A Blue, Silver and White Wedding at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Illinois

Justin Ballard (29 and VP of data analytics at Northern Trust) and Adam Ballard (30 and a senior sales support specialist at Honeywell) met through co

Justin Ballard (29 and VP of data analytics at Northern Trust) and Adam Ballard (30 and a senior sales support specialist at Honeywell) met through common friends. They got engaged at the point of Belmont Harbor, and planned a summer wedding for 75 guests. They looked at three venues before locking in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Illinois. “Once we were both in the space, it was the obvious winner,” Justin says. “The white space and clean lines created the perfect canvas to create whatever we wanted, all while having a downtown Chicago location.” Their design direction was modern elegance, and their friend (who owns an event company) helped pull it off, incorporating midnight blue, silver and white. During the outdoor ceremony on the steps of the museum, both grooms carried items to fulfill “something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue.” “Something old” was 200-year-old coins Adam had collected as a kid; “something new” was their Louboutin shoes; “something borrowed” was a gold-leaf and silver arrowhead borrowed from their best man, Matthew; and “something blue” was their custom-made midnight blue tuxes. With Stringspace’s cover of Beyonce’s “Halo” playing in the background, Justin and Adam were escorted by their mothers. After the ceremony, the party moved inside the museum, where guests dined on dates wrapped with goat cheese and bacon, mini chicken and waffles, lemon-ricotta cucumber cups, tomato and watermelon salad, slow-cooked pork, beef tenderloin and an almond orange cake with honey buttercream and cream cheese frosting. During dinner, a friend surprised the couple with a beautiful opera performance, then DJ Tiago Vibe (from Brazil) played electronic dance music and a mix of other songs “that kept the party going all night,” Justin says. At the end of the evening, the best man surprised the couple with a drag performance as Circuit Mom, performing Whitney Houston’s “I Look to You.” “It was the perfect upbeat ending to the night.” —Chrissy Sorenson

Adam and Justin fell in love with the midnight blue silver shimmer paper their graphic designer initially showed them, contrasting beautifully with silver hot foil print. The silver and blue combo was used on the save-the-dates, invitations, and place cards. “For the invitations, we chose stark white card stock that was then blind embossed—essentially embossing without the use of ink to create the invitation through shadow and depressions in the paper,” Justin says.
The guys relied on many friends to pull their wedding together: their friend Matthew, who stepped in as their wedding planner; their photographer, Natalie, who captured the day; and their friend Borris, who created custom tuxes for them. “Anyone who makes you look that fantastic is always good on my list,”  Adam says.
The grooms’ tuxedos were custom made by fashion designer Borris Powell (also their good friend) in matching midnight blue fabric “but with our own options for lapels,” Justin says. They wore black bow ties with a checked pattern and “a fantastic pair of black Louboutins.”
“Whatever you think your budget is, double it,” Justin jokes.
Adam and Justin exchanged vows on the steps of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Illinois, while 75 guests looked on.
“I’m a big-picture guy and can’t be bothered with details, which I admit are important in a wedding,” Justin says. “Our friend happens to run an event company, and was the natural choice to make sure everything was perfect.” The couple told their friend they like “modern elegance” and the colors blue, silver and white. “The rest was up to him," Justin says.
The photographer snapped a dramatic shot of Justin and Adam on winding staircase at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Illinois.
The decor at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Illinois, was the epitome of modern elegance.
Orchids added sophistication and glamour to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Illinois.
“As a self-proclaimed foodie, I was initially concerned about the food—catering doesn’t have the best reputation in my opinion,” Justin says. “After the tasting, it was clear that Mary and her team with MCA Catering were rock stars. Food was such a fantastic part of the day.”
In order to achieve the perfect shade of white, the cake designer used fondant to create a ruffle effect “that spiraled up the cake in silver,” Justin says. “We had a spatter of blue ink across the cake to finish things off.”
The almond-orange cake had alternating layers of lavender honey buttercream and cream cheese frosting.
During dinner, a friend surprised Justin and Adam with a beautiful opera performance.