In early 2015, Emily Maxwell spotted the dress she’d wear to her wedding — never mind that she wasn’t engaged. She was watching TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress” when one of the brides-to-be slipped into a Hayley Paige gown. “My mom happened to watch the show that night, too, and we [called each other] and said, ‘That is my dress when the time comes,’ ” says Maxwell, 41, donation specialist for the Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network.
Luckily, Maxwell’s boyfriend, Ben Dillon, 35, an assistant state’s attorney for Lake County, proposed just six months later, and, on February 27, she wore her dream gown at Bridgeport Art Center’s Skyline Loft (1200 W. 35th).
The space — decked out in twinkle lights, glimmering candles and aubergine blooms — was perfect for a decadent seated dinner by Limelight Catering, featuring a duo plate of braised short rib and halibut. “People licked their plates clean,” laughs Maxwell. “They were even asking for seconds.”
At the end of the night, guests left the party with specialty chocolate chip cookies and hot cocoa.
Photos by Ingrid Bonne Photography
Bride’s gown: Hayley Paige, Bella Bianca Bridal Couture, 12 W. Maple; Bellabianca.com
Bride’s shoes: J. Renee metallic pumps, Nordstrom, 55 E. Grand; Shop.nordstrom.com
Bride’s hair & makeup: Marie Lim Campbell (hair), Shawn Clarence (makeup), Village Cutting Room, 2009 W. Belmont; Villagecuttingroom.com
Groom’s & groomsmen’s attire: Vera Wang, Men’s Wearhouse, 9314 Skokie, Skokie; Menswearhouse.com
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Alfred Sung, Nordstrom, 55 E. Grand; Shop.nordstrom.com
Rings: TDC Jewelry, 406 W. Half Day, Buffalo Grove; Tdcjewelry.com
Wedding planner: Anthony Navarro, Liven It Up Events; Livenitup.com
Catering: Limelight Catering, 2000 N. Racine; Limelightcatering.com
Cake: White and red velvet with old-fashioned buttercream filling, Cake Sweet Food Chicago, 1635 W. Walnut; Cake-chicago.com
Décor & Florist: Juliet Tan Floral Designs, 220 N. Halsted; Juliettanfloraldesign.com
Lighting: Art of Imagination, 1829 S. Halsted; Artofimagination.com
Invitations: Paper Source, 8701 Keystone Crossing, Indianapolis, IN; Papersource.com