A Classic Chicago Spring Wedding at the Industrial City Hall Events

A classic Chicago spring wedding at the industrial City Hall Events is exactly what we needed! Tara and Travis’ wedding day is filled to the brim with stunning design elements, laughter and so much love! We’re obsessed. Expedition Joy Photography captured this day beautifully and we need you to see it!

The Love Story

“On October 6th 2018, we met at the bar Benchmark in Old Town on Wells Street. Tara was out for a friends going away party that evening and Travis was out with friends when we bumped into each other and struck up a conversation that eventually led to us swapping numbers. Fast forward to the proposal…Travis took Tara and her closest girlfriends (aka future bridesmaids) out on his boat the evening of August 6th 2021. It was supposed to downpour that evening, but the storm held off with just enough time for Travis to propose on the Chicago river just before the wells street bridge with celebrations and a lot champagne after.”-Tara and Travis

The Wedding Vision

“Our wedding vision was colorful spring vibes – shades of pink, peach and pops of blue. We wanted to brighten up the industrial deco of our reception space and also enjoy some color after a long cold Chicago winter.”-Tara and Travis

We love the color palette for this wedding! This day is a perfect example of how to incorporate color in a classic way. “Their classic wedding attire from the couple to the bridal party brought a classic element to their wedding, creating a perfect blend of styled for their wedding day.”-Courtney of Expedition Joy Photography. The florals brought to life by Bella Flora were the perfect touch of soft romance. We love the juxtaposition of the softness placed against the industrial backdrop!

The color scheme was carried through into desserts (Molly’s Cupcakes) and the catering (Butter and Vine) with mini tequila shots for guests to enjoy at cocktail hour!

Advice to Engaged Couples

“Plan. plan. Plan. We recommend making back up plans so that you absolutely do not stress on such a special day. It ended up being a little rainy and gloomy on our wedding day so instead of doing our photos at the Kinzie St bridge like originally planned, we moved our photos to Union Station (because I already had a permit ready to go!!). I was very happy I took a few extra steps to make sure things went smoothly. We also recommend giving each person in your bridal party a small task for the day – we had a bridesmaid in charge of holding phones, another in charge of the veil, a groomsman in charge of the drinks for the trolley, someone in charge of pinning boutonnières, etc. If everyone has one little task to manage, that will make sure that everyone is not asking “can I help you with something” because they know ahead of time!”-Tara and Travis