As a Wedding Planner, one of the things we LOVE about our job is meeting couples where you can instantly see & feel the true love they share, and that they are genuinely BEST friends! This was how our Planner, Ashley C, felt as soon as she met Kelsey and Grant for the first time & every time they met leading up to the big day! Kelsey and Grant were A LOT of fun to work with, were SO incredibly sweet & organized, and worked together equally with the planning process & decision making! Ashley C could not have had a better experience with these two, and between the hard work of the client, our planner, and their incredible vendors, their February 16th Winter Wedding at University Club Chicago was SEAMLESS!
If we could come up with a better word than perfection to describe their day we would, but perfection is what it was! The day came together exactly how we had planned it due to a few things: 1) With Kelsey & Grant’s kindness, came along vendors wanting to go above & beyond for this lovely couple – and they did! 2) The couple’s Bridal Party & family members were there the entire day to make sure the couple was happy, had everything they needed, and always put a smile on their faces. 3) The couple truly took in & enjoyed every single second of their day and just trusted those they hired to ensure everything ran smoothly… and it really did!
The Bride & Groom’s First Look was one that our Planner Ashley C will always remember (she even shed some tears)! When the Groom turned around to see his beautiful bride in a a gorgeous off-the-shoulder Pronovias dress, his face made everyone’s hearts melt! Their embrace & reactions were so genuine & you could feel their true love for one another! After their first look at the top floor of University Club Chicago, they went out on the terrace where you can see these drop-dead GORGEOUS photographs of the couple below! The Bridal Party joined them shortly after for photos around the hotel (temperatures were WAY too cold to go outside for very long), which created some timeless photos that we are so excited to share!
The Ceremony held in-front of the venue’s magnificent fireplace was also just so personal with having their officiant be the Groom’s Sister-in-Law Allison! Allison spoke so beautifully about the couple, their relationship, and stories that perfectly showed the true love these two share. We don’t think there was a dry eye in the entire room!
Following the Ceremony, the guests enjoyed a very classy Cocktail Hour right down the hall that had delicious appetizers & drinks, with a pianist playing in the background from the band!
After Cocktail Hour, guests were directed up the elevators to the famous Michigan Ballroom, which replicates the beauty of being inside a castle (most say it reminds them of the castle in Harry Potter)! Fun Fact: the couple thought they were not going to be able to have their Reception up in Michigan Ballroom & were going to do a room flip of their Ceremony space, but luck was on their side, & with a cancelation, they were able to utilize this grand space for dinner, dancing & drinks! The speeches in between the delicious dinner courses by the Bride’s Parents, the Bride’s Maid-of-Honor, and the Groom’s Best Man were all so personal, hilarious, & meaningful, and again we saw a lot of people using their napkins to dry their happy tears! The VERY fun, talented, & energetic band then opened up the dance floor & this was consistently packed the ENTIRE time – seriously not one square foot was open from start to finish! Everyone had a blast!
We are so incredibly honored to be a part of Kelsey + Grant’s Winter Wedding at University Club Chicago, and we wish the couple a lifetime of love, laugher, & pure happiness together as Husband & Wife! xoxo
The Chicago Wedding Professionals:
Chicago Wedding Planner: Ashley C
Venue: University Club Chicago
Photographer: By Mari Photography
Videographer: Shutter and Sound Films
Floral: Steve’s Flower Market
Band: GreenTeam Entertainment
Beauty: Hannah Elisabeth Beauty
Bride’s Dress: Pronovias
Bride’s Shoes: Adrianna Papell
Bridesmaid Dresses: Brideside
Groomsmen Tuxedos & Shoes: The Black Tux
Wedding Rings: Ethan Lord
Stationery: Emily Mayne
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