Beth & Scott’s Hip-Meets-Classic Uniquely Chicago Wedding


Beautiful couple Beth and Scott had a stylish, hip, and modern Chicago wedding as only real Chicagoans would. They avoided touristy locations and had their portraits taken in places they frequented around their neighborhood; the church they chose was only known to locals; and instead of a hotel, the space they had their reception at was an artistic loft-like gallery that allowed them to be creative with their theme.

When Chicago photographer Jake Poehls of JPP Studios showed me the gorgeous photos he took of this wedding, it was love at first sight. How can I not share a celebration this awesome with you?

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Chicago city wedding

Jake’s photos are just stunning, don’t you think? Wait ’til you see the rest below. Here’s what he had to say about the day:

What I loved about Beth & Scott’s wedding is that it couldn’t have happened outside of Chicago. It really embodied what the city has to offer. Like Chicago’s architecture, food, neighborhoods & culture, it was classic meets modern but through their own personality. Beth got ready at the Elysian Hotel, which is classically influenced, but unmistakably modern. Their ceremony was at St. Hedwig’s, a beautiful old church hidden in the neighborhood of Bucktown that only locals really know about.

Afterwards, we took pictures throughout their neighborhood & near where they work to give it a more ‘personal’ feel. Lastly, they had their reception at Gallery 1028: hip, modern & something you can’t find outside of the city.

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The lovely Beth is also on hand to give us the scoop on how she and Scott got together.

I met Scott at work.  After much “in-house” flirting, I sent him a text message proposing that we go out.  For the record, texting is not my typical dating m.o. (please don’t judge!) and for the further record, he did not respond for two whole days!  Alas, all’s well that ends well.  We’re the perfect definition of the yin and yang.  Scott is meticulous, detail oriented and good at math.  I am messy, creative and good at reading US Weekly. 🙂  But in the end, it all works out.  And the opposite skill sets actually proved very helpful in planning our wedding.  Scott dealt with a lot of the organization–the budgeting, record keeping, corresponding with vendors, etc., and I got to do the fun stuff like picking out decor, styling, etc.

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I’m a stationery freak.  Beautiful paper is indulgent and one of life’s last small luxuries.  After working with our friend Sam Snodgrass of Brown Paper Packages, we settled on a letterpress invitation–classic, but with varying fonts and a neat skyline envelope liner that tied in our city theme and gave the invitation a unique touch.

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Chicago city wedding

hip modern Chicago wedding

Although I’d define my everyday style as eclectic, I wanted to look timeless on our wedding.  I chose a cathedral length veil that perfectly matched the formality of our beautiful neighborhood church, but the dress was simply styled, and once the veil was removed, worked well in our raw event space.  I also thought the halter provided a modern twist on a classic design.

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chicago city wedding

modern chicago city wedding

chicago city wedding

modern chicago city wedding

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chic chicago city wedding

chicago city wedding

We chose to shoot our wedding photos in the very neighborhood in which we live–at our market, in the park where we eat lunch. This was sort of a nod to our everyday life and a romance that is both “everyday” and yet remarkable in every way.

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It always seems like people have a theme for their wedding, and it’s that theme which guides all their aesthetic choices.  We never really had that.  We knew we wanted to get married in the fall and that, while we wanted to get married in the city, we wanted to avoid obvious venue choices like hotels, etc.  Scott and I just picked things that we liked and the theme ultimately ended up resolving itself.  I guess you could say our vibe was comfortable city chic.

chicago city wedding

chicago city wedding

chicago city wedding

A neat touch was our getaway car – a 1955 vintage Cadillac limousine that was used in the film Driving Miss Daisy.  It photographed beautifully and was just too cool.  Its horn even played “Here Comes the Bride”!

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modern chicago city wedding

Chicago city wedding

Once we settled on Gallery 1028, a beautiful raw warehouse space on Goose Island, the rest fell into place.  We worked with Studio AG to select flowers and linens that paid homage to the fall (oranges, greens, browns, etc.), but not in a “knock you over the head”, let’s use pumpkins and foliage sort of way.  We elected to use feast tables because they allow flexibility in seating arrangements and make it easy for guests to engage in conversation.  I love the space for its romantic lighting and the fact that we were able to effectively design our own reception venue.

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Our wedding was October 29th and Scott was born on Halloween.  Anyone who knows me knows I LOVE candy, so a “trick or treat” candy bar was a must have.  Scott and I ordered 70 lbs of our favorite candy and stenciled individual treat bags for all of our guests to take home.

Modern Chicago city wedding

modern chicago city wedding

modern chicago city wedding

modern Chicago city wedding

modern chicago city wedding

Because Scott and I both work at an architecture firm, each table was named for a famous Chicago structure (the Bean, Wrigley Field, the John Hancock, etc) and was identified by a black and white photo.

Chicago city wedding

modern Chicago city wedding

Chicago city wedding

modern city wedding

In his blog, Jake mentioned that our wedding was “classic Chicago”.  I love that.  I’m so proud of being from here, so, for me, that was one of the best compliments we received!  While we didn’t get married in a classic Chicago venue like Cafe Brauer or the Peninsula or anything, I feel like our wedding is how a “true Chicagoan” would have done it… no massive budgets or tourist attractions.  Just good food, good music and nothing too formal.

Many thanks to Jake Poehls for sending his beautiful images my way and congratulations and best wishes to Beth and Scott! Thank you for sharing your special day with us!

Photographer: Jake Poehls of JPP Studios
Venue: Gallery 1028
Caterer: Calihan Catering
Church: St. Hedwig’s Church, Bucktown
Printer: Tweedle Press
Graphic Design: Samantha Snodgrass of Brown Paper Packages
Flowers and Decor: Studio AG Alice’s Garden
Dress: Pronovias
Car: Classic-Chassis
Cupcakes: Sweet Mandy B’s
Hair: Art and Science, Lincoln Park
Hotel: Elysian Hotel, Chicago

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