Love was just a shutter click away and didn’t take long to develop. It was the first day of the couple’s second semester at The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago. Joe and Alli both decided to go back to school after obtaining their undergraduate degrees to pursue a career in graphic design. By chance, Alli and Joe were in the same photography class. The first assignment was to partner up and explore Chicago through the lens of their digital cameras. Joe quickly asked Alli to be his partner and the relationship quickly developed from there.
During a family vacation in Arizona, Joe asked Alli to climb Camelback Mountain. They woke up at the crack of dawn and started climbing the mountain together. They spent several hours climbing (Alli is not much of a hiker, so they took a lot of breaks), but they finally reached the top of Camelback. After admiring the view and catching their breath, Joe got down on one knee and asked Alli to spend the rest of their lives together. Alli immediately said “yes” and the couple rushed back down the mountain to meet up with their families to announce the great news.
Although Alli and Joe had a rather large wedding, they knew that they wanted the party to feel as intimate as possible. They made it “so Alli and Joe” by designing their own invitations and deciding on having their ceremony in the round. Also, the they have a deep love for art and architecture, so deciding to have the ceremony and reception at Cafe Brauer (A historical landmark located in the Lincoln Park Zoo in Downtown Chicago) was the perfect fit for them. They wanted to make sure they mirrored the beautiful Prairie Style design of the building into their wedding as much as possible. The day was exactly what the couple envisioned it to be. It was the perfect start of the rest of their beautiful life together.
Mazel tov, Alli and Joe!
Venue- Cafe Brauer
Photography– Jeremy Lawson Photography
Catering– Entertaining Company
Flowers– Kehoe Design
Wedding Gown– Enzoani
Bridal Salon– The Dresser
Reception Entertainment– Front of House
Ceremony and Cocktail Entertainment– Front of House
Bridesmaids Gowns– Bill Levkoff
Groom’s Tuxedo– Nordstrom
Kiddish Cup- Michael Aram
Ketubah- Ketubah Kraft
Invitations, Table Cards, and Dinner Menus- Designed by the Bride and Groom