Real Wedding: Anna and Andy

We have been waiting for months with bated breath to share Sean Cook's gorgeous photos of Anna and Andy's wedding day. Now that it has been published on Over the Moon blog, we're excited to post it here too!

Anna and Andy first came to us in late February 2020, just before everything changed for wedding planning (among other things). We began planning during the first week of lockdown, booking Cathedral Hall in the University Club of Chicago without being able to tour it in person for months. Nothing dampened the couple's enthusiasm, and, with the help of Zoom and a lot of great ideas from the couple and the mother of the bride, we pressed onward for Anna and Andy's June 2021 date. We booked a fantastic vendor team and began working on custom gown design with Mira Couture. Design for all the little details of the couple's Delft still life-inspired decor was a particularly fun part of the process.

That winter, concerned about pandemic uncertainty and the safety of their guests, Anna and Andy made the difficult decision to both postpone and downsize their event, Rather than celebrate in the larger ballroom, they pivoted and chose to use more intimate spaces in the venue instead. With just over 60 guests, we knew this would give us the cozy feel that we wanted to evoke, especially now that we were planning for a winter wedding in early 2022. Thankfully, the couple's vibrant floral palette was made all the better by the late winter season, as Atmosphere Events Group was able to access seasonal blooms and fruits that wouldn't have been as readily available in summer.

As the big day drew near, we worked carefully on event design to bring every detail together. Anna, an artist, painted her own rendition of a still life to welcome guests. We enlisted calligrapher Emily Rose Ink to create day-of paper goods, playing off the traditional, velvet-accented invitations created by Steracle Press. Every single detail was carefully considered, down to the display elements and asymmetrically draped linen on the venue's piano for a unique escort card display.

Guests entered the magical ceremony space, filled with lush floral arches at the back of the aisle and on the the venue's oversized mantel. Dim lighting and architectural accents evoked a cozy, intimate feel as everyone was drawn into the marriage ceremony, officiated by Zen Events.

During the reception, Anna and Andy cut their Flourish wedding cake, intentionally created in all white to present a contrast to all the other vibrant colors in the dark ballroom. The cake was a last-minute addition--they were originally going with a simpler cake from the venue--and it ended up being one of Anna's favorite parts of the day! The first dance was impeccably choreographed, and guests danced the night away with Greenlight band.

Being able to work with couples like Anna and Andy is the reason being a wedding planner is the best job in the world. As much as we have seen our clients through these difficult past few years, they have gotten us through it just as much. The creativity, love and joy that go into producing a wedding are felt by the couple and their loved ones, of course, but also by those of us behind the scenes. We couldn't be happier for this beautiful couple, and we are so happy to share in their joy and call them our friends. thank you, Anna and Andy, for trusting us with your most special day!

Additional Vendors

Makeup by Jose at Shannon O'Brien Brides

Hair by Sal at Reverie Salon

Groom's attire by Daniel George

Livestream by Enhance Productions

Rentals by Chicago Vintage Weddings

Linen by BBJ