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  • Alexis Alvarez

Industrial Bohemian Wedding in a Converted Chicagoland Warehouse

If you're a lover of unity hoops, jewel tones, and all the romance, then Ashley & Ben's industrial-bohemian style wedding they hosted in a converted Chicagoland warehouse is going to give you some serious wedding goals.

The Couple

Like most modern love stories go, they met online & instantly became best friends. Ben proposed during a trip to Utah. They were there celebrating Ashley's future flower girls' 5th birthday at a Cowgirl themed birthday party. Ben was wearing a flannel and played Justin Timberlake's "Flannel" as he pulled out his grandmother's ring to propose. (Remember the song! It's an important detail for later). She said yes & they got to planning right away.

Chicago Loft Venue by Chicago Wedding Planner

The Vision

They knew they wanted to go for an Industrial Bohemian look and wanted the wedding to feel personal and different. Ashley loves a good DIY project (She did so many for this wedding! Can't wait to show you!), but wanted to make sure that the wedding didn't look like Pinterest threw up all over the place. She wanted personal touches that had a purpose. Besides the look, Ashley & Ben said it was important to them that each of their guests feel included & welcomed into their family that day & for there to be an overall sense of unity.

Getting Ready

Ashley & her small, but mighty bridal party met at a local salon for a morning of mimosas and pampering & returned to the venue (Brix on the Fox) to finish getting ready. Ben & his men went to Main Event for a morning of sports and beer & then return to Ben & Ashley's newly purchased home to finish getting ready.

First Look Vibes

Ashley & Ben's first look was filled with every single good feel. Lot's of tears and I have the photos as receipts.

The Ceremony

Once all 200 guests were seated inside the warm candlelit venue, the processional started to the sounds of Vitamin String Quartet. A mutual friend of the couple officiated the ceremony. The couple exchanged vows they wrote themselves, though Ashley couldn't get through hers. All of their guests participated in a unity ceremony together to create the unity that Ashley & Ben wanted to be present at their wedding.

Family Vibes at Dinner & a Raging Reception

After cocktail hour, guests were seated at tables 40 feet long & Ashley & Ben entered and cut their cake & Ben's surprise Keylime Pie Grooms Cake. They shared a homestyle meal catered by SBR Catering & were treated to a mini cupcake bar for dessert & hot pretzel bar for a late-night snack. After dinner, the party got started with Ashley's dance with her dad, Ben's dance with his mom and the couple opened up the dance floor with their first dance & invited their guests to join them. The music didn't stop til the night was over & neither did the dancing.

All The Details

So many gorgeous details personal touches made this wedding spectacular. From a giant, stunning unity hoop as the ceremony & then head table backdrop, to the hand-painted lyrics to Flannel by Justin Timberlake (yup, the proposal one) that lined the aisle, to the suspended hoop table numbers that emphasized the unity theme.

Planning & Styling: Lillian Rose Events // Photography: Sean Cook Weddings // Venue: Brix on the Fox // Florist: Beverly Phillips // Caterer: SBR Catering // Desserts: Small Cakes // DJ: Tim Hicks

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