Jaysie and Landon's Chicago Wedding

From the bride: Our wedding day was a modern version of vintage glam with jewel tones and elements of Art Deco. Planning a downtown Chicago wedding from Kentucky gave me only a few chances to visit prospective venues in person, but I knew that a view of the city at night was at the top of my list of must-haves. My groom proposed to me a year before the wedding during a trip to Chicago, while overlooking the city at the John Hancock Building, so we wanted to recreate the magic of that moment in a similar venue where our family and friends could join in. We chose a sunset ceremony on the terrace of the Wyndham Grand overlooking the Chicago River, accented with berry, fuchsia, and emerald green floral arrangements. The wedding party wore berry colored dresses and navy tuxes. In the ballroom, the city was framed by a 360 degree floor-to-ceiling view, so there was not much need for extra decoration as the skyscraper lights shining on the river provided plenty to see.

An important part of my wedding details was my jewelry that happened to belong to my great grandmother. She lived in Chicago between the 1930s and 1970s, which was the initial draw for me to start visiting with my parents as a kid. After I picked out an ivory gown, intricately designed with delicate, geometric beading perfect for an Art Deco wedding, my mom pulled out a pair of gold earrings and a pearl necklace set with gold accents that immediately became my “something old” and a nod to a lady I never got to meet, but felt connected to through this beautiful city.

My groom’s favorite aspect of the day was, not unlike most men, the food! We kicked off our first look with Garrett’s Popcorn and before long we were enjoying truffle mac-n-cheese croquets and Peking duck spring rolls before a 4 course dinner. Seriously, the food was top notch! My favorite part of our wedding was that our closest friends and family were able to travel with us and help celebrate something we had all been waiting on for 10 years. My groom and I started dating in 7th grade, so our bridal party consisted of those middle-school classmates that had been with us from the beginning. Being able to share such a unique experience with them took my perfect day to a new level, and showed me how much those people care for us! Finishing the night on the dance floor with all of them had me feeling like an extra blessed bride, even after it had all ended.

Photography: Juneberry Weddings | Location: Chicago, Illinois | Venue + Caterer: Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront | Florals: Flowers For Dreams | Wedding Planner + Event Designer: Brianna Coyle, Erin Ruff of Wyndham Grand | Cake: Bittersweet Pastry Shop & Cafe | Music: DJ Chicago | Paper Products: Minted | Makeup: Lashira Davidson Makeup | Bride’s Attire: Ashley & Justin Bridal from Blush Bridal | Credits: All jewelry was passed down from her grandmother.

Katelyn Daugherty