Lauren and Kyle’s wedding at The W Hotel had a true Chicago theme. With the bride from Michigan and the groom from New Jersey, the newlyweds chose to have a downtown Chicago.
“We were a ‘destination wedding,’ for our friends and family. The majority of our friends and family have never been to Chicago so we made it memorable,” Lauren says.
The new bride and groom had activities planned all weekend — a BBQ during the day overlooking Lake Michigan, a stop at Giordanos in the evening after the rehearsal dinner for a true slice of Chicago style pizza, and brunch on Sunday after the wedding.
Lauren + Kyle made sure to incorporate their love for the city and personalities into their wedding day. After meeting in Las Vegas at a pool party at The Hard Rock Hotel, the couple had a long distance relationship before moving to Chicago to be together. “The day we met, there was instant chemistry,” Lauren said. To showcase the couple’s personality, the pair had a table with their grandparent’s photos who had past, as well as glow sticks to represent the couple’s meeting place of Las Vegas.
The W Hotel Lakeshore’s outdoor patio for cocktail hour overlooking Lake Michigan and Navy Pier sold the couple on the scenic reception venue. Alliance Bakery‘s funfetti vanilla wedding cake had all of the couple’s favorite flavors — chocolate with peanut butter filling and caramelized bananas. Guests even took home a true Chicago tradition — bags of Garrett Popcorn. Rose petals were scattered throughout the reception tables with crystal bling and globe candles.
Peek into their sweet Chicago day with photos by Lemon Twist Images.
“My favorite part of the day was when our families met for the first time,” Lauren says.
~ Bride’s advice to other brides: ~
Spell everything out in great detail to your vendors. Don’t assume anything.
Hire a day-of wedding coordinator
Lauren + Kyle are featured in the ‘Just Wed in Chicago’ section of Wedding Guide Chicago magazine! Submit your wedding to be featured in Wedding Guide Chicago or on SassyChicagoWeddings.com.
Ceremony Site: St. Joseph Catholic Church • Reception Venue: The W Hotel Lakeshore • Photographer: Lemon Twist Images • Cale: Alliance Bakery • Florist: Anthony Gowder Designs • Officiant: Father Larry Lisowski • Grooms + Groomsmen’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse • Bride’s Hair: Andrew Marke/Monica; Macob Township, MI • Bride’s Dress: Brides by Demetrios • Dance Instruction: Sway Dance Studio • Rehearsal Dinner: Giordanos • Transportation: Windy City Limos • Invitations: The Rainbow Colors, Etsy • • Ceremony Music: Moller Music • Favors: Garrett Popcorn •