An Urban Elegant Wedding at Kitchen Chicago

Chicago might be the perfect town to pull off an urban-elegance style of wedding. Shannon and Caleb fell in love with the exposed brick and duct work at Kitchen Chicago and added soft touches like light greens accents and candlelight to give an elegant touch to the design. Zach Caddy was there to capture the beautiful evening for this lovely couple. Enjoy!

The Love Story

“Caleb and I reconnected on Hinge in February of 2020. We had previously gone to high school together, but we were not close at that time. Our first date was dinner at Land & Lake, with a Sofar concert held at the Macy’s on State Street. A spark ignited right away. We had only gone on a few normal dates, four to be exact, before COVID brought the world to a screeching halt. We knew our connection was something special, so we made the decision to be each other’s quarantine buddies. If you ask me, I knew I was going to marry Caleb by our second date. He might not say the same, but caught up eventually!! Throughout quarantine, our relationship blossomed, leading to a very deep love for one another.” 

Favorite Moments

“Our favorite wedding day memories are focused on some firsts and lasts.

We did a private first look at Union Station, which was simultaneously beautiful and overwhelming, but in the best way. Caleb started crying and I couldn’t stop the nervous laughter…which if you know us at all, these reactions check out. We then shared our inside-joke riddled vows. The intimate setting made it all the more memorable for us. Its impossible to forget the first time you lay eyes on your beautiful bride or dashing groom!

At the end of the reception, the DJ helped us clear the reception hall of guests. Photograph by Cody Fry boomed over the speaker system, and we had a private last dance of the evening. Being alone together for those few moments to soak it all in, hold each other, and dance was the perfect ending to our perfect day.”

Stand Out Vendors

“Our DJ, Marcus [Fig Media], got into a car accident around the time of our wedding, but he still showed up, even with his arm in a sling, and created the perfect sonic experience for the evening. The dance floor never once died.

The CityView team, specifically Lexi, made our ceremony and reception run smoother than silk. Lexi even ran to the store to get us more libations in the middle of the reception when we started to run low. Pro Tip: Turns out unseasonably high temperatures in April means people drink more!!

Last but not least…Our photographer, Zach Caddy. I can not say enough about his talent. Every time I look at our wedding photos, I am in awe…not only of how gorgeous they are, but also how he perfectly captured what we were feeling in each moment. When I look at our first look photos, I am transported back to Union Station, our emotions and our love speak through the film. Zach and his second shooter Matt were attentive to detail, easy going and cultivated a stress-free environment, allowing for us to feel calm and content during a very stressful day!”

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