By vineyard number three, Rachel Greisman had uncorked her boyfriend Karl Stelter’s surprise. The couple was enjoying a special wine tour for their anniversary—and after being gifted with two bottles bearing custom labels and flipping through Karl’s handmade memento box, she was onto him. After Rachel said yes to the proposal, the two celebrated with their third and final bottle. “It was the perfect way to toast our new life together.” It was a moment they’d repeat on their wedding day. “My favorite moment from our day was enjoying a private champagne toast with Karl in our suite right after the ceremony,” Rachel said.
Their suite, along with the ceremony and reception site, was at the downtown Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel. “We immediately fell in love with the Blackstone. Karl mostly because they had Batman artwork on display during our walk-through,” Rachel said, laughing, “but I discovered my paternal grandparents had met in the very ballroom where our wedding would take place.” And a picturesque setting it turned out to be as Rachel walked down the aisle to a classical version of “Chariots of Fire” (the couple are dedicated runners) wearing a strapless Jim Hjelm gown with crystal beading and antique ivory satin. “I’ve never seen anyone more beautiful,” Karl said. Thanks to a photo booth outside the ballroom, the couple can remember the day forever. “The photos became progressively wild as the night went on – but the scrapbook is our favorite memento from the evening."
CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE
PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOGRAPHY
Reverend Dr. Robert Davis and Rabbi Michael Tillman
HAIR & MAKEUP
MENU/CATERINGRenaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel
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