“We met through my college volleyball teammate and roommate who happened to marry Mark’s brother. So, we get to be sister-in-laws! We both love volleyball and played in many leagues together around the city. We would go to many music/food concerts and festivals and all around just enjoy Chicago and all it has to offer. In the fall of 2014, Mark went with me to the Netherlands to visit my family and we decided to stay longer to check out Brussels and Paris as well. Mark proposed to me in Paris during a dinner cruise along the Seine with the Eiffel tower light up behind us.  It was just perfect!

“Our vision for the wedding was a great concert, and what better venue than where it all began — at Lincoln Hall. It was the location of our second date, and sister venue to Schuba’s Tavern where we had our first date. We even named our new puppy, Schuba. The band, The Big League Boys, is an up and coming Chicago band we wanted to support and thought would be perfect for the task. We opted for caricature artists instead of a photo booth to not only support local artists, but to also give people a fun favor to take home. Since we both don’t like cake, we found this amazing toffee from a local guy name Dr. Ray’s Toffee at a wine shop on Broadway called wineHouse. We reached out to Dr. Ray to see if he could make a toffee tower fit for a wedding, and he was able to do it! Since we lived in Lakeview right off Belmont and Clark we would come home from concerts and festivals late at night craving a bite to eat and we would make it a tradition to always go to Cheesie’s Pub and Grub to end our nights. So we thought what better way to end our wedding night by having the Cheesie’s food truck come out and feed all of our guests some grilled cheese goodness?

“While Mark wanted the event to be an epic concert, I wanted to make sure it was still classy and romantic. We added little touches here and there to make it feel like A Midsummer Night’s Dream with fresh flowers and candles everywhere. I felt like I was married in Narnia.  

“Mark’s grand idea was the Cube. One day he said, ‘Wouldn’t it be great if we had a giant cube hung like a diamond in the middle of the dance floor where we can project awesome videos and pictures on throughout our wedding?’  Well he made it happen and it was a great success, adding another fun interactive element to the event.” –Dimphy

Ceremony + Reception Site: Lincoln Hall // Photography: Wasio Photography // Videography: Old North Film Company // Officiant: Rev. Dominic Barrett // Bride’s Gown: House of Brides // Hair + Makeup: Style Onsite // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bride to Be Couture // Formalwear: Formally Modern Tuxedo // Stationery: Minted // Flowers: Blossom & Branch Designs // Catering: Schubas Tavern // Entertainment: Big League Boys // Sweets: Dr. Ray’s Toffee // Transportation: Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Company // Food Truck: Cheesie’s Pub and Grub // Caricature Artist: Chuck Senties Productions 

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