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DIY Downtown Chicago Wedding at City View Loft

May 29, 2016 | samantha

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When Bridget and Dan said “I do” at City View Loft in downtown Chicago, the most important thing to them was to make sure that their loved ones felt welcomed and ready to laugh. They wanted to truly celebrate the community of friends and family they felt so blessed to have, so they included as many people as possible in the ceremony planning as well as the decorating of the loft. During the ceremony, both Bridget and Dan said there was so much positive energy, and the whole room erupted into cheers when they were pronounced husband and wife. Megan Saul Photography got in on all the fun, and she captured every sweet moment from Bridget and Dan’s big day – starting with their first look and ending with a big group dance to Beyoncé during the final song of the night.

The Couple:

Bridget and Dan

The Wedding:

City View Loft, Chicago, Illinois

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We tried to plan the day so our loved ones felt welcomed and ready to laugh. Our dear friend officiated the ceremony, two friends performed a reading, friends sang us down the aisle, our invitations, table numbers, welcome sign and hanging menu for the reception were all made with love by friends and family.

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We wrote our ceremony with our dear friend, Chris who officiated the wedding. We took inspiration from readings we loved, advice on the internet, and always trying to keep a sense of humor. Two of our friends read an excerpt from the children’s book “I Like You” by Sandol Stoddard Warburg. We had a ring warming during the ceremony where we passed our rings through the rows of our guests so they can take a moment to send us some good vibes or prayers for our marriage. It was a time for us to step back and see all the people who helped get us to this place in our relationship.

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Processional – Gold by Interference
Recessional – La Da Da by Basia Bulat
First Dance – Stand By Me by Ben E. King

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From the Groom: Right before Chris announced us as married, everyone erupted into cheers and started using the noisemakers we placed on their seats. They were intended for after the kiss, but everyone just went for it. Plus, I got to marry B, that was pretty memorable.

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Almost all of the decor was DIY made by myself or made by talented friends and family. My favorite piece was what held the rings during the ring warming ceremony. It was made from a cigar box, fabric scraps, and ribbon. The cigar box was my father’s who passed away unexpectedly a few months before we were engaged.

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The ceremony was filled with so much energy. I’ve never experienced all that love in one room before. Everyone was so happy! Also, during the last dance we ending up being engulfed in a big group hug by everyone on the dance floor while we sang along to Beyonce. It was perfect!

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The Wedding Team:

Photography – Megan Saul Photography
Event Planning – Naturally Yours Events
Venue – City View Loft
Floral Design – The Bread & Butterfly
Catering – LM Catering
Cake – Firecakes Donuts
DJ – Gold Noise DJs
Invitations – Melanie Jeanne Plank
Makeup Artist – Jeannie Giannone
Hair Styling – Xotchilt M. Alcantar
Wedding Dress – Lillian West
Rings – Simply Wood Rings

 

Our deepest congratulations to Bridget and Dan on their wedding! Love the City View Loft? Take a look at more urban Chicago wedding inspiration like this blush and metallic Chicago wedding at Stan Mansion.

xoxoSamantha

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