Modern Classic Wedding in Downtown Chicago


March 12, 2024

Ellen and Brett’s gorgeous day at The University Club of Chicago was perfect all around, from simple and classic black and white details with a pop of bright green for a modern take, to the most beautiful, sunny summer park portraits in the heart of the city. Not only was this day beautiful, but it was an absolute joy to be around these two and all of their people!

Groom kisses bride on cheek on rooftop of University Club Chicago in the summer

What are you most looking forward to on your wedding day?

“Being MARRIED !!! & All of our friends and family coming together from near and far to celebrate ~~love~~” I always know it’s going to be an incredible dance floor when people are coming from so far!!!

What inspired your wedding decor? Did you have a theme in mind?

“Sleek, and timeline modern.” I love what these two did with the decor–they brightened up an otherwise darker venue full of character, and added a modern twist with pops of bright green and playful texture mixed into classic white-and-green florals. This was the perfect twist on a classic, especially for a June wedding and park portraits earlier in the day.

Tell me a little about the food and drink!

“We are so excited for the food!! This is a big reason we chose the venue. we are members, and have been to many events that are executed so well. It’s a pretty fancy dinner — 4 courses including dessert. Of course, can’t forget about late night snacks!”

Now that you know a little more about these two’s inspo behind the day, keep scrolling to see highlights of this stunning summer wedding in downtown Chicago.

bride in a bun and long veil taps groom on shoulder before first look on roof of University Club of Chicago
bride with long veil and groom in black suit kiss on roof of University Club of Chicago
close up of bridal bouquet and bridesmaids in black, each holding a bouquet
bride, groom, and wedding party in black at the Art Institute of Chicago Gardens
Ceremony set up with white and gold chairs at University Club of Chicago
Ceremony set up with white and gold chairs at University Club of Chicago
dinner and reception set up at university club of chicago
modern white and green florals on wedding dinner table
couple shares their first dance at university club chicago wedding reception
wedding reception at university club of chicago
bride smiles with wedding guest

Venue: University Club of Chicago

Floral: The Flower Girl Company

DJ: Okyne Medialab

Hair & Makeup: Windy City Glam

Suit: The Black Tux

Dress: Alyssa Kristen

Veil: Grace Loves Lace

Catering: University Club of Chicago

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