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Bailey and Mike had the kind of wedding that looks like it belongs in the movies. An absolutely timeless gown, a bow-tied groom, a gushing father-of-the-bride, and a downtown Chicago locale–all the moments and details lend themselves to a cinematic elegance that we rarely see. This is obviously due in much part to photographer Annie Parish, who captured their wedding a similarly timeless approach. We are beyond thrilled to share with you such an incredibly beautiful couple, and the gorgeous images from their day.

Wedding Blog Bailey and Mikes University Club of Chicago Wedding
Wedding Blog Bailey and Mikes University Club of Chicago Wedding

What made the wedding special and unique?

It’s so hard to pinpoint what exactly made our wedding special and unique as the entire day, and weekend really, felt like a dream coming true that still hasn’t quite sunk in. I was a bride for Halloween when I was 5, so I’d obviously been thinking about my wedding for quite some time, and I can truly say there was nothing that happened on our wedding day that I didn’t want to happen and nothing that didn’t happen that I did want. Even down to the weather – it was raining heavily all morning the day of the wedding. I had been worried about the weather for weeks leading up to the big day, and knew that with my “the cosmos like to test me” kind of luck I knew we’d be thrown for a loop, and I was right. However, we didn’t have any scheduled outdoor events during the morning the day of, and somehow the weather decided to cooperate and stopped raining just in time for me to ride to the church with my dad, take photos outside in the gorgeous courtyard of our church before and after the ceremony, and for us to greet our guests after the ceremony on the steps surrounded by bubbles, just as I had always dreamed I’d be able to do. The gloomy skies even helped the reception room feel more romantic casting a darker glow over dinner which only served to highlight the hundreds of candles all over the dining room tables, giving the room an intimate dinner party feel, which is what I’d always wanted, but knew would be difficult to pull off with 170 guests.

Wedding Blog Bailey and Mikes University Club of Chicago Wedding
Wedding Blog Bailey and Mikes University Club of Chicago Wedding
Wedding Blog Bailey and Mikes University Club of Chicago Wedding
Wedding Blog Bailey and Mikes University Club of Chicago Wedding
Wedding Blog Bailey and Mikes University Club of Chicago Wedding

Tell us about the dress and where/how you found it!

The dress was designed by Peter Langner and purchased at Ultimate Bride in Chicago. I always thought I wanted the big princess wedding dress, big full skirt and everything, however I also knew I wanted something different. I don’t like to follow the crowds trend wise, but am still very traditional, so wasn’t sure what I would end up with that would fit both categories. I told my consultant all of this, and we tried on about 5 different dresses of all shapes, and some were stunning. But she helped me narrow down what I did and didn’t like about each dress, and came back with another 5 dresses to try on. I saw my dress in the plastic bag and though “I need to try that one on”. My consultant wouldn’t let me, she wanted to save that one for last because it was so different than any other I’d seen. I again made it through the rest of the beautiful gowns, but when I put mine on I just knew, it was me in every sense. I loved the seams and the fact that the bottom folds of the dress weren’t sewn on to the top body of the dress but were designed by Peter Langner to be made of one single panel. The straps and sweetheart neckline were beautiful and I though the back was a statement maker. It also matched the color of my sister’s veil and sash perfectly, which to me felt like a sign. I really knew it was “the dress” when I almost refused to take it off at the end of our appointment J I loved my dress so much that the second time I cried on my wedding day, after just before walking down the aisle, was at the end of the night when I had to take my dress off!

Wedding Blog Bailey and Mikes University Club of Chicago Wedding
Wedding Blog Bailey and Mikes University Club of Chicago Wedding
Wedding Blog Bailey and Mikes University Club of Chicago Wedding
Wedding Blog Bailey and Mikes University Club of Chicago Wedding
Wedding Blog Bailey and Mikes University Club of Chicago Wedding
Wedding Blog Bailey and Mikes University Club of Chicago Wedding

What were some touches added to make it personal?

