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urban wedding at architectural artifacts

Katie + Bobby were married in May of this year at St. Mary of the Angels church and had their reception at the ever-popular Architectural Artifacts.  They were such an easy couple to work with, so laid back and calm and everything went right on schedule.  Katie’s dad walking her down the aisle could not have been sweeter and the amount of toasts from siblings and friends was a true testament to how many people love these two(And also perhaps that they had been waiting for this day for awhile?!)  Dan, a friend of the couple and of Broadway fame, sang while Bobby and his mom danced and then the entire guest list tore the dance floor up all night long.  A lovely night filled with the most lovely people at one of the most fun venues in the city.  For the win?  Indeed.  For the win. 

*all photos courtesy of the ubiquitous Megan of Megan Bearder Photography

Katie + Bobby’s Vendors
Ceremony: St. Mary of the Angels

Reception: Architectural Artifacts
Day-of Coordination: Anticipation Events

Catering + Cake: Froggy’s Catering

Megan Bearder Photography
Florist: Ashland Addison Florist

DJ: Cross Fader King
Lighting: Chicago Lighting Design

Hair + Make-up: Francesca at Thomas West Salon

Transportation: Windy City Limo + Second City Trolley

Ceremony Musicians: Stephen Noon, David Jonies + Dave Johnson from Chicago Bagpipers

vintage wedding at architectural artifacts

Working with Eli and David was great.  Both were so involved in making their wedding day special and uniquely them. From the mason jar wine glasses for each person, the vegan meal served for dinner and the homemade jam jars for favors (Eli is a natural foods chef!) to the carbon offsets, ‘no cut flowers’ mantra and a first dance set to salsa music, the day was completely theirs.  

 After looking at many venues to find one that suited them, we landed at Architectural Artifacts a fantastically eclectic venue.  One of the best things about Architectural Artifacts is that they let you use all of their inventory at your wedding.  I designed Eli and David’s centerpieces using globes, springs, milk jugs, books and boxes.  We brought in orchids and other flowering plants and I covered them in burlap so that we still had gorgeous pops of color but no flowers were harmed and everything could be replanted.  Guests loved taking them home at the end of the night.  Eli’s brother grew microgreens for some of the tables and we even found a couple of bicycles we used in the centerpieces (David’s other true love!) from fair trade company Ten Thousand Villages.  Eli and David sourced soy candles, their friend made pickles and Eli even whipped up truffles the week of the wedding to complete the tablescape.

We used an old metal locker to hang table cards using twine and clothespins that were made from leftover paper they used to create their invitations.  Chalkboards were consistent throughout on the mason jars, table numbers, glass pick-up station and other various signage throughout the day.  Every detail was well thought out and Eli and David’s wedding came together in an amazing way.  A million moving parts converged into a day full of love and laughter that left no trace– other than thousands of memories, some pretty fabulous pictures and a beautiful beginning for Eli and David.  Prepare yourselves for the fantastic-ness that follows!
Eli & David’s Vendors
Photography: Lark Photography
Planning and Styling: Anticipation Events
Videography: I Do Films
Catering: Karyn’s
Service Staff: Service Is Us