Say hello to the inner city oasis that is Catherine + Jonathan’s Chicago wedding. The minimally chic ceremony was held on the rooftop of Loft Lucia with bright fall foliage  aplenty- and one seriously elegant bride. Decked out in Stella McCartney, (with couples rings by Cushla Whiting Jewellery), our bride Catherine was layered with details, while our groom opted for the traditional dapper tux! And along with Armando from Sound Events Chicago for entertainment,  our new favorite photographer Louie Abellera of Louie Abellera Weddings behind the camera, and the incomparable set up and florals from Violeta Bednarek and her team at Viola’s Kitchen + Florals the wedding was a beautiful affair!




I whipped up this spreadsheet of spots in the west loop of Chicago known for family style catering and they’re super flexible! We checked out about five places in one Saturday, and boom! The Loft Lucia stood out for us! They were so chill, tossing around awesome ideas, and the setup of the place just clicked for us.

Months before we got engaged, I stumbled upon the a Stella McCartney gown online and was immediately smitten. It struck the perfect balance of style and tradition, and I just knew it was the one I’d wear to marry Johnathan!

Loft Lucia had a wonderful vendor list and we were able to secure our Flowers and Catering through Viola’s Kitchen & Florals.  After locking in Loft Lucia and Viola’s, we discovered Arilynn Events of a coworkers recommendations and couldn’t have been happy. He was beyond detailed and had every base covered. He really went out of his way to make sure our guests were well taken care of. 



We slipped away to a rooftop right after the ceremony to snap some golden hour photos with louie. A flawless sunset, crisp air, and a moment to just talk and enjoy each other’s company after the whirlwind of energy that comes with the ceremony’s end!

We couldn’t have been happier with our vendors. Viola’s Kitchen was incredible, and had the most fantastic charcuterie spread I’ve ever seen! Brandon was a gem, effortlessly guiding us through the day and delivering everything we asked for. I highly recommend choosing vendors who are familiar with each other and enjoy collaborating—it made everything run seamlessly, like a well-oiled machine.


Black Easel – Diamond Votives – Black Table numbers – S/3 Glass Cylinders


Planning + Coordination: Arilynn Events – Photography: Louie Abellera Weddings – Venue – Loft Lucia – Catering + Florals + Tableware – Viola’s Kitchen + Florals – Entertainment – Sound Events Chicago  – Beauty – Camp Bride