Lisa & Nick’s Hip Rock Music Party in Chicago Wedding
The fully loaded feature you see right here is what happens when (1) I connect with a wedding completely, and (2) a talented photographer generously entrusts me with dozens upon dozens of his amazing photos. Chicagoans Lisa and Nick are big rock music fans so they centered their hip and chic city wedding around their passion for it and of course their love for each other. Longtime readers of this blog know that I’m a music junkie myself so of course I related, especially after seeing the super cool DIY music-themed details at their reception (tables named after Weezer, The Postal Service, and Ben Folds? Yes, please!), their rockin rollin after-party, and not to mention the pic with the couple’s adorable black kitty (cats are the way to my heart).
Enough about me… on to the eye candy courtesy of the talents of Chicago wedding photographer JPP Studios’ Jake Poehls.
I’m so feeling their love for one another in this photo! Here’s what Jake had to say about Lisa & Nick’s special music-filled day:
What made Lisa & Nick’s wedding special for me was our mutual love of music. They let me know early on that they wanted to incorporate it into their wedding as much as possible. I am a big music nerd, so I was really happy to share that in common with them. I think the most memorable part for me as a photographer, though, was the shoot we did inside the Congress Theater, which is a beautiful old & gritty Chicago music venue in Logan Square. We were lucky to get permission from the people there and the pictures turned out really unique. I’ve never seen anyone else use that venue for wedding pictures, so I was really thankful not just for the opportunity, but for the fact that Lisa & Nick were so on board with it.
It’s a great example of when the photographer and the couple are on the same page and the results really show.
Lisa is such a gorgeous bride! She’s here to tell us more about herself and Nick and their wedding:
Nick and I met while we were freshman at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. I had an enormous crush on him, he was the funniest person I’d ever met, and we spent a lot of time hanging out, but we lost touch. Five years later, we ended up in the same section of law school at Michigan State. We studied together, partied together, drove each other a little crazy, stayed up all night listening to music and fell in love! Now, we are practicing attorneys in the Chicago area and have augmented our “family” with two adopted cats, Frankie and Belmont.
One of our favorite memories in Chicago was going to Riot Fest at the Congress Theater where we saw Bad Religion for the first time. When we worked with Jake of JPP Studios to figure out picture locations, the Congress immediately sprang to mind. It’s a classical, gilded-age theater past its prime, but it is beautiful. The Congress gave us permission to take pictures there and when we rolled up with our wedding party, a Mexican metal band was warming up on stage and testing the lights. They graciously let us take pictures right by the stage, while their light guy shone the spotlight on us and played with the lights, so Jake could work his magic! It was absolutely unforgettable and so special.
More than anything, we wanted our wedding to be a light-hearted, informal celebration where people could relax, dance, meet and catch up. We also wanted to integrate our family and friends as much as possible – so my Uncle Tom sang during our ceremony, Nick’s sister Michele read, and Nick’s best friend Bob was our officiant. It was such a joy to walk down the aisle and see Nick’s best friend smiling back instead of some random person! Our venue, the Oak Brook Bath and Tennis Club, had a welcoming, intimate feeling with the wood vaulted ceiling and fireplace, but it also had different spaces (like a sunroom, a porch and an outdoor patio) which allowed everyone to walk around and mingle inside or outside.
We had a buffet and cupcakes instead of cake, so that guests could sample different flavors from Molly’s Cupcakes (my favorite bakery in Chicago) – red velvet, chocolate, carrot cake and vanilla!
Nick and I are huge music fans. In fact the night Nick proposed, I had just gotten back from singing a gig with my rock band at the time. So our wedding was also a celebration of our favorite music, the bands that we bonded over and concerts we’d been to together. We spent a lot of time picking out our favorite CD’s, framing one to put on each table and using that band’s name (like “Ben Folds”) instead of a number. Our wedding favors were tiny jam/jelly jars from Smuckers (which said ‘Thanks for jamming with us!’) and we decorated each place card with guitar picks.
A huge thank you to Jake Poehls for the gorgeous images, and congratulations to the beautiful couple! Thank you for sharing your awesome wedding with us!
Photography: JPP Studios
Cupcakes: Molly’s Cupcakes
Dress: Adele Fabiano
Transportation: Home James Chicago
Makeup: Sonia Roselli
Hair: Robert Jeffrey Hair Studio
Music: Carrie Grutz, Toast & Jam DJ’s
Venue: Oak Brook Bath and Tennis Club
Catering: Calihan Catering
Picture Locations: Congress Theater, Lincoln Park
Tags: DIY weddings, first look, non-traditional weddings, rock and roll wedding, US weddings, weddings with animals, weddings with pets