Cafe La Cave, Des Plaines, Il
Pops of plum and purple were found throughout this wedding, plus plenty of customized touches.
Annie and Tim got married at St. Edna Catholic Church, Tim’s childhood parish, by a priest who has ties to both families, and the reception was held at Cafe La Cave, the restaurant where Annie’s parents celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary 16 years ago. The bride was ravishing in a lace wedding gown with an asymmetrical illusion neckline; her bridal party wore pretty plum-colored dresses. From the invitation to the dog’s bow to the fruit on the cake, purple was incorporated throughout the day. Floral Harmony completed the look with artful floral arrangements of all shades of violet. Elizabeth Nord Photography captured amazing shots at Armand’s Pizzeria (where the couple had their first date) and around downtown Arlington Heights where the crew stumbled upon some romantic twinkle lights.
The reception was full of surprises, too. Guests signed Chicago Blackhawks jerseys in lieu of a guestbook. The food at Cafe la Cave wowed, but the deconstructed naked wedding cake (made by the bride’s aunt) was a highlight. Annie and her dad danced to Frank Sinatra’s “I’ve Got You Under my Skin,” a dance they had been unintentionally practicing for Annie’s entire life. Rendezvous Music set the tone for the whole evening. In fact, guests would have certainly stayed for another two hours if allowed. Late in the evening, Gene and Jude’s hotdogs and pizza also made a debut per Tim’s request.
From the couple:
“In addition to our wedding cake, all of the women on my side baked homemade cookies to put out as our sweets table. It meant so much to me that so many women rallied around to celebrate my marriage to Tim. I have never felt more loved or supported.”