Emily & Andy’s Chic, Modern and Bright-hued Chicago Wedding


Ravenswood Event Center wedding

Emily and Andy’s wedding was traditional in format but they spiced it up with chic and modern bright-hued elements that reflected their fun-loving personalities. The quirky unexpected venue, a vintage car showroom, added a dash of playfulness but did not take away from the meaningful personal touches that the couple incorporated into their celebration.

We have Rebecca Marie Photography & Design to thank for the gorgeous photos and here she is to give a more in-depth look at the day:

Between one of the best downtown Chicago hotels and one of the most unique Northside venues, Emily & Andy’s big day spanned the spectrum from creative to modern in a classic kind of way.

On the classic/modern end of the spectrum, we started the day off at the Trump Hotel. The plethora of windows, sleek modern decor and views of the river as it curves into Lake Michigan makes this locale one of my favorites downtown.

Emily’s deep caring and thoughtfulness for those she loves generally can be witnessed in the time consuming, hand-crafted gifts she creates. Like the lovely handkerchief Andy received along with super spiffy watch.

While both Emily & Andy’s fathers enjoyed watching over them from above, Emily also made sure to keep dad close throughout the big day with this picture charm and handkerchief around her bouquet.

The Ravenswood Event Center is one of the most unique venues on the Northside. Between it’s stellar, sun soaked loft and wide open showroom, it’s sure to carve a memory in every guests’ memory.

Ravenswood Event Center wedding

Ravenswood Event Center wedding

Ravenswood Event Center wedding

Ravenswood Event Center wedding

Ravenswood Event Center wedding

Ravenswood Event Center wedding

Ravenswood Event Center wedding

Ravenswood Event Center wedding

Ravenswood Event Center wedding

About the couple, in lovely Emily’s own words:

Andy is a fun loving guy with a sweet heart.  He loves the Chicago Bears (as most Chicago men do) and he has recently become obsessed with homebrewing beer.  I am a crafter at heart and love to make homemade pretty much anything.  We both love to cook and entertain for our friends and family.

Ravenswood Event Center wedding

Ravenswood Event Center wedding

Ravenswood Event Center wedding

Ravenswood Event Center wedding

Ravenswood Event Center wedding

Ravenswood Event Center wedding

Ravenswood Event Center wedding

Ravenswood Event Center wedding

Ravenswood Event Center wedding

Ravenswood Event Center wedding

From this point on, Emily will take us through their wedding details:

Our colors were bright/azalea pink and charcoal grey, I wanted bright green and pink flowers (none of that lame white stuff).

Ravenswood Event Center wedding

Ravenswood Event Center wedding

Ravenswood Event Center wedding

Ravenswood Event Center wedding

Ravenswood Event Center wedding

Ravenswood Event Center wedding

Ravenswood Event Center wedding

Our wedding was at the Ravenswood Event Center Showroom. The ceremony was in the atrium which provided a lot of natural light and was a wonderful personal ceremony with live music, unique readings and personalized vows.  One of the readings called “I like you” by Sandol Stoddard Warburg was actually a children’s book from 1965 that I found.  We wanted to keep it somewhat traditional in format, but fun and unique to us at the same time.

Ravenswood Event Center wedding

Ravenswood Event Center wedding

The location pretty much gave us the theme with the vintage cars. Andy fell in love with the venue as soon as we walked in.

Ravenswood Event Center wedding

Ravenswood Event Center wedding

Ravenswood Event Center wedding

Ravenswood Event Center wedding

Our last name is Miller so our favors were pint glasses with the Miller (beer) logo and our wedding date.

Ravenswood Event Center wedding

Ravenswood Event Center wedding

Ravenswood Event Center wedding

I made a lot of paper crafts – cootie catchers for our ceremony program, mad lib cards for our guest book, painted date sign for our place card table.

Ravenswood Event Center wedding

Ravenswood Event Center wedding

The reception was perfect – we had an awesome band, fantastic food, wonderful speeches, and all our friends and family there to celebrate with us.

Ravenswood Event Center wedding

Ravenswood Event Center wedding

Ravenswood Event Center wedding

Ravenswood Event Center wedding

Ravenswood Event Center wedding

Ravenswood Event Center wedding

Advice from the newlyweds:

Have a blast, it goes by so quickly as EVERYONE will tell you and you won’t believe them until its over.

Ravenswood Event Center wedding

Huge thanks to Rebecca Marie for sending her beautiful images my way, and congratulations Emily and Andy! I wish you guys a lifetime of married bliss. 🙂

Photography: Rebecca Marie Photography & Design
Venue & Catering: Ravenswood Event Center
Floral Designer: Chicago Flower Company
Musicians: Audiomatic
Cinema and Video: Studio 272
Hotel: Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago
Dress: Liancarlo from Ultimate Bride
Hair & Makeup: Michael Anthony Salon, State Street
Cake: Sweet Mandy B’s

Image submission via Two Bright Lights

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