A Retro-Inspired New Year's Eve Wedding in Chicago
Kelly and Lucas
"It was a hot, hot Chicago night," says Kelly, remembering why she and a pal sought out an air-conditioned bar one evening in 2007. But the hair-salon manager could also be describing her chemistry with Lucas, the art gallery employee who chatted her up inside.
Four years later, they rang in the New Year with a '60s style wedding that looked like it broke the bank -- but it didn't even break $8,000. Huge balloons, a confetti-strewn floor, and a rockabilly band made the bash just as sizzling as the night they met.
Peppy notices sporting party-horn motifs spread the news.
The couple said "I do" in front of road-sign letters with the reflectors removed, which left behind "cool circular cutouts," says the bride. So that the decor wouldn't outshine the vows, only the ampersand in the center, a splurge from Urban Outfitters, was illuminated.
Father and Daughter
With her bouquet in one hand and her proud papa in the other, Kelly made her way down the aisle beneath a row of streamers.
On a wall in the gallery's foyer, peel-off vinyl stickers announced the night's festivities.
Poured from vintage decanters, the liquor was served alongside napkins bearing phrases such as "Kelly & Lucas fell in love."
Other beverages up for grabs included beer, wine, and soda. A clutch of carnations, in a milk-glass jar from the duo's personal collection, fancied up the serving station. The budget-friendly bloom was the only variety Kelly used: "Wholesale flowers from Costco go a long way!"
New Year's Eve Countdown
Vintage time-telling flashcards, spanning from 8 p.m. to midnight, trimmed the walls.
Bags held homemade bloody Mary mix, vodka, and an Advil-loaded pillbox.
Location: Stephen Daiter Gallery
Stationery: Bow & Arrow Paper & Design Co.
Photography: John Huu Nguyen
Gown and Veil: Silver Moon
Catering: Philip Gasparas and Severn Dorre
Reception Music: The Hoyle Brothers
Bridesmaid Dresses: Donna Morgan
Hair: Ella Stauber and Nicole Cisternino of Trianon Salon
Makeup: Megan Winternheimer
Bottles and Pillboxes: Specialty Bottle