Well, this is it guys, the last round of wedding pictures that I’ll be sharing with you guys on the blog. I hope you’re not sick of them just yet! These are from the cocktail hour and reception that were also at the Chicago History Museum. With Chicago’s traffic and a lot of out-of-town guests having both the ceremony and wedding reception at the same place made everything run so smoothly!
After the ceremony was over and we walked back down the aisle, it was like a huge sense of relief washed over me. I really don’t like all of the attention on me, so that part was not only serious and emotional, but also overwhelming. Now it was time to just have fun!
Rob and I spent about 10 minutes in the bridal suite just soaking up our new married state and sipping on some cocktails and tasting a few hors d’oeuvres before heading out to see everyone. It was just what I needed, yet again.
After that, we went out to cocktail hour on the terrace, got to see all of our friends who traveled to be with us, hug family members and be thankful for everyone that came. Soon after, we made our ‘grand entrance’ into dinner, cut the cake, and then ate a fabulous meal that Food For Thought customized for our tastes. During the original tasting I mentioned a dish that I cooked that was Rob’s favorite and next thing I know, the chef had prepared his version of it for a tasting. It was an easy choice to go with that dish since it was delicious and also special!
After dinner we did our first dance to ‘A Sunday Kind of Love’ by Etta James — Gold Coast All Stars nailed it. Then father-daughter and mother-son dances happened and then the whole crowd joined in! The band was so amazing, definitely the highlight of the reception!
One of the last songs they played was my favorite. Our friends all circled around us as we danced in the middle and I felt myself getting emotional all over again. Towards the end, we waved them in and were surrounded by hugs, kisses,and even high fives, it was truly such a special moment and made us realize just how lucky we are to have such amazing friends.
Our friends and family lined up on both sides and tossed little bundles of Baby’s Breath (flowers) as we left. I had originally wanted to do sparklers, but the city of Chicago has rules against it, so these little bundles were a great option! Overall, the day and night were perfect. It’s so fun to look back at these pictures and be reminded of each little moment. Again, I’ll be forever thankful to Taylor Lord for capturing every moment so perfectly. She’s amazing!
And that’s a wrap guys! Thanks for all of your sweet comments the past two weeks, it means the world!
CEREMONY & WEDDING VENUE: Chicago History Museum / DRESS: my mom’s gown, re-designed by Patti Flowers / SHOES: Michael Kors / TUX: custom Hickey Freeman by Culwell & Son / BRIDESMAID DRESSES: Jenny Yoo Aidan Dress / PHOTOGRAPHER: Taylor Lord / FLOWERS: Stems Chicago / CATERER: Food For Thought / WEDDING PLANNER: LK Events, Nicole Zenner / BAND: Gold Coast All Stars / CAKE: Amy Beck Cake Design / MAKEUP: Brian Sutherby, Muse Salon / STRING QUARTET: Artistrings / OFFICIANT: Rev. Dave Angle
photography by Taylor Lord