Jeremy’s brother and sister-in-law were clients of Joan’s a few years ago, so when Jeremy officially proposed to Sarah, we were thrilled when they reached out to us to help coordinate their big day! They were so fun to work with — such a laid-back couple, who just wanted to have a great celebration with their closest friends and family.
Sarah and her bridesmaids started the morning in style in the stunning Executive Suite at the Hyatt McCormick Place. There was so much natural light, and plenty of space for the bridesmaids to really enjoy their relaxing morning filled with champagne and laughter. The ladies were beautified by Casey Skinner of Pure Salon and Laura Black Makeup, and looked (and felt!) incredible.
The extremely talented Britta Marie was onsite to capture all the gorgeous details throughout Sarah and Jeremy’s wedding day. We love how she arranged the invitation suite and Sarah’s personal items!
Soon it was time for Sarah to step into her wedding dress, and head off to meet her groom.
Sarah and Jeremy’s first look was out in front of one of the buildings adjacent to the Hyatt McCormick. It was a blustery day, but the alcoves in the building provided for a great spot for Jeremy to wait for Sarah.
Britta took the wedding party to a few beautiful spots around the city — traveling in style in one of Midwest Transit System‘s trolleys!
Meanwhile, the Five Grain Events team was busy getting things set up for the ceremony and reception at Bridgeport Art Center’s Skyline Loft. We absolutely love working at Bridgeport Art Center; it’s such an open canvas, with amazing natural light and spectacular views of the city – perfect for any time of year.
Jeremy’s brother was officiating, and planned a surprise for the couple for the end of their ceremony. Harkening back to one of Sarah and Jeremy’s first dates, he had some special Cubs-themed signs made, and we helped instruct guests on what to do when he asked them to “flip ’em!” and show the W for Sarah and Jeremy. It’s hard to believe that just a few short months ago, it still seemed like a fantasy–but now Sarah and Jeremy will always remember the year the Cubs won the World Series!
As guests admired the view and mingled with the bride and groom during cocktail hour, we were busy getting the reception space ready for dinner.
The combination of gold chargers and sage green napkins perfectly complemented Pollen‘s floral designs, and really suited a mid-Spring wedding in a lofted venue like Bridgeport‘s. One of my favorite moments of the wedding day is when we get to invite the bride and groom into their reception space for a quick look before the craziness of the dinner festivities get underway. All their thoughtful planning and attention to detail comes together, and they finally get to see their vision become reality.
Sarah and Jeremy deliberated over which version of their first dance song would be just right for months, so Jeremy planned a thoughtful surprise for Sarah to make sure it was absolutely perfect. He asked a friend’s musically-talented connections to perform their first dance live — making it an incredibly unique, memorable experience. Sarah was so surprised, and their dance couldn’t have been sweeter.
Plus, we had Toast and Jam‘s expert attention to help us keep the surprise AND make sure everything would sound as it should. Sarah and Jeremy and their guests had a great time dancing all night long, and Toast and Jam didn’t disappoint with their eclectic and danceable song selections. Guests also snapped photos in The Traveling Photo Booth, which always makes for incredible memories (especially with the photostrip guest book)!
A busy dance floor always helps wedding goers work up an appetite — and Sarah and Jeremy’s guests had plenty of delicious food to keep them nourished throughout the night! The couple offered guests a beautiful sweets station with decor from Chicago Vintage Weddings and adorable cupcakes from Molly’s, or, if they were looking for something a little more savory, several delicious variations of grilled cheese sandwiches from Toasty Cheese.
All in all, it was an amazing night and we were sad for it to come to an end! We had such a great time working with Sarah and Jeremy — and wish them many years of happiness to come! Go Cubs!!!