We had a few small touches throughout the day and night that made the entire wedding more personal for me. The hair stylist that came to do the bridal party has been doing my mother’s hair for 20+ years and did my first hair up do for a 7th grade dance. It was so special to have here there with us as she’s seen me grow up from awkward teenager to bride. For my something old, I wore a garter made by my Aunt out of lace from my Great Grandfather’s christening gown, threaded with blue ribbon for my something blue. I also carried a vintage handkerchief around my bouquet that was my maternal grandmothers. For my something borrowed I wore the veil and sash my sister wore at her wedding 2 summers earlier. Finally, the presiding minister over our ceremony was also the woman who lead me through my confirmation when I was in 8th grade.

Wedding Blog Bailey and Mikes University Club of Chicago Wedding
Wedding Blog Bailey and Mikes University Club of Chicago Wedding
Wedding Blog Bailey and Mikes University Club of Chicago Wedding
Wedding Blog Bailey and Mikes University Club of Chicago Wedding
Wedding Blog Bailey and Mikes University Club of Chicago Wedding
Wedding Blog Bailey and Mikes University Club of Chicago Wedding
Wedding Blog Bailey and Mikes University Club of Chicago Wedding

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Mike and I didn’t see each other before the ceremony, so I have to say the most memorable moment for me was seeing his smiling face at the end of the aisle waiting for me as I walked towards him with my dad. I’d never seen him smile the way he was, and at that moment I felt pure happiness. Following that I would say the most memorable would be a related moment, when it was just my dad and I standing in the back of the church, waiting as the bridesmaids and groomsmen walked down the aisle. I got very emotional (the first time that day, which was shocking considering I’m a very emotional person) just as we were about to start walking, and I grabbed my dad’s hand and he gave me a big hug and started making jokes to help pull myself together. It was such a special moment between us that I’ll cherish forever.

Wedding Blog Bailey and Mikes University Club of Chicago Wedding
Wedding Blog Bailey and Mikes University Club of Chicago Wedding
Wedding Blog Bailey and Mikes University Club of Chicago Wedding
Wedding Blog Bailey and Mikes University Club of Chicago Wedding
Wedding Blog Bailey and Mikes University Club of Chicago Wedding
Wedding Blog Bailey and Mikes University Club of Chicago Wedding

Tell us how you met and became engaged. 

Mike and I were introduced by a childhood friend of mine who went to college with him at Miami University. After I graduated from the University of Virginia, I moved back to Chicago to be closer to my family, and my childhood friend told me about “this guy I had to meet”. Mike and I met summer of 2007 and became friends over the next year. After a few false starts, we finally started dating in Fall of 2008 and he proposed in May 2013 in Key West, Florida. We had been to Key West a few years prior and really enjoyed our vacation, so when a cousin of Mike’s was getting married in nearby Jupiter, we took the opportunity to make a vacation out of it. We were staying at the Simonton Court Inn, an old cigar factory and ship captains home turned in to a beautiful B&B. Our room had a lovely balcony off of the bathroom, and as I thought Mike was about to jump in the shower he yelled for me to come out to the balcony. I was still in my towel from my shower and asked what was so important, can’t I get dressed? He insisted I come out, I figured there was a bird or something to see, and when I came out he motioned for me to sit down next to him on the chair. I was still confused as to what he would want, and asked if this could wait, and he further insisted I sit down. Just as I did, he got on to his knee and I finally understood what was happening. The proposal was so perfectly us, Mike catching me a bit off guard, having it just be the two of us, in one of our favorite spots. Mike also has a great photo of me in my towel showing off my new ring; I have to say I don’t think I’ve ever looked happier without makeup! We called our immediate family to share the news then left to go to a wonderful dinner at Blue Heaven, another favorite spot of ours. By chance, the table they gave us was the “Honeymoon” table. We celebrated with champagne and had a wonderful rest of our night.

Wedding Blog Bailey and Mikes University Club of Chicago Wedding
Wedding Blog Bailey and Mikes University Club of Chicago Wedding
Wedding Blog Bailey and Mikes University Club of Chicago Wedding
Wedding Blog Bailey and Mikes University Club of Chicago Wedding

Vendors: Photography: Annie Parish Photography // Wedding Coordinators: A Perfect Pair // Florist: Artquest Ltd // Location: University Club of Chicago // All Paper (Menu, programs, escort cards): Papertales // Band: Gold Coast Orchestra // Hair: Diane Moltaji, of ALX Salon // Makeup: Rachel McQuen // Dress: Peter Langner // Bridesmaids Dresses: JCrew // Brides shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo // Earrings: BHLDN // Necklace: Sister’s // Groom Tux: Indochino

 

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​Stylist Mallory Joyce tells us, “This bridal portrait session was inspired by the above words from William Butler Yeats’s “Cap and Bells” and the golden light of dusk that warms the Blue Ridge Mountains​ at end of day.” Very special thanks to her talents, her team, and photographer Elisa Bricker for sharing such beautiful images with us. For the word lovers among us, we’ll let Yeats take it away from here.

