Catherine and Alexander's Glamorous Wedding Day

Catherine and Alexander’s story began on June 20, 2015 under an umbrella in Montauk, New York at Surf Lodge. You know the saying, “You had me at hello?” It happened to these two! Their initial conversation consisted of talking about their love for Mexican food and discovering they lived 2 blocks away from each other in New York City’s West Village. The rest is history and three years later they were celebrating their wedding in Chicago! Keep scrolling to see more of their love story!

Can you tell us about your wedding planning process?

'“The first call I made was to Emilia Jane, to be my wedding photographer. The second call I made was to Big City Bride, to plan my wedding. I had been following both on Instagram and loved their work and knew I wanted to work with them. As for the rest of the vendors, my planner Susan at Big City Bride helped me choose them.”

Tell us EVERYTHING about your wedding day!

“As cheesy at it sounds, the first word that comes to mind is “magical.” I locked down the man of my dreams and was so excited to make it official with all of our family and friends there to celebrate. The day started early. My mother, Alexander’s mother and all of the bridesmaids came to the bridal suite and we had our hair and makeup done. I put on my dress and felt so beautiful.

Overhead Bride and Groom Portrait Chicago Wedding Emilia Jane Photography
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Bride and Groom Portrait Chicago Wedding Emilia Jane Photography

Do you have any advice for newly engaged couples?

After the initial “we’re engaged” excitement starts to settle, start working on your wedding guest list. It will influence every other big-day decision, so it's best to decide who you want to invite early on. Have a discussion with your fiancé about what size wedding you are envisioning. Do you want to celebrate with absolutely everybody, or would you rather have an intimate gathering of close family and friends?

What was your favorite moment from your wedding day?

My favorite moment from my wedding day was making our entrance as husband and wife into the reception with Coldplay's Viva La Vida playing in the background. I still get chills thinking of the band announcing, now “Welcome Mr. & Mrs. Alexander Wright.” A huge smile just came across my face as I’m thinking of that moment. It was the best. HMR Designs did a spectacular job with the decor. The room reminded me of Beauty & The Beast. We danced the night away with Larry King Orchestra and it was the best night of our lives!

Wedding Pro’s:

Event Planner: Susan, Big City Bride

Event Venue: The Murphy Chicago

Ceremony Location: Saint James Chapel

Photographer: Emilia Jane Photography

Hair Stylist: Luxe Brides By Nicci

Bridesmaid Dresses: After Six

Groom’s Tuxedo: Hickey Freeman

Groomsmen Attire: The Black Tux

Jewelry: Tiffany & Co.

Shoes: Stuart Weitzman

Dress Designer: Rosa Clará

Cinema and Video: Charlie Hilbrant Films

Makeup Artist: Makeup by Stephanie Perez

Band: Larry King Orchestra

Cake Designer: Alliance Bakery

Design and Decor: HMR Designs

Caterer: Limelight Catering