A Vintage, Industrial Wedding at Bridgeport Art Center in Chicago, Illinois
Who needs a Pinterest board when you can channel wedding inspiration from two of your favorite stores? That's what newlyweds Mary Gelber (27 and a marketing manager for digital intent) and Dusty Napoleon (29 and an assistant baseball coach at Concordia University Chicago) did while planning their September nuptials at Brideport Art Center. "We just wanted something that felt like Anthropologie infused with Restoration Hardware," the couple says of their vintage-industrial celebration. Jesse Deckard with Bliss Weddings and Events worked closely with the couple to coordinate and design the entirety of Mary and Dusty's special day – right down to the smallest details. "He was an absolute joy to work with and made wedding planning fun for everyone involved – especially since we didn't live in Chicago at the time!" the bride says. Dressed in a long sleeve, Monique Lhullier lace dress, Mary and her groom exchanged vows in the art center's sculptural garden – a unique space that once served as an actual railroad loading dock! For their industrial lofted reception, shades of champagne, lavender, apricot and blush were paired with gilded gold details to give the open space a slightly vintage feel. Reclaimed timber and exposed brick walls paired perfectly with each glam tablescape – a set up that included vintage crystal chargers and matte gold sequined linens. Vintage stemware and flatware completed the look of each place setting for a fuss-free, formal feel. Another standout detail? The after party! The rock-loving newlyweds invited an 80s cover band to perform a set at the Ritz Carlton that lasted until three in the morning. "We served Chicago-style hot dogs, French fries and just rocked out," the bride says. "It was the best night of our lives!"