Thursday, December 8, 2016

This beautiful couple got married in a winter wonderland. All photos by Redwall Photo

Andy, on how they met... 

"We met through OK Cupid. Gabby moved from Boston to Chicago to start a grad school program at Northwestern. Within a week of her moving, I messaged her about hockey and moving to Chicago. We met for the first time on July 10 outside Wrigley Field. We spent the good part of the day seeing the touristy sites: Millennium Park, Grant Park and finished with Gabby’s first 312 beer!"

Gabby and Andy, on how they knew they were perfect for each other...

"When we first met, we both almost immediately felt comfortable with each other, as if we have known each other previously. It felt like almost like a reunion." 

Gabby and Andy, on why they tied the knot in Chicago...

"Gabby’s family is originally from Cleveland while Andy’s family is mostly in Chicago; however, Gabby’s family is more spread out over the country now. The most important thing for her was to have the winter wedding, so it made sense to keep it in Chicago!"

Gabby and Andy, on what made their wedding so unique...

"We got married at the Armour House in Lake Forest. Once Gabby was ready, Andy was escorted by a photographer assistant to the front entrance of the Armour House. After a moment, he felt someone poke his shoulder, turn around and saw his bride. We took our first look picture outside in the beautiful snow!"
 "...The rabbi arrived 30 minutes before the ceremony and we signed the Ketubah. For the next 10-15 minutes, we felt excited and nervous. Guest started to arrive and enjoyed some pre-ceremony hot apple cider to warm up!"
"...Then, we lined up to start the ceremony. Seeing all family and friends at the ceremony felt amazing. Once Gabby got to the chupah, the rabbi whispered “Let's have some fun.” I think that helped us relax. Following the ceremony, we had a chance to be in a separate room to be alone before the craziness to follow."

Andy, on his favorite memory from his wedding...

"Walking down the aisle and seeing EVERYONE. It was surreal. I couldn’t stop turning and waving at people. I watched a video someone took of me walking down, and I guess I rushed down the aisle. It was so exciting!"

Gabby, on her favorite memory from her wedding day...

"I loved greeting everyone after the ceremony, I felt so happy and relaxed once we started our cocktail hour. I also love the after party at our hotel. The official wedding was over and it was nice hanging out with everyone. I will always remember eating pizza and drinking beers in my fancy wedding dress! It was awesome."
"The reception felt like a house party, with different groups of people collecting on the dance floor or relaxing by the fireplace in the library.  To this day, people say how fun our wedding was and they want to model their weddings after ours..." 
 "...The reception was incredible, with great music, dancing and fun with all of our loved ones.  We had a blast and even had a s’mores bar for dessert!" "

Featured Vendors

Redwall Photo (photography), Armour House (ceremony&reception), Yanni Design Studio (floral&decor), Barry Cohen (officiant), Dean Dutko (wedding consultant), Demetrios (bride's gown), DSW (bride's shoes), Jaime Genarella (bride's hair), David's Bridal (bridesmaids' dresses), Men's Wearhouse (formalwear & groom's shoes), Stationery Station (invites), Armour House (catering), Poppies Bakeshop (cake), Spinnin' Discs (entertainment)

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The lovely ladies of Kathryn's Bridal stopped by the blog to share the story of soon-to-be bride Kathryn and her sweet alterations.

“We have the privilege of helping brides celebrate finding the dress of their dreams!” shares Kathryn Trocki, Owner of Kathryn’s Bridal. “This celebration is not only for the bride, but for the many women in her family who nurtured and guided her to this moment. Recognizing the significance of being a part of this precious event is how we as a full service bridal shop differentiate ourselves.”

Beautiful bride-to-be Kathryn Hyde expressed to her seamstress a dream of incorporating pieces fabric from the wedding gowns of her grandmother, mother, and aunt into her own exquisite couture gown. Fortunately, Kathryn was working with Laura (one of Kathryn's Bridal's amazing seamstresses) who is always excited to make a bride’s dream come true.  

“I was thrilled to create a memento that could become a family treasure,” smiles Laura, Seamstress Extraordinaire. “I envisioned an heirloom that the bride could pass from generation to generation.”

Laura suggested a creating a hand sewn heart inside bride-to-be Kathryn’s wedding gown containing the ivory ribbon from her Aunt Joyce’s 1984 headpiece, the collar of pearls from her mother Suzanne’s 1979 wedding, and the lace from her grandmother’s original 1950 wedding dress. Interestingly, two other aunts also wore her grandmother’s gown.
“This is a tradition my daughter Kathryn can now share with her own family,” adds Suzanne, Mother of the Bride. All photos by Kelly Stachura Photography.

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Margaret, on how the couple met...

"Phil and I first met at a Sunday Funday at Cedar Hotel.  Phil’s pickup line, since his last name is Gerber, was that he was the face of Gerber baby food- I was sold! We spent two and a half wonderful years dating. It’s crazy how fast we fell in love. I feel like it keeps getting stronger and stronger each day."

Margaret, on how she knew Phil was perfect for her...

"Until I met Phil, I'd never known the feeling of being happy simply because I was making someone else happy.  I think he gets the same feeling knowing he makes me the happiest person in the world."

Phil and Margaret, on why they decided to get married in Chicago...

"Growing up, Margaret and her family would travel to Chicago. It was always a dream of hers to have a Grand Ballroom wedding- very classy and old school. We immediately fell in love with the Drake's Gold Coast Ballroom overlooking Lake Michigan and Lakeshore Drive."

Phil and Margaret, on what made their wedding so unique...

"Being of an interfaith relationship, we really put a lot of time into our ceremony.  It was very important to both of us to respect the traditions we were raised with.  Our wedding day was more than a dream come true."

Margaret, on details and decor...

"I remember waiting behind these gorgeous, gold, shimmering curtains that stood three stories tall.  Suddenly, the curtains opened and I saw my Dad standing in the middle of two gigantic flower arrangements that looked like trees. They were covered entirely in flowers that matched our rose gold theme. We had garden roses, peonies, hydrangeas... all in the middle of November!"
"My Dad took my arm and walked me down a beautiful white runner that was scattered with rose petals. Phil and I exchanged our vows under a four post chuppah. Each post was a tree-sized arrangement of flowers and they held together a roof of delicate white strands of fabric." 
"Our ceremony ended with a BANG- we kissed in front of our 260+ witnesses and exited to the song “La Grange”- I think people got the idea that it was time to have some fun!"
"We sat at our sweetheart table, which was tucked under what I can best describe as a flower canopy.  We listened to our loved ones share words of laughter, best wishes, and happiness." 
"The night grew into a huge dance party.  The Gold Coast All Stars lined up the best playlist ever.  I've never had so much fun dancing! The night finished off with an after party and DJ in a separate room."

Featured Vendors

Nakai Photography (pics), The Drake (ceremony&reception), Father Bernie and Rabbi Ari (officiants), Syril Karel (wedding consultant), Nicole Spose (gown designer), Alessandra Rinaudo (bride's train), Pronovias (bride's gloves), Tsubo Salon (bride's hair), Shannon O'Brien (bride's makeup), Jenny Yoo Collection (bridesmaids' dresses), BHLDN (bridesmaids' dresses), Bella Figura (invites), Platinum Events (floral), Cake Chicago (cake), The Drake (catering), Gold Coast All Stars (entertainment), Express Video (videography)

Can't get enough Real Weddings? Check out Ed+Allison's gorgeous floral wedding or Cara+Sean's celebration at The Peninsula. Head over to and browse our gallery of Windy City nuptials!