After marrying at a small family-only ceremony this fall at John Timothy Stone Chapel inside Fourth Presbyterian Church (125 E. Delaware), Ashley Mathew, 32, and Noah Cepela, 34, later hosted friends for a shindig at BiXi Beer (2515 N. Milwaukee). “My goal the entire time was to make it more artful than traditional,” Mathew says. They hired Frei Balloons to create a metallic installation flowing from the entrance up to the second floor, where massive arrangements of baby’s breath by Asrai Gardens covered the walls. Guests were entertained by a magician and mind reader as they wandered from room to room, and in lieu of speeches, three local comedians performed standup. “We tried to make it as fun as it possibly could be,” Mathew says.
After a family-style meal of Asian fare, they sliced into four intricately decorated cakes made by Bon Vivant Cakes, each inspired by a different Chicago home they shared over the past 10 years of dating. Last year, they became a bicoastal couple when Mathew moved to Los Angeles to work in the film industry; Cepela works as president of BridgeNet Solutions, splitting his time between their Ukrainian Village condo and their new downtown L.A. abode.
IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS
Photographer: Stephanie Bassos Photography, bassosweddings.com
Venue: John Timothy Stone Chapel at Fourth Presbyterian Church, 125 E. Delaware, fourthchurch.org; BiXi Beer, 2515 N. Milwaukee, bixi.beer
Wedding planner: Camryn Brook Events, camrynbrookevents.com
Invitations, escort board, and name cards: Emily Snyder, emilyjsnyder.com
Catering: BiXi Beer (2515 N. Milwaukee), bixibeer.com
Cakes: Confetti, carrot, chocolate fudge, lemon-blueberry, and chocolate fudge by Bon Vivant Cakes, bonvivantcakes.com
Florals: Baby’s breath wall installations, tabletop poufs, and ikebana arrangements by Asrai Garden, 1935 W. North, asraigarden.com
Rings: Azlee Jewelry, azleejewelry.com