Real Weddings: Brian + Katie

When Brian and Katie first met at a city bar called Stanley’s, they had no
clue that in just a few years’ time they would be living together with a dog named
after that very same bar.

Brian and Katie always had mutual friends but since Brian was living in Seattle, it wasn’t
until he came to Chicago for a boys’ weekend that he and Katie finally crossed paths. “There
were instant sparks,” Katie says. “But he lived across the country. He was heading back to Seattle the next day, we didn’t think anything would come
of it.” 

After Brian left, the couple went several months without any contact but when Brian
texted her on New Year’s Day, the conversation simply never stopped. Neither of
them had been able to stop thinking about the other. Before Katie knew it, she
was booking a flight to Seattle- a city she’d eventually move to so that the
couple could start their life together.

Despite living on the west coast, the couple chose to host their wedding in
the Windy City, the place where their love story began. Their ceremony took
place in the Cancer Survivors’ Garden, offering guests not only breathtaking
views of the Chicago skyline but also gorgeous greenery. “I’d seen the venue
multiple times before but as I was walking down the aisle, I was so in awe of our
surroundings,” Katie says. “It was the best walk of
my life.”

While walking to Brian as their friends and family looked on was
unforgettable, one of Katie’s best memories from the day happened hours before
the couple said “I do”. Katie says she’ll never forget seeing her dad for the
first time: “He walked in, whistled and said ‘Wow’. I’ll always remember the
look on his face.”

After the ceremony, the new Mr. and Mrs. Betz treated their bridal party to
a short cruise on the Chicago River before arriving at their reception via water
taxi. The after party featured billowing crème drapery, delicate floral
centerpieces that echoed the Survivors Garden, luxurious ambiance provided by
bobbing votive candles and surprises for the guests that included a photo booth
and cheeky “Betz Day Ever” bracelets. In lieu of favors, the newlyweds made a
generous donation to PAWS Chicago, a no-kill shelter.

“Our vendors were absolutely spectacular,” Katie said. “Brian and I had high
expectations and they more than exceeded them. So thank you for making our day
come to life.”

Pictured Vendors: Artisan Events (photography), The Cancer Survivors’ Garden (ceremony venue), River Roast (reception venue), Ashland Addison (floral), Style by Bravura (hair and makeup), Alvina Valenta (dress), West Town Bakery (cake), Windy City Trolley and Chicago Water Taxi (transportation), Suit Supply (groom’s suit), Burberry (groom’s tie), Macy’s (groomsmen outfits), JCrew and Kate Spade (bridesmaid’s outfits), Corky’s (catering) and Tablescapes (chairs)

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By | 2017-01-05T14:35:38+00:00 August 19th, 2016|Blog|
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