Adam and Steven matched online and planned to meet face to face at a brunch party. As soon as Adam walked off the elevator, Steven knew he was the one. During the party, they discussed how Adam, a landscape architect, needed to plant some daffodils before the temperatures dropped that evening. Later that day, they planted 40 bulbs together — simultaneously cultivating a lifelong relationship.
The grooms began their wedding day by individually getting ready with their best friends and chilled champagne. They then reveled in their romantic first look on the rooftop at The J. Parker, which became Steven’s most memorable moment of the day. For their February wedding, they envisioned a venue radiating sophistication and a masculine, old-world charm. With the potential for dreary or unpredictable Chicago weather, they paired the venue with bright and modern florals and a color palette inspired by the cymbidium orchid with its lime green, burgundy and rose hues.
Adam’s favorite moment of the day was walking down the aisle towards Steven, and the rest of his future, in front of their family and friends. The officiant not only captured their love story, but also presented it as a spiritual experience that touched everyone’s hearts. After cocktail hour and dinner, guests were treated to a cake that was inspired by a photo that absolutely captivated Steven. The result was a beautiful four-tiered cake with floral cascading down the tiers, each with a different delectable flavor. The couple danced the night away with their family and friends, continuing the celebration into the wee hours of the morning.
NUMBER OF WEDDING GUESTS: 117
VENUE: Salvatore’s Ristorante
PHOTOGRAPHER: Gia Photos
RINGS: Rogers & Hollands Jewelers
GROOMS’ FORMALWEAR: The Black Tux
ADAM’S BRACELET: David Yurman
STEVEN’S BRACELET: NOVICA
BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES: JJ’s House
GROOMSMEN’S FORMALWEAR: Bonobos
FLORAL & DÉCOR: Flori Sculpture
CAKE: Urban Icing