Nearly seven years ago, a new neighbor moved into the Logan Square apartment below Sarah Novosad. But it was the friend who was helping him move, filmmaker Filip Kojic, who caught her attention. “We went to the backyard to have a beer. [Later,] he sent me a Facebook message,” says Novosad, 30, an independent event designer. She responded by sending her number. “I didn’t want to do that ‘Let’s chat for a few months’ game,” she says. “From then on, we were in an instant relationship.
When Kojic, also 30, proposed in September 2015, Novosad knew the kind of wedding she didn’t want. “I was never going to be the white-gown kind of bride,” she says. “The thought of everyone looking at me while walking down the aisle is a pure panic attack.” Instead, the couple invited nine of their closest friends and family to a vow ceremony at Eden (1748 W. Lake), before celebrating with 180 guests the next day at Michelle’s Ballroom (2800 W. Belmont).
The reception was anything but ordinary — think antique gold trophies and candelabras as centerpieces and friends, clad in wigs and costumes, reenacting the moment the couple met before dancing to “Praise You” by Fatboy Slim. “We joined the dance floor [along with] everyone else,” Novosad says. “It was perfect.”
Photos by Emilia Jane Photography
Bride’s hair & makeup: ceremony makeup, Corey Zaborowski, Facebook.com/makeupbycoreyz; reception hair, Heidi Caruso, Shear Elegance, 2780 Dundee, Northbrook, Shearelegancechicago.com; reception makeup, Cathleen Healy, Factor Chosen, Factorchosenchicago.com
Bride’s nails: Jackie Van, Fantasy Nails, 1743 W. North
Bride’s shoes: ceremony, Opening Ceremony, reception, Robert Clergerie, Barneys New York, 15 E. Oak; Barneys.com
Groom’s attire: Richard’s Fabulous Finds, 2545 W. North; Richardsfabulousfinds.com
Groom’s shoes: John Fluevog Shoes, 1539 N. Milwaukee; Fluevog.com
Engagement ring: Macha Jewelry; Machajewelry.com
Wedding planner: Nicole Hensley, Storybook Weddings & Events, 516 W. Briar; Storybookchicago.com
Catering: Paramount Events, 1750 W. Lake; Paramounteventschicago.com
Furniture & rentals: AFR Event Furnishings, Afrevents.com; Bowery & Bash, 1500 S. Western, Boweryandbash.com; M&M Event Rentals, 493 Mission, Carol Stream, Mmspecialevents.com; Zap Props, 3611 S. Loomis; Zapprops.com