Classic Chicago Ceremony
When Alex and I met, it was a strange coincidence. I was living near her parents in the suburbs, and she was living in the city near my sister. Soon enough, we were inseparable: visiting new restaurants, getting to know each others' families, and hanging out with both circles of friends.
Fast forward two years. We were standing on a median in the middle of Michigan Avenue, in front of the old water tower and Alex proposed.
When we started planning the festivities, we knew we wanted a classic feeling to the venue. Think Old Hollywood or Classic Chicago. Our styles have always been a blend of antique and modern looks, and the Warwick Allerton Hotel had just that. We saw several venues over the course of a few weeks and just didn't feel anything special. We walked into the Allerton and knew right then that this was the place; a beautiful view (aforementioned engagement median included), glamorous chandeliers, old Chicago history, delicious food, and room for our guests to dance the night away 23 stories above the city with panoramic views.
We really wanted to be able to sit with and talk to our bridal party and their dates at the table. The incredible events team accommodated our 21-person head table with a giant U-shaped setup.
Beau Buttacavoli, the event coordinator for the Allerton was a huge help for us. Beau helped to keep all of the women, two brides and two moms, in sync during the planning process. Beau brought together each one of our visions to pull off an incredible night. The entire team at the Allerton was well trained and on point during the entire event, from the rehearsal to the morning after the wedding. The team made our day really special and stress-free.
The Allerton works with BomBon for wedding cakes. We have very different and strong opinions when it comes to cake so BomBon let us pick 4 of our favorite flavors and made a mini cake for each guest to enjoy the night of. Each cake was expertly decorated like a small piece of art. We did have a big cake for cutting because, well, we both believe you can never have too much cake.
Our DJ, Josh Law, was incredible and helped to keep the night flowing according to our timetable. The decor was inspired by the Allerton's existing features, but enhanced to fit our vision by Raymond Joseph with RJ Designs. Raymond brought in hundreds of candles and red roses to make the space warm and romantic. One of our guests favorites was the photo-booth set up through Still & Motion Media, and they were more than willing to accommodate our last minute addition to the wedding. Still & Motion Media gave us copies of each of the photo strips which was so fun to go through the morning after.