As with so many couples who planned during the pandemic, Leah and Ravi made it through a lot of ups and downs on the road to their big day. Thankfully, they are the kind of couple that only gets stronger when faced with challenges, and seeing everything finally come together for them was all the more rewarding. It doesn't hurt that they are two of the sweetest people who ever lived, either!
We originally began working with Leah and Ravi on design-focused planning for fall 2020. Needless to say, that didn't quite pan out! With a vision, budget and vendors specifically booked for their industrial venue, they encountered another curveball when they learned that, even after postponing, their venue would no longer be hosting 2021 events. With only about six months to the big day at that point and many venues already booked for a popular summer Saturday, we jumped into action to find venues with availability for the date, and which would also allow us to work with the couple's existing vendors.
The Carter, a new industrial venue near their original one, checked all the boxes. It was large enough to host their guests and allow for ample social distancing, had outdoor space, great natural light, and was flexible enough to let us plan the way we wanted.
Finally, as the wedding approached and all of their problems were in the rear view mirror, Leah and Ravi could finally enjoy the process and get excited to celebrate with their loved ones. Even the ceremony rehearsal felt like a celebration! While it wasn't always easy for them, their resilience helped the day--when they finally got there--feel all the more meaningful. As planners, we treasured the experience of finally seeing them walk down the aisle and seeing their faces when they entered the reception!
The excitement of their guests was palpable, especially at the end of the night when the formalities were over and it was time to let loose. Congrats, Leah and Ravi! We wish we could do it all again with you!
Venue | The Carter // Planning, Design, Rentals | Chicago Vintage Weddings // Photography | This Is Feeling // Florist, Lighting | Atmosphere Events Group // Catering | D'Absolute // DJ | Luniks // Dessert | Do-Rite Donuts and Sweet Mandy B's // Beauty | Rare Bird Beauties