Wedding Profile: Alan and Lauren’s Vibrant Vibe

CS Article

Feature article in CS Brides Spring/Summer 2013

Not many bride and grooms are chosen to grace the pages of CS Brides publication, but we are always proud when they choose newlyweds ASA has had the pleasure to work with. Lauren and Alan’s sweet story is briefly touched upon in their feature article, but since we spent almost a year planning with them, we would like to expand on their story.

Their proposal story from the bride: “We met in 6th grade and quickly became close friends. By our sophomore year of high school, it became clear to both of us that we were more than just friends. We dated throughout high school and then maintained a long distance relationship throughout college. After college, we both moved back to Chicago and 3 years later we planned an early summer getaway to San Francisco. Little did I know, Alan had suggested this trip knowing that he wanted to propose some place special. On the second day of our trip, we took a bike ride across the Golden Gate Bridge. When we stopped in the middle of the bridge to take some pictures, Alan got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.” 

Melissa Samek from Clementine Events introduced us to Lauren and Alan and the connection was instant! Lauren described her dream of poppy yellow tones to dominate the reception and her classically styled bouquet to reflect her modesty. Quickly we learned that our “dream team” was to include the talented photographer Tammy Leathem. From the images you can see why we were excited about the wedding day!
City Scenes provide the perfect backdrop for wedding photos

City scenes provide the perfect backdrop for wedding photos

Lauren's Girls

The bouquets were filled with textural ranunculus, pin-cushions, roses, and orchids.

The day was simply magical with a photo tour starting around Chicago and on to an intimate ceremony at The Wit Hotel’s iconic ballroom. Lauren dressed in Vera Wang with asymmetrical layers and a unique horsehair trim. The bridesmaids were given the choice of styles from J Crew’s bridal line in hues of gray. The yellow floral simply “popped” off the dresses, while Lauren’s bouquet was a traditional mix of yellow and white open garden roses with accents of silver dusty miller.

Submerged Collection ASA transformed the tables into unique displays of vibrant lemon yellows contrasting clean, modern silver metal containers and glass. From the Head Tablesbride: “Our reception space was equally breathtaking, with a lemon-filled centerpiece on the place-card table, a variety of submerged floral collections on dining tables, and magnificent Onicidium orchid pieces on the feasting tables.” 

We weren’t surprised when the news came from CS that Lauren and Alan’s wedding story was apart of this issue. A beautiful storybook wedding featuring an amazing couple.

Wedding Consultant: Melissa at Clementine Custom Events/ Bridal Dress Designer: Vera Wang/ Bride’s Shoes: Vince Camuto/ Bridesmaid’s Dresses: J Crew/ Jewelry: Royal Pearl Company and Kate Spade/ Photographer: Tammy Leathem/ Venue: The Wit Hotel/  Music: DJ Chicago and Quartet Parapluie/ Cake Shop: Cake Chicago/ Make Up and Hair: The Bridal Team/  Stationary: Kara at Magnificent Milestones

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Wedding Profile: Erik and Lauren

What can be said about Erik and Lauren?

It’s always said best by the bride. So, we are going to step back and let Lauren tell their story with limited commentary from us. A beautiful couple’s special day including the backdrop of 4th Presbyterian Church and Chicago’s iconic Newberry Library the story unfolds itself…….

From Lauren: “My wedding dress was an important piece of the puzzle. I was the girl who had dreamt of her wedding since I was a little girl. After multiple trips to various stores without any luck, I was worried maybe it wasn’t going to happen for me.  With the pressure mounting to find a dress, I stepped in to Vera Wang.  When I finally stepped out of the dressing room in my dress without even having looked in a mirror the faces on my family told me that I had found the wedding gown that I was looking for.  One look in the mirror and I knew that this was the dress that I had been dreaming about.”

Bridesmaids were combination of phalaenopsis orchids, sterling roses, seeded eucalyptus, and seasonal lilac. Lauren’s open peonies, garden roses, lily of the valley, and lilac as well.

Lauren was a perfect client as far as floral, knowing her own style and the feeling she wanted to convey classic lines and design. The floral decisions were quick and easy. “I trust you, classic neutral, with a bit of vintage.” Said and done. The personal flowers were the needed pop of color beautiful and timeless.

The ceremony was emotional, heartfelt, and highlighted Erik and Lauren’s perfectly formed union. From Lauren: “The Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago, which we recently joined as a couple, would provide the perfect location.  We wanted to highlight the personal connection and vows in an iconic Chicago landmark.”

Robin Sloan Photography was the perfect fit for Erik and Lauren, bringing their personalities to life through film. Isn’t that what a photographer is all about? Their first moment as a couple outside 4th Pres. followed by a walk down Michigan Ave. Photos capture the moment as if it’s happening. Amazing job Robin.

A palette of sage green and ivories with candle work compliments Ruggles Hall.

Newberry Library offers a traditional, classic look ooooozing Chicago feel. Many brides seek out Newberry for their wedding, but few have a history. From Lauren: “Erik proposed to me in on a beautiful Friday night in August 2010 at a gorgeous park in Chicago in front of the historical landmark, The Newberry Library.  Little did I know at that time that the Newberry Library would be the place where we would hold our reception.  We instantly fell in love with amazing hardwood floors, whimsical chandeliers and amazing views of Chicago that Ruggles Hall provided. A Stem Above nailed our vision flawlessly with simple white flowers and luscious greenery at both the church and reception venue.”

The start of Erik and Lauren’s life together couldn’t have been more perfect. From their first dance as man and wife to celebrating as Boilermakers this weekend, Erik and Lauren are the reason we love being apart of weddings.  We were truly blessed. Congratulations again you two…..

Dress Designer: Vera Wang/ Photographer: Robin Sloan/ Venue: Newberry Library/Church: 4th Presbyterian/ Caterer: Simply Elegant Catering/ DJ: Toast and Jam/ Cake Shop: Amy Beck/ Make Up: Jill at Bridal Beauty/ Hair: Dina at Salon Buzz/ Stationary: Samantha at The Paper Place/ Table Numbers: Erickson Designs/ Hotel: Sofitel/ Transportation: Absolute Dream Limousines