Not many people consider tying the knot at work, but Joel Garrett, vice president of sales and customer success at Loft on Lake (1366 W. Lake) says selecting the venue for his May 10 wedding to Ashley DeBoer, an account executive at SalesForce, was a “no-brainer.” “It was our No. 1 choice,” he says of the event space, which is owned by his mother Cher Garrett. His bride agreed, and proceeded to carry out her vision of elegance and fun. “Sparkle was our accent color,” laughs DeBoer.
After a lot of Pinterest research and with the help of their expert team of vendors — including Art of Imagination’s Deborah Weisenhaus and J&L Catering’s Ted Grady — the raw loft was transformed into a glittering, glamorous setting, complete with crystal chandeliers and white-gloved waiters passing Champagne to the couple’s 130 guests as they arrived. “We wanted something everyone would remember,” says Garrett. One such memorable moment: when the couple’s 3-year-old goldendoodle, Lily, made her trip down the aisle. “We got her a sparkly white collar that held the rings and she came flying down the aisle,” says DeBoer.
The couple met in June 2006 during a night out with mutual friends — “she was on the dance floor, so I finished my beer and went out to join her,” Garrett recalls. Their wedding was a celebration of nearly a decade together, including a period of long-distance romance while he finished school at Illinois State and she was away at Augustana College. In 2012, they moved to Chicago’s Gold Coast and, soon after, got engaged at Roy’s (720 N. State).
And although wedding planning is a part of Garrett’s everyday life, he says he didn’t feel any added pressure for his own nuptials. “We were actually more excited because we’ve seen so many events come in here,” he says. “As long as it was exactly what Ashley wanted, I was happy.”
Venue: Loft on Lake, 1366 W. Lake; Loftonlake.com
Decor: Deborah Weisenhaus, Art of Imagination, 216 N. Halsted; Artofimagination.com
Catering: Ted Grady, J&L Catering, 1229 N. North Branch; Jandlcatering.com