Anne and Prasad chose Chicago as the backdrop fo rtheir big day. We absolutely adore the chic modern vibe of their details and venue! No surprise that the event was so gorgeous, seeing as how it was designed by Jesse of Bliss Weddings and Events and shot by Roey Yohai Photography. We know you chic city gals are going to LOVE this one!Click to expand for more
What made the wedding special and unique?
It sounds cliche to say this, but really the day was incredibly special because of all the family and close friends that traveled all the way to Chicago to be with us for this day. How often do you get to celebrate such an important moment in life with everyone who is near and dear to you? It was also very special for me personally (Anne) to have our reception at the Art Institute – I went there so many times as a child growing up in Chicago and have many wonderful memories of my visits, and it will always be near and dear to my heart. To be able to celebrate such an important life event there was truly wonderful.
Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!
The gown was a Monique Lhullier that I got at Mark Ingram Atelier in New York City. I actually saw a picture of it for the first time at a bridal salon in Chicago. I was there with my mom trying on dresses, and she just happened to be sitting in a chair that was next to a table with a placard featuring a model in the gown walking down the runway. She casually said, “What about this one?” Initially, I was completely opposed to long-sleeves. They seemed so conservative and boring! But when I tried it on, I fell in love. I can’t even describe how amazing it made me feel to wear that dress on my wedding day – it perfectly expressed my style and made me feel like the most beautiful woman in the world.
What were some touches added to make it personal?
To say that Prasad and I are obsessed with our yellow Lab, Sergeant, is an understatement! We were obviously devastated when we found out that he couldn’t be part of the wedding (apparently museums don’t really allow dogs), but we wanted to incorporate him into the day somehow. Our stationer helped us do this by including him in various places on our invitation suite, as well as all the escort cards. It was something small, but made us feel like he was still part of this day.
What was the most memorable part of the day?
For me, it was walking down the aisle with my dad and seeing Prasad at the end waiting for me. All the months of planning had culminated in that moment, and the emotions were overwhelming. I was smiling and almost crying at the same time (there is one picture that captures what this looks like perfectly – it is an interesting look, to say the least!). It’s really an incredible moment, and I will remember it forever.
For Prasad, the speeches at the wedding reception were the most memorable part of the day, especially the one his dad gave, which was very emotional and heartfelt (there were a lot of people with “something in their eyes” after that one). The party, of course, was also one of his favorites parts of the day, since he got to show off all his Michael Jackson dance moves!
Tell us how you met and became engaged!
Prasad and I met at a bar / ping pong hall in NYC, if you can believe it! I was living next door to one of his good friends from home at the time, and he invited me to one of their mutual friends’ 30th birthday parties. It was a Friday night, and I was pretty tired after a long day of work, but I decided to go anyway. Good thing I did!
Our proposal was low key and very “us.” It was the Friday night before MLK weekend in January 2013. Prasad and I are a bit nerdy, and one of our favorite things to do together is very large, intricate jigsaw puzzles. We were working on a 2000-piece puzzle of Times Square at the time that Prasad had purchased when we were in Chicago visiting my family for Christmas a few weeks before. We ordered some Mexican delivery, and got to work on finishing the puzzle as soon as I got home since we were determined to finish that night! Moments before the food arrived, we were down to the last piece. Prasad handed it to me and told me I could put it in (which he NEVER does – it’s tradition for him to put the last piece in). He casually mentioned that it looked like there was writing on the back. I turn it over and see a few words, and think “Oh, how nice! He wrote me a little note!” I still don’t quite understand what’s happening, so he tells me that it’s connected to a larger note that he wrote on the back of the puzzle. I attempt to turn over the corner of the puzzle where the note is, but of course I can’t, so Prasad has to do it for me! Meanwhile, the food arrives, so I get busy in the kitchen putting everything on plates. By the time I get back to the living room with the food, Prasad has flipped over the puzzle pieces so I can read the full note, which (without getting too personal) describes how much he loves me and how he feels I’m his missing piece. I’m still not quite registering what’s going on, but when I look up, Prasad is down on one knee with the ring! My first response is “Are you serious?!” Not my finest moment, but I am in complete shock at this point, and so happy! I eventually manage to get a huge “YES!” out of my mouth! We hug and kiss, and then celebrate by eating Mexican food and watching cheesy game shows on TV. It was the perfect night.
Vendors: Photography: Roey Yohai Photography // Event Planning & Design: Jesse of Bliss Weddings and Events // Ceremony: St Michael of Old Town // Reception: The Art Institute of Chicago Modern Wing // Printables: Cheree Berry Paper // Floral & Decor: HMR Designs // Lighting: Frost Lighting // Cocktail & Dinner Musicians: Bill Pollack Music // DJ & Drummer: Style Matters // Caterer: Bon Appetit // Cake: Amy Beck Cake Design // Linen: BBJ Linen // Rentals: Hall’s Rental // Makeup: Salon Duo // Hair: Robyn Tornabeni // Rehearsal Dinner & Welcome Party: Gibson’s Steakhouse // Bridal Party Accommodations: The Ritz Carlton of Chicago // Transportation: VIP Valet Services