This Bride & Groom Found Modern Romance in the Heart of Chicago

Chicago, Real Weddings
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While HR might frown upon office romances, that didn't stop Megan and Rob, who met as coworkers in 2011. The pair dated for three years before a weekend getaway from Chicago to a winery in Michigan changed everything: After an afternoon sipping wine on the porch, Rob decided to turn the relaxing day into a proposal. "He played our song, 'Ho Hey' by The Lumineers, and then asked me to marry him," says Megan. He surprised her that night with a visit from her sister and her sister's boyfriend, as well as dinner with their parents back in Chicago the next night.

The pair spent nine months planning their June 27, 2015, wedding — "It was the perfect amount of time," says the bride — at 19 East at the Chicago Illuminating Company. "We wanted a venue with indoor and outdoor space, as well as something romantic with a city feel," Megan explains of the choice. They worked with Engaging Events by Ali to create the modern, romantic event, mixing in unique and playful ideas to put a personal spin on the evening (and make sure their guests had fun!). Check out how they did it, photographed by Averyhouse!

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Though Megan tried on a number of beautiful dresses, she kept coming back to this sculptural Oscar de la Renta design. "Once I'd tried it on, I could care less what the other dresses looked like. That's how I knew I needed to go back and make it official!" she says. She paired the layered bodice and dramatic train with a soft bouquet of white peonies, lisianthus, ranunculus, star of Bethlehem, astilbe, and lavender muscari, and freesia. The modern design was a match for the bride's crystal-covered Christian Louboutin pumps.

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Rob's gray suit was the perfect choice for the couple's summer wedding: Still formal, but a little more comfortable than a tux in the June sun. His groomsmen matched him in the same suit, while bridesmaids wore convertible Jenny Yoo dresses in a creamy-gray color.

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The bridesmaids were able to pick their own neckline with their knee-length frocks, which they paired with smaller versions of the bride's bouquet.

Megan and Rob had two flower girls and a ring bearer, with the girls in tulle skirts to match the bridesmaids. The littlest flower girl made her entrance in a Radio Flyer wagon decked out in peonies, astilbe, and hydrangeas.

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The ceremony took place on the venue's stone patio, with white chairs flanking an aisle edged in mirrored displays of floating candles.

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Oversized succulents were clustered around the candles, adding a modern, natural element to the décor. Guests grabbed programs, topped with the pair's modern monogram, to follow along with the traditional ceremony.

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"Neither of our families live in Chicago, so we wanted to give them a feel for the city. The venue was the perfect balance of urban and romantic," says Megan.

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The wooden altar was draped with soft white fabric and accented with two arrangements of roses, hydrangeas, and stock flowers.

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Before guests went inside for the reception, they found their table assignments on a collection of modern mirrors hung on an oversized boxwood hedge. At the reception, a mix of round and rectangular tables were topped with crisp gray linens. Whitewashed cross-back chairs and lavender napkins added softness to the modern décor.

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Centerpieces combined white hydrangeas, peonies, and stock flowers with muscari and sprigs of fresh lavender in mirrored vessels. Each table was lit with a bevy of candles, including silver patterned votives and floating tea lights.

Rob and Megan didn't have a signature cocktail, but instead offered a champagne toast to all their guests during dinner. The menu featured a duet of beef and fish served alongside family-style sides of broccoli risotto and roasted corn with tomatoes and peppers.

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As a nod to their proposal, the bride and groom's first dance was to The Lumineers' "Ho Hey."

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Even the flower girl (in super-chic peep-toe heels!) and the ring bearer got in on the dancing action, a sweet mini-version of the bride and groom.

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Megan and Rob skipped the cake in favor of a doughnut display from their favorite local shop, Glazed and Infused. Flavors included chocolate doughnuts topped with chocolate curls, maple bacon bars, and red velvet doughnuts topped with cream cheese frosting.

After the reception ended, guests joined Megan and Rob for an after party with a DJ, karaoke, and a local taco truck! "We made a point to enjoy the moment and spend time together," says Megan. "Our planner gave us a few minutes after the ceremony to eat some hors d'oeuvres and have a drink — we loved having a little alone time!"

Ceremony & Reception Venue: 19 East at the Chicago Illuminating Company || Wedding Planner: Engaging Events by Ali || Bride's Wedding Dress: Oscar de la Renta || Shoes: Christian Louboutin || Veil: Ultimate Bride || Hair & Makeup: Sonia Roselli || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo || Wedding Bands: M. Martin and Co. Jewelers || Floral Design: The Flower Firm || Invitations & Paper Goods: Clementine Ink || Music: Becca Kaufman Orchestra || Catering: Food For Thought || Doughnuts: Glazed and Infused || Rentals: AFR Furniture Rentals || Lighting: FROST Chicago || Taco Truck: Big Star || Videographer: Poetic Productions || Photographer: Averyhouse

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Can't get enough of this Chicago celebration? Then you'll love watching another couple tie the knot in the same city in the video below.

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