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A Vintage Wedding in Chicago, IL

  • Jen Lynne Photography, Grand Rapids, MI
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Megan & Patrick in Chicago, IL
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Patrick and his groomsmen wore handmade, feather boutonnieres, which matched the ones in the girls’ hair.
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With some help from her mom, her sister, a couple of bridesmaids (and a glue gun), Megan made feather hairpieces for the girls to wear at the wedding.
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Megan shopped around at three or four stores but ended up buying one of the first gowns she tried on -- a fitted mermaid style that was neither too flashy nor too plain for her taste.
Becker’s Bridal, Fowler, MI
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Megan and Patrick didn’t have a specific wedding theme or color palette, but throughout the décor, they opted to replace flowers with feathers! Eliminating blooms allowed the couple to spend more money on parts of the wedding that mattered most to them, such as food and music.
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Megan and Patrick got married outside in the brick wall–enclosed courtyard at Salvage One in a quick, 15-minute ceremony.
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The couple chose Salvage One, a storefront warehouse, for its architectural artifacts and repurposed items that designers have turned into art.
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Megan and Patrick made a sign to encourage guests to leave notes on the typewriter and to take pictures in their handmade photo booth, which they set up with a curtain, a camera, and plenty of silly props.
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Instead of a traditional guest book, the couple asked friends and family to leave them notes using an old-school typewriter. Megan loves going back to read them, especially because of all the typos. (Typewriters didn’t have backspace keys!)
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The couple turned a fireplace into a gift table by decorating it with photos strung on twine with clothespins. A birdcage served as their card box.
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Patrick’s mom made a set of three tiny, fondant cakes topped with black feathers and white sugar flowers. They also served some of their favorite desserts, such as cupcakes made by two of Megan’s friends and cookies from Potbelly Sandwich Shop.
The groom’s mother
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Megan and Patrick hired a DJ-slash-guitarist-slash-singer to play their ceremony and reception. For their first dance, she sang one of her original songs as the two swayed beneath a shining disco ball.
Stolie, Cage and Aquarium Productions, Chicago

Megan & Patrick in Chicago, IL

One New Year’s, Megan and her girlfriends branched out of Michigan (where they lived) and rand in the New Year at a bar in Chicago. Patrick and his friends happened to be at the same bar. After many stolen glances from across the room, the two finally started talking and planned a date. The first year and a half of their relationship was spent dating long-distance. Then Megan decided to pack up a U-Haul and move to Chicago. The Bride Megan O’Sullivan, 27, a marketing manager The Groom Patrick Whiston, 30, a consultant The Date September 19 Another year and a half later, Patrick and Megan were headed to Michigan to go camping with friends. While on the trip, Patrick reenacted his and Megan’s first real date and proposed outside her old house.
- Jaimie Dalessio
Their Ingredients
  • Jen Lynne Photography, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Becker’s Bridal, Fowler, MI
  • The groom’s mother
  • Stolie, Cage and Aquarium Productions, Chicago

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