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S CEN E chicago weddings JODIE MINTON & PHILIP SKOROPAD O c t o b e r 9, 2 015 G a l l e r ia M a r c he t t i P h o t o g r a p hy by R o s e P h o t o – R o s e K a z THE COUPLE Even though Philip Skoropad and Jodie Minton had crossed paths many times throughout their 20s through mutual friends, the timing was never quite right. “We would talk and catch up, but always ended up going our separate ways since we were both dating other people at the time,” Jodie says. They finally got their chance at an Air and Water Show viewing par ty in 2012, and sparks immediately flew. Fast-forward to 2015, just a few days after her 30th bir thday: Jodie couldn’t believe it when she walked into her room to find a surprise of 30 cards attached to long-stemmed roses, with the final one reading, “Will You Marry Me?” THE DETAILS Just seven months after the engagement, Jodie’s parents walked their daughter, dressed in a classic Vera Wang gown and sash hand-stitched with Austrian crystals, down the aisle at Galleria Marchetti. THE PARTY Guests stepped inside from Galleria Marchetti’s ivy-walled garden into a sea of navy, champagne, gold and ivory. MDM Enter tainment provided the tunes for a fun-filled reception, fueled by a late-night hot dog car t and ice cream bar. After the par ty, the couple escaped to Hawaii, where Philip, an avid fisherman, caught a 137-pound yellowfin tuna— his second best catch ever. –Sarah Very What We Learned Clockwise from top: Jodie—dressed in a gorgeous mermaid gown from Vera Wang—and Philip wed with an intimate autumnal ceremony; the bride’s bouquet of roses and dusty berries; Galleria Marchetti provided the perfect setting for the couple’s vision: “an elegant city wedding tucked away on a quiet street with a beautiful garden.” “Choose vendors who translate as professional [and] timely, and those who are committed to earning your business. Remember, they are vying for your hard-earned dollars in a very competitive bridal market. You shouldn’t be the one chasing them for an answer,” advises Jodie. WEDDING RESOURCES Venue Galleria Marchetti, galleriamarchetti.com Day-Of Planner Rachel De Marte, racheldemarte.com Flowers Fleur du Jour, fleurdujourchicago.com Decor MDM Entertainment, mdmentertainment.com Bride’s Gown Vera Wang, verawang.com Bridesmaids’ Dresses The Dessy Group, brideside.com Groom’s Suit Daniel George, danielgeorgecustomsuits.com Groomsmen’s Suits Daniel George, danielgeorgecustomsuits.com Invites PINK Custom Design, pinkcustomdesign.com Cake Alliance Bakery, alliance-bakery.com Music MDM Entertainment, mdmentertainment.com Hair & Makeup Ethan James Salon, ethanjames.mysalononline.com From above: Alliance Bakery created a gold-accented chocolate-and-vanilla cake with Italian buttercream; guests took the advice of this custom gilded sign with the help of MDM Entertainment’s nonstop tunes. 29 2 MODERN LUXURY BRIDES CHICAGO

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