Dani and Jake’s Midwest Wedding at City Winery Chicago

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 Dani and Jake’s Midwest wedding was on a gorgeous day in late September at City Winery West Loop in Chicago.

The bride and groom walk in a park near the city winery with skyscrapers of chicago in the background

Dani and Jake were the sweetest couple to work with.

The planning process was longer than expected due to the pandemic, but well worth the wait!

The Rehearsal

This Midwest wedding weekend kicked off on Friday night with a fun rehearsal dinner at Summer House Santa Monica. This venue is a Santa Monica–style beach house that has a retractable roof, brick-lined walls, string lighting, plants and a year round courtyard perfect for the colder seasons in the Midwest.

The rehearsal dinner was followed by a welcome party at Moe’s Cantina River North, a chic, industrial style restaurant with craft cocktails and Mexican fare.

the wedding invitation was laid out with a white flower accent and the bride and groom's wedding rings

The Wedding Day

On the morning of the wedding, Dani and her bridesmaid’s got ready at the Gold Plaited salon and the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel. Jake and his groomsmen got ready at a friend’s house near City Winery West Loop

The bride and groom read notes they wrote for one another in their respected hotel rooms before they get ready for their wedding day

The groom is help by his father to pt his bow tie on and the father of the groom included a photo of him and his son on the inside of his tie

The bridal party in their getting ready robes, cheers with champagne before getting ready

Detailed shots from the bride's jewlery

His and her vow books, the brides blue shoes and the wedding band

The bride's wedding dress is hung next to a hotel window and the bride is helped into her dress by two of her bridesmaids

The bride puts on her earrings and captured a detailed shot of the rings on her fingers

The bride does a first look with her bridesmaids in the hotel room

The groom and his groomsmen toast in the getting ready room before the day begins

The wedding party was transported to iconic locations around the city: Millennium Park, Lurie Gardens and Adler Planetarium, for the bride and groom’s first look and wedding party photos.

Detailed shots of the grooms white boutonniere and the bride's white and pink flower bouquet

The bride approaches the groom in the park as they have their first look

the bride and groom are full of emotion and embrace as they see each other for the first time on their wedding day

The wedding party took seperate bridal and groomens photos and then a big group photo together outside the city winery

The bride and groom take private photos in a park in chicago before their wedding

The Ceremony

After photos, the group was dropped off at City Winery West Loop where guests were eagerly awaiting Dani and Jake’s ceremony to begin in the wine garden of the City Winery West Loop.

The city winery sign from the street

The ceremony had wooden chair, a wooden arh with floral accents, market lighting overhead and a large exposed brick wall background with vines and greenery

The ceremony alter consisted of dark wood beams, white and pink floral arrangements and wine barrels on each side

the bride is escorted down the aisle by her father and the groom gazes and them in pure joy as they approach the front of the aisle

The bride and groom share their first kiss as husband and wife and walk downt the aisle in all smiles

a close up shot of the bridal party's flower bouquet's

The entire wedding party walking together outside the city winery in chicago

Cocktail Hour

Once the ceremony finished, guests transitioned to cocktail hour located in the wine garden just behind the ceremony spot.

The cocktail hour outside the city winery with signature cocktails, wine and champagne

The Reception

The reception space was located in the Barrel Room in the City Winery West Loop. This space was intimate with an industrial style with exposed brick walls lined with oak wine barrels and bottles of wine.

The wedding reception decor in the city winery consisted of white and pink linene, wooden chairs, and gold accentsThe bride and groom had a sweetheart table, surrounded by their wedding party and were both on the stage.

The tables and chairs had a wooden finish with some tables dressed in white linen. There were blush colored napkins as well as white and pink flowers on each table. There were hints of gold throughout the design on candles and floral vases. The softness of the table design paired beautifully with the industrial concrete and brick walls.

Inside the city winery in chicago with exposed brick and ceiling, and decorated reception tables

Wedding photos form past family member's were put on display, as well as a photo book and their white wedding cake at the reception

The bride and groom's sweetheart table was center stage in the city winery with floral arrangements around the base of the table. the sweetheart table was surroundind with two head tables on each side for the wedding party

The wedding reception table decor consisted of wood tables, wooden chairs, blush napkins, and greenery up the center of the table accented by white flowers

The wedding reception table decor consisted on white and blush linen, with blush and gold accents and a green, white and light pink floral arrangementA late night snack was provided by the infamous Chicago’s Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria for any late night cravings.

the wedding party dance together at the reception in the city winery in chicago

The bride and groom dance together at their reception in the city winery

This wedding came together so beautifully and was the perfect reflection of Dani and Jake. It was also as true to the city of Chicago as you could get.


Thank you to all of the amazing vendors that helped bring this wedding day to life!

Venue: City Winery Chicago | Photography: Rebecca Shehorn Photography | Wedding Planning Design and Floral: Christina Burton Events | Wedding Transportation: Limo-Tainment | Catering & Bar: City Winery Chicago | Hair & Makeup: Gold Plaited | Officiant: Matt and Allison | DJ: Toast & Jam | Rentals & Decor: Atmosphere Event Group | Bride and Bridesmaid Attire: Veiled in Elegance | Cake and Desserts: Sugar Fixe | Videography: Stello Studios | Late Night Food: Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria | Guest Transportation: Infinity Transportation

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