Kicking off the reception with Juicy J’s “Bounce It” isn’t the most traditional of wedding music choices, but for Maggie Ness and Ernest Wilkins of Humboldt Park, it just made sense: They first met during the rapper’s concert at South Loop club Reggie’s in August 2014.
Ness, 35, produced WTTW’s “Dishalicious” pilot and “Check Please” season 18 and now works as the station’s director of on-air fundraising; Wilkins, 33, is director of content at Mess Marketing and host of Beauty Bar’s R&B night, The Grind. They married April 26 at Greenhouse Loft (2545 W. Diversey) with the bride’s brother, Ben — a rapper and performance artist — serving as officiant. “It was truly like a rap show wedding ceremony. He started it off with a call-and-response,” Ness says. Though they managed not to cry while reciting their own vows, the audience was tear-filled. “People who don’t cry were telling me that they cried,” Wilkins says. “It was a crazy, emotional crescendo of love.”
To commemorate the night, guests posed in Greenhouse Loft owner and photographer Steve Ewing’s studio. Ness and Wilkins donned Nike Tech sweatsuits and Air Jordans to their day-after brunch before “mini-mooning” in Palm Springs.
Photos by Hanna by Cage and Aquarium Productions