{Real Jewish Weddings} Chicago, IL

I am so excited to share the wedding of one of my best friends! Alison and Jordan’s vision for their winter-in-Chicago wedding was was classy, romantic, and warm. It may have been c-c-cold outside, but the warmth was felt all around inside!

They tried to keep the theme classical to fit with the history of the venue, which was the Chicago History Museum. Alison and Jordan really envisioned making it a “destination” wedding since so many people were coming from out of town, especially Jordan’s family and our friends from Los Angeles. They accomplished this by providing Chicago-themed welcome bags at the hotels, a deep dish pizza rehearsal dinner event, and a morning after brunch to show appreciation for everyone’s attendance during the holiday season. Since Alison and Jordan are foodies, they were really focused on having good food throughout the weekend and a party where people danced the whole time. Toward the last hour of the reception, servers tray-passed mini Chicago dogs to guests who were already stuffed from the delicious smorgasbord, but were happy to enjoy a gourmet version of a Chi Town delicacy. The energized band was well-recommended and they really rocked all-night, including a really awesome Horah!

Prior to the wedding, Alison and her dad were going back and forth sending each other youTube videos of potential father-daughter first dance songs. Both were pretty picky and it took a while to agree on one. Meanwhile, Jordan went to Chicago for business and saw Alison’s family without her. Alison’s dad shared a song he wrote for Alison and the two of them covertly worked with the band to surprise Alison with it for their dance. Alison’s dad worked with the band in their studio to score and perfect the song. At the wedding, Alison was super shocked and was very touched by the presentation of this original song. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house (this Yenta cried big happy tears, fyi!).

Alison and Jordan are proud of their heritage and wanted to make sure their wedding day was filled with Jewish traditions. They used Jordan’s maternal grandpa’s tallit in the chuppah and Alison’s parents’ kiddush cups. They both circled each other at the beginning of the ceremony and stood with both their parents, Jordan’s sister (also a bridesmaid), and Alison’s brother (also a groomsman) under the chuppah for the ceremony. It was a truly beautiful and unique wedding day that Alison, Jordan, and all of their friends and family enjoyed!

Mazel tov, Alison and Jordan!

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Photography: Jason Kaczorowski Photography
Ceremony & Reception: Chicago History Museum
Event Coordinator: Big City Bride
Dress: Panache Bridal
Makeup Artist: Amy Spagnoli
Floral Design: Kehoe Designs Floral Design & Event Decor
Transportation: Chicago MiniBus Travel
Band: Becca Kaufman Orchestra
Cake: Amy Beck Cake Design
Catering: Blue Plate
Cinematography: Highway 61 Films
Preparation Hotel: The Drake Hotel

  • sharon says:

    Everything about this wedding is beautiful!