Ever After: Sarah Novosad & Filip Kojic

By / Weddings / May 4, 2017

Nearly seven years ago, a new neighbor moved into the Logan Square apartment below Sarah Novosad. But it was the friend who was helping him move, filmmaker Filip Kojic, who caught her attention. “We went to the backyard to have a beer. [Later,] he sent me a Facebook message,” says Novosad, 30, an independent event designer. She responded by sending her number. “I didn’t want to do that ‘Let’s chat for a few months’ game,” she says. “From then on, we were in an instant relationship.

When Kojic, also 30, proposed in September 2015, Novosad knew the kind of wedding she didn’t want. “I was never going to be the white-gown kind of bride,” she says. “The thought of everyone looking at me while walking down the aisle is a pure panic attack.” Instead, the couple invited nine of their closest friends and family to a vow ceremony at Eden (1748 W. Lake), before celebrating with 180 guests the next day at Michelle’s Ballroom (2800 W. Belmont).

The reception was anything but ordinary — think antique gold trophies and candelabras as centerpieces and friends, clad in wigs and costumes, reenacting the moment the couple met before dancing to “Praise You” by Fatboy Slim. “We joined the dance floor [along with] everyone else,” Novosad says. “It was perfect.”

Photos by Emilia Jane Photography

It’s in the details

Bride’s gown: ceremony, Knee Deep Vintage, 1425 W. 18th, Kneedeepvintage.com; reception, custom, Xochil Herrera, Xochil.com

Bride’s hair & makeup: ceremony makeup, Corey Zaborowski, Facebook.com/makeupbycoreyz; reception hair, Heidi Caruso, Shear Elegance, 2780 Dundee, Northbrook, Shearelegancechicago.com; reception makeup, Cathleen Healy, Factor Chosen, Factorchosenchicago.com

Bride’s nails: Jackie Van, Fantasy Nails, 1743 W. North

Bride’s shoes: ceremony, Opening Ceremony, reception, Robert Clergerie, Barneys New York, 15 E. Oak; Barneys.com

Groom’s attire: Richard’s Fabulous Finds, 2545 W. North; Richardsfabulousfinds.com

Groom’s shoes: John Fluevog Shoes, 1539 N. Milwaukee; Fluevog.com

Engagement ring: Macha Jewelry; Machajewelry.com

Wedding planner: Nicole Hensley, Storybook Weddings & Events, 516 W. Briar; Storybookchicago.com

Catering: Paramount Events, 1750 W. Lake; Paramounteventschicago.com

Furniture & rentals: AFR Event Furnishings, Afrevents.com; Bowery & Bash, 1500 S. Western, Boweryandbash.com; M&M Event Rentals, 493 Mission, Carol Stream, Mmspecialevents.com; Zap Props, 3611 S. Loomis; Zapprops.com

Entertainment: Zika Antic, Zikaantic@hotmail.com; Gold Coast All Stars; Goldcoasteventschicago.com


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