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s cen e chicago weddings ALison cuLLinAn & MAttheW unkovich A p r i l 5 , 2014 o l d s t . P a t r i c k ’s c h u r c h T h e W i n t e r g a r d e n a t H a r o l d Wa s h i n g t o n L i b r a r y P h o t o g r a p hy by R i c k Ag u i l a r s t u d i o s THE COUPLE After meeting at Moe’s Cantina in Wrigleyville, Matt and Alison’s relationship quickly proved to be a home run. Things got serious in March of 2013 when Matt proposed on a beach in Hawaii, a complete shock to Alison: “I was so surprised that I don’t know if I actually said yes right away. I was just so excited!” THE DETaiLs Following a traditional mass at Old St. Patrick’s Church, the bride and groom hosted friends and family at a spring-themed bash. One family member, however, had to decline: The groom’s sister went into labor three weeks early, giving birth to her baby girl on the wedding day. In tribute, she named her Alison Rose, making the day even more memorable for the couple. THE ParTy Wedding planner Ali Phillips, and the team from HMR Designs, decked out the space with 400 twinkling votive candles and a vibrant color palette of pink, orange, coral and green. The dance floor was packed all night, and Alison and her dad danced together in a sweet father-daughter moment. After the Blue Plate-catered dinner, guests hung out in a lounge-style bar area, followed by an afterparty at The Ritz-Carlton Chicago that lasted until 2:30 am . –AA Clockwise from above: The bride wore a two-piece Monique Lhuillier gown with an embellished corset, while the groom opted for a classic tux by Tommy Hilfiger; the wedding cake, and a variety of cupcakes on the dessert table, were made by the bride’s favorite bakery, Sweet Mandy B’s; colorful floral arrangements of lilies, roses and hydrangeas in varying heights topped the tables. What We Learned “Don’t lose your sense of humor. Laughter is an essential component of our relationship. We have so much fun together, which is a big reason why we are perfect for each other,” says Alison. Wedding ResouRces Wedding Planner Ali Phillips, Engaging Events by Ali Flowers HMR Designs Bridal Gown Monique Lhuillier, Ultimate Bride Groom’s Tux Tommy Hilfiger Wedding Rings Bride’s: Sundance Jewelers, East Lansing, Mich.; groom’s, Jones Bros. Jewelers, Peoria, Ill. Invitations Cloud Nine Catering Blue Plate Cake and Cupcakes Sweet Mandy B’s Music Becca Kaufman Orchestra Lighting Frost Chicago Linen Rentals Windy City Linen Something Old Matt’s baptismal bonnet sewn into Alison’s dress From above: Customized cocktail napkins with the wedding date and a sketch of the Chicago skyline by Cloud Nine; HMR Designs created a bar and lounge area using white furniture as the backdrop and the couple’s main colors as accent pieces. 270 MODERN LUXURY BRIDES CHICAGO

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