While most of the country hasn’t experienced snow yet, I’m digging this little taste of wintery goodness in today’s real wedding. The couple really embraced the cold and snow, still traipsing around the Windy City for photos. And while the weather was freezing, the ceremony and family incorporated in the day was absolutely filled with warmth, including a ring warming ceremony, a family heirloom dress refashioned and reworn, and a tree cut down and brought from elsewhere to bring a bit of another “home” to Chicago.
From the Photographer:
Lindsay and Chris had a February Wedding…in Chicago. They did not let the cold weather or snow hold them back from going around the city for photos. Lindsay, in her grandmother’s gown, strapped on her Sorel boots and we photographed them downtown and in Lincoln Park. Although it was chilly, a fresh snowfall a couple of days before made the city look picturesque. All the bridesmaids and groomsmen also joined in the fun wearing their coats and boots, or just rocking the heels, for pictures. This couple had a beautiful ceremony on the third floor of The Ravenswood Event Center, and also had dinner and dancing on the third floor. This was a great way to showcase the space and the tree that Lindsay’s parents chopped and brought from Michigan on a truck.
From the Bride and Groom:
How we met:
We literally met while walking down the street. We had both been at a summer concert at the Lincoln Park Zoo with separate groups of friends. After the concert, my friend and I headed up to Clark street to grab a few drinks. As my friend and I were walking, this very cute guy started chatting with us. We talked briefly and then went our separate ways. About an hour later, my friend and I were leaving the bar and we heard someone calling to us from down the street. We turned around to find that it was the same handsome stranger. He came up and asked if we wanted to join him and his friends for a drink. He had the best smile, and over some late night pizza he asked if he could call me. I replied, “you better!.” He called the next day and the rest is history.
How we got engaged:
We have a history of having picnics on the beach in Chicago in the summer, so when Chris planned a picnic for us one night in late June., I didn’t think anything of it. The forecast was for thunderstorms and I suggested several times that maybe we go to dinner instead. It now makes sense why insisted that we go for a picnic – and why he ate so fast!! After we finished eating, he got down on one knee and proposed! It was very simple, very sweet, and very much us. He cracked open the champagne he brought and watched the lightening over the lake in the distance.
What details were most important for you for your wedding?
The actual wedding was the most important part for us. Chris’ sister, Katie, married us. The three of us wrote our own ceremony and our own vows. The ceremony was very personal. We had a small wedding, by Chicago standards, with 100 guests that were all friends and family we have know for at least 15 years! We really wanted everyone to feel welcome to have fun! (No stiff wedding traditions or over dramatic decor!)
One of favorite things that we did: we passed around our rings around during the ceremony for everyone to bless or give us their well wishes. When we did the exchange of rings towards the end of the ceremony, it was very powerful knowing it had been touched by everyone in the room. It’s so meaningful to wear my ring knowing that I’m carrying love not only from my husband, but also from our friends and family.
How did you incorporate family history into your wedding? Dress, cake topper, other details?
I wore my grandmothers wedding gown from 1941. It was originally long sleeved and with a high neckline, so we worked with Alice Padrul to re-designed the dress using all of the original fabric and buttons. Alice added some beautiful lace and detail work to update the dress while still preserving the vintage feel of the dress.
We also used the same cake topper that my grandparents used in 1941. It has been used in all of our family weddings, including my mom’s and my brother’s!