From writing their own ceremony vows to incorporating their Chinese heritage into their wedding at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare, Eric and Angela crafted a unique and personal wedding day that’s the perfect mix of classic and modern. Read on for their wedding story and the gorgeous images from Photography by Lauryn!
The Bridal Look
I decided on a fit and flare/sweetheart neckline silhouette, something that I feel very comfortable in naturally. I love sparkle, and I’m glad I found something at Here Comes the Bride that had just enough sparkle/beading that didn’t require any other big, flashy accessories. I also wore flats – I was super comfortable the whole day.
He Proposed in Paris
Eric’s family was going on a trip to Paris and Milan, and invited me along. I was super excited because this was my first time in Europe, and I had always wanted to go to Paris. During the trip, we made a stop at the Eiffel Tower for pictures. I took pictures for Eric and his siblings, and then it was time for Eric and I. I knew something was up once he grabbed his jacket before he taking a picture with me. Why would he need his jacket when it’s 75 and sunny? He proposed, and we got a great shot in front of the Eiffel Tower!
Our Wedding Vision
We wanted something classy and modern, and also convenient for my guests (since half of them would be traveling/flying). We chose to have our wedding at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare because of the proximity to the airport and the modern ballroom for our ceremony/reception. We had touches of our Chinese heritage through our DIY items, and also used my favorite color (purple) as one of our main colors.
The most important part of planning our wedding was that our guests have a great time celebrating our marriage with us. We made the venue to be easily accessible for all guests, no matter if they were in the Chicago area or not. We made sure our ceremony was just long enough to express our love and intention, but not too long that it would put people to sleep. We wanted our DJ to hype up the party at the reception and made sure our guests had something to snack on at the end of the night.
DIY Wedding Details
I made our table numbers using pictures of Eric and I throughout our childhood. For example, for Table 3, there was a picture of both Eric and I when we were 3 years old, etc. I also made all the bouquets and boutonnieres for the wedding!