From Lauren: Jessie and I started dating 2 years ago on the day that we got married! We both went to Northwestern University together but didn’t meet until I was a senior and she had already graduated. Though it took us awhile to get that we were meant to be, finding each other was the best thing that ever happened to us! We celebrated our love with a small wedding, 40 of our closest family & friends, in our neighborhood of Chicago, Boystown. In trying to save for our year-long honeymoon traveling Australia and Southeast Asia, we wanted a small, romantic wedding that felt very personal not only for us but also for all of our guests. Many of our friends and family had never been to Chicago, so it was an amazing weekend of everyone getting to understand our love in the city that we fell in love in. We made it into a whole wedding weekend starting with a joint bachelorette party, welcome cocktail party, and lunches and brunches to keep everyone full and busy.
We wanted to do something a little different with our aesthetic, so we asked our guests to wear black and white and Jessie and I both chose vibrant red dresses for a pop of color. We got married by our best friend Rachel in a small neighborhood park that meant so much to us, and also was the site of the proposal. We walked down the aisle together to Van Morrison’s Into The Mystic and it was truly a magical moment.
By the end of the weekend we had this amazing community and said (or should I say cried through) our written vows to the most supportive and loving group of people either of us could’ve imagined!
Photos courtesy of Justin Barbin Photography.