Elementary school teacher Megan Alesi, 29, and Keith Calvert, 30, who works in sales, met through a mutual friend in 2012. “I was totally head over heels right from the get-go,” Calvert says. They married Dec. 8 at St. Michael’s Church in Old Town before heading to Gallery 1028 in the West Loop, where wooden farm tables, luxe vintage furniture, and a greenery wall with “The Calverts” spelled out in neon set the scene for their 140-person reception.
“Because the venue had a vintage vibe, I knew I wanted my dress to be super modern,” Alesi says. She paired her long-sleeved, open-back gown from Sarah Seven Chicago (532 W. Arlington) with a black leather jacket. Guests indulged in a mouthwatering Firecakes Donuts display and for Alesi’s first dance with her father, he surprised her with a recording of him singing “Over the Rainbow” from her favorite childhood movie, “The Wizard of Oz.”
Photos by Laura Witherow Photography