Halley and Josh’s wedding can’t be summed up with just one word. They have so many classic elements, but at the same time added a lot of quirky, hand made items, and mixed it up with some special family traditions as well. I love the bright pops of coral throughout the event, their wedding invites which tell the story of their relationship (such a personal touch), and I’m of course a sucker for any event that includes pets, especially a giant Great Dane. A big thank you to Halley for sharing all the details from the day, and to Heather Parker for submitting her lovely images.
Who, What, Where ~ Ceremony/Reception: Gallery 1028. Photography: Heather Parker Photography. Event Design: Alice’s Garden. Flowers: Blue Hydrangea Floral Design, and Dilly Lilly. Caterer: Calihan Catering. Cake: Sweet Mandy B’s. Dress: Ivy and Aster. Bridesmaids Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids. Men’s Attire: Calvin Klein. Etsy purchases: Garden4Arts cake topper, The Paper Stache, Maupromos stickers for candy buffet, Under Her Charm cufflinks.
More loveliness and details…
Josh and I are high school sweethearts. We met the summer before my freshman year of high school. After high school, we both went to Indiana University. We traveled Europe together, and got a dog … then moved back to Chicago after graduation. We’ve been here since and we absolutely love it!
We knew we wanted a Chicago wedding. Gallery 1028 was a perfect choice. A historic piece of Chicago real estate = a unique venue for a wedding.
I cannot even tell you how long it took us to choose a color scheme for our wedding. I think I changed my mind 70 times. In the end, it took a trip to a flower market in the west loop with our florist (josh’s uncle!). We put together the centerpieces and bouquets right then and there. We stuck with all natural, but exquisite floral colors … bright coral reds and variations of peachy pinks.
My mom and josh’s mom made the desserts at the wedding (besides the cake). My mom made pizzeles (traditional italian cookies) and josh’s mom made arugala (traditional Jewish cookies). My mom also made a special Lithuanian alcohol that has been in her family for years for a special toast josh and I made.
We also did the hora and josh broke the glass at the ceremony. Both of these Jewish traditions were very important to him and his family. For my favorite moments of the day the first would have to be the reveal when josh and I had a quite moment together to say, hi, I love you, you look great. Second would be after the ceremony where we had some more time to talk just the two of us. We spent this time reminding each other how excited we are, and how much we love each other.