Lavender Fields Forever

Both Kafi and James work in the wine and spirits industry. They first met on a work trip in Cancun and five years later, James proposed in Sonoma, California. “I am absolutely in love with lavender fields, and Matanzas Creek Winery is known for their beautiful fields filled with gorgeous lavender. James took me into the lavender fields, with two glasses of wine in hand, and asked me to spend forever with him.”

As Kafi traveled to the church on the morning of the wedding, the skies opened and rained poured. Upon arrival, the rain stopped and the sun shone, matching the brilliant mood of the day. Crying tears of joy, Kafi walked down the aisle with her dad. “When I met James at the [end] of the aisle, I had the immediate feeling of being complete. I couldn’t wait another second to become this incredible man’s wife.”

Family and friends joined the couple at the Union League Club of Chicago for the reception. “As James and I walked into the dining room, we couldn’t believe our eyes. Large, submerged, lavender-hued bloom centerpieces, a mint-chocolate cake and hundreds of candles filled the room.” Guests were treated to vocal performances from Kafi’s dad, while James’ dad played drums with the band. “James and I think family is the most important thing in the world, and our special day included them in every aspect of the ceremony and reception.”

After spending seven years dancing for the Chicago Bulls as a Luvabull, Kafi and her friends were excited to get the party started. “These women are my lifelong friends — including the Maid and Lady of Honor at our wedding, both of whom I danced with for 6 years,” says Kafi. Needless to say, it was an evening filled with dancing, laughter, and love.

By: Jeanne Sullivan

Ceremony Site: Old St. Patrick’s Church Reception Site & Catering: Union League Club Of Chicago Photography & Videography: Edward Fox Photography Officiant: Fr. Tom Hurley Bride’s Gown: Vera Wang Hair:A`SalonBizz, Inc.A`SalonBizz, Inc. Makeup: Jillian Kratky Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids Formalwear: Black Tie Formalwear Stationery: Invitation Architects Flowers: Kehoe Designs Entertainment: David Rothstein Music Sweets: Union League Club Of Chicago Transportation: Exotic Coach Chicago

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