"It was a hot, hot Chicago night," says Kelly, remembering why she and a pal sought out an air-conditioned bar one evening in 2007. But the hair-salon manager could also be describing her chemistry with Lucas, the art gallery employee who chatted her up inside.
Four years later, they rang in the New Year with a '60s style wedding that looked like it broke the bank -- but it didn't even break $8,000. Huge balloons, a confetti-strewn floor, and a rockabilly band made the bash just as sizzling as the night they met.
Other beverages up for grabs included beer, wine, and soda. A clutch of carnations, in a milk-glass jar from the duo's personal collection, fancied up the serving station. The budget-friendly bloom was the only variety Kelly used: "Wholesale flowers from Costco go a long way!"
Location: Stephen Daiter Gallery
Stationery: Bow & Arrow Paper & Design Co.
Photography: John Huu Nguyen
Gown and Veil: Silver Moon
Catering: Philip Gasparas and Severn Dorre
Reception Music: The Hoyle Brothers
Bridesmaid Dresses: Donna Morgan
Hair: Ella Stauber and Nicole Cisternino of Trianon Salon
Makeup: Megan Winternheimer
Bottles and Pillboxes: Specialty Bottle