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Autumnal Chicago Wedding

Looking through these images from Olivia Leigh, I don’t think my smile ever left my face. There seriously isn’t a more beautiful place to get married in the fall than the Midwest! Meagan, a schoolteacher, and Drew are two of the most fun-loving people we’ve seen, and it shines through in every photograph. Prepare yourselves for some serious wedding dress envy from Lazaro (that corset is beyond, people):


Meagan + Drew | Vintage Teacher's Fall Wedding

From the bride, Meagan: Our goal was to keep the details tasteful and stylish with an element of playfulness. More than anything, Drew and I wanted to create a feeling of merriment throughout the whole weekend. We wanted our friends and family to be participants in our celebration rather than observant guests. To accomplish this we chose a band and caterer that would keep things fun, fresh and seamless. There was dancing between courses and we opted for an ice cream sundae bar instead of serving cake.


Meagan + Drew | Vintage Teacher's Fall Wedding

We didn’t choose a set theme or colors for our wedding; instead we drew inspiration from autumn colors and textures. We considered the groomsmen’s grey suits, the bridesmaids’ blue dresses and the chocolate brown linens as ‘neutrals,’ and let the flowers become the focus. The beautiful arrangements tied everything together with rich fall colors like cranberry, orange and goldenrod.


Meagan + Drew | Vintage Teacher's Fall Wedding

Meagan + Drew | Vintage Teacher's Fall Wedding

Though we opted not to have an overall theme, the personal banner Drew sketched for our website become a link between the little details. Drew is from the East coast and I’m from the Midwest; we met while living in NYC and now live in Chicago. In his sketch, the New York and Chicago skylines are united by a heart. We took the opportunity to compare Chicago to New York in small ways, like showcasing a Brooklyn Lager vs Chicago’s 312 at the bar and a New York-style hot dog vs a Chicago hot dog for the late-night snack. Our vendors were incredible, and we also had tons of fun designing DIY ‘extras’ to personalize our day. We made cootie catchers to lay at the bars, ‘worst wedding song’ lists to display in the bathrooms, and table numbers out of our favorite song lyrics.


Meagan + Drew | Vintage Teacher's Fall Wedding

Meagan + Drew | Vintage Teacher's Fall Wedding

Meagan + Drew | Vintage Teacher's Fall Wedding

Our families and friends helped us assemble wedding programs, menus, escort cards, Chicago-themed hotel guest bags and the animal crackers we gave away at the end of the night (our venue was next door to the zoo!). We also designed and assembled all of the church decor and florals. It was tons of work but a great way to spend time with everyone!


Meagan + Drew | Vintage Teacher's Fall Wedding

Meagan + Drew | Vintage Teachers Fall Wedding Olivia Leigh

Meagan + Drew | Vintage Teacher's Fall Wedding

Meagan + Drew | Vintage Teacher Fall Wedding Olivia Leigh

Meagan + Drew | Vintage Teacher's Fall Wedding

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Our ultimate goal was to have a blast and feel relaxed on our wedding day. To do this we knew we needed to be organized and prepared. We did a lot of research and enlisted the help of our parents for advice and guidance. We educated ourselves with magazines and websites to figure out what we wanted, how to access it, how to budget for it, and how to achieve it. When decisions got a little stressful we’d ask ourselves: “On the day of our wedding, what will actually matter? What will we remember most?”


Meagan + Drew | Vintage Teacher's Fall Wedding


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From the photographer, Olivia: Meagan and Drew are two of the sweetest, most fun people I’ve ever worked with. Their day was beautiful and chic but throughout it all, it was their humour and happiness that shone most brightly! Meagan looked SO beautiful in her gorgeous whimsical tulle wedding dress. It was, of course, a very windy day in Chicago, and it was a riot throughout the day watching the dress do its own thing, eventually enveloping Meagan in a tunnel of tulle on Michigan avenue. Later into the night, they actually ended up cutting the dress with scissors on the dance floor to ensure maximum party capabilities. :) They decided to go back to Meagan’s hometown of Western Springs, Illinois, for a ceremony at the quaint church where her dad directs their incredible music program. A reception followed at the historic Cafe Brauer, a Prairie Style gem in the middle of Lincoln Park in Chicago. This building is just stunning and the perfect setting for a true Chicago wedding with its rich history and beautiful skyline views!

Wedding Vendors (Chicago, IL):

Ceremony Location: First Congregational Church of Western Springs / Reception Venue: Cafe Brauer / Wedding Photographer: Olivia Leigh Photographie / Wedding Flowers: Stems / Wedding Dress: Lazaro, “LZ3061″ / Wedding Shoes: Caparros / Bride’s Hair: Eli Mancha / Makeup: Elana Darrus / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew / Groom’s Attire: Jos A. Bank / Wedding Caterer and Cake: Jon Wool of Finesse Cuisine / Wedding Musicians: Bradley Young Orchestra / Wedding Invitations: Minted / Wedding Officiant: Rich Kirchherr / Transportation: Trolley Car & Bus Co. and Windy City Limos

12 Comments on Autumnal Chicago Wedding

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  • 1

    Good Choice Of Wedding gown & the photos are perfect!

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  • 2

    This is such a gorgeous wedding. And in our hometown, too! Love the advice from the couple on remembering what matters when stressed during planning. That really helped us when we tied the knot.

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    Elizabeth Rollins on April 26, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    This is my favorite wedding so far that you have featured! I am having my wedding this October and LOVE everything about this. Our venues are very similiar and the flower choices are gorgeous! I got several great ideas for my wedding. We are also designing and constructing all our flowers and decorations so this helped in the decision making! Thank you for this post and awesome job by the bride on design!

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  • 4

    Love fall weddings! Their wedding flowers are beyond stunning and that bridal bouquet…wow! The colors and textures and varieties of flowers are perfect! Congrats!

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  • 5

    Nice shot! Absolutely well planned wedding. I wish someday my wedding would be as awesome and as gorgeous as this one.

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  • 6

    I love the word cloud table numbers! I am so curious about how to make them! Can the bride offer any insight?

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  • 7

    We used the website “Tagxedo” to help us out with the table numbers. We copied and pasted the lyrics and chose a color scheme we liked- easy to do!

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  • 8

    WOW!!!!! I love everything about this wedding. It’s by far my favorite and I’ve done a TON of searching. I’m stoked because I live in Chicago and will be having a fall wedding. These pictures are gorgeous and have truly inspired me for my future wedding! Beautiful job Bride!

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  • 9

    The colors are awesome in the fall! Very nice shots, vivid colors and amazing results. Everything is first class, from the reception venue and makeup artist to groom’s attire and 5 star transportation service.

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  • 10

    OMG, the flowers are stunning!!! What flowers did you use? I haven’t seen many of them around. So rustic yet so classy!

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  • 11

    These pictures are absolutely stunning! You 2 look genuinely happy and make a wonderful couple. I also really love the Chicago Skyline in the background! I wish you the best.

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  • 12

    The pictures are amazing. Looks like a dream come true Chicago style wedding!

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