Real Wedding: Kristen and Fabian

2020 gave us a lot of lemons, but nobody knows how to make lemonade better than Kristen and Fabian. When our sweet planning clients decided to postpone their big affair late 2021 due to the pandemic, they could have put everything on hold. However, they decided to make the best of a bad situation and to get married even sooner than they had originally planned! Now that their photo gallery has been shared on Ruffled Blog, we are excited to share it with you here.

By May 2020, with things looking bleak for a large event that fall, Kristen and Fabian decided to pivot and plan an intimate outdoor wedding for the couple's nearest and dearest. Luckily, the bride's parents had the perfect setting for this event right in their own backyard! We began planning in early June and set our sights on August 22. Normally a window of less than three months to bring an entire wedding together would feel tight, but we were able to move quickly on decision-making, and we pulled together a vendor team that was passionate about making this happen safely and stylishly.

Kristen and Fabian's original wedding planning approach was to curate a theme of "joyous whimsy," with lots of personalized, playful details. We took this same approach to planning their micro wedding and we came up with an entirely new design that would work for a summer backyard setting. Many of their original vendors, such as Flourish Cake Design and True Grace Photography, were able to come on board. We enlisted the help of EJD Design for a custom crest and paper goods that were whimsical and stylish, and we brought in Atmosphere Events Group for floral design. Every last detail was carefully considered, down to luxury linens from Nuage Designs and vintage place settings from our own collection. Nothing about the day felt stuffy or overdone; it was just right.

With any pandemic wedding, planning for safety was at the core of the decision-making process. Kristen and Fabian were committed to not only keeping their guests and vendors safe, but to making sure they were comfortable as well. We spaced out place settings at each table, taking care to keep pods of guests together. We also provided masks with a custom monogram for guests and medical-grade masks for vendors. Social distancing was a breeze in the open air and no portion of the event was indoors, which helped everyone feel more comfortable. Hand sanitizer was readily available, of course! Even though having a dance floor wasn't an option, we brought in live music from BeatMix to keep guests entertained throughout the evening. We emphasized the quality of the meal instead, with a long multi-course dinner catered by Northern Fork. At the end of the evening, Kristen and Fabian said that they loved their decorated tent so much, they wanted to sleep in it overnight!

Having less than 25 guests meant that the couple was able to spend quality time with each one. Their nieces and nephews, who had a role in the ceremony, stole the show with their adorable antics! A nephew, Jude, streaked down the aisle at the rehearsal but decided to wear clothes for the main event. One of the highlights of the evening was when the couple's niece, Ada, brought a flower to the musicians to thank them for the beautiful music. Everything about this entire day was filled with warmth and love, and it was an honor to have had a part in it. We love Kristen and Fabian, and their people, and we can't wait to celebrate with them at their big reception in December!


Venue | Family home // Photography | True Grace Photography // Planning, Design and Rentals | Chicago Vintage Weddings // Catering | Northern Fork // Florist | Atmosphere Events Group // Cake | Flourish Cake Design // Music | BeatMix // Beauty | Bianca Sansosti Artistry // Paper Goods | EJD Design // Tablecloths | Nuage Designs // Tent | Blue Peak Tents // Gown | Sezane // Rehearsal Dinner | River Roast // Transportation | Windy City Limo