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Joyful and Candid Spring Wedding in Chicago

Amy and Blake together just have fantastic energy and are adored by all who know them. They finally had their big joyful and candid spring wedding in Chicago at The Fairlie after having a small intimate wedding of 12 people at Blake’s parents’ Chicago home last spring. I was honored to be a part of both days.

It started in 7th-grade gym class. At the intimate wedding, Blake’s mom recalled the day she learned about Amy. “I met a girl today. Her name is Amy,” Blake told her. At that moment, Blake’s mom knew they were destined to be married.

From that day in 7th-grade gym class, the two became best friends who only lived 5 minutes apart and hung with the same friend group. When it came to high school, Amy and Blake made a pact their senior year that they would be each other’s date if neither of them had a date.

Two weeks before graduation, the two made it official, despite many doubting its longevity. But after four years at Indiana University and the University of Michigan doing long distance and ensuring it was the real deal, the two of them made their way back to Chicago and now own a beautiful Chicago home and an adorable puppy together. 

Their original plans were for 250 guests in April of 2021. However, the ever-changing rules and regulations of COVID brought them to decide to postpone their big celebration to 2022. They opted to still marry on their original date at Blake’s parent’s home with immediate families, their maid of honor, best man, and best friend Nick, who officiated both wedding days.

Their big wedding in April 2022 was as expected. Beautiful, fun, and full of energy. So many loved ones surround Blake and Amy to watch them still choose each other. A beautiful thing to witness. There was no dry eye during the ceremony (mine included) and a face without a smile throughout the party.

My favorite quote from Blake in their New York Times Feature, “It felt good and reassuring,” he said. “We were so stressed this past year. Waking up the next day, it’s her and me forever. And, we’re still best friends.”

Vendors

Photographer: Alexandra Lee Photography | Venue: The Fairlie | Planner: Lola Event Productions | Florist/Design/Decor: Saville Productions | Cake/Desserts: Sweet Mandy B’s | Cinematography: Smiling Toad Productions | DJ: DJ Bryen Hall | Invitation Suite: Steracle Press | Caterer: Maison | Rentals and Decor: Bowery + Bash | Lighting: MDM Lighting | Beauty: Angela Michelle Makeup Artist | Bridal Shop: Bella Bianca Bridal Couture | Dress Designer: Ghalia Lahv | Bridesmaid Attire: Jenny Yoo | Tuxedos: Emanuele Tuxedos | Shoes: Stuart Weitzman | Rings: Jay Cantor |

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