wedding to be a total joyful celebration that focused on the joining together of our families. We didn’t want it to be formal – just easy, elegant, and intimate – and fun! I have two kids (Griffin, 13 and Sophie, 10) and Chris has 7 nieces and nephews, so we wanted to make sure the kids had a big role in the wedding. The girls were flower girls (no bridesmaids!), the boys were ushers, and we made sure our food was kid-friendly yet elegant – like mini hamburgers and hot dogs and mini grilled cheese sandwiches with mini mugs of tomato soup for the appetizers. Neither of us likes cake and we planned on having doughnuts, but we had no idea the caterer could do a custom doughnut station, so dessert was made to order doughnuts from a special doughnut-making machine, decorated with chocolate syrup, powdered sugar, and sprinkles – served with little milk cartons on ice in silver bowls – I can’t resist milk with doughnuts. I could not have made this wedding happen without Etsy as well as awesome Chicago vendors – my favorite finds were the flower girls’ headbands (Little Hatchlings) and jewelry sets (made by the sweetest woman in Ireland) and the boutonnieres (Bloomin’ Cute). My dress was hand-made by Mignonette in Chicago (I started with a terrible internet ordered dress and Kpoene’ Kofi-Bruce completely redesigned/reconstructed it (she even brought it with her to Mode Fabrics in NY to hand-match the fabrics and we had so much fun at all of the fittings) and my floral hair clips, made by Stephanie Fontaine at Clark & Diversey — I had picked something else from her website and when I sent her a picture of my dress she designed something just for me — a total surprise.

Catering: Food for Thought / Flowers & Decor: D. Michael Floral Design / Photographer: Studio Finch Photography / Invitations & Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas / Bride’s Dress: Mignonette Bridal / DJ: Style Matters DJs / Bride’s Jewelry: First Fan Cottage Jewelry / Ceremony Venue: Bond Chapel at the University of Chicago / Paper Props: Paper Source