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Allison & Dave: A Vibrant Loft Wedding in Chicago
Photos By Pen/Carlson
By Lauren Kathryn on Sep 19, 2014 at 6:00 am in Modern and Urban
Although Allison and Dave can’t call themselves Chicagoans by birth, the two fell madly in love among the charms of the Windy City, where they’ve built and shared a beautiful life together. Naturally, they couldn’t imagine tying the knot anywhere else.
“We decided to have a spring wedding at Loft on Lake, a quintessential Chicago loft space with lots of raw architectural elements,” Allison said. “We were drawn to the gorgeous exposed brick walls (the feature we loved most about our first home together) and the urban vibe that went with them. We also liked that you could hear the train lumbering past—a real nod to Chicago. And since most of our guests were out-of-towners, we wanted to give them an authentic experience of the city.”
For décor inspiration, Allison looked to the hundreds of wedding photos that she had painstakingly amassed on Pinterest. After combing through them all, she honed in on one in particular that really caught her eye. “There was an image of natural marble with pink and gray tones that really leaped out at me,” Allison said. “Our event designer, Katie Jayne, immediately ran with it, creating a soft yet edgily vibrant color palette and introducing the idea of inkblot and mirrored prints to complement the marble theme. We really had a blast finding ways to incorporate all of the different patterns into the warm urban space.”
Fleur’s Kelly Marie Uss translated the organic, fluid quality of marble into her arresting floral arrangements. For the tabletops, which were set with marbleized paper runners, she used an eclectic assortment of brass vessels and pottery vases from Re:find Joy’s collection. “It was exactly what we had envisioned,” Allison said.
A day centered around such thoughtfully constructed details deserved a comparably artful photographer, and that’s where Pen/Carlson came in. The husband-and-wife photography duo, who have a knack for capturing moments and details in a timeless yet contemporary way, worked pure photographic magic.
“They were wonderful,” Allison said. “And it was the best day of our lives. We loved every second of it.”
Sharing is Happiness
Photography > pen/carlson
Ceremony Venue > loft on lake
Reception Venue > loft on lake
Event Design and Planning > jayne weddings
Flowers > fleur
Catering > hearty boys
Cake > flour cake and pastry
Desserts > flour cake and pastry
DJ > toast & jam
Bride’s Dress > pronovias
Hair > morgan blaul
Makeup > morgan blaul
Groom’s Attire > nordstrom
Invitations > ruby the fox
Programs > ruby the fox
Calligraphy > jilly ink
ceremony backdrop > Art of Imagination
Brass vessels and pottery vases > Re:find Joy
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What's Being Said
Ariana - Hey Wedding Lady, Sep 22, 2014 at 3:08 pm
The marbled paper, the vibrant flowers, the sparkling bridesmaids' dresses - I don't even know where to start with this gorgeous wedding!
Sara, Sep 20, 2014 at 12:03 am
The paper goods in this wedding are so super fabulous!
Katie Jayne, Sep 19, 2014 at 1:43 pm
Thank you for the feature. This couple + this team were a dream come true! Loved working on this wedding and felt so honored they chose us!
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