A Classic City Wedding at Salvatore's in Chicago, Illinois
Despite growing up in Ohio, Lindsay Duncan (31 and a physician) had a not-so-secret obsession with Chicago, Illinois. So when it came time to plan her spring wedding with Jacob Moore (32 and a physician), it made sense for the couple to incorporate the look and feel of classic Chicago. "We wanted each of our venues to represent our favorite parts of the city," the bride says of their decision to marry in Washington Square Park (complete with stunning views of the Hancock Building) before celebrating with guests in a reception at Salvatore's Ristorante in Lincoln Park. After exchanging vows under a hydrangea- and rose-covered arch in the park, the newlyweds took a post-ceremony carriage ride around the city to soak it all in. "Everyone was on the sidewalks cheering and congratulating us," Lindsay says. "It felt like we were celebrities." Upon arriving at the historic Lincoln Park restaurant (which was once owned by Al Capone), guests were treated to a classic wedding with plenty of personal twists, including DIY welcome bags that paid homage to both Lindsay and Jacob's Ohio roots as well as their new home. "We included homemade buckeyes from a local Ohio baker along with Garrett's Chicago Mix popcorn since it's the city's most iconic treat," the bride explains. Guests were even treated to a sweet two-tier confection and mini cupcakes from local Chicago eatery Sweet Mandy B's, along with cake pops, macarons, caramels and gummy candy displayed on the piano in the restaurant lobby. As the night went on, the newlyweds surprised family and friends with an impromptu dance to Michael Jackson's "The Way You Make Me Feel," before refueling on late-night sliders and mini grilled-cheese sandwiches. "Above all, we just wanted our guests to have good food and drinks and to dance their pants off," the bride says.