9 May

Modern Chicago wedding: Alecia + Jon

categories Real Weddings

As purveyors of weddings that continue to push the bar on creativity, we dream about weddings like this one. For a designer, clients like Alecia + Jon, with their amazing taste and up-for-anything attitudes, are the perfect couple to work with. Jesi Haack, the lady we’re bowing our heads down to today, even described Alecia as her design soul sister and both A + J as her soulmates. The details and design are so, so fun. See cowhide aisle and table runners, gold balloon table numbers, chevron curtains, graphic signage, and yes, a stunning bride and groom!

colorful modern chicago wedding

balloons as wedding decor

We wanted our wedding to reflect our personalities; so we were looking for details that would be fun, humorous, and non traditional all within a  budget.   I didn’t have a crazy huge budget for a sit down dinner downtown Chicago for 150 guests, so a lot of areas I had to get creative. I tried to choose materials that were inexpensive while still creating huge impact. My design taste is pretty dramatic and bold, so flagging tape and balloons became a central part of my wedding. We were also lucky enough to have a venue that allowed us to bring our own liquor (which saved us huge bucks and we were able to drink exactly what we like, score!).

colorful modern chicago wedding

modern wedding invitation

Alecia and Kate Arends of the infamous blog, Wit + Delight designed these fun fold out wedding invitations.

kate spade wedding shoes

reem arca wedding dress

ceremony signs

colorful streamers

From Alecia: I wanted bright bold colors, gold accents paired with funky/fun pattern (i.e my cow hide/chevron). My venue played such a key role in being able to show off my bold color choices with pattern. I wanted an all white loft  space where Jesi Haack and I could literally create the room from scratch and not have any competing color palettes/patterns.

From Jesi Haack: Alecia is a designer at heart. So once we started going, it was ridiculously unstoppable. We knew we wanted a slick, clean palette. Then add crazy, unexpected pops of color. I wanted to add something else. I wasn’t sure what it was. But then I thought, cowhide?  There is no way she is going to go for it. Um, she was THRILLED. So we added in cowhide for the aisle runner and the table runners. It gave us the anchor we so needed with all of the craziness we were about to do!

letter balloons ceremony backdrop

streamers for ceremony

Music: The groomsmen walked in to Grizzly Bear’s, The Foreground, Alecia’s walked in with her mom to the beautiful instrumental version of Hoppipolla by Sigur Ros, A + J exited to Raphael Saadiq’s, Go To Hell, their first dance was Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Acoustic version of Maps, and they cut the cake to Beirut’s, Postcards from Italy.

wedding signage

signature cocktail

black and white stripe straws

wedding reception entrance

modern escort cards

Guests found their seats by finding their triangle on a colorful triangle board, then were instructed to flip it over and write a cute note to the couple.  It turned into their guest book!

fun favor and escort cards

chevron napkin bands

With so much bold design already going on in the space, we love that Alecia decided to go monochromatic with her flowers and just do simple raspberry colored carnations and pink garden roses in the center of each table.

balloons for table numbers

Using balloons as table numbers just screams FUN!

gold chevron wedding cake

colorful modern chicago wedding

Don’t you just want to live in this wedding for just a little while? Just pin it all, and you can! And while you’re at it, check out Alecia’s wedding inspiration Pinterest board to see where she was keeping all her decor ideas.

Alecia + Jon, if we had balloons to spell out congratulations, we’d wave them in the air for you right now. Congrats!

Event Design + Planning: Jesi Haack Design / Photography: Avery House / Personal Florals: Dilly Lily / Centerpieces: Bride’s friend Laura Wagner / Cake + Desserts: Bittersweet Chicago / Catering: Pure Kitchen Catering / Venue: Room 1520 / Paper Products: Escort Cards, Place Cards, Guest book, Ring Bearer signs, menus, stir sticks: Pitbulls and Posies / Invitations: Kate Arends of Wit & Delight / Makeup: Rommy Najor / Photobooth: Smilebooth / Ceremony Installation Inspiration: Jenny Van Sommers / Bride’s dress: Reem Acra dress from Belle Vie Bridal Couture / Shoes: Kate Spade / Jewelry: rented from the runway / Bridesmaid dresses: each picked their own / Junior bridesmaid dresses: Neiman Marcus, sweaters from Gap Kids

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  1. Beautiful and fun wedding that truly a reflection of the bride and groom!