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Wedding Blog Yeats Inspired Bridal Session
Wedding Blog Yeats Inspired Bridal Session
Wedding Blog Yeats Inspired Bridal Session
Wedding Blog Yeats Inspired Bridal Session
Wedding Blog Yeats Inspired Bridal Session
Wedding Blog Yeats Inspired Bridal Session
Wedding Blog Yeats Inspired Bridal Session

She laid them upon her bosom,
Under a cloud of her hair,
And her red lips sang them a love-song
Till stars grew out of the air.

She opened her door and her window,
And the heart and the soul came through,
To her right hand came the red one,
To her left hand came the blue.

They set up a noise like crickets,
A chattering wise and sweet,
And her hair was a folded flower
And the quiet of love in her feet.

– William Butler Yeats, “Cap and Bells”

Wedding Blog Yeats Inspired Bridal Session
Wedding Blog Yeats Inspired Bridal Session
Wedding Blog Yeats Inspired Bridal Session
Wedding Blog Yeats Inspired Bridal Session
Wedding Blog Yeats Inspired Bridal Session
Wedding Blog Yeats Inspired Bridal Session
Wedding Blog Yeats Inspired Bridal Session
Wedding Blog Yeats Inspired Bridal Session

Vendors: Photography: Elisa Bricker // Creative Direction, Styling, and Floral Design: Mallory Joyce // Hair & Makeup: Avenue 42 // Paper: Julie Song Ink // Gowns: Gossamer Vintage // Jewelry: Kira Kira // Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic

Lauren and Jordan had one of the most unique, intimate, simple, and beautiful weddings we have ever featured here on Grey! Their wedding exudes the kind of contagious love that fills your soul. Their photographer, Adrian Michael, is one of our faves, and captured the beauty of these two in such a profound way. We are in love.

Wedding Blog Lauren and Jordans Free People Style Wedding
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Wedding Blog Lauren and Jordans Free People Style Wedding

What made the wedding special and unique?

We did exactly what we wanted to do without caving to anyone else’s expectations. We also wanted to keep things very simple. A big focus was on our relationships, so we had a huge bridal party, and everyone involved in the wedding from the caterer, to the pastors, to the photographer are personal friends of ours.

Wedding Blog Lauren and Jordans Free People Style Wedding
Wedding Blog Lauren and Jordans Free People Style Wedding
Wedding Blog Lauren and Jordans Free People Style Wedding
Wedding Blog Lauren and Jordans Free People Style Wedding

Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!

I was looking online for something unique and nontraditional. When I saw it, I loved it – especially the detailed beading and the open back. I saved it as one i was interested in, and three days later, without knowing, Jordan sent me a link to the same dress thinking I might like it. It was then that I knew it was the one. It was from Free People, by designer Mara Hoffman.

Wedding Blog Lauren and Jordans Free People Style Wedding

What were some touches added to make it personal?

One of our goals (other than getting married) was to celebrate with our closest friends and family, and we wrote each one a personal letter to let them know how special to us and significant to our lives they are. The basin and pitcher we used for our foot washing belonged to my great grandmother. We also built the benches on-site the morning of the wedding, and are planning to use the wood to build some furniture for our home.

Wedding Blog Lauren and Jordans Free People Style Wedding
Wedding Blog Lauren and Jordans Free People Style Wedding
Wedding Blog Lauren and Jordans Free People Style Wedding
Wedding Blog Lauren and Jordans Free People Style Wedding
Wedding Blog Lauren and Jordans Free People Style Wedding
Wedding Blog Lauren and Jordans Free People Style Wedding
Wedding Blog Lauren and Jordans Free People Style Wedding
Wedding Blog Lauren and Jordans Free People Style Wedding
Wedding Blog Lauren and Jordans Free People Style Wedding
Wedding Blog Lauren and Jordans Free People Style Wedding
Wedding Blog Lauren and Jordans Free People Style Wedding

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Immediately after the ceremony we walked away into a field to have a few moments alone together, while Adrian snapped photos from afar. It was a very special moment, and important for us to catch our breaths and reflect on what had just happened.

