Today, a classically beautiful wedding between two high school English teachers at – where else – the library! From the lovely bride, Linda: We went to the Harold Washington Public Library in downtown Chicago on one of our first dates, and we just sort of knew that if we ever got married, it would be there. Our friends and students weren’t surprised by our choice of location – we got a lot of responses like “Of course you would!” After we booked the gorgeous Winter Garden room, which has domed skylights, ivy and trees, we decided on a literary theme. We spent lots of time scouring antique stores for books we’d like to keep, as well as some that would be good conversation starters.
Since we didn’t have a ring bearer, Cameron and I tied our rings around our wrists before the ceremony. We untied each others’ ribbons before we exchanged rings, and I will remember that forever.
My dress is a custom-made Alvina Valenta. The designer happened to be at the Ultimate Bride in Chicago during a trunk show, and she was so nice. When I mentioned liking the styles of two dresses, she offered to combine them for me!
Heather and Jon from One Love Photo are ridiculously talented and fun, and having them come all the way to Chicago was incredible. They knew about our literary theme, and found a bookseller called Printer’s Row that had a wonderfully homey feel for our after-ceremony pictures.
The most memorable moment has to be our first dance. Our wedding happened to fall on Venetian Night, which is like a big parade of boats on Lake Michigan, and the city does fireworks for it too. We had no idea until the fireworks started, which happened to be right when our DJ began playing our song!
Some planning tips from Linda, “My (totally subjective) advice to other brides: 1.) Saying hi to all of your guests is important, but so is dancing with them! 2.) Don’t allow wedding magazines to make you feel like your details are not up to par (inner envelopes? why?), but don’t let the indie bride blogs make you feel lame for not wearing a feather headdress or giving out felt mustaches, either (I’m looking at you, Etsy). 3.) Do NOT purchase a pre-worn dress if the seller writes “no returns” at the bottom, unless you have an opportunity to go try it on. Opening the box and finding stains on your dress is a sad (and expensive) moment! 4.) DIY does not necessarily mean less money, especially if you don’t have a crystal-clear idea of what you want and what you’re doing beforehand. 5.) Read A Practical Wedding.”
Ceremony venue: Old St. Patrick’s Church, Chicago, IL
Reception venue: Harold Washington Public Library
Bride’s dress: Alvina Valenta from Ultimate Bride
Groom’s suit: Formally Modern Tuxedo
Seating “card catalog” / centerpieces: DIY
Congratulations Linda and Cameron! Thank you for sharing your lovely wedding with us, and thank you to Heather and Jon at One Love Photo for sending over these beautiful photos – see tons more from this gorgeous wedding over at their blog.