When I first met with Nick and Rebecca, they talked about how they had noticed so many wedding vendors or blogs talked about “unique” weddings, when, in fact, so many things looked the same and just like every other event. For their own wedding in July, Nick and Rebecca planned what I think was truly a unique event in every sense of the word, infused with their own personality, style and wishes, from start to finish.

Chicago is a city of dog lovers, but I don’t think I have met anyone that loves their pup quite as much as Nick and Rebecca! Their little pooch, Isabelle, was involved in the entire day, hanging out with Rebecca at the James while she prepared, serving as a joint flower girl in a little pink satin dress, and even dancing a second first dance with Nick and Rebecca at the reception. 🙂 Rebecca looked so gorgeous in a completely custom and one-of-a-kind dress and veil from Chicago designer, Alice Padrul. While vacationing in Argentina, Nick and Rebecca stumbled upon some shoes that looked like cats, and Rebecca decided she had to have them for her wedding! After tracking down the designers, the shoes, complete with whiskers, made a fun complement to her wedding day look.

The ceremony was held on the patio at Architectural Artifacts on one of the hottest days we’ve had this summer. It featured beautiful readings including a lovely reading of one of my favourite songs, the Magnetic Fields’ “Book of Love” by one of Nick’s groomsmen, and poems by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Wanting to deliver their own vows but being in such a public setting, Nick and Rebecca actually whispered their vows to one another rather than saying them aloud. I had never seen this before, and thought it was just so cute! The reception featured great music from Toast & Jam, delicious food and even beer from the Logan Square brewery, Revolution. After dancing the night away and spending a few nights in the city, they jetted off for what is probably the most enviable honeymoon—a trip to Sweden complete with a Prince concert where, in the words of Nick, they dumped “3 tons of purple confetti during Purple Rain.” Can’t imagine a cooler Architectural Artifacts wedding and better honeymoon—I shall remember this one for a long while!

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