Chicago Salvage One Wedding

DIY Weddings

Every time I see a wedding at Chicago’s Salvage One, I fall more and more in love. This time, it’s captured by Olivia Leigh Photographie and decorated to perfection by Big Day Easy and A Stem Above. Keep reading for more from Leanna about her wedding day vision:

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From the bride, Lennea: Kyle and I have always loved vintage and salvaged items. His escape is reading and mine is craft. So we definitely wanted handmade touches and literature involved. While we now live in California we will always love Chicago; where we met and fell in love. A great mix of urban grit and neighborhood gallery.

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We knew we wanted Salvage One for the reception. A warehouse full of salvaged antiques that we used to roam many years before. For a soft romantic touch we used creams, pinks, and soft grey with a few highlights or creamy yellow. I hand-stamped the escort cards and table markers. I also used a Gocco printer to make the bookmark save-the-dates. We wanted the ceremony and reception to be as personal as possible. One of our dearest friends married us and we had such a special experience developing the ceremony including a ring warming and choosing meaningful poetry to include.

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Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? No matter what, the day of, just let go of all your worries. It is such a meaningful experience and should be full of joy! We couldn’t believe how fast it all went and how much fun we had! If you have a lot of vendors or details, I found that a day of coordinator took all the stress off me and my ladies!

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View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
First dance: “The Very Thought of You,” Billie Holiday
Music is one of Kyle’s obsessions so we had many favorites. Dustin from Style matters worked with us to exhibit our eclectic taste and we included “Kiss Me On the Bus” because we met on a bus! Our ceremony music was largely based on suggestions from the organist because we were not as familiar with Organ appropriate tunes.

Location: Chicago, IL / Photographer: Olivia Leigh Photographie / Day-Of Coordination: Amy Stockbridge of Big Day Easy / Florist: A Stem Above / Ceremony Venue: University of Chicago Bond Chapel / Reception Venue: Salvage One / Wedding Veil: hand sewn re-work of bride’s mom’s veil / Wedding Shoes: BHLDN / Earrings: Nordstrom / Hair Accessories: Twigs & Honey / Hair: Ginger Damato / Makeup: Wendy City Faces / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew / Groom’s Tuxedo: Jim’s Formalwear / Wedding Caterer: Food for Thought / Pies: Hoosier Mama Pies / Pie Plate Rental: Nimble Well / Ceremony Musician: organist Thomas Weisflog / Cocktail Hour Musicians: String Theory / DJ: Dustin Harris of Style Matters / Rubber Stamps for Escort Cards: Dragonflybuzz / Photo Booth: A&A studios / Wedding Invitations: Love vs. Design / Videographer: Studio 272

  1. Linda

    What gorgeous wedding photos and what a beautiful venue. My favourite photos are the one by the large window with hanging stained glass as well as the one of them framed by the stone arched window. Beautiful.

  2. Croatia Wedding Photographer

    Love Chicago! Nice pic.

  3. Tagaytay Weddings

    Love the last pic. Very beautiful. Congrats!

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