Heather & David

This blog will be a little different than all others. Mostly because it was written by Heather herself!  The perfect collaboration in my mind as now you can see her vision come to live in these images! ENJOY!!! And don’t be shy to leave a comment or a “like” for us. We are so excited to share this magical day with you!

When we decided have a full wedding rather than eloping we knew we wanted every detail to leave our guests feeling like it had “David and Heather” written all over it! My style has always leaned towards vintage, romantic, and a little quirky and I wanted the wedding to reflect this. David is incredibly artistic and fun – so we pulled all that together, found the right balance and this is what we ended up with!
We decided on a spring wedding because 1. We couldn’t bear the idea of waiting more than 6 months to be married and 2. Spring in the Midwest is such a happy, optimistic season – what better time for a wedding! When it came to color choices, we both love color so much that the idea of only have 1 or 2 colors for our wedding /reception was not going to work! Instead we decided on a palette inspired by the Monet Water Lily’s at the Chicago Art Institute. All of the shades of purple, blues, greens, a little yellow, whites, and ivories blending together seemed perfect for an early spring wedding!
Heather got ready at the Sax Hotel in downtown Chicago. Her gorgeous dress is tea length Melissa Sweet creation from Priscilla of Boston.

I wanted to have a shorter, less formal dress and when I found my future dress at a sample sale I knew it was meant to be! My veil headpiece was from the 1950’s and I carried my Grandmother’s vintage purse. It was great to have a mix of new and old! The finishing touch was my bouquet. It was so much more beautiful than I imagined it would be! My only request was for anemones which are so stunning and luckily were still in season.
Get ready for Heather & David’s first look!
We couldn’t resist not taking a few pictures at Crimson Lounge and outside the hotel before heading out to Kitchen Chicago for the ceremony.
You are invited!
We found our wedding venue about a month after our engagement. It was the first place we went to see. As soon as we walked into Kitchen Chicago we made up our mind that was where we would be married. The space has tons of natural light, the open loft provides a little industrial edge, but the beautiful wood floors and lighting fixtures give it the perfect balance of soft and hard, old and modern. It was perfect.
Our welcome table was the first thing our guests saw in the space and the focal point for the cocktail hour. We incorporated photographs and odds and ends along with our escort cards. The night before the wedding before our rehearsal we set up the pinwheels, tissue paper flower poofs, paper flags, tulle (and lots of twine) from the loft railing.
We made all of the paper stuff at our wedding – the escort cards, signs around the room, table book/numbers, menus, escort cards and invitations. We have vintage books all over our house and attributing most of my romantic nature to lots of Jane Austen at an early age we decided to incorporate a book theme into several aspects of the wedding. Our invitations were made to look like old books, with different “chapters” and a library checkout card for RSVPs. It was during this project that twine started to be my best friend! We carried the book theme to our escort cards, using drawers from the card catalogue in our kitchen to display the guest “authors” and their “location”. For the table markers we made the same “vintage books” as our invitation and chose some of our favorite titles. The titles ranged from classics like Great Expectations and the Time Machine to guilty pleasures like Twilight (don’t judge me! Haha) that our friends got a kick out of.
For our ceremony we kept decorations simple, draped ivory tulle over the huge loft windows that we stood in front of for the ceremony and more romantic loose flower arrangements. We had a string trio, which was a last minute splurge for us and was so worth it! They arranged a special version of Just Like Heaven by the Cure for our processional, and played The Rainbow Connection from the Muppets for our unity candle lighting and All You Need Is Love by the Beatles for our processional.
We did a lot more pictures of the bride and groom the ones at the hotel! 🙂 We even stopped at a random house I loved along the way and took pictures right in front of it!!!
And a couple more right in front of the venue.

We truly loved working with all of the vendors at our wedding. We managed to find people that were around our age, shared a similar esthetic and all genuinely love what they do- which totally shows in their work!  Our caterer and florist are both part of the Green Wedding Alliance in Chicago and support environmentally friendly practices. Our caterer only uses organic ingredients from local farmers and artisans. At the bottom of menus guests could read where everything they were eating came from, all within a few hundred miles of Chicago! We chose our photographer, Cristina G, because her images really spoke to us. She has a timeless style and made everyone look like they were straight from a magazine…and who doesn’t want to look like they are in a magazine spread for a day?!

For our reception tables we used vintage books wrapped in French velvet ribbon from bhldn and tied with old keys. Our florist incorporated her collection of old mason jars and vintage apothecary bottles filled with simple, loose arrangements. We had a mixture of round covered tables and the heavy wood farm tables that Kitchen Chicago has on sight. We used solid ivory linens with the cutest rustic burlap runners on the round tables and just the burlap runners on the farm tables because they are too unique to cover up. We wanted to promote conversation and keep everything relaxed so the dinner was served family style. I would completely recommend this to anyone looking to have a less formal, but still seated meal!

Our dessert table was a dream come true for someone like me- a sugarholic! We had 3 different kinds of cupcakes, pineapple upside down cake, triple chocolate cookies, heart shaped sugar cookies with “H + D” and chocolate and sprinkle dipped pretzels by one of our favorite local bakeries. We had a small cake to cut with our “just married” cake server. We displayed everything on mismatched plates and pedestals.

At dinner looking out at our guests with all of the twinkling candle light and smiling faces I felt like there was a magical spell over the room. I really do feel like I’ve got my fairytale ending.