Sarah and Brian met the weekend before St. Patrick’s Day 2013 while she was out celebrating her graduation from Northwestern University’s graduate program with friends, and Brian was celebrating a friend passing her board exam. Both groups ended up at River North’s Rockit Bar and Grill and the rest is history. Early on, Sarah knew that Brian was the one. After a job offer that required a move to Boston, Sarah realized as she was trying to convince Brian to move with her that he was the one she wanted to spend forever with. After his father had surgery, Brian realized that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with Sarah. “Sarah went to the hospital every day for several hours a day even when she was supposed to be working. I knew then. She was someone who not only would take care of me, but would also take care of my family.”
Sarah and Brian chose Chicago as the backdrop for their wedding since it was where they met, the city where they first fell in love, and it is also the city where they want to raise their future family. They chose March 10th as their wedding date as it was also their five-year anniversary since they first met. Since Chicago’s weather in March can be hit-or-miss, Sarah and Brian were elated that their wedding day was full of sunshine which allowed them to take photographs outside. Sarah wore a pale blush gown by Ines De Santo that embodied their spring wedding perfectly with floral embroidery. She opted for multiple veils for both the ceremony and reception. “I splurged to have multiple veils, one from Sara Gabriel that was an ombre blush, and another that was cathedral length with flower embroidery that matched my gown, so I could change based on my mood rather than having two dresses”.
With theWit as their venue, Sarah and Brian wanted the space to reflect them as a couple while making guests feel at home. “Metallic touches with modern and geometric shapes reflect Brian and I perfectly as it mirrors our new home’s décor”. They chose food stations as it allowed guests the opportunity to try multiple selections from theWit’s impressive menu. Sarah chose to have both her father and stepfather dance with her which stands out as one of her favorite memories. “I think its important for other brides to know since so many of us have unique family situations that can be hard to incorporate” Sarah explains. Sarah and Brian invited their guests to end the evening by dancing to Frank Sinatra’s “Chicago” as they overlooked the twinkling lights of the city. Since Sarah is originally from Dallas, Texas, they wanted to blend a bit of Chicago and Texas together for their guests in their gift bags. Guests received personalized bags of Garrett popcorn, boot-shaped bottle openers, and a packet of bluebonnet seeds (the state flower of Texas) which were all wrapped in a bag that showcased the Chicago Theater on it.
While the entire day was a dream for both Sarah and Brian, Brian notes that his favorite part of the day was his first look at his bride. “The first look was breathtaking and I’m not talking about the view! She was the most beautiful thing I have ever seen.”
Venue: theWit, Event Planner: Lillian Rose Events, Photography: Timothy Whaley & Associates, Floral & Decor: Flowers for Dreams, Bride’s Dress: Ines di Santo via Glamour Closet Tiara: Twigs & Honey, Veil: Sara Gabriel, Bride’s Shoes: Betsy Johnson Makeup: Total Image Bridal, Floral: Flowers for Dreams, Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Badgley Mischka, Alterations: The Alterationist Formalwear: JCPenney, Groom’s Accessories: The Rusted Anchor, Michael Kors, DJ: Cage & Aquarium, Music Ensemble: Tara Lynn Ramsey Music, Officiant: The Wedding Rev – Reverend Dave, Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas, Photobooth: Mr. Photobot, Transportation: Emperor Limousine