Art Institute Wedding

  • The Art Institute of Chicago is one of America's oldest and largest museums. Rich with history and art both inside and out, about 1.5 million people visit it annually. Ellie + Andrew held their ceremony in the Woman's Board Grand Staircase, where so many have walked before, but few have had this unique experience. 

    Ellie + Andrew's wedding day began at the W Lakeshore Hotel with beautiful views of Lake Michigan and Navy Pier. After their first look in the lobby, their wedding party traveled to University of Chicago campus for photographs, before returning to the museum for more. Ellie was escorted down the grand staircase by her father before she took Andrew's hands on the landing.

    Imagine for a moment - you're in the most beautiful art museum in the United States, standing on a grand staircase, marrying your best friend - isn't that the most romantic thing? It doesn't stop there. After the "I Do's" the couple gets privately escorted throughout the museum to take photographs with some of the world's most famous art pieces. Don't believe us? Luckily, we have photographs to prove it. 

    Cocktail hour began after the ceremony and guests have the option of viewing the Impressionism Gallery. Afterward, the reception was held in McKinlock Court - the breathtaking outdoor courtyard nestled between the museum, complete with a fountain and views of the city. During the reception, Ellie briefly changed into a Hanbok - a traditional South Korean dress for formal events. 

    It's safe to say Ellie + Andrew wanted a memorable wedding in addition to an experience for themselves and their guests. They wished for something elegant, historical, beautiful, and timeless - a true representation of their love. 


    Photographers: Cage and Aquarium - Hadassah Brand + Eva Ho

    Hotel: W Lakeshore Hotel

    Venue: Art Institute of Chicago

    Planner: SQN Events - Mina Lee

    Hair Stylist + Makeup Artist: Diem Angie Co

    Cake: Amy Beck Cake Design

    DJ: Okyne Medialab






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