Bursting with eclectic decor and thoughtful touches, Michael and Whit’s Salvage One wedding was an affair to be remembered.
and Whit met through a random Facebook connection in 2009. “I’ll never be able
to fully explain the feeling,” Michael said, “but when I came across his
picture, my gut told me, ‘This guy is it. You have to meet him.’” Though
reality told them that nothing serious could happen due to logistics, the
couple chatted on off for several months and eventually decided to meet up in
Chicago- a city that Michael had never visited.
was standing outside the airport and all of a sudden, the cute little guy from
the Facebook photo was walking around the corner,” Michael remembered. “We were
both super nervous, but after the initial jitters died down we really started
to connect. There was a very natural chemistry between us that was undeniable.”
After an incredible weekend that exceeded both of their expectations, Michael
and Whit continued to talk. Michael came back to Chicago for Thanksgiving and
thus began a travel pattern of bi-monthly visits that would go on for the next
three and a half years. “I took a Megabus,” Michael added with a laugh. “That
should prove how in love with this boy I was.”
decided to propose to Whit during their fifth anniversary trip to Maui, but
admitted he didn’t make much of a plan after that. “I carried the ring around in
my bag for almost a week of vacation,” he said. “I was just hoping that the
perfect moment would present itself but it just wasn’t happening.” That moment
finally arrived at the end of the trip, while the couple was relaxing on the
balcony of a private spa and watching the sunset. “Whit was totally caught off
guard, which is rare for him,” Michael said. “There was a beautiful shift in
our connection. We’d always assumed we’d spend the rest of our lives together,
but acknowledging it strengthened our bond more than either of us ever
hadn’t just fallen for Whit though; he’d also fallen for the Windy City. The
couple had no doubts about having their wedding in Chicago, and immediately wanted
to host their celebration at Salvage One.
wasn’t one part of the day where we were having anything but fun,” the couple
gushed. “Literally nothing went wrong. At least nothing we knew about, anyway.
Every single vendor that we hired absolutely nailed their job. Lauren Housley
[the couple’s wedding coordinator] was the perfect fit for us. We look back on
our wedding with nothing but smiles.”
and Whit’s celebration included tons of unique little touches that their guests
loved. Favorites included a chalkboard drawing of the couple that guests could
take pictures with, the family antiques and old books that served as reception
decorations, the “mini Whit and Michael” cake topper, and flashing sunglasses.
“I’ll tell you,” Michael laughed, “you haven’t seen ‘happy’ until you see
people on a dance floor realizing that blinking sunglasses are coming their
favorite part of the day? “Seeing all the happiness shining on the faces of our
family friends,” the couple agreed. “We had an overwhelming amount of support from everyone important in our
lives, and the room was just buzzing with love, laughter, and happy tears.
Pictured Vendors: Michael Novo Photography (photos), Salvage One (venue), Maison Cuisine (catering), Windrose Flowers (floral), Dustin Harris (DJ), Ryan Alexander Events, Style Matters, Rev for Whatev (officiant), Light Leak Pictures,