Rachel and Vaughn’s Romantic Winter Vineyard Wedding

winter_weddingWe absolutely love when couples are brave enough to embrace the beauty of a winter wedding. It’s even better when they find a gorgeous venue that perfectly complements the season, AND the weather cooperates! Rachel and Vaughn’s big day was a perfect blend of their own individual style and every thing we love about this time of year.

engagement_photoThey met through the Police Explorer’s program , and spent two years getting to know each other while in high school. After going away for college and the military, they ran into each other years later through mutual friends. And, well, as they say, the rest is history!

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Surrounded by their family and closest friends, there was no better place for Rachel and Vaughn to say “I do” than in Rachel’s gorgeous family church, St. Joseph’s. Getting married in the first week of January meant that everything was conveniently still decorated for Christmas!

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Friends and family all pitched in for the ultimate DIY experience, including Vaughn’s immensely talented cousin, who has quite the eye for floral arrangements.

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Rachel combined her Pinterest addiction with her passion for the winter season to create a flawless design that flowed perfectly with the amazing, rustic vineyard their reception was held in.

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We are so crazy about all the unique personal touches that made this wedding a perfect representation of the couple. Congratulations, Vaughn and Rachel!

Alicia and Jared: Artsy Chic Loft Wedding

Creative, nontraditional, and fun are three words that describe Alicia and Jared, and their laid-back June wedding celebration perfectly captured their low-key personalities. We loved how awesomely original these guys were!

The Couple

Alicia and Jared met at a show through mutual friends and soon bonded over their love for art, animals, and travel. After becoming engaged in January 2016, the two quickly began to plan for their June wedding. A very sweet fun fact: the couple chose to marry on the bride’s parent’s 28th wedding anniversary!

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The Ceremony

The couple decided to forgo a traditional ceremony, planning instead for a courthouse wedding in downtown Chicago. On Friday, June 24th, Alicia and Jared were married, surrounded by a few close family and friends. The bride wore a dress she crocheted herself (how cool is that?!).

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The group then celebrated with lunch at Chicago’s Grand Lux Café.

The Reception

The following day, Alicia and Jared’s marriage was celebrated with a reception at Fulton Street Collective. The art studio/loft space in Chicago’s West Loop was the perfect location for their casual, offbeat party. Decorated with simple wildflower centerpieces and artsy photos of the couple displayed on the space’s giant metal door, the room was full of fun and love. Guests dined on amazing homemade tamales and enchiladas, honoring Alicia’s Mexican heritage, and sipped on signature cocktails – the couple’s favorite Moscow Mules and Black Cats.

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Family and friends had a blast participating in a DIY photobooth set up in the foyer of the space. Entertainment was provided by the bride and groom themselves – each played with their respective bands, to the delight of all attending.

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We had so much fun being a part of Alicia and Jared’s day. We wish them the best of luck as they prepare for their fabulous December honeymoon to Mexico.

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Venue: Fulton Street Collective

Tables: Tablescapes

Cake: Ace Bakery

Flowers: Bloomsbythebox.com

Dress, Food and Beverages, and Décor were provided by the couple and family/friends.