Jessica and Taylor married on June 27, 2015, it was a bright blue sky afternoon.  So much fun doing first looks right downtown amongst the hustle and bustle of Michigan Ave. This laid back and fun couple were a joy to spend the day with.  I loved reading their write up, and how they fell in love with space, so amazing to hear that people connect with Greenhouse Loft, and we are always honored when people choose to spend one of the most special days here, and have us photograph the magic.  Speaking of magic - Make sure you scroll all the way down to see the magic that was happening on the dance floor that night!!  Thank you again to the couple, their kind family and friends, and all the vendors that brought their best!  xo

"After the late October 2013 proposal, I constantly heckled Taylor about his timing: how were we supposed to plan a summer wedding with less than a year of planning?! At the time, we were living in Seattle & agreed to have our wedding in Chicago, closer to where I grew up. Given the distance, I spent countless hours perusing the internet to find a venue that inspired me. I came across Greenhouse Loft early in my search and it immediately became the frontrunner. I have always been enamored with Chicago architecture so I knew I wanted a loft space reflecting this ideal. Unfortunately, my heart was nearly broken when I realized how limited the availability for 2014 was. During a trip back home for the holidays, I visited my top three loft prospects in person. In a very cliché Goldilocks way: one was too boring ($5000 in "draping" to dress up the walls?), one was too much maintenance (I have to bring my own toilet paper and hand soap?!), and the final one was just perfect. Unlike my other two tours, I could tell the Greenhouse Loft group held the space very near and dear to their hearts. I looked to my mom, the one person whose opinion I always value, and could tell she felt the same comforting vibe I did. I mean, no one wants a mid-wedding toilet paper crisis! It was worth postponing our marriage a year. "

"It rained the entire week leading up to our wedding day. Taylor & I were checking the weather forecast like clockwork: one day it would say sunny with no chance of rain [!], the next would predict a torrential downpour. The pessimist in me was convinced our beloved urban courtyard would just be a mirage come Saturday. To our luck, it was quite possibly the most perfect forecast you could expect from a summer day in the city. Phew. Jamie met up with the ladies at our hotel as Eric started taking photos of the men. For logistical ease, we chose to do all of our first look/wedding party photos before the ceremony. It was much easier to suppress the miniature bridezilla in me knowing Jamie and Eric had seamless communication with each other and could effectively navigate our way to Lincoln Park and the loft. Better yet, Jamie understood that my vague direction of, "I really like that honeycomb thing on your website" actually meant, "please take us to Lincoln Park for pictures"! I cannot stress enough how grateful I was to know the two of them had everything handled. It truly allowed us to enjoy the time spent alone with our bridal party."

"Our ceremony was officiated by my sister-in-law's father and we were surrounded by our closest friends and family. Two minutes before the start, I impulsively decided to have the wedding party walk out to a string version of David Guetta's "Titanium". While one of us was laughing down the aisle as the other nearly shed a tear (sorry, Taylor!), the tables were turned during the reception. After my stellar no-tears ceremony performance, I confidently agreed to take the first speech. I stood up, took a look around, and immediately realized that 110/120 of our guests traveled hundreds, if not thousands, of miles to attend our wedding. Literally ten of our guests actually live in the state of Illinois. I tried my best to make a joke...and then my joke became tears and a lot of mumbling. To see everyone you are close to, all in one room to celebrate the two of you, is the most surreal feeling one could imagine. Taylor knows how confusing I find the usage of "humbling", but honestly, that is the only way I could describe it." 

"More speeches were given (all in a more eloquent manner than mine) and we proceeded to drink and feast. We will skip over the part where Taylor tried to shove cake in my face (if he thought this was something I'd actually enjoy, our marriage is probably doomed!). We shared our first dance together and continued the festivities through the night. Our DJ was spot on with our numerous requests ("Taylor cannot stand Outkast"/"There is no such thing as too much Pitbull") and really kept the party going strong. Looking back, I know Taylor is secretly pleased I won our endless battle-of-the-youngest-children argument over whether or not to include the Ultimate Photobooth. Steve completely nailed it - we ended up with very priceless photos and it continually gave our guests a fun break from the dance floor. Overall, everything just felt so lighthearted!"

"I could not have imagined a more perfect day, venue, guest list, or husband (ha!). I realized how important it was to have vendors who truly take pride in what they do. I started to feel so silly when I thought about how much anxiety went into planning those 12 hours. How could so much stress result in something so effortless? The outcome was just stunning. The architectural elements within the loft, the beautiful urban courtyard, and the subtle tealights were everything we could have hoped for. Both of us concluded that all of the small planning frustrations we (mostly me, Taylor is annoyingly cheery and optimistic all the time) had were completely unnecessary. I was constantly afraid of outsourcing tasks to other people in fear of losing my ability to control the final output. In the process, I realized it is entirely possible to curate an all-star list of vendors while still adding an ample amount of your own personal influence. In the end, it is all about celebrating your new life together with your loved ones. So, thank you to our friends, family, and vendors for making the day one we will never forget!"

Thanks to the vendors who helped put together an awesome celebration!

Wedding Venue: Greenhouse Loft
Wedding Photography: Greenhouse Loft Jamie Davis, Eric Davis, Steve Ewert
Catering: Fig Catering
DJ: Toast & Jam
Florist: Pollen
Cake: Amy Beck Cake Design
Dress: Jinza Bridal