Friday, October 28, 2016

Vicky and Tony's sweet ceremony and Salvatore's reception were full of incredible DIY touches and the beautiful love of a newfound family.
Vicky, on how she knew Tony was her perfect person...
"I knew he was the one after I saw him interact with his kids.  He's the most loving person and father and he always thinks the best of people. Always."
Vicky knew right away that she didn't want a traditional white or ivory dress, but had no trouble finding the gown of her dreams. "As soon as I saw the blush dress, I knew it was the one," she told us.
The couple had no doubts that they wanted to get married in Chicago, a city that's always had an influence on their lives- Tony is a Southside Chicago native and a Lieutenant with the Chicago Fire Department, and Vicky has lived all over the city. "I'm in love with the energy of the city," she told us. "Especially the lakefront!"



"We really lucked out with the coolest day of the summer," Vicky told us. "Our church didn't have air conditioning, so we were rejoicing that it was only 70 degrees..."
"...but it made for some chilly photos on the lake!" 
Vicky and Tony, on why they chose Salvatore's Ristorante for their reception...
"We knew we were going to have the wedding in the city and we wanted the feel of a restaurant.  As soon as we stepped into Salvatore's, we knew it was the place.  The vibe was old school and the atmosphere felt familiar. We knew it would be cozy, but that the drinks would flow and  the dancing would be non-stop. And that's exactly what happened!"
Vicky and Tony, on DIY and choosing their color palette...
"We decided our colors would be gold, blush, and ivory," the couple said. "We were very DIY when it came to decorations.  Tony painted almost everything- we were so proud when we walked into the reception and saw how beautiful it looked!"
When asked to pick a favorite memory from the day, Vicky just couldn't narrow it down to one. "All of us girls got ready together, and it was so nice to bond with Tony's daughters," Vicky said. "I wanted them to know that they were so important in the day as well!"  Her favorite memory from the ceremony? "The first person I saw at the church was Tony's son, Alex," she continued. "He looked so handsome! I got teary eyed just imagining the rest of the day to come."
And finally, the highlight of the reception: "The matron of honor speeches were just hilarious and embarrassing," she laughed. "And my dad's speech brought everyone in the room together."
All in all, the couple wholeheartedly feels that they had an absolutely perfect wedding day. "We kept expecting something to go wrong, but it never did," the couple gushed. "Everything was just amazing!"
The night didn't just end with the spectacular reception though- Tony had a surprise waiting for Vicky. "He gave me a second, beautiful wedding band," Vicky said. "It was his wedding gift to me. I was shocked!"
Featured Vendors: Eric James Walsh Photography (pics), Bethlehem Lutheran (ceremony), Pastor Jennie English (officiant), Salvatore's Ristorante (reception), Martellen's Dress and Bridal Boutique (gown boutique), Sottero and Midgely (gown designer), Everything's Relative Salon (hair+makeup), Boss Formal Wear (formalwear), Adrianna Papell (bridesmaids' dresses), Oak Mill Bakery (cake), Etsy (invitations), Whole Foods in Streeterville (flowers), DJ Alan from Okyne MediaLab (entertainment)

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On their final day at Bridal Week, the team attended the Pronovias runway show and got to meet with designers Jenny Yoo, Amy Kuschel, and Sareh Nouri.

Ever since the ladies of ChicagoStyle Weddings attended New York International Bridal Week, they simply haven't been able to stop raving about all of the talented designers and gorgeous collections they got to experience firsthand. This week, we'll be delivering a day-by-day look into Bridal Week and all the runway shows we attended.

Pronovias
Photos courtesy of Pronovias, Full Picture, and Dan Lecca Photography
Each Pronovias gown sparkled like a piece of treasure as the models made their way down the runway. Stunning silks, exquisite lace, and other sumptuous fabrics came together to form a dress that fit like a second skin.
Photos courtesy of Sareh Nouri and SYP Photography
 The Sareh Nouri runway show debuted a line of gowns that were not only romantic and feminine but also timeless and sophisticated. The line fused lace and silk to create an upgraded rendition of traditional bridal silhouettes .
The collection showcased whimsical details that were light, elegant, and ideal for the modern bride.
Photos courtesy of Amy Kuschel
The glamour and intrigue of Hollywood. The breezy vibes of beach towns. The charm and romance of wine country. The natural drama and wonder of the mountains, coastlines, and forests. The Amy Kuschel collection radiated the beauty of California from head to toe.
The team got the amazing opportunity to sit down with designer Jenny Yoo and discuss her beautiful line of wedding gowns. Famous for being modern yet understated, the simplicity of Jenny Yoo's designs allows them to be worn at almost any type of wedding. Whether it's an intimate garden ceremony, a destination wedding, or a much more formal affair, Jenny Yoo's collection has the perfect gown for each and every bride. Explore the Jenny Yoo collections here: Jenny by Jenny Yoo, Jenny Yoo Bridal Collection, and Jenny Yoo Bridesmaids Collection.
Can't get enough of Bridal Week? Revisit Day One and Day Two of the series to experience the delightful designs of THEIA, YolanCris, Francesca Miranda, and more!

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