Kate + Jeff wanted an urban rustic wedding that would feel like one epic party with all the people they love. Katie explains… We thought a lot about how this was our opportunity to have all of our favorite people in one room and how we really wanted to maximize that. So that meant finding the coolest officiant ever and awesome music and dancing and manhattans and fried chicken and pumpkin pie. And if you mix all of those things with the coolest friends and family it equals SO MUCH FUN. It’s basically science.
We think they’re on to something here, especially the part about the pie. So thrilled we could take a peek into their super fun day with these photos captured by the talented Woodnote Photography.
Katie requested succulents and a light/dark floral mix, and Janessa of Forget Me Knodt got right to work. What a beauty!
Katie’s advice: If you can, write your own vows. It will be so stressful before, but it makes that part of the ceremony so much more personal and lovely. Let me put it this way: I cried when Jeff read his vows the first time. I’ve cried every time I’ve read his vows since then. I’m crying as I write this. And I probably wouldn’t be if we had done traditional vows. So sweet.
From Jeff: What was most incredible to me about our wedding day was the fact that every cliché I had ever heard was absolutely 100% accurate. People would tell me that you are overcome with joy to be surrounded by all of your friends and family who have traveled from near and far. True. People would tell me that it will be the greatest day of my life. True. People would tell me that everything is going to go by so fast and that it is very important to stop and take some time, even if it is just a few seconds, to stand back and enjoy the moment. Also true.
Congrats K + J!
Photographer: Woodnote Photography / Wedding Mass Ceremony Venue: St. Vincent de Paul Church / Second Ceremony & Reception Venue: Loft on Lake / Wedding Planner: Kristine Aletha Weddings / Hair & Makeup: Flawless Beauty Chicago / Flowers: Forget Me Knodt / Catering: Hearty Boys / Dessert: Pies from Bang Bang Pie Shop / Ceremony Music: The Reverend John DeLore / Reception Music: Style Matters / Bride’s Dress: BHLDN / Shoes: Michael Kors / Jewelry: BHLDN / Groom’s Suit: J.Crew / Shoes: Cole Haan / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J.Crew