April 30, 2020
The love story began when Eric was an intern that rotated through Alison’s thoracic service earlier in the year. Both Eric and Alison were dating other people at first but quickly down the road all paths led to them dating one another. A few years later, Eric had the idea to propose when they were on vacation. The night Alison arrived at Boyd lodge in Minnesota, Eric was ready. He brought Alison to the lakeside at nighttime with candles and music in the background. It was very romantic and chaotic all at the same time, but doesn’t that make it so much more exciting? It was an easy answer, “yes”, which made the rest of the trip one to remember.
Now it was time to plan the big day! When we asked Alison and Eric what the most important aspect of the day was to them, they said “sharing this moment with our friends and family with a great photographer to capture it all”. And that indeed happened, starting in the early morning of the wedding day at Alison’s mom’s condo overlooking Millenium Park.
Alison and Eric privately met in the park next door and shared one of our favorite joyous “first looks” yet. Alison excitedly hugged Eric from the back and he turned around in awe of his gorgeous bride. They went around the city with their wedding party, with the Best Woman being Eric’s beautiful daughter.
Once they traveled over to the Bridgeport Art Center Skyline Loft, they awaited for all the guests to grab some champagne and take a seat. At the end of the ceremony, they asked the guests to raise their glasses in the air to toast to the official newly weds! Alison and Eric strutted back down the aisle, bubbles in hand, to head on to cocktail hour.
It was the perfect day outside so guests enjoyed being in the open air (indoor/outdoor) side of the Sculpture Garden where there was additional lounge seating and of course plenty of drinks to go around. Once that hour was over, the guests were invited inside to take their seats for dinner. There were heart warming speeches and toasts, a delicious meal prepared by Catered by Design, and of course a delicious donut wall that opened at the same time as the dance floor.
Later in the evening, they opened a cigar bar outside for anyone who wanted to bring one home as a favor. The guys were all over this! And to finish it all off, the bride and groom ran through a sparkler tunnel as a final “congratulations”.
Check out this wedding also featured on the Chicago Style Wedding blog!
Planner: Ohana Events
Photographer: Ed & Aileen Photography
Venue: Bridgeport Art Center, Sculpture Garden
Caterer: Catered by Design
Decor: Revel Decor
Donuts: Bridgeport Bakery
Hotel: Radisson Blu
Wedding Gown: Pronovias