Mike + Kari
Mike and Kari were married in an unforgettable candlelit ceremony at the Zhou B Art Center in Chicago Illinois. Talk about a stunning celebration! Kari is a designer and she branded her entire wedding. Take a look at all of her details, they are amazing in every way. Their wedding even had it’s own logo. Kari’s father made the huge Mike & Kari marquee sign that hung in the entrance of the gallery. Their wedding had so many wow factors.
This couple was an absolute blast to work with. Thank you Mike and Kari for sharing you amazing day with us!
From the Bride…
Mike and I wanted our wedding to really reflect our personalities and style. We asked ourselves at the beginning “what do we want this wedding to be?” And our answer was always…we want a day for our friends and family to have fun with us and celebrate our love. Throughout the entire planning process, we tried to combine our styles and create unique details that just made us smile. The day couldn’t have turned out more perfectly. Although we both put our heart and soul into the wedding, and there were many sleepless nights designing each small detail to reflect our wedding “brand”, the day wouldn’t have been possible without our amazing families and our insanely amazing vendors! We both feel truly blessed to have so many wonderful people help create the best day of our lives.
The story of Mike & Kari from their wedding website.
It started with a big, southern “Hiiii”. Mike was born and raised in Chicago. Kari was born and raised in a tiny town in Kentucky. In 2005, they met at the University of Kentucky. While Mike played hockey…Kari watched him play (he had no idea who she was). However, once the next semester began, they had a class together (Professional Ethics to be exact). Kari, thinking he knew who she was because of the growing popularity of a website called “the facebook”, stops him after their first night class together. “Hiiiiiiiii Mike!”. Long (and embarrasing) story short – he had NO clue who she was. The next class, however, he sat down next to her and the rest…as they say….is history.
Getting Ready Location: Raffaello Hotel, Chicago IL / First Look Location: Drumbar Rooftop Bar, Chicago, IL / Wedding Venue: Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, IL / Florist, Floral Decor, Table Decor & Styling:Ashland Addison, Chicago, IL / Coordinator & Planner: Sarah Meece / Make-up Artist – Ashley Chaney Smith (www.thisisjustmakeup.com) (bride’s makeup and her own) / Make-up Artist from bridal party – Sarah Shepperson / Hair Stylist – Bridal Beauty Chicago, Samara Toby (www.bridalbeautychicago.com) / DJ: Toast & Jam, Chicago, IL / Officiant: Nathan Jones / Graphic Design: The Bride / Letterpress Printing: Bride / Cake: Creative Cakes / Caterer: Food for Thought, Chicago, IL / Dress designer/ brand – Mori Lee (from Anne’s Bridals, Paducah, KY) / Jewelry – Christy, Southern Wire (www.etsy.com/shop/southernwire) / Suit designer/ brand – TopShop (Mike’s Suit) H&M (Groomsmen) / Lighting – Marcos from MK Lighting and Design (www.mklightingdesign.com)