Industrial Glam Chicago Wedding

by Cynthia on 05.04.17

in Inspiration, Real Weddings

by Cynthia
05.04.17

Industrial Glam Wedding as seen on www.smittenmagazine.com | Smitten Magazine

Industrial Glam Wedding as seen on www.smittenmagazine.com | Smitten MagazineWhen we first saw the images of Kari & Scott’s Chicago wedding, we were totally smitten!  It is the perfect mix of industrial edginess paired with black tie formality.  And the custom crafted chuppah and centerpieces made out of air plants and copper pipe make for one of the most creative weddings we have seen!

Industrial Glam Wedding as seen on www.smittenmagazine.com | Smitten Magazine

From the bride, Kari:
Scott and I attempted to pull off an oxymoron of sorts: we wanted to create a natural, industrial glam aesthetic. To do it, we used lots of warm copper, living green plants, great lighting, vintage pieces and black and white accents with hints of brass and gold. As artists, we wanted to find ways to assimilate our art into the wedding without turning it into an art show. We had already been working with copper to make sculptures and functional pieces like coffee pour-over stands, so creating our own centerpieces out of copper was a natural choice. We got our artist friends involved to help us create the sculptures (we may have bribed them a bit with beer and food!) and each sculpture is different. We loved seeing what our friends came up with! We also used airplants instead of flowers — we wanted to create the effect that living plants had taken over the industrial-looking sculptures – sort of in the way nature slowly reclaims abandoned buildings!

Industrial Glam Wedding as seen on www.smittenmagazine.com | Smitten MagazineIndustrial Glam Wedding as seen on www.smittenmagazine.com | Smitten Magazine

Industrial Glam Wedding as seen on www.smittenmagazine.com | Smitten MagazineIndustrial Glam Wedding as seen on www.smittenmagazine.com | Smitten MagazineOur good friend Edward Cabral, a sculptor and cake decorator, made our cake (he also made a few of the centerpieces). His cake design went perfectly with our décor – it was all black with a copper structure painted on it.

Industrial Glam Wedding as seen on www.smittenmagazine.com | Smitten MagazineIndustrial Glam Wedding as seen on www.smittenmagazine.com | Smitten Magazine

Instead of place cards, we cut out a picture of each guest and hung them on a copper stand we made. We edited all the pictures to be black and white to give it a bit of a vintage glam look, like when you see actors’ headshots in an old playbill. It was a lot of work hunting down a photo of each guest, but it was totally worth it! It was a great way to “welcome” the guests and it set a nice tone in the beginning of the evening.

Industrial Glam Wedding as seen on www.smittenmagazine.com | Smitten MagazineIndustrial Glam Wedding as seen on www.smittenmagazine.com | Smitten MagazineWe can be a bit unconventional at times, and our wedding contained a bunch of seemingly improbably mash-ups. We tried to balance our less orthodox decisions with more widely accepted wedding traditions. While we broke with tradition by both changing our names to one we made up together: Otteburn, we still exchanged vows, cut the cake, and danced to Modern Swing for our first dance. Our bridal party had boys and girls on both sides (my brother Kyle was my Man of Honor and Scott had grooms ladies), but I tossed my bouquet.

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Photographer: Two Birds Photography | Location: Bridgeport Art Center | Catering: Beyond Events Chicago | Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Events by Carolyn Labahn | Event Design: Chicago Vintage Weddings | Makeup Artist: Makeup With Nikki | Cake Baker: TipsyCake | Lighting: Art of Imagination | DJ: Toast and Jam

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