From the moment Evan Blewett, 29, and Jillian Nolke, 25, met as students at DePaul University in 2010, life has been a party.
So it was fitting that when Blewett, a lawyer, popped the question in last October along the Chicago Riverwalk, the two celebrated with a River North rendezvous, popping bottles at City Winery (11 Chicago Riverwalk), Pops for Champagne (601 N. State) and The Purple Pig (500 N. Michigan) “He had made all these special reservations at nice places,” remembers Nolke, a teacher at University of Illinois at Chicago.
The festivities continued a year later on July 28, when the Bucktown bride and groom said “I do” in a very unique setting: “Our parents were very apprehensive of [the wedding] being at a bar,” Nolke laughs. But the smell of hops, gorgeous exposed brick and open bar at Revolution Brewery (2323 N. Milwaukee) turned out to be the perfect fit for their summer nuptials.
“Our story is [in Chicago], so we chose to have it at a place that represents us. Not where I am from or where he is from, but where we are together,” the bride says.
One hundred guests enjoyed a brewery tour during the cocktail hour, and non-traditional appetizers like soft pretzels with cheese and Sriracha shrimp. In lieu of a cake, the newlyweds opted for assorted cupcakes from Sweet Mandy B’s (1208 W. Webster), a place they visited often as college sweethearts.
Of course, the party didn’t stop there — after the reception, the couple and their friends headed down the street to Remedy (1910 N. Milwaukee) for an afterparty that lasted until four in the morning.
Photos by Ashley LeTourneau
Bride’s gown: Miss Ruby – A Bridal Boutique, 333 N. Plankinton, Milwaukee; Missrubyboutique.com
Bride’s hair & makeup: Goldplaited, 2803 N. Sheffield; Goldplaited.com
Bride’s jewelry: J.Crew, 900 N. Michigan; Jcrew.com
Bride’s shoes: Silent D from Lori’s Shoes, 824 W. Armitage; Lorisshoes.com
Groom’s attire: Jos. A. Bank, 500 W. Madison; Josabank.com
Groomsmen’s attire: Black by Vera Wang, Men’s Wearhouse, 535 N. Michigan; Menswearhouse.com
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Show Me Your MuMu; Shop.nordstrom.com
Rings: James & Sons Fine Jewelry, 1457 N. Halsted; Jamesandsons.com
Dessert: Sweet Mandy B’s, 1208 W. Webster; Sweetmandybs.com
Floral: bouquet of gray eucalyptus and green Italian ruscus, with white roses, scabiosas, veronicas and lilacs, Steve’s Flower Market, 1039 W. Grand; Stevesflowermarket.com