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Real Weddings: Bree & Trey

Bree and Trey’s city wedding sounds like our kind of party: great food, great music, great people! Read on for the story of the day—and the dress—as told by Bree.

The Scene: November 9, 2013, at Petterino’s Restaurant in Chicago, Illinois

Trey and I knew right away that there were only two things that we cared about for our wedding. First, we wanted to make sure that the entire focus was on our love for one another. Second, we wanted to have the party of the century, complete with great food and a night full of dancing!

The only venue we looked at was Petterino’s Restaurant in the Theater District in Chicago. There was a grand staircase in the middle of the lobby; we knew immediately that it was the perfect venue and that we wanted to have our ceremony on the staircase.

Our wedding came together pretty seamlessly. Trey and I decided in the beginning that we didn’t particularly care about things like centerpieces, flowers or a conventional wedding cake.

Instead, we opted for Mad Libs on the tables that our guests could fill out, a brooch bouquet made by my mother and cupcakes of all different flavors, along with a small chocolate peanut butter cake for us to cut. We each have a sister, so in place of having a traditional bridal party, they stood up with us as we exchanged our vows.

There were a few key things that we could pinpoint as being our favorite parts of the evening. Although we were the ones who thought of having our ceremony on the staircase, we had no idea what a great idea it would actually end up being. We were physically surrounded by love during our entire ceremony, and it was so special to us. It was a really intimate experience that we will remember forever.

Second, we wrote our own vows. The promises we made to each other will be with us for every moment of our life together.

Lastly, my best friend had the idea that, in lieu of a unity candle, we could have each of our family members write us three letters apiece, which we’ll get to read after one month, one year and five years of marriage. Each family member placed his or her letters in boxes during the ceremony. We’ll keep these letters forever; they will always be near and dear to us.

My Look: I wore the Jenny Yoo ‘Monarch’ gown with a crystal sash and big sparkly chandelier earrings, which were my “something borrowed.” When I had originally tried the dress on, my first thought was that it was a perfect look… and my second thought was that it felt like I was wearing pajamas! This dress made me feel more beautiful than ever on my wedding night, but it was so comfortable that I was able to dance the night away without stopping!

My Wedding Stylist: Amie Kesler, Michigan Avenue Wedding Suite

I have to admit: At the time, dress-shopping was the part of wedding planning that I was least excited about. After all, I could have married Trey in a potato sack, for all I cared!

The week before my appointment, Amie and I had a conversation about what my wedding was going to look like, what my street style was and what I wanted out of a wedding dress. When my group and I arrived at the Wedding Suite, there were about 13 dresses lined up for me. I tried on the first one and didn’t really react. I informed Amie right away: “I’m not going to have a moment, so please don’t wait for one. I’m just not that kind of girl.”

The very last dress in the line was the ‘Monarch’ gown by Jenny Yoo. Amie showed us that it was a convertible gown and there were actually 18 different ways to tie the straps. She tied them a certain way and added some accessories, and then the strangest thing happened… I actually had a moment! I never thought I’d be emotional about a piece of clothing, but it happened! I could never thank Amie enough.

On top of finding the dress, I really appreciated how laid-back the entire experience was. It was just what I needed!

Our Favorite Moments: Our wedding night was a total blast! From start to finish, every moment was beyond perfect. I know that a lot of people say that, but we promise it’s the truth!

The ceremony was extremely meaningful. The food was great (at least we heard it was—we actually didn’t get to eat anything!). The photo booth was a big hit. The DJ played music that had people on the dance floor all night. The late-night appetizers (pigs in a blanket and buffalo chicken meatballs!) were well received and perfectly timed.

There was just a feeling of love and happiness throughout the entire night that we will remember forever. It was perfect.

Photos by Jill Tiongco Photography

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