A Ralph Lauren-Inspired Wedding at The University Club of Chicago in Chicago

During their sophomore year at Boston College, Amanda Ravas (24 and an account executive at BBDO) met Luke Lapointe (25 and an investment banker) when

During their sophomore year at Boston College, Amanda Ravas (24 and an account executive at BBDO) met Luke Lapointe (25 and an investment banker) when he interviewed her for a campus tour guide job. "As the interview began, I was instantly smitten and noticed how easily our conversation flowed," she says. Amanda eventually landed the job -- and a new friendship with her future husband. Two years later, the friends began dating and later got engaged in 2013 during a date night at J. Parker, their favorite Chicago rooftop bar. For their fall wedding in the heart of the city, the couple exchanged vows in a traditional ceremony at St. Clement Catholic Parish in Lincoln Park before celebrating with 150 guests at The University Club of Chicago. "Given that our wedding was in November, we wanted something that was warm and cozy with a slightly vintage feel," the bride says of their formal reception space. "With the fireplaces, limestone, grand staircase and wood walls, we knew this was the place where we wanted to celebrate the beginning of our lives together." Inspired by the effortless glam look of Ralph Lauren, the newlyweds used a lavender and ivory color palette to pull off the classic wedding of their dreams. Gold lantern centerpieces adorned each dining table, while birchwood and pheasant feathers were used to evoke the rustic feel of the countryside. The newlyweds even used wine corks they collected throughout the course of their engagement as DIY escort card holders and wine bottles in place of a traditional guest book. "We asked guests to sign the bottles and plan on opening them on future anniversaries," the bride explains. While guests enjoyed jarred honey favors (courtesy of the groom's mother's hive!), Amanda and Luke gifted guests with a surprise Chicago hot dog bar to fuel a night of dancing. "The party truly began once dinner was over," Amanda explains. "We danced the night away with all of our loved ones -- it was a night we'll remember forever."

White Rose Boutonniere With Black Bow Tie
"Given that our wedding was in November, we wanted something that was warm and cozy with a slightly vintage feel," the bride says of their reception at The University Club of Chicago.
Amanda and her bridesmaids carried lavender and green bouquets filled with dusty miller, hypericum berries, roses and succulents.
The bride wore drop earrings and a swept-back hairstyle complete with soft waves. "It was a wind-blown look that's not hard to get in the Windy City!" Amanda laughs.
University Club of Chicago Wedding
Groomsmen in Classic Black Tuxedos
Each of Amanda's seven bridesmaids wore satin A-line dresses in a shade that can best be described as silver meets lavender.
Amanda and her bridesmaids carried lavender and green bouquets filled with dusty miller, hypericum berries, roses and succulents.
The couple wed in a ceremony at St. Clement Catholic Parish in Lincoln Park. "The setting offered the perfect backdrop for our traditional ceremony," the bride says.
Amanda and Luke Wedding Recessional
Gold Framed Table Numbers
"With the fireplaces, limestone, grand staircase and wood walls, we knew [The University Club of Chicago] was the place where we wanted to celebrate the beginning of our lives together," says Amanda.
Classic Cream Dinner Menus
Feather and Wood Centerpiece With White Roses
Over the course of their engagement, Amanda and Luke collected wine corks from friends and family that they later made into escort card holders. Rather than use a traditional guest book, the couple opted for bottles of wine and encouraged guests to sign the labels.
Metallic Mr. and Mrs. Cake Topper
Post-reception, the newlyweds passed out jarred honey favors with a wax monogram of their initials. "The honey came from the hive of the groom's mother, so it was jarred with love," the bride says.
Diamond Engagement Ring and Gold Band