With 4th of July weekend coming up it’s only appropriate that today’s wedding be red, white and blue. Rob and Kim met at college, and definitely didn’t follow the rules. They were together for 8 years and Kim was getting impatient. She decided that the 4th of July was her “cut off” date. They love holidays, but the 4th of July especially, so they always have a party. During the party, Kim heard a whistle, and Rob called her over in front of everyone. It was a surprise proposal and everyone started snapping pictures as he asked her to marry him. They decided to set the date for their wedding one year later on their favorite holiday.
Who, What, Where~~ Ceremony: University of Chicago Rockefeller Memorial Chapel. Reception: Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza
. Photography: Kara Schultz
. Florals: Kristen Janes, Kio Kreations
Kim wore her grandmothers costume jewelry, and also her best friend and matron of honors veil. She had all her bridesmaids sign her shoes.
Kim says that if they hadn’t had a 4th of July wedding she has no idea what colors she would have chosen. They decided to substitute a light blue in for a traditional royal or navy. She says that some people teased them about having a 4th of July themed wedding, but since the day was special to them as a couple they didn’t care! The bridesmaids wore adorable blue dresses from Melissa Sweet with sequin trim. So cute!
Rob and Kim gave all of the men (including their 2 year old nephew, and dads) in their wedding party black converse to wear the day of the wedding. They wanted to keep things fun and casual, and thought the shoes were a perfect way to do it.
Kim and Rob are true Chicagoans. They both grew up there, and so they had a tough time narrowing down where to take all their pictures. They decided to hit all the major landmarks, and ended at the Planetarium. This is one of their favorite spots because they spent many a weekend tailgating their before Bears games. Kim says they have different taste on lots of things, but one thing they both love is football.
Kim says they loved the beautiful old church where they got married, and that the organ music was amazing and made it all super memorable. For their send off they had guests throw white rose petals.
Their reception was on the 14th floor of the hotel so they had an amazing view of downtown Chicago. Kim labeled each table with DIY shadowboxes that each had the name of a place significant to the couple. In the frames she included pictures and little items that represented each spot. They also had some of their talented friends design escort cards that looked like Bears tickets, as well as their Save the Dates.
When I asked Kim what their favorite parts of the day were she had a few. One was right before the reception when her and Rob snuck upstairs to the hotel room and took pictures jumping on the bed. Another continued their football theme, and all of the wedding party put on Bears jersey’s before getting introduced at the party.
Rob and Kim choreographed their own first dance. They started out slow and ended it fast. She said that Rob isn’t the best dancer, but he did a great job, and their guests loved it!
A big thank you to Kim and Rob for sharing their day with us, and to Kara Schultz for her beautiful images. So happy to have a fun and free spirited holiday celebration like your guys on the blog!