This post has been a loooooooooong time coming–>but, I promise you – it is worth it. As per usual, this was a wonderful ‘Journey to I DO’. Emily may have been the easiest, sweetest bride in the history of brides and I love that I got to work with her –> which means, know her and love her even more than you do when you meet her for the first time. Her groom, John, well, he loves her, too. He wanted her to have a wonderful ‘Journey to I Do’ and most wonderful wedding day, so, he was on the ‘Journey to I Do’ every step of the way. Now with them living, working and going to school in Chicago, we made the most of our planning & dreaming meetings. John is definitely the strong, silent type -.but, had more ideas and thoughts for the day than you would expect. Pretty much, the only thing that Emily was vocal about was her love for anemones, easy enough! They are both from Rockford, so we spent a day with Mom’s shopping Venue’s and then John did some shopping on his own in Chicago and came up with Salvage One — and that was that. We spent another day shopping caterers in Chicago and the afternoon at Salvage One – so that we could familiarize ourselves with this mammoth space and customize it to make it John & Emily’s for the night. Thank YOU to Ryan Davis Photography, for these A-MAZ-ING photos, It is all his fault that I can’t narrow this post down to 20 photos – like I should (seriously, I was pleased with myself when I got it down to 100 photos — so pat me on the back for continuing to edit it to a nice number like 87! and thanks to my Angel Assistant Abby who condenses for the blog…I just can’t eliminate a photo!) For more details regarding the wedding and their story, see each photo description. Kiss Kiss – Kelly
Wedding lovingly planed, designed and coordinated by Backyard Soiree Weddings and Events (to view referral from J&E go to My Notes under the MORE Tab at Backyard Soiree Weddings and Events on Facebook) Vendor Thank YOU’s: Sarah Axelson/Custom Invitations&Signage, Ryan Davis Photography, Parker Nyquist Video, Blumgarten & Co. Florist, Occasions Chicago Catering, Molly’s Cupcakes, Rod Tuff Curls & The Bench Press Band, Binny’s Bar Supply and Ares Charter Transportation To enjoy the Highlight Video of their day by Parker Nyquist: https://vimeo.com/87973069
Seating Assignment – on a banner of cotton muslin, now hanging in the home of our Bride and Groom. Another custom piece by Sarah Axelson especially for John and Emily.
Bar List – framed and in keeping with our custom design for J & E
The Aisle in the Ceremony Space of Salvage One lit with candles is silver rimmed glass bowls with a touch of anemone. All of the Ceremony Aisle and Altar Decor was also Head Table decor. Stand by for a peek at the Floor Candelabras which were the simple framework for John & Emily during the Ceremony.
Gasp and take in the gorgeous, floral topped candelabras that framed J&E for the ceremony and that served double duty as they went from being the focal point for the ceremony to being placed upstairs on the Head Table for the reception. TABLE NO. 1 – also known as The Head Table…awaiting it’s adornment from the Ceremony below… Custom Table Numbers in keeping with design for J&E by Sarah Axelson. Hand-blown mirror glass table hooks are property of Backyard Soiree and ‘Free with Me’
A view of the awesome upstairs Salvage One dining and dance floor space. Lots of fun was had in the many spaces of Salvage One… The Wedding Party and all significant others had a place at The Head Table… I ‘loved how hard she laughed during the Best Man speech… and then they had their first dance to ‘My Girl’ sang and played by John’s groomsmen…with their wedding party looking on and ready to join them on the dance floor… Thank You to my Angel Assistant Abby, for taking my 87 Photo Backyard Soiree Facebook Album Post to 21 – for this blog post – and then, I couldn’t stop myself and added two more. Kiss Kiss, Kelly