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Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall Wedding

More details from the gorgeous Katie:

We wanted to have a wedding that was elegant but laid-back. We didn’t want any fussing about details and just wanted to focus on having a great time with friends and family.

Elope. Just kidding. But seriously, we felt that we barely got to enjoy our own wedding because we were bouncing around from group to group, playing host/hostess all night, and it goes by so quickly. Take some time during the reception to just relax and take it all in. I tried to do that but could have done better. The more guests you have, the more people you get to see but the less time you get with each of them, so it’s a trade-off.

We both went to school at Washington University in St. Louis but didn’t really cross paths on campus. When I moved to Chicago, where Ted was living, a friend from school invited me to dinner. Later we met up with more of her friends, including Ted, at a place called George Street Pub. I was lucky…I had only been in Chicago for less than ten days when Ted came into my life!

The ceremony. The reception was purely for the guests, but the ceremony was all about us. It was extremely personal, as we had a mutual friend officiate and we wrote it ourselves. It fit our personalities to throw some jokes in there, and even a reference or two to Game of Thrones, which we watch together. We kept our respective vows secret from one another, and didn’t hear our officiant’s opening remarks until the actual ceremony either, so it was truly touching to hear them for the first time in the moment. A close second for me was the moment when I was walking up to Ted to tap him on the shoulder during the first look. I was just thinking, “oh man…this is really happening!”

Vendors Who Made Magic:

Bethany, Salon Ivy

Jasmine, Salon Ivy

Veil: Michelle Roth; necklace: Ted’s great-grandmother’s engagement ring set as a pendant

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Two family-owned shops on Chicago’s Jewelers’ Row: Engagement ring: C&A Jewelers; Wedding band: S & V Jewelry

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Theory

Amazon: $12.99 (no joke…)

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Weditorial Design (Etsy)

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We found lots of plain wooden items online and at Michael’s, such as table numbers and a card box, and went through lots of burgundy and rose gold paint. Ted’s mom also made photo albums for each of us with pictures of us growing up.

The Chef and I

DJ Crush (Tony Griffith)

Tres Leches cake from Chicken Latino

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