What was originally intended to be a 250- guest wedding soirée in Missouri turned into an intimate ceremony in Chicago for brides Sara and Tiffany.
Their whole relationship has been as sweet and magical as their wedding. The two met online and immediately felt a connection, even though they lived states apart. Three months into their relationship, Sara moved to Missouri to be with Tiffany, and it was Sara that planned an elaborate engagement in California. After a day full of excellent wine, tasty food and great friends, Sara proposed to Tiffany on the beach with lulling ocean waves in the background.
When it came to altering their wedding plans in 2020, all the details ultimately fell right into place, including the venue. The brand-new Wildman BT served as their modern- meets-industrial venue with high ceilings and amazing lighting. During the ceremony, chairs were positioned — socially distanced — in a circle for each guest to get a great view.
Sara and Tiffany were walked down the aisle by their fathers and met in the middle, where the ground was blanketed with rose petals. Following the “I do’s,” Sara and Tiffany danced to Alicia Keys’ “If I Ain’t Got You.” Guests were treated to lunch, comprised of a gourmet bento box to comply with COVID restrictions, and then entertained by dueling pianos.
In hindsight, the couple felt their small wedding was more beautiful and special than they could have imagined — so much so that they decided to cancel their second, larger ceremony.
NUMBER OF WEDDING GUESTS: 25
VENUE: Wildman BT
PHOTOGRAPHER: Sandra Ortiz Photography
EVENT COORDINATOR: Kara Hornbuckle
RINGS: Shane Co.
BRIDES’ GOWNS: David’s Bridal
HAIR & MAKEUP: Ilijana Nreci
FLORAL & DÉCOR: Elena’s Garden
CALLIGRAPHY: Leah Marie Letters
PIE: Pie, Pie My Darling
CATERING: Hearty Boys
ENTERTAINMENT: Felix and Fingers