Haunted romance: a moody Halloween evening of medical and mortuary science

Halloween fell on a Thursday and we fell in love with two separate venues so we decided to have it be a two-day event: the International Museum of Surgical Science was the perfect setting for our ceremony while we had our reception at Jacob Henry Mansion. The mansion matched our tastes exactly and was the perfect backdrop for an Autumn evening celebration. I lovingly refer to our wedding as a "haunted romance."

Chicago has a lot of wedding venues, but NONE are anything like this one

There are very few wedding venues in Chicago which make me think of our kick-ass readers more than Catalyst Ranch. If you've ever seen the versatile, colorful, and totally unique space in person, you'd see how much personality a wedding venue can add to your wedding. Situated in the trendy, industrial neighborhood of the West Loop, Catalyst Ranch is a breath of fresh air among plain venues.

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Mardi Gras meets Chicago at this stunning donuts and dogs wedding

Rescue dogs and donuts! Our wedding had modern and vintage touches but no clear "theme" other than Our Favorite Things. Rescue dogs, donuts, pizza, New Orleans, Chicago, and each other. We wanted our wedding to "feel like us" and it sure did. Our dog is a rescue and I am on the board of a local rescue, so we had lots of references to the dog and organization throughout the day, from the sweatshirts the girls got ready in to our specialty cocktail. We're a modern couple of blended religious backgrounds so we decided our wedding was the perfect event to set the tone for a life of unapologetic joy.

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Constellations, a dragon cake, and BEARS at this Chicago planetarium wedding

Alex and Glenn were OVERFLOWING with ideas for their wedding. Alex's Indian heritage was featured during the ceremony overlooking Lake Michigan in Chicago by focusing on a stunning mehndi-inspired aisle runner. They held it at the spectacular Adler Planetarium(!) which capitalized on Glenn's love of constellations. Think outer space colors like deep fuchsia, purple, and blue, and "under the sea"-themed invitation suite, centerpieces featuring constellations and sea creatures,

Don't miss the two epic dresses the bride wore, the fabulous dragon cake, and the constellation coloring book…