Kori Kelly and Curtis Shaw Flagg, both 34, coined the term “shwedding” to describe their unique celebration: Their wedding ceremony was the final act of a comedy show at Laugh Factory (3175 N. Broadway), where Flagg works as general manager. “Putting together comedy lineups is my job, but this was the hardest lineup I’ve had to put together in my life—by a long shot,” Flagg says. The Bubbly Truck parked in the lobby to serve sparkling wine to their 225 guests, who were serenaded by the Oh Yeahs as they took their seats. Comedian Kellye Howard served as host and officiant, while Pat Tomasulo, Chris Bader, Kristen Toomey, and Jeff Arcuri performed sets leading up to the couple’s vows.
Kelly, who works in talent acquisition at Deloitte, and Flagg, marketing director for Open Books, met in 2017 while living in Lakeview. Their entire wedding weekend was a love letter to the neighborhood, from the welcome dinner at Big Star (3650 N. Clark) to primping and portraits at Hotel Zachary (3630 N. Clark) to the day-after brunch at the Crepe Shop (2934 N. Broadway). Jill Hopkins, host of Vocalo’s “The Morning AMp,” DJ’ed their neon-laden after-party at HVAC Pub (3530 N. Clark).
Photos by Ashley Lane