April 3, 2020
Happy Friday! We’re flashing it back to last year’s sunny Memorial Day weekend when Brad and Ala got married. How did they get to this happy occasion though? Well it started back in 2015 when Ala and Brad met at a previous Design Agency and shortly after began dating. A few years later in May of 2018, Brad popped the big question.
Ala described the special day: “Brad had planned a dinner at my favorite restaurant, Le Colonial, which wasn’t out of the norm since he usually would just make reservations at places that we hadn’t been in a while or just wanted to try out. I had just got home from a long commute from Naperville on a Friday and started to get ready for dinner that evening. He was calm and collected while I was rushing to get ready in time. As I was finally ready, I started packing my evening bag and then I looked over and Brad was down on one knee, professing his love to me (of course!), and asked if I would marry him! I teared up with all of the emotions and we went off to dinner to celebrate the night away.” We are huge fans of at-home proposals so it’s refreshing to hear this one. How much more comfortable and natural is a proposal in the comforts of your own home! They both agreed it was perfect. And then, it was time to plan a wedding, which was decided to be just about a year after they got engaged; May 25, 2019.
Ala got ready at her mom’s house in the suburbs while Brad got ready downtown Chicago, right near where the reception would take place later that day. Brad, his friends and family all shuttled to Ala where they started with a first look. It was private, on the side of their house. Soon after they joined their family inside where they were blessed by the Polish Highlander Orchestra. It’s a Polish ceremonial tradition where multiple men sing to the bride and groom. The wedding party headed back downtown to take pictures in the South Gardens and nearby their venue, Chez.
Guests were asked to take their seats and after the wedding party and adorable ring bearer. Ala came down the magical set of stairs where all of her guests watch her gorgeous train follow behind her. Their ceremony was staged with an asymmetrical greenery installment that perfectly framed the soon-to-be husband and wife. Once the ceremony concluded, the guests were invited to the front of the venue where cocktail hour was held. They couldn’t miss the custom bar, live music from the Polish Highlander Orchestra, and the delicious appetizers provided by Jewell Events.
The curtains were reopened and guests were invited to take their seats. At the conclusion of dinner, there was a surprise for Ala! Her flower girl had prepared a secret song with the Polish Highlander Orchestra. She traveled all the way across the country for this wedding so to hear her sing just for Ala was a super special surprise. I think everyone in the crowd was bawling! Soon after, the party really started and the dance floor was packed all evening. There was even a decadent dessert display that had a lot of the traditional Polish treats to please all guests!
Planner: Ohana Events
Photographer: Studio This Is
Catering: Jewell Events
Décor: Exquisite Designs
DJ: Essence Entertainment
Videographer: Imagination Designers
Officiant: Father Jef Johnson
Makeup: Sheryl Cox
Hair: Three One Two
Bakery: Oak Mill Bakery
Lake Night Snacks: Wow Bao