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Kathryn + Heath at City View Loft

Weddings, West Side Venues

Kathryn and Heath were married last September at City View Loft, a beautiful space on the west side of Chicago. These California dwellers brought effortless early autumn style to their celebration, embracing bold flowers and warm colors throughout their entire day. The smiles never stopped throughout their celebration, which was incredibly heartfelt and joyous from beginning to end. Britt Crowe from Of Love and Magic captured every detail, and we’re so excited to share the day with you below!

It all started with a mother’s phone call…

This is one of Jen’s favorite stories: One day, Jen was sitting at her computer, working away, and her phone rang. Little did she know how much her life was going to change when she picked up the call. On the other end was Kathryn’s mom, Patti — who soon became one of the most awesome moms Jen has ever worked with. Jen’s pretty sure she and Patti decided that they were going to work together within five minutes of chatting — there was, without a doubt, an instant connection. Jen was filled in later that after the call, Patti called Kathryn and said, “I found your planner and if you don’t hire her, you’re f*cking crazy.” Soooo, Kathryn and Heath, clearly very sane people, decided to do just that. They have since kept in close touch post wedding and are planning a reunion trip to the couple’s home in San Francisco as we speak.

A note from the groom:

“[The AFE Team] are the most caring, organized, ahead-of-the-game people my wife and I have ever met in my life! From day one upon hiring them, they were taking care of things that we didn’t even know needed addressing … You will not even know things needed to be done, and Jen will have done them already. If anything isn’t to your liking, she will take care of it. If you have a question because your dad won’t stop bugging you with questions, she’ll answer it AND address any additional questions he has. From the second we hired them, we could breathe again …They never once left us wanting for more, they never once let us drown, and they never once let any hiccups get in the way of our special day!!” (Read their full review and more on The Knot)

4 Things We Loved About This Wedding:

  • What amazing style they had for their wedding party — beautiful and bold bridesmaid dresses plus floral ties for the guys. Perfection!
  • They got “iced” mid-reception, courtesy of said well-dressed wedding party.
  • One of their photo stops was the bar where they had their first date!
  • They used rugs as aisle runners for their ceremony setup — it gave the room such a cozy feel.

Congratulations, Kathryn & Heath! We loved getting to know you!

Vendor Team

Venue: City View Loft // Catering: LM Catering // Photographer: Of Love and Magic // Music: DJ Connection // Floral + Decor: Flowers For Dreams // Cake: Vanille // Hair: Art + Science // Makeup: Ashley Gill // Wedding Party Transportation: M+M Limo // Wedding Dress: Elisabetta Polignano // Menswear: The Black Tux // Bridesmaid Attire: Whimsy + Row

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