December 3, 2020
If you’re familiar with Chicago, you probably have heard of the Windy City Smokeout. It’s an annual summertime party where a bunch of great bands come together for a multi-day concert. Back in 2015 there were two individuals that got a lot more than country music and a full stomach from WCS. Kate and Andrew happened to randomly spark up conversation while listening to music and there was an instant connection. They began dating immediately and were engaged in late 2018!
Andrew proposed near the honeycomb in Lincoln Park, although the original plan was supposed to be a surprise proposal in Paris. Unfortunately, the gorgeous custom ring Andrew purchased was not going to be ready in time for their trip. So upon their return, in the comforts of their neighborhood, he popped the question and she said “yes”!
Now it’s time to fast forward to their perfect-weather wedding over Labor Day Weekend. It all started over at the Ambassador. After hair and makeup were done, Kate met Andrew on the private rooftop terrace on the top level of the hotel. Please note, you only have access to the terrace for pictures if you have a room block at the hotel.
They shared a private moment together, exchanged gifts and headed over to Lincoln Park to meet their wedding party for pictures. Because the honeycomb area meant something to the happy couple, they decided to take a few pictures there as well as in the gardens behind their venue, the Chicago History Museum.
When it came time for the ceremony, everyone processed down the aisle on ground level but then there was a pause before the bride came down. The doors opened on the top of the grand staircase and Kate walked down to meet her soon-to-be husband. Talk about an absolutely stunning entrance into a ceremony!
Cocktail hour was outside on on the terrace behind where the ceremony took place. But before the unlimited cocktails and appetizers began, they asked all of their guests to stand on the stairs for a group picture with everyone that attended the wedding. It’s our largest group photo yet and we’ll admit it went a lot smoother than anticipated, AND it actually turned out!
Guests were invited up the stairs to the reception once the sun began setting. Kate and Andrew had a mix of round and rectangle tables, and the rectangle tables had gorgeous dripping flower arches that set the two sides of the room.
Their cake was smaller in size because it joined a whole plethora of other desserts after it was cut. From macarons to raspberry fours to chocolate mousse cups, they had something for every taste palette, as long as you like sugar!
Congratulations once again to Kate and Andrew! We hope you’re loving the married life and are giving your pup, Rocco, lots of love…. especially while we’re quarantined!
Planner: Ohana Events
Venue: Chicago History Museum
Photographer: Girl With Tattoos
Videographer: Petit Four Films
Florist: Fragrant Designs
Band: Sway Chicago
Hair: Solo Salon
Bakery: Toni Patisserie
Hotel: The Ambassador