Wedding Blog Lauren and Jordans Free People Style Wedding
Wedding Blog Lauren and Jordans Free People Style Wedding
Wedding Blog Lauren and Jordans Free People Style Wedding
Wedding Blog Lauren and Jordans Free People Style Wedding
Wedding Blog Lauren and Jordans Free People Style Wedding
Wedding Blog Lauren and Jordans Free People Style Wedding

Tell us how you met/proposed!

We met at a bar where we worked together. Lauren was quite smitten almost immediately, but it took Jordan some time to come around. However, once he did, hardly any time passed before he found a ring. He ordered it from London and it was supposed to arrive before they left to spend Christmas with Lauren’s family. His plan was to propose somewhere along the way, and celebrate together with her family. They were all in on it. Unfortunately, the ring was delayed, so the plans were put on hold. It finally arrived on New Years Eve, and he decided to do it that night. With some food and wine, he read to her by candlelight and then asked her to be his wife.

Wedding Blog Lauren and Jordans Free People Style Wedding

Vendors: Photography: Adrian Michael Photography // Wedding Venue: Cranberry Flats, SK // Reception Venue: Village guitar and Amp // Dress: Free People designed by Mara Hoffman // Headpiece and bracelet: Oneiro Designs // Make-Up: Sarah Korchinski // Hair: DIY by Bride // Floral: DIY by Bride // Ceremony Benches: DIY // Bridesmaids dresses: Free People // Groomsmen attire: Luna + Hill

 

 

We have a super fun Facebook giveaway for you brides-to-be today! La Gartier makes custom, handmade garters that feature hand picked fabrics, vintage jewelry, Swarovski crystal rhinestones and hand sewn initials. Each one is incredibly unique and a total statement! Around here you know how much we love the idea of an heirloom, so even though your bridesmaids and your new husband will get to see your garter, we think it’s so sweet to have something really lovely that you get to keep and pass down one day!

Wedding Blog Wedding Garter Giveaway by La Gartier
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To be entered for the giveaway, all you need to do is comment on this Facebook post and pick your favorite wedding garter: The Aurora, The Lori, The Evelyn or The Joy. ! You can comment on our instagram as well, for an extra entry! The winner (must be a U.S. resident) will be chosen at random and will be announced via Facebook on September 23rd, so you have until midnight on Monday, September 22 to enter.

Wedding Blog Wedding Garter Giveaway by La Gartier

 

Wedding Blog Wedding Garter Giveaway by La Gartier

Wedding Blog Wedding Garter Giveaway by La Gartier

 

Last spring, I had the chance to work on a project for El Encanto Hotel in Santa Barbara, alongside a super fabulous talented team: Jen Huang, 1011 Makeup and Anna Le Pley Taylor. One of the elements we worked on styling was a surprise birthday party, which we are so excited to share with you today! More to come from this super fun collaboration!

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Wedding Blog El Encanto by Jen Huang

Wedding Blog El Encanto by Jen Huang

Wedding Blog El Encanto by Jen Huang

Wedding Blog El Encanto by Jen Huang

Wedding Blog El Encanto by Jen Huang

Wedding Blog El Encanto by Jen Huang

Wedding Blog El Encanto by Jen Huang

Wedding Blog El Encanto by Jen Huang

Wedding Blog El Encanto by Jen Huang

Wedding Blog El Encanto by Jen Huang

Wedding Blog El Encanto by Jen Huang

Wedding Blog El Encanto by Jen Huang

Wedding Blog El Encanto by Jen Huang

Wedding Blog El Encanto by Jen Huang

Wedding Blog El Encanto by Jen Huang

Wedding Blog El Encanto by Jen Huang

Wedding Blog El Encanto by Jen Huang

Wedding Blog El Encanto by Jen Huang

Photography: Jen Huang // Styling: Summer Watkins // Hair and Makeup: 1011 Makeup // Flowers: Anna Le Pley Taylor