A Laid-Back Wedding at Ovation Chicago in Chicago, Illinois

Marla Mims (30 and a digital account manager) and Trevin Wagener (31 and a repair technician) make the ideal team. The two met at work, and were friends for a long time before they started dating. When planning their wedding at Ovation Chicago in Chicago, Illinois, their focus was on food and music, with a warm, modern aesthetic in shades of blue and green. “Those things are a big part of our lives and can take any party to the next level,” Marla says. Their menu included barbecue, Asian and Peruvian chicken entrees with cake (including a colorful sprinkle cake), pie and doughnuts from their favorite Chicago bakeries. “Our food was delicious, and our DJ had our guests on the dance floor from the start,” she says. Other elements included Trevin’s dark green suit, a handmade paper crane installation, pop songs during the ceremony and personalized tile favors that doubled as escort cards. “The day belongs to you,” Marla says. “Don’t feel pressured to do what everyone else does, or what’s expected of you. Whether walking down the aisle together, serving burgers and fries or inviting only 10 people—do what will make you smile when you think about it years later.” —Chrissy Sorenson