When you look at Lindsay and Jason’s wedding you can tell right away that it was such a fun event. Everyone is all smiles, and the bright and cheery color palette of red and aqua compliment the vintage theme of their day. One detail that obviously stands out is the clothes, make-up, and hair of the entire wedding party. Lindsay made sure everyone looked retro perfect, and I love her outfit change from a flouncy short dress, to a more traditional lace gown for the ceremony. My very favorite details of the event? The amazing vintage car that perfectly fits their colors, and the sweet bouquets made up of red flowers and vintage aqua brooches, so cute! A big thank you to Lindsay for sharing all the details of the day, and to Joan of Five Grain Events for submitting this lovely wedding.
Who, What, Where: Ceremony/Reception: Stan Mansion. Photography: Steven E. Gross Photography. Event Planning: Five Grain Events. Flowers: Pollen. Trolley: Chicago Trolley. Videographer: Fig Media. Food: Hearty Boys. Photo Booth: Travelling Photo Booth. Cake/ Desserts: Bleeding Heart. Invitations: Etsy. Bride’s hair: Antje Kastner of Hair by Antje Kastner. Bridesmaid’s Hair: Sara Jean Stevens of Vavoom Pinups. Makeup: Brenda Arelano. Bride’s Dresses: White Chicago and Kleinfeld’s
Even more loveliness…
From the bride, Lindsey…
Jason and I met in 2008. I lived near a bar where he worked as a bartender. I went in one night and noticed the handsome server, but never thought anything of it. Months later, on a whim, I decided to stop in again to see if he happened to be working. Turns out it was the only night that week he was there! We chatted for a few hours and I mustered the courage to give him my number. That was a Monday. By Friday I had not heard from him and kind of gave up on the idea. I was out with friends when he texted me and I became very excited. A few months after dating, Jason got a job in Denver and he moved. We were both very sad and missed each other so much that within four weeks, he was back in Chicago and moving in with me! Three years later, we got engaged after a wonderful dinner at Bistro Campagne and a walk through Millennium Park. We both later laughed about his cheesy line, “I’d like to spend the next Millennium with you, will you marry me?”
Our wedding scheme colors took some thinking- Jason is a visual artist and I am a costume designer, so we knew we wanted something bright and bold but not too tacky. His art work uses a lot of circus and tattoo themes, so when the idea of turquoise/teal and red came up, we knew we loved it.
Our DIY projects included making the hanging art of the red and turquoise paper cranes- it was really a family affair with my mom purchasing them online and my aunt, uncle and Jason building it in the kitchen the day before the wedding. At my bridal shower, one of our four year old flower girls drew a picture of Jason and me under a rainbow and on the back side it said, “Happy Wedding Day!” I immediately knew that would be the cover and inside leaf of our programs. Being a costume designer, I wanted to incorporate vintage flower brooches into my bouquets, but I still wanted real flowers, so I came up with the idea to mix the two. Jason and I made an afternoon of wiring all of the brooches I purchased on eBay and at a local vintage store in order to save some money.
I used my mother’s white childhood Bible as the base of my bouquet and had our florist build a floral arrangement mixed with brooches on top. My mom took photos of our beloved past relatives (including my first dog!) and miniaturized them and put them in tiny little frames. Then she used ivory ribbon and attached them to the bible so that they hung. No one would know what they were unless they were very close, but it was very special for me to carry them on my day. I have a huge stock of buttons, so we sprinkled them around the center pieces (vintage blue Mason jars filled with dahlias, cocks comb, and zinnias). I loved our aisle runner, I bought red and turquoise printed fabric on sale at JoAnns and hemmed all of the raw edges. I wore a pair of vintage earrings in my hair as accessories. They worked great!
We also held an after reception party at the bar where Jason and I met. It was great because most of the employees and the owners were at the wedding, so we all headed over and had a great time at the after party.