Real Wedding: Lauren + Zack

Lauren and Zack’s sweet ceremony and jubilant reception made for a picture-perfect wedding day. All photos by Gold Grid Studios.

Lauren, on how she and Zack met…
 “We actually went to high school together but didn’t know one another until after our freshman year of college. Our two close friends introduced us that summer after Zack had been asking them about me. We’ve been together ever since!”

Lauren and Zack, on knowing they were the perfect person for each other…

“While our personalities are pretty different, we’ve found that those differences are what make our relationship strong. We’re able to appreciate our differences and really learn from one another. We also have similar core values, which have helped us grow both together as a couple and as individuals.”

Lauren and Zack, on their first look… 
“We chose to do a first look before the ceremony so we could enjoy time together before all the festivities began. Right before seeing each other for the first time we exchanged letters and took time to read them separately. It was a special moment for the both of us…”

“…After our time together, our wedding party traveled over so we could take our group photos before the ceremony. We’re all close friends so it made the afternoon really fun and that much more memorable!”

Lauren, on getting married at Alice Millar Chapel…

“Our ceremony took place at Alice Millar Chapel in Evanston. It is exactly the church that I had dreamed of when I was young and always envisioned myself walking down the aisle with my dad and getting married to the man of my dreams. The church is breathtaking with floor to ceiling stained glass windows on either side, classic church pews, and a large organ section in the upper level of the church.”

Lauren’s favorite memory from her wedding day…
“The ceremony. Not only was it in the church of my dreams, but also exchanging vows, expressing our love, and officially committing ourselves to one another as husband and wife while surrounded by the most important people in our lives is something I’ll never forget. It was incredibly special and emotional.”

Lauren, on their reception decor…
“We wanted a refined romance look and feel throughout the entire day. It all stemmed from my dress, which was a beautiful lace dress with some beading details. We had three different centerpieces. In them were cream and ivory roses, some greens and a few pops of lavender roses with of candlelight throughout and subtle up lighting. These details helped make the day feel very romantic and elegant.”

Lauren and Zack, on their first dance…
“After the ceremony we were able to enjoy some of our cocktail hour before being introduced at the reception. Our first dance was to “Lucky” by Jason Mraz, which has been “our song” almost the entirety of our relationship. It’s a song that has been incredibly meaningful to us for years, so being able to dance to it as husband and wife with an abundance of sunlight pouring in onto the dance floor was too wonderful for words.”

Zack’s favorite memory from his wedding day…

“We specifically requested our DJ play Tiny Dancer as our last song so we could get everyone who was still at the reception on the dance floor to share a special moment with us. As the end of the song neared they all came into the middle sharing hugs and their love with us as our wedding day concluded.”

VENDORS:

Gold Grid Studios (photography), Alice Millar Chapel (ceremony), Hilton Orrington/Evanston (reception/catering), Timothy Stevens (officiant), Zach Harris (videography), Tying the Knot (wedding consultant), Kenneth Winston (gown designer), A Joyful Occasion (bridal boutique), Brigette Cwik (bride’s hair), Christy Swain Beauty (bride’s makeup), Badgley Mischka (bride’s shoes), Nadri Jewelry (bride’s jewelry), En Vogue Bridal Accessories (bride’s headband), DaVinci Bridal (bridesmaids’ dresses), Phillip’s Flowers (floral),CAKE Chicago (cake), Stitely Entertainment (DJ), The Traveling Photo Booth (photo booth),Ashley’s Custom Stationery (invites), Second City Trolley (transportation)

 

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