Eden and Brian were so much fun to work with.  Thinking back on this sunny day so amazing.  The ladies got ready in a light filled room in the hotel, their dresses ethereal in the sun.  We traveled around the city stopping by Grant Park, the Cancer Survivors Park, and the Chicago Board of Trade, (Where we ran into another bride that Eden knew! What a small city :) The ceremony was beautiful with an ivy backdrop designed by her sister with the help of their florist.  One of our favorite parts of the night was the live music!  Spoken Four played all the hits and more, and had the dance floor packed all night.  This was a brilliantly fun wedding.  Read below of Eden's account of the day!

"As Brian and I have been together for nearly a decade, we had thought about this day many, many times. It has taken many forms: it has been outdoors, indoors, raining, freezing cold, we have had a DJ, we have had a band. Of all of the versions our actual wedding day greatly surpassed our expectations. Between the exquisite coordination from vendors to beautiful hair and makeup, I had never imagined that it could be so flawless. My incredible sister and matron of honored doubled as our wedding planner, and her talents as an interior architect and designer were greatly appreciated and needed. My life greatly revolves around my work, and Brian’s not exactly a wedding planning sort of guy. Her idea for the ivy hanging behind us during the ceremony is still one of my favorite parts of the entire room. We also had help from a bridesmaid, who owns a custom bakery, with an incredible array of miniature sweets so that no one would be interrupted from their dancing and could take a sugar cookie right up to the dance floor. "

"We were slightly non-traditional in a few ways. I still tear up when I think about our ceremony, performed by the groom’s uncle, and how we were able to create such a meaningful moment without being in a religious venue. Religion has never been central to our relationship and the appeal of one location encouraged us to choose both wedding ceremony and reception at the Greenhouse Loft and I could not be happier with that decision. Crying happens to be a genetic trait in my family and the decision to have our first look privately meant that I could cry hysterically and only my groom and the photographers would really see it... and the makeup artists was still upstairs to fix any mess I made." 

"Our first dance was also non-traditional as it was a rock song. The moment that this song represents has profound significance in our relationship and was in many ways the moment that we fell in love. We were lucky enough to find a string quartet version of the song, and the lyrics were printed on the back of each menu. My last non-traditional aspect was the mismatched bridesmaid dresses. In addition to having many different body types to dress, I desperately wanted the bridesmaids to have dresses they could wear to another event. People warned me of this and that it would look messy, but I am thrilled to say that while it may have been a bit of extra work, the outcome was an ethereal color palate and each bridesmaid was stunning, and loved her dress. "

"One highlight for me was the father-daughter dance. I had surprised my father and did not tell him the song, which was an old-school country song that he would dance with me to when I was very young; it is one of my oldest memories. I have never seen my father cry until that day, and it was such a beautiful moment. We then switched up the couples and I danced with my new father-in-law, who I have known for so many years. During the groom’s dance with his mother we also did a switch up, and while Brian danced with my mother, my mother-in-law found my little brother and danced with him. It was perfect."

"Our greatest concern was the happiness of our guests. Our priorities were delicious, decadent food, varieties of desserts, never-ending alcohol, and hours upon hours of dancing. At end of the evening these were some complimentary points that guests brought up to us, making us feel that it was a success. Our guests were ready to party in every sense of the word, from the first song the band played until the last, we were so thankful for the infectious energy on the dance floor. And beyond that, we were overwhelmed by the love in the loft space that night. It was all above and beyond any emotion we had anticipated. Thank you to everyone who made our day more perfect than we had imagined, and certainly more fun! "

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Thanks to the vendors involved with this great evening! 

Wedding Venue: Greenhouse Loft
Wedding Photography: Greenhouse Loft; Jamie Davis, Eric Davis, Steve Ewert
Catering: Hearty Boys
Ceremony & Cocktail Hour Music: Amaryllis Strings
Band: Spoken Four
Flowers: Chicago Flower Company
Desserts: CB Custom Bakeshop
Hair: Amie Miller
Makeup: Elise Brill
Dress: Mikaella from Weddings 826
Groom's Suit: Hugo Boss
Rings: Harold Burland & Son Jewelry
Transportation: Metropolitan Limo Service
Paper Goods: Minted