Wined and Wed
Ilya and Nicole met at a University of Chicago seminar on the Soviet Union and instantly connected. “He’s simply the easiest person to be around,” Nicole said. “It felt completely natural.” So natural, in fact, that the couple got engaged after being together for only four months.
Nicole married Ilya in the University Club of Chicago Library – the very same place where he proposed. The intimate walls of books and wood-paneled décor meshed flawlessly with their “Wine in the Wilderness” theme, surrounding the couple and their guests in a cozy blur of peach, deep red, and pale pink. Later that night, vintage wine crates and bottles were transformed into elegantly rustic centerpieces at their Cathedral Hall reception.
Ilya and Nicole’s wedding honored their beautifully varied heritage by borrowing from a variety of cultural and religious traditions. In a nod to Ilya’s Jewish and Russian background, Nicole circled him three times during the ceremony and read her vows in Russian. At the end of the ceremony, the couple “jumped the broom” as an homage to her African-American roots.
Nicole’s favorite memory? “When all of my sorority sisters surrounded me and sang our traditional wedding song. I’d sung that song so many times before, but it was amazing to have it sung to me!” As for Ilya, his favorite memory from the wedding was taking Nicole’s shaking hand in his after she walked down the aisle.
By: Christina Oddo
The University Club Of Chicago
Ceremony: The University Club Of Chicago Library
Reception: The University Club Of Chicago – Cathedral Hall
Photography: Studio This Is
Officiant: Rabbi Jodi Kornfeld
Wedding Consultant: Allen/Williams Events
Bride’s Ceremony Gown: Victor Harper Couture
Bride’s Reception Gown: Amsale
Hair: Elizabeth Adam Salon And Day Spa
Makeup: Solomon Arnold
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Macy’s
Stationery: Allen/Williams Events
Floral: Cattleya Bridal & Floral Design
Catering: The University Club Of Chicago
Entertainment: Style Matters DJs
Cake: The University Club Of Chicago