An Intimate Urban Wedding at Couch Place Alley in Chicago, Illinois

Pink rose petals lined the brick-paved alley where Kylie Grant (32 and a photographer) and Rachael Ford (32 and a salon owner) wed in an intimate ceremony as 25 guests looked on.

Despite their initial desire to say “I do” on a beach, the couple quickly changed their tune when Rachael remembered that heels and sand don’t mix. “The benefit of our ‘fancy elopement’ was getting to sit down to a nice dinner with our closest friends—no pomp and circumstance necessary,” Kylie says.

Since only a few onlookers were present, the couple was able to wed in Couch Place Alley sans permit.