Infusing modern and masculine details, Michael and Andrew’s Chicago nuptials focused on love and traditional Jewish wedding elements. The ceremony was officiated by the couple’s best friends. Andrew and Michael stood under an industrial metal chuppah, covered lightly in wild smilax greenery with hanging Edison lights creating the illusion of its four corners. For the reception, the lights were lifted and the chuppah was converted into an awning, with the Edison bulbs lighting up the packed dance floor.
Dancing was the main event of the night. Michael and Andrew had their first dance to “Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye,” by Joss Stone and the band performed a mix of old school and new school music. Dinner was served around dance breaks and guests were treated to a four-course sit-down dinner. The meal started with a mezze platter that was set on each table while guests busted a move during the opening dance set. The second course was a rich tomato soup with filet mignon and a side of double baked potato and asparagus for the entrée. Dessert was a mouthwatering sampling of caramel pie, chocolate cake and fresh-baked cookies. Everyone took home gigantic chocolate chip cookies as a thank you for celebrating Andrew and Michael’s love.
The couple’s color palette of black, gold and charcoal gray came together with masculine wedding details. Greenery-focused floral arrangements decorated the assortment of round and long wood tables, covered with modern runners and set with gold silverware.
When asked the most memorable moment of the day, the newlyweds shared that it was a toss up between saying, “I do,” and seeing the pure joy on the face of Andrew’s dad as he was hoisted into the air during the hora.
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