More than 50,000 law books line the soaring walls of the tenants-only lounge in the Financial District’s 190 S. LaSalle building — but not one of them has a story like Eric Enloe and Jennifer Bernstein’s. It was in those storied halls — where Enloe and Bernstien were both working at the time — that the two first met. “[A co-worker] tried to set us up for about six months and, finally, we were both at the right place at the right time,” Bernstein remembers.
Four years later, Enloe, now a senior managing director at Integra Realty Resources, proposed to Bernstein, an attorney at Beermann Pritikin Mirabelli Swerdlove LLP, in their River North apartment. For their Feb. 28, 2015, nuptials, they knew they wanted the location to be just as classically Chicago as their first meeting. Trump International Hotel & Tower (401 N. Wabash), was their choice.
Though classic, their wedding was anything but traditional. “If you think of a typical wedding production, we didn’t do it,” Enloe says. “No bridal party, no first dance — we don’t have anything against tradition, but this just fit our personalities [better].” Instead, two of the couple’s friends officiated the lighthearted ceremony in front of 140 guests. The ballroom was filled with dramatic florals. “I wanted to use natural elements, such as moss and branches, to complement the delicate and timeless white phalaenopsis orchids,” says Kacy Irwin, Kehoe Designs’ event producer. “[Jennie and Eric] had a vision that truly emanated their sophistication, modern style and fresh spirit.”
“I don’t think I could reduce it down to one particular moment,” the bride says. “The whole day was pretty spectacular.”
Photos by Kenny Nakai of Nakai Photography
Bride’s gown: custom Veronica Sheaffer, 2409 W. Hirsch; Veronicasheaffer.com
Bride’s shoes: Alexander Wang, Shopbop, Shopbop.com
Bride’s jewelry: custom Dvora Levkovich, D. Diamante Limited, 5 S. Wabash; Ddiamanteltd.com
Bride’s hair: Jon Russell Gustafson, Studio Vitál, 12 W. Maple; Studiovitalchicago.com
Bride’s makeup: Joshua Graham, Façade Makeup Artistry; Facademua.com
Groom’s attire: Styled by Chris Amrehn, Suitsupply, 945 N. Rush; Suitsupply.com
Décor & florist: Kacy Irwin, Kehoe Designs, 2555 S. Leavitt; Kehoedesigns.com
Entertainment: Don Cagen Orchestra; Cagenmusic.com
Invitations: Lindsay Weinberg, Lindsay Weinberg Designs; Lindsaybweinberg.com