Ever After: Genna Katz & Cory Friedman

By / Weddings / March 9, 2017

As 220 guests sat down for dinner at the Hilton Orrington (1710 Orrington, Evanston) on a cold day in December, 27-year-old stylist Genna Katz stepped onstage to surprise her husband (of just a few hours). With all the lights turned toward her and her gaze fixed on Cory Friedman, she sang “At Last” by Etta James.

But a year before that, it was Friedman, 28, a healthcare broker, who had a surprise in store. He called her on a Saturday in November to grab a quick bite at Mindy’s Hot Chocolate (1747 N. Damen), where they spent their very first date four years prior. They sat down, he ordered his usual — the hamburger — and then got down on one knee.

The wedding itself had some surprises, too, like when three of Katz’s (adult) friends walked down the aisle as flower girls in matching tutus and flower crowns. “Everyone said they made the whole ceremony,” the bride laughs.

But undeniably, it was Katz’s ballad that left the most lasting impression. “In the years [we’ve been] together, she was always too embarrassed to sing for me,” Friedman says. “[I] never expected that she’d finally decide to do it at our wedding, but it was so perfect that she did.”

Photos by Jai Girard Photography 

It’s in the details

Bride’s gown: Inbal Dror, Dimitra’s Bridal Couture, 1009 N. Rush; Dimitrasbridal.com

Bride’s afterparty dress: Parker, Revolve; Revolve.com

Bride’s hair & makeup: Erin Graham Hair, Eringrahamhair.com; Molly Sullivan, Sullivan.margaretm@gmail.com

“Flower girls’” tutus: Jenny Yoo Collection, 311 W. Superior; Jennyyoo.com

Wedding planner: Rachel De Marte; Racheldemarte.com

Rings: Cy Fredrics Jewelers, 600 Central, Highland Park; Cyfredrics.com

Cake: yellow cake with bittersweet mousse and cinnamon mascarpone, Cake, 1635 W. Walnut; Cake-chicago.com

Decor: Art of Imagination, 1829 S. Halsted; Artofimagination.com

Floral: dark red roses, Color & Co Floral Art, 1734 W. Grand; Colorandcompany.com

Entertainment: Gold Coast All Stars; Goldcoasteventschicago.com

Invitations: The Stationery Studio, 975 Weiland, Buffalo Grove; Thestationerystudio.com


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