  2. I love EVERYTHING about this wedding! From the bride’s dress to the the balloon table numbers… Seriously, this is a colorful event and from the looks of it, a colorful B+G too…

  3. ridiculously awesome


  5. Wonderful job Jessi!!! This is so creative, bold & glam at the same time. Love it!!!

  6. This is really neat. I love all the chevron and bold colors.

  7. This might be one of my favorite weddings I’ve seen in months…Jesi Haack is amazing and all the vendors pulled off a fabulous wedding it looks like!

  8. The wedding cake is a real nice accent to the colors associated in the wedding theme. simple and elegant wedding cakes are on the rise. Great wedding pictures.


  9. Congratulations Alecia + Jon! You two are such beautiful people and it shows throughout all of your wedding photos. Matt and I have learned so much about life and love from you guys in the short time that we’ve known you and are honored to call you friends. So happy to see this wonderful feature on here! xo

    And, a huge thank you to Jesi (and Ryan) for doing an AMAZING job on this event! So much fun to work with you guys!

  10. The cake looks so pretty, even have tiny cupcakes! Lovely collection of colorful yet elegant wedding.

  11. Oh my word!! Congratulations to this ever-so-annoyingly-chic-couple! Absolutely love the details, the colours, the patterns, the venue – just such a beautiful and stylish wedding, great job by all involved.

  12. Gorgeous! And so much fun! It’s weddings like these that make me want to get married all over again… to the same lucky man, of course! Well done and CONGRATS!!

  13. So in love with this couple and their beautiful day! Jesi always kills – and with her design soul sister – this beauty is no different! So honored to play a part. Here’s to a wonderful (and beautiful) marriage J&A!!! Thank you so much for the lovely feature
    xxoo! Amber

  14. Grooms: in case you were wondering, this guy here has PERFECT wedding hair. Timeless, classic, a little rakish – to die for. Damn that’s a beautiful cut. As a female barber with a rabidly loyal client list, trust me on this one – looking back on these wedding photos in 50 years, he will be a happy man.

    Now my guy, he doesn’t have…anything…going on on the top of his head, but he has an epic beard complete with handlebar mustache (which I lovingly shape and care for like so many grooming monkeys), so we will make do.

  15. Such a beautiful and colourful wedding! Love the pop of colours surrounding this stylish do. Loving all the details and those balloons are fantastic!

  16. Pops of bright colors everywhere makes people smile. Bridesmaids in different hues? Pure genius! LOVE. <3 ~CBeauty..

  17. Amazing wedding dress! Very beautiful bride!

  18. Wedding looks super fun with all the balloons and bright color. Very cute invitations. Love the guestbook/escort card idea.

    What was in the fun favor boxes?

  19. love love love! great job!! did you build the bar or did you make it? its a great addition!

  20. Thank you all so much for the sweet words! This was my most favorite day. And without the help of all the amazing people I worked with it could not have been done more beautifullly.

    Jennifer: Inside the favor box was three bright colors of gumballs (fun), and a balloon to blow up and throw on the dance floor. By the end of the night we had a million balloons on the dance floor, and a lot of popping sounds. :)

    Hazel- Thank you so much. My uncle built the bar for me out of reclaimed wood. So special and a sweet memory to have. It looked amazing and just a special touch to add to the wedding.

  21. I love this wedding! So colorful! The streamers are so cute and the balloons are so adorable.

  22. Where is her wedding ring from? Does anyone know? So pretty!

  23. Major swoon fest over this entire wedding. Balloons! http://t.co/098gCFL4

  24. Congratulation – what a lovely wedding!

    The Dress is the most beautiful I’ve ever seen :O Who is the designer?

  25. I love the balloon table numbers!! Where could I get some like that???

  26. Nicely done!!!

  27. I am a wedding planner here in Chicago and do many, many events at Room 1520. I love how this venue can transform with each and every wedding and can go from classic to modern and funky with each new team that comes in. This wedding is absolutely GORGEOUS and I am drooling over the unique design elements, fun (and informative!) signage, and the balloons & streamers. Bravo to the bride and team at Jesi Haack Design! (And to our Chicago friends who contributed – Avery House, Pure Kitchen Catering, Dilly Lily, and Bittersweet.)

  28. What wonderful wedding! Amazing post!!

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