For today's post I'm not pulling any punches. When the amazing Heather Parker sent me these images they definitely had impact. Over the top gorgeous florals, beautiful golden details, and the venue Cafe Brauer is to die for! Nicole and Gregory originally wanted a very fall themed wedding, but after finding the gorgeous pale blue dresses for the bridesmaids, the inspiration switched. They decided to go with a Marie Antoinette themed event, including a French dessert bar with macarons in every delicious flavor imaginable. Good choice! A huge thanks to Heather Parker Photography for sharing these images, and Nicole for the narrative of the lovely day.
From the bride, Nicole...
Greg and I met at a summer barbecue at the home of a mutual friend. Prior to the barbeque, our friend (and future bridesmaid) told me terrible things about all of the single men that would be at the party except for Greg, who she said was incredibly smart, funny and kind. She made the same types of comments to Greg about me and the single women at the party. While she thought she was cleverly stacking the deck in favor of us getting together, it wasn’t necessary. We hit it off instantly, bonding over shared interests such as European travel, history, museums and over-the-top desserts.
Two years later, Greg proposed in our home. After following a trail of candles, I arrived in a room filled with more candles and hydrangeas, my favorite flower. Greg, wearing the same outfit he wore to our friend’s barbeque, asked me to marry him and I said yes!
Due to an outstanding team of vendors, the wedding turned out beautifully and just as we hoped it would. In retrospect, our decision to move away from an autumn-themed wedding was serendipitous, as the leaves had not yet changed, and the unseasonably warm weather that day made it feel like a summer wedding.
Looking back, our most cherished memory from the wedding day was of us at the altar, exchanging our vows before our family and friends. It meant so much to us that everyone we loved was there to witness our lifelong commitment to each other and to share our special day.
Participating Vendors: Venue: Cafe Brauer at the Lincoln Park Zoo / Caterer: Entertaining Company / Planner: Simply Perfect by Melissa / Photographer: Heather Parker Photography / Cinematography: I Do Films / Decor: HMR Designs (Heffernan Morgan), Rishi Patel / Lighting: Frost / Rentals: Tablescapes / Linens: BBJ Linens and NüAge (New York) / Cake: Amy Beck Cake Designs / Sweet Table Decor: Sugar Chic Designs / Sweets on Dessert Tables: Vanille Patisserie / Stationery: Smitten Boutique, A Lettered Olive / Dress/Veil: Kleinfeld (New York), Badgley Mischka – Lexington / Bridesmaid dresses: Jenny Yoo – Mila in Ceil Blue / Shoes: James Ciccotti / Hair/Make-up: Beauty on Call / My earrings: Ippolita / Officiant: Father John Waiss / Church: St. Mary of the Angels