Danny + Brian's Cosmopolitan Wedding In Chicago
Words: A.J. Harper
Images: Matt Haas Photography
Though Danny and Brian first met in high school, the pair’s bond didn’t bud until they reunited years later, in the summer of 2011, in their hometown of Glencoe, Illinois. With a spark between them, the two fell in love in the months that followed, making it official in the fall when Danny asked Brian to be his boyfriend during a trip to a Wisconsin apple orchard. Three years later, in the Big Apple, Brian reciprocated the big romantic gesture and popped the question in Central Park. The couple exchanged vows in June 2016 in Chicago and celebrated their blossomed love together with family and friends.
WOOD YOU BE MINE
At the Sculpture Garden of the Bridgeport Art Center, exposed brick, French doors and wooden beams set the scene for a rustic-modern affair, enhanced with floral designs boasting succulents, blue thistles and glass-enclosed orchids. After the charming ceremony in the art-peppered garden, guests were greeted by cocktails, small bites and a grand timber wall installation-built by Danny and Brian from pallets-upon which an array of frames showcased photos of the happy couple throughout their five-year relationship. Escort cards were fastened to the frames with mini clothing pins, ushering guests from the artful alfresco space to the grand reveal of the enchanting reception inside.
The cosmopolitan fete united contemporary, rustic and classic elements to evoke the couple's own home aesthetic. Details that articulated the inspired style ranged from the modern, minimalist programs to the whimsical string lights to the grooms midnight blue tuxedos-Brian's pocket watch, (a wedding-day gift from Danny).
Forgoing a traditional first dance in the spotlight, the couple opted for an inclusive dance party with everyone on the floor, set to Justin Timberlake's "Can't Fight This Feeling." Other unique, shared intimate moments included the processional walk, during which Danny was escorted by two of his best friends, and met halfway down the brick aisle by Brian, whose parents ushered him to his husband-to-be. The two were then left together, and after a quick moment and a shared gaze, they locked hands and walked together toward the lush arbor.
A raspberry-filled three-tier lemon wedding cake clad in countless rainbow sprinkles was served alongside a fudge cake with a chocolate-and-salted-caramel filling, and a vanilla cake layered with dark chocolate mousse and passion-fruit curd. Other desSerts included mini key-lime pies, macarons with milk-chocolate mousse, vanilla cheesecake squares brilléed with blueberries, and a trio of tantalizing tarts: lemon meringue, espresso ganache and raspberry ganache. With the hopes of having the Sweet memories linger, every guest went home with an antique mason jar full of goodies from the candy buffet.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
During the autumn weekend of the proposal, Danny and Brian took a culinary quest through Manhattan, indulging in hotdogs, hand-cut fries, ramenburgers, classic New York pizza, paella, and the couple's signature “famous French lunch.” comprising bread, crackers, cheese, charcuterie, fruit and copious amounts of wine. The duo's love of gastronomic adventures echoed throughout the Summer wedding, with delectable dishes spanning bulgogi tacos and short-rib sliders to chorizo mac-n-cheese and pan-fried vegetable dumplings—plus, Caesar Salads served in small, individual glass buckets and hung from a brass station.
MATT HAAS PHOTOGRAPHY
SALLY COLLAR, LIVEN IT UP EVENTS
SCULPTURE GARDEN OF THE BRIDGEPORT ART CENTER
GROOMS: DANIEL GEORGE CUSTOM SUITS
GROOMSMEN: THE MEN’S WEARHOUSE
GROOMSWOMEN: JENNY YOO
TIFFANY & CO.