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I found a Chicago Wedding that you don’t want to miss! This is the wedding of Brenda and Joe and was captured by J Brown Photography. I go searching for weddings that will give you lots of ideas, has a great story and ones that make me say, ” I love this and everyone should see this!!” This is one of those beautiful weddings and Brenda gives us a glimpse of her story and some advice…

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We met on Halloween at a club in Chicago. Joe was the only person who knew what I was dressed as (Margot Tenenbaum). We hit it off, danced all night and split a cab to our respective homes. I thought we had exchanged numbers, but as it turns out, Joe only gave his to me. I waited patiently for him to call, but he never did. God forbid I’d call first. Meanwhile, Joe franticly tried to find me on Google, Facebook, etc. to no avail. As fate should have it though, we ran into each other a couple weeks later and the rest is history.

Joe proposed at the Chicago Botanic Garden and we were engaged for a year and three months. The long engagement really allowed us to take our time, save money and really plan everything exactly how we wanted it. We hired Kelly Cavanaugh with Clementine Custom Events for full wedding planning and we DEFINITELY couldn’t have done it without her. She made the planning so smooth and stress free. Kelly kept us on schedule so it was fun (not painful) to plan all the little details. One of the best pieces of advice I could give a bride is to hire a planner whether it’s for full planning or just the day of. You really don’t realize everything that goes into this one big day. And you really want to enjoy your engagement and your wedding, not bicker over silly things. 

 

Another good piece of advice is to lock in the venue/date first and then let everything else fall into place. The venue drives so much – the style, the size of the party, the cost. We both wanted to get married in Chicago where we live. Our families are from the suburbs of Chicago so it seemed like a great middle point. We also wanted to find a place we could have a ceremony and reception on site. Gallery 1028 was perfect for us. It was rustic and artsy and not like any other venue we’d seen. 1028 had this amazing exposed brick, unfinished wood floors and a white walled art gallery type space for cocktails. It was really the jumping off point to all of our creative ideas. Our wedding planner called our style “organic chic”. We used a lot of natural elements in the decor like grass, moss and manzanita. But we also played up the artsy, more contemporary feel of the venue and had an all white dancefloor, contemporary cake and pops of bright yellow for the bridesmaid dresses and flowers. 

 

We tried to save a little money and do some things DIY such as the invites that my incredibly creative husband designed. We also commissioned someone on Etsy to design our wedding programs. In fact, we got lots of things from Etsy. You’d be amazed at how many beautiful things they have on that site for weddings. All in all, we tried to make every detail as unique and special to us as possible. We loved every moment of the wedding day and it flew by way too fast. I know it’s cliche, but it’s true. You have to take a deep breath a couple of times during the day and just let it all sink in.

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