The hazy light reflected off of her over-sized sunglasses and she smiled. She balanced her keys, purse, and overnight bags in her arms and looked quite pleased as she entered the bridal room of the Westin Hotel on Michigan Avenue. You could just tell that Sami is the kind of girl who has excellent taste and gets exactly what she wants, especially on her wedding day. David, with his gentle smile and kind eyes, is exactly the guy to give her the moon.
With her expertly lined eyes and long golden curls, she was an absolutely stunning bride. Sami poured herself into her stunning Anne Barge dress, pinned a Greek eye to the lining of her dress, and slipped on her shoes. Va-va-voom!
The chuppah was covered in lush flowers from Heffernan Morgan and draped with strands of crystal, the table in the center illuminated by a chandelier hanging inside. The chuppah was surrounded by rows of silver Chivari chairs, and the room was softly lit with a purple glow.
For Sami and David’s First Look, we moved to a quiet terrace on the 2nd floor that featured over-sized windows overlooking the Water Tower.
The trio of musicians from Accolade Musicians tightened their strings and filled the room with beautiful melody. Sami and David were blessed to be surrounded by over 200 guests and it was a marriage of families, not just two people. Sami was escorted down the aisle by her mother to join David for a simple and sweet ceremony that concluded with satisfying crunch of breaking glass.
Guests enjoyed a lively cocktail hour, followed by a reception that could only be described as luxurious. The ceremony room had been transformed into a beautiful lounge, twinkling with tealights and filled with the heady fragrance of the roses that crowned the centerpieces and marked each place-setting.
The couple shared their first dance to a live cover of The Mamas and The Papas “California Dreamin.” True old souls.
Their tasty cake, by Oak Mill Bakery, was topped with a sparkly D monogram.
Sami and David chose a phenomenal live band for their reception, Dynasty, and their rockin’ style kept the guests on the dance floor all night.
Although they are planning to do another photo shoot this weekend, we couldn’t resist capturing this image of Sami and David in the middle of Michigan Avenue, with cabs whizzing by and the city lights of Chicago at their backs.
Sami and David, we had so much fun at your wedding and we wish you the very best!