Aly and Josh were married at Ravenswood Event Center in Chicago, Ill. on May 26. “The atrium where we had our ceremony was absolutely amazing,” Aly said. “There were floor-to-ceiling windows, arched wood ceilings, and exposed brick and pipings. We wanted a very neutral color scheme, so we chose all warm tones like blushes and creams.” The bride wore a custom-made strapless a-line wedding gown, accessorized with a jeweled sash and chapel-length veil, while the groom wore a dark gray suit, accessorized with a solid tie and Converse tennis shoes. Bridesmaids wore short black chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of peonies, garden roses, and dusty millers. The newlyweds’ favorite moment? “Our introduction into the reception ballroom,” she said. “It was breathtaking to see everything set up and see the finished product of what we worked so hard to plan. It was also great to see all of our family and friends there to celebrate with us.” Tables were decorated with white linens, sage green napkins, antique mix ‘n’ matched vases and vessels with single stems, and menu cards at each place setting. “While it’s easy to get caught up in all of the expensive details the fact of the matter is, it’s only one day,” Aly said. “It was fun to add a little do-it-yourself details to help save.”
Kathy and Basil were married at Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum in Chicago, Ill. on September 14. Fun fact: It was America’s first theatre built for showing the sky’s limits! The bride wore a sweetheart lace mermaid wedding gown, accessorized with a bouquet of all-white orchids, roses, and ranunculuses, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a polka dot bow tie. Bridesmaids wore short sequin black dresses, accessorized with yellow Pashmina shawls. Plus, even their pup made it into the mix for a few portraits on the terrace! “With stunning panoramic views of Chicago as the backdrop, my amazing bride and groom were married,” Stevi and Matt Savage said, the photographers. “They also incorporated some Palestinian traditions into the reception.” Notice Kathy’s henna on her hands and forearms? Guests enjoyed the newlyweds’ grand entrance complete with a #selfie moment. Tables were surrounded with cross-back chairs, decorated with gray linens, glass dinnerware and flatware, mercury glass votive candles, and single stem sunflowers. The dessert display featured a three-tiered square monogrammed cake, souffles, macarons, and more, and by the end of the night, a surprise fireworks display went off! Boom.
Katie and Chris were married in a traditional mass ceremony at Assumption Catholic Church followed by a reception at Bridgeport Art Center in Chicago, Ill. on November 2. “We were limited to the number of venues that could fit our guest count,” Katie said. “We fell in love with the huge space our venue offered, and it’s rustic charm. It had beautiful city skyline view and gave us the exposed brick and wood look that fit our theme perfectly.” The bride wore a sweetheart lace wedding gown, accessorized a beaded bolero, while her bridesmaids wore gray long dresses. (Fun fact: Her maid of honor stood out in blush!) The groom looked oh-so dapper in his black three-piece tuxedo and bow tie. “Have all of our family and friends together in one room to support us was the most important detail of the day,” she said. The loft was twinkling with crystal chandeliers and window panels with candles overhead. Long banquet tables were decorated with baby’s breath centerpieces and framed book pages served as table numbers. “The band we picked was another detail that made the night unforgettable,” Katie said. “They chose the perfect music to keep our guests dancing all night long.”
Megan and Christopher were married on the bride’s farm near Starved Rock State Park, Ill. “We looked at a few different places, but when we were finally ready to make a decision, I knew I wanted to get married where I grew up, where we fell in love and where Christopher proposed,” Megan said. “It now means even more to us.” The bride wore a one-shoulder Lazaro ruffled wedding gown, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls. “The genuine shock and excitement when Christopher saw me for the first time that day literally took his breath away,” she said. “It was more amazing than I ever dreamed.” The ceremony took place under a big oak tree decorated with ribbons and paper lanterns. Guest sat in wooden pews and kept cool with umbrellas while the couple exchanged handwritten vows. As they recessed down the aisle, a flute ensemble played as confetti was thrown. Cocktails were served in mason jars, vintage couches served as comfy seats, and lanterns lit the entire backyard. The tented reception featured a family photo display, table numbers wrapped in twine, and the cake atop a tree stump!
1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
We wanted our wedding to be fun, outdoorsy, and simple. We also did not want to be limited to a specific number of guests. Getting married on my parent’s farm was consistent with the type of wedding we wanted—it was an obvious choice for us!
2. Which three details were your favorites from your wedding?
1. We loved the “Here Comes the Bride” sign that my brother made from a walnut tree for my nephew to carry down the aisle. “Here Come the Zelenaks” was written on the back side of the sign. My nephew carried it up the aisle after the ceremony.
2. We loved the simple table design with the wood slab, antique blue and modern clear jars for the flower arrangements and the vibrantly colored napkins.
3. The ceremony setting with the large tree and beautiful view over the hillside.
3. Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.
Walking down the aisle and seeing the man that I was about to marry!