How do you top a helicopter ride proposal and rehearsal dinner aboard a private boat on Lake Michigan?
For Nazareth Academy high school sweethearts Gabriela Soltys, 26, and Charlie Herr, 27, it was with a timeless and romantic May wedding at two historic Chicago venues, St. Mary of the Angels (1850 N. Hermitage) and The Drake Hotel (140 E. Walton).
Soltys, an event planner at Corporate Concierge Services, incorporated sentimental details into her bridal look, including a piece of lace from her mother’s wedding dress sewn into her gown and the official flowers of her University of Iowa sorority, Alpha Phi — forget-me-nots and lily of the valley — woven into her bouquet. Herr, a sales consultant with financial data research platform YCharts, outfitted the bride with baubles both borrowed and blue: an heirloom bracelet of his great grandmother’s and a diamond and sapphire ring as a wedding day gift.
Photos by Carasco Photography