I had a chance to meet the very sweet Olivia Leigh at the Visual Supply Co. workshop this week, which was appropriate since I had planned to share Lindsey and Mike’s wedding with you today. They got married in a beautiful old church, then celebrated with friends and family at an antique store. All I know is, any wedding where you can frost your own cupcakes is right up my alley…
Lindsey borrowed handkerchiefs from both her grandmother and Mike’s.
Says Lindsey, “Mike said something at the reception which I liked: your wedding day is probably the only day in your life when you will be with everyone—everyone!—you love and who loves you. I think that’s what makes weddings seem so surreal: that your boss is next to your grandma who’s next to a fellow ensemble member from your theatre who’s next to your uncle who’s not really your uncle, and there’re all there smiling, together, for you. It’s a beautiful, once in a lifetime event. Savor it.”
Why did you choose this for your wedding? We wanted it to be personal, we wanted traditional and non-traditional, to feel like both a party and a ceremony. The mash-up of one of Chicago’s oldest buildings (Old. St. Pat’s Church) and the more hipster venue of Salvage One was the perfect blend.
What was your favorite moment or part of the day? We thought it would be the reception, but honestly, it was the church. We’re parishioners at Old St. Pat’s and it is simply stunning. We gave a good amount of thought to our readings, our priest made everyone feel so welcome, and the church could not have been more accommodating with our request to have our musician friends play us out with Ray LaMontagne’s “You Are The Best Thing.” Love abounded, the room exploded with joy.
Did you include any traditions in your wedding? Something Mike really wanted was the Irish tradition of “The After”, so the day after the wedding, everyone was invited to meet up at Galvin’s Pub in Jefferson Park. Of course, not everyone makes it, so you get a much smaller, zero pressure, and quality time filled kind of party with your friends and family—it’s also a great incentive to not over-celebrate the night of your wedding.
What is your advice for other brides? You always hear that the day goes by in a blur, but much of that is up to you. During the vows, make sure to take a breath, slow down, and look at the man standing there who loves you, and tell him how you feel. Also, Michael and I agreed to protect about 20 minutes to be together, alone, to let the ceremony sink in and to savor the day. We did this during the cocktail hour, and it worked out perfectly. (It also gave us a chance to eat!)
See lots more photos from Lindsey and Mike’s charming wedding over on Olivia Leigh’s blog. And weekend links will be up in a bit!