When Pilsen residents Ashlee Pinto, 29, and Keny Zurita, 31, met as first-year law students at Stanford University, they bonded over their Mexican heritage and easy banter. They also both dig a bit of drama, which they had in spades at their elaborate and edgy wedding at Thalia Hall (1807 S. Allport) where guests tagged photos with the clever hashtag #hechoenstanford, Spanish for “Made in Stanford.”
As a string quartet played Kanye West’s “All of the Lights,” the Thalia stage curtain opened to reveal a 12-foot-long hanging birch branch draped with eucalyptus, palm leaves, flowers, and pampas grass. “There was an audible gasp,” Zurita says. They incorporated Bible and poetry readings in English and Spanish; a Native American honor song as a nod to Pinto’s background; and a performance by Mariachi Herencia de Mexico, a Latin Grammy-nominated local student group.
Later, the music took a turn from traditional mariachi tunes. “I told our DJ, ‘Listen… I want to listen to Cardi B and Migos!’ But we also wanted some reggaeton so the people who speak Spanish could engage with that as well,” Pinto says. “I had a great time.”
Zurita wore a custom tuxedo from BLVDier, and Pinto chose a satin and organza gown by Sarah Seven (532 W. Arlington). “I wanted to wear a traditional Spanish mantilla veil with the lace on the side … so I wanted a dress that wouldn’t compete with that,” she says. Her “something blue” was a custom London blue topaz ring she hopes will become a family heirloom.
IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS
Bride’s dress: Satin and organza gown by Sarah Seven, 532 W. Arlington, sarahseven.com
Bride’s accessories: Earrings by AMYO Bridal; blue topaz ring by Mon Ami Jewelry; Manolo Blahnik pumps from Nordstrom, shopnordstrom.com; veil by Marisol Aparicio; headband by BloomDesignStudio on etsy.com
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Alfred Sung, Nordstrom, shopnordstrom.com
Groomsmen’s attire: The Black Tux, 917 W. Armitage, theblacktux.com
Planner: Elizabeth Tulipana, Thalia Hall
Invitations: RSP Printing, rspprinting.com
Catering: Dusek’s Board & Beer, 1227 W. 18th, dusekschicago.com
Cake: Couple’s cake (red velvet by Bon Vivant, bonvivantcakes.com; dulce de leche cake by Kristoffer’s Cafe & Bakery, 1733 S. Halsted, 312.829.4150
Florist: Asrai Garden, 1935 W. North, asraigarden.com
Rings: Mon Ami Jewelry, 23 N. Wabash Ave.
Chalkboard artist: Anna Michal Paul
Photos by Megan Saul