Featuring heirloom jewelry and a surprise musical performance from the bride, Sarah and Elliott’s wedding was magical from start to finish. All photos by Mark Randazzo.
“My groom and I are Chicago through and through. He grew up on the Northside. I grew up on the Southside. He’s a Cubs fan. I’m a Sox fan. When planning our wedding, we knew there was only one place for us to get married, in our hometown of Sweet Home Chicago. A few years before Elliott proposed to me, his grandmother had gifted him a beautiful two stone diamond ring (for me!) that belonged to his great grandmother. So, after Elliott asked me to marry him, we knew we wanted to use the stones to design something truly unique and beautiful. I added two little diamond stud earrings to the mix that my mom had gifted to me years before (that my grandmother had gifted to her!) and we designed the ring together. It is truly a one of a kind piece that I feel extraordinarily lucky to wear. With family stones from both Elliott’s family and my own, I can’t wait to pass it down to our children and grandchildren someday.
From a young age, I knew where I wanted to get married. I knew I wanted to get married in Chicago, of course, and I knew I wanted it to feel like we were hosting a wedding at home. We chose to take our vows in Holy Family Church and to have the reception right next door at my high school, St. Ignatius College Prep. That’s right — we had our wedding reception at my high school! It was even more perfect because it was geographically almost a midpoint between where each of us grew up.
We wanted our wedding to be a true reflection of us. We chose to have only our siblings as our bridal party, my nephews as our ring bearers, Elliott’s two girl cousins were our “house party” who greeted people as they came into church and gave them programs, our cousins and grandparents read at our mass, and Elliott’s grandfather said the blessing before the meal. When we spoke our vows (that we wrote ourselves!), our siblings and our parents stood by our sides.
At the reception, there were a few major things that were very important to us. Elliott is big into craft beer so we made sure to have all of his favorites available — even his favorite one from his college days in Wisconsin that we had to pick up and bring back over the border! And, because we are big concert-goers and actually met at a concert on New Year’s Eve, we needed a KILLER band and The Party Faithful did not disappoint. I surprised Elliott (and everyone else!) by singing our song, “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?”, while being backed up by our incredible band. It was a moment we will never forget. None of this would have been possible without our day of coordinator, Anticipation Events, who brought my vision to life! We absolutely loved all the vendors we worked with and I trusted them all implicitly. Every single one of them truly went above and beyond to make our dreams come true.”
Mark Randazzo (photography), Holy Family Catholic Church (ceremony), St. Ignatius College Prep (reception), Anticipation Events (event planning), Tricia Clarke Makeup (bride’s makeup), Tranquility Salon Company (bride’s hair), Jesus Peiro via Nordstrom Chicago (bride’s dress), Jennifer Behr and BHLDN (bride’s hair accessories), Teri Jon (bridesmaids’ dresses), Jos. A Bank (formalwear), Froggy’s Catering (catering), Steuber Florist & Greenhouse (floral), Vintage Place Settings and Chicago Vintage Weddings (rentals), Sweet Mandy B’s (bakery), Dashwood Shop (stationery/day of goods), Jeremy Kiolbassa (ceremony musician), The Party Faithful (band), Smilebooth (photobooth), M&M Limo (transportation)