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C H IC A G O WE D DI N G Courtney A llen & Matthew Weinstein SEPTEMBER 6, 2014 LOVE Note NATURAL BEAUTY Courtney’s stunning beaded lace Pnina Tornai gown, from Kleinfeld, set the tone for the day’s rustic-meets-elegant vibe.

Courtney Allen & Matthew Weinstein

Kerrie Kennedy


NATURAL BEAUTY Courtney’s stunning beaded lace Pnina Tornai gown, from Kleinfeld, set the tone for the day’s rustic-meets-elegant vibe.

An industrial event space is transformed into a whimsical wedding scene for an intimate, pretty and fun soiree.

COURTNEY ALLEN AND MATTHEW WEINSTEIN were both living and working in New York (she a grad student at Columbia University and an intern at the United Nations; he a controller at a large hedge fund), but it took a mutual friend’s wedding in Washington, D. C., for their paths to cross. When they finally did, it was instant fireworks. “I found out later that he pointed me out at the wedding to a friend of ours and said, ‘That’s the girl I’m going to marry,’” Courtney recalls. While the engagement was something Courtney was expecting, the actual proposal was a complete surprise. After a special day together that included yoga, a trip to a museum, dinner and live music, the couple came home to an apartment that Matthew had plastered with pictures of the two of them together. On the back of each picture was a note. The final note read, “I have just one thing to ask,” and she looked up to see Matthew holding the ring, a simple but sparkling diamond eternity band that would set the stage for the wedding ahead—a simple yet elegant affair.

The couple enlisted wedding planner Jesse Deckard to help them carry out their vision of an urban yet rustic event. The recently opened Morgan Manufacturing was their venue, a large industrial space with one area that Deckard set up to look like an intimate chapel, while another, he outfitted with long communal harvest tables. Mango and teal accents were mixed in with tones of blush and cream, and the tables were draped with gold sequin runners and loaded with tea candles and garden blooms. Cafe lights contributed to the overall glow and romance in the space. With the perfect light of a fall sunset streaming through the warehouse windows and il luminat ing Courtney’s transparent train, the couple said “I do” to breathtaking effect. A seasonal menu by Food for Thought followed, along with dancing late into the night. The evening was by all accounts magical and the perfect note to kick off a lifetime of happiness.

What We Learned “Take a little private time for you and your spouse after the ceremony. Your wedding day goes by so fast, [so] it’s a good way to help you slow down. Jesse had our favorite drinks waiting for us in a private room (Brooklyn Lager for him, Champagne for her) and some appetizers for us to eat. It was a special moment for just the two of us,” says Courtney.

The List

Venue Morgan Manufacturing,

Planner Jesse Deckard, Bliss Weddings & Events,

Bride’s Gown Pnina Tornai, at Kleinfeld,

Flowers HMR Designs,

Hair & Makeup Ramsay Marston,; Joshua

Graham, Façade Makeup Artistry,

Invitations Cheree Berry Paper,

Catering Food for Thought,

Music Gentlemen of Leisure Band,;

DJ Robert Nicpon,

Linens BBJ,

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