I had the pleasure of working with Jamie, Eli, and their families for more than a year prior to their stunning celebration last October. From the venue selection to the late-night snacks, it was such an honor to have a hand in the decision-making process from start to finish.
The ladies started off wedding day at Kinzie Hotel in a beautiful and modern suite with lots of natural light. Jamie had purchased adorable matching sweatshirts for her bridal party and the group spent a relaxed morning sharing lots of laughs while they were beautified by Your Stylist AJ and Fine Makeup Art. Shane Welch was there to capture all the special moments.
Meanwhile, Eli and his groomsmen hung out and got dressed at Jamie and Eli’s apartment in Lincoln Park. Before long it was time for the group to load into the Windy City Limo bus to head to the hotel for Jamie and Eli’s first look.
Jamie slipped into her simple and elegant Jenny Yoo gown in a private moment with her mom, Emily. It was a lovely moment shared by mom and daughter prior to showing the completed look off to the rest of her bridal party.
Eli and Jamie did their first look on the steps of an office building nearby Kinzie so they could spend a few minutes alone before the hubbub of wedding day began.
It was a brisk fall day, but the bridal party braved the elements for some fantastic photo opportunities before heading to Galleria Marchetti for the ceremony and reception.
Once the group arrived at Galleria Marchetti, it was time for a few family photos followed by the ketubah signing.
The ceremony space had been transformed by the talented artists at Revel Decor with jewel-toned floral and a stunning rustic chuppah complete with a canopy of greenery.
The bridal party lined up and headed down the aisle. One of my favorite Jewish wedding traditions is when the parents of the bride walk down the aisle part way, and then turn to watch their daughter enter the room. The trio then walk arm-in-arm until it is time to pass their daughter on to the next role in her life: a wife. As a mother of two young girls, these simple wedding traditions have taken on new meaning for me over the last three years. I can only imagine the emotions Jamie’s parents must have been feeling at that moment.
The touching ceremony was officiated by the Rabbi from the temple Jamie grew up attending. They incorporated both Jewish and secular traditions for a very personal service.
After the “Mazel Tov!” Guests headed in for cocktails while the Five Grain, Revel, and Galleria Marchetti teams changed the room over for the reception. Tables were dressed with BBJ’s Gunmetal Contour linens and delightful Caspian Miramar napkins along with the gorgeous floral arrangements. Each place setting held a menu created by Steel Petal Press to bring in the teal color that the bridesmaids wore and to complement the evening’s other paper products. Jamie found stunning mercury glass table numbers from BHLDN which perfected the overall look, and, of course, tons of glowy candlelight.
Jamie and Eli wanted to start the party immediately, so we designated the bridal party members as “dance ambassadors” to help kick off the dancing right away. Carrie from Toast & Jam DJs started the dance music, while the hosts for the evening–Emily and Hank–followed by the guests of honor–Jamie and Eli–were introduced to a cheering and energetic crowd. The bride and groom went straight into their first dance with all their loved ones surrounding them. It was a very special moment.
Once guests had taken their seats, they were served a delicious meal by Galleria Marchetti. Jamie and Eli were regaled with toasts, special dances with their parents, and blessings over their marriage. Between each course, everyone would return to the dance floor for more boogie opportunities. The energy in that room was sky high!
After all the love directed at the happy couple, Jamie and Eli wanted to give some back. The two gave a beautiful toast thanking everyone who had contributed to the big day, and to their lives.
Jamie and Eli’s cutting cake had been expertly created by Elysia Root Cakes with a pattern mimicking their Caspian Miramar napkins from BBJ. They also served four other cakes from which guests could select the sweet taste of their choosing.
Once all the formalities had been completed it was time to party! I don’t think there was a moment when the dance floor wasn’t filled to the brim with eager and excited wedding guests.
Jamie and Eli were among the first of their group of friends to get married. If you are debating whether or not to do a bouquet toss, consider the quantity of unattached girlfriends. Lots of single ladies means you get hilarious photos like this:
As guests departed, they picked up a memento from the evening: adorable (and discreet!) refrigerator magnets in different patterns.
After the main event ended, the younger set stayed on for an after party with Galleria Marchetti pizza and Buffalo Joe’s wings. Anyone sticking it out to the wee hours got an EXTRA gifty: a fabulous coozy commemorating a fantastic evening.
Jamie and Eli, I am thrilled I had the opportunity to help you plan the event of a lifetime. I wish you both many decades of happiness together. Cheers to countless celebrations yet to come!