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Brittany + Eric | Glencoe, Illinois | Chicago Botanic Garden - Love Stories TV

August
2
2015
Brittany & Eric

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From The Bride:

How we met: We grew up 10 minutes away from each other in the Chicago suburbs but never met, and we both independently moved to New York City after college. There, we were set up on a blind date by our own mothers, who had gone to high school together, and their mutual friend Phyllis.

The proposal: On Thursday, August 21, 2014, Eric tricked me into thinking he was out of town and I went “bridesmaid dress shopping” at a BHLDN with my friend Jenny and her mom after work. All the sudden Jenny’s mom pulled out her phone and played a video of JP Rosenbaum, from Ashley Hebert’s season of the Bachelorette (I’m a huge fan of the show) saying “Hey Brittany, I think Eric has a question for you that all Bachelor fans want to hear!” To say I was in complete shock is an understatement. Jenny then led me out to the plaza at Rockefeller Center (the site of our second date) and Eric materialized out of the crowd and dropped down on one knee to propose! That was followed by a very special dinner with our family (who Eric had coordinated with to fly in) and friends.

Wedding planning: I loved (and truly miss!) wedding planning. It was incredibly fun to get to plan something so beautiful and kick off our married life together – I actually cried at our tasting because it was so special! We also loved helping our out of town friends enjoy an amazing weekend in the great city of Chicago. One of the absolute coolest things ever was seeing all of our people in the same place. There’s truly no feeling like it and I was so moved throughout the weekend.We had a lot of fun with the little details and personal touches too. Eric’s and my married monogram is BEE so I made little bee bracelets and cuff links for members of the bridal party. Also, Eric and I have lots of friends who had never been to a Jewish wedding so we had fun bringing the traditions to life. One example were “chuppah cards” where we included blank cards with the invitation suite and asked our guests to write us a message on the card and send back along with their RSVPs. (h/t to my mom who spent hours hole punching and tying these cards together with little ribbon bows, and our amazing planner Misha Newgren who went completely above and beyond to bring the vision to life, stringing the cards on these amazing twine lines for the chuppah). The copy on the cards said: “Please write a message to Brittany & Eric on the enclosed blank card and mail it back with your response card. We plan to incorporate these cards into our chuppah, a canopy under which Jewish couples stand during their marriage ceremony, representing the home they will build together. This will allow all our family and friends to have a presence at our wedding ceremony, and symbolize their inclusion in the building of our home and lives together.”

 

  • Bridesmaids Dresses: Bhldn and others
  • Cake: Amy Beck Cakes
  • Ceremony Venue: Chicago Botanic Garden
  • Cinematographer: Smiling Toad Productions
  • Dress: Amsale
  • Flowers: Platinum Events
  • Groom: Hart Schaffner Marx, Louis for Men
  • Hair: Ani, Charles Ifergan Salon
  • Makeup: Cynde Hoffman Cosmetics
  • Music: Ken Arlen
  • Officiant: Rabbi Aaron Melman
  • Photographer: Chrisman Studios
  • Planner: Misha Newgren, Liven It Up Events
  • Reception Venue: Chicago Botanic Garden
  • Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Wedding Team
Chicago Botanic Garden
Wedding Reception Venue
Chicago Botanic Garden
Wedding Ceremony Venue
Amsale
Wedding Dress Designer
BHLDN
Wedding Dress Designer
Chrisman Studios
Photographer
Hart Schaffner Marx
Groom's Suit Designer
Jimmy Choo
Bride's Shoes Designer
Ken Arlen
Wedding Bands & DJs
Liven It Up Events
Wedding Planner
Louis For Men
Groom's Suit Designer
Misha Newgren
Wedding Planner
Platinum Events
Wedding Bands & DJs
Smiling Toad Productions
Wedding Videographer
Wedding Vibe
August
2
2015
Brittany & Eric

NEXT
VIDEO
NEXT VIDEO  

From The Bride:

How we met: We grew up 10 minutes away from each other in the Chicago suburbs but never met, and we both independently moved to New York City after college. There, we were set up on a blind date by our own mothers, who had gone to high school together, and their mutual friend Phyllis.

The proposal: On Thursday, August 21, 2014, Eric tricked me into thinking he was out of town and I went “bridesmaid dress shopping” at a BHLDN with my friend Jenny and her mom after work. All the sudden Jenny’s mom pulled out her phone and played a video of JP Rosenbaum, from Ashley Hebert’s season of the Bachelorette (I’m a huge fan of the show) saying “Hey Brittany, I think Eric has a question for you that all Bachelor fans want to hear!” To say I was in complete shock is an understatement. Jenny then led me out to the plaza at Rockefeller Center (the site of our second date) and Eric materialized out of the crowd and dropped down on one knee to propose! That was followed by a very special dinner with our family (who Eric had coordinated with to fly in) and friends.

Wedding planning: I loved (and truly miss!) wedding planning. It was incredibly fun to get to plan something so beautiful and kick off our married life together – I actually cried at our tasting because it was so special! We also loved helping our out of town friends enjoy an amazing weekend in the great city of Chicago. One of the absolute coolest things ever was seeing all of our people in the same place. There’s truly no feeling like it and I was so moved throughout the weekend.We had a lot of fun with the little details and personal touches too. Eric’s and my married monogram is BEE so I made little bee bracelets and cuff links for members of the bridal party. Also, Eric and I have lots of friends who had never been to a Jewish wedding so we had fun bringing the traditions to life. One example were “chuppah cards” where we included blank cards with the invitation suite and asked our guests to write us a message on the card and send back along with their RSVPs. (h/t to my mom who spent hours hole punching and tying these cards together with little ribbon bows, and our amazing planner Misha Newgren who went completely above and beyond to bring the vision to life, stringing the cards on these amazing twine lines for the chuppah). The copy on the cards said: “Please write a message to Brittany & Eric on the enclosed blank card and mail it back with your response card. We plan to incorporate these cards into our chuppah, a canopy under which Jewish couples stand during their marriage ceremony, representing the home they will build together. This will allow all our family and friends to have a presence at our wedding ceremony, and symbolize their inclusion in the building of our home and lives together.”

 

  • Bridesmaids Dresses: Bhldn and others
  • Cake: Amy Beck Cakes
  • Ceremony Venue: Chicago Botanic Garden
  • Cinematographer: Smiling Toad Productions
  • Dress: Amsale
  • Flowers: Platinum Events
  • Groom: Hart Schaffner Marx, Louis for Men
  • Hair: Ani, Charles Ifergan Salon
  • Makeup: Cynde Hoffman Cosmetics
  • Music: Ken Arlen
  • Officiant: Rabbi Aaron Melman
  • Photographer: Chrisman Studios
  • Planner: Misha Newgren, Liven It Up Events
  • Reception Venue: Chicago Botanic Garden
  • Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Wedding Team
Chicago Botanic Garden
Wedding Reception Venue
Chicago Botanic Garden
Wedding Ceremony Venue
Amsale
Wedding Dress Designer
BHLDN
Wedding Dress Designer
Chrisman Studios
Photographer
Hart Schaffner Marx
Groom's Suit Designer
Jimmy Choo
Bride's Shoes Designer
Ken Arlen
Wedding Bands & DJs
Liven It Up Events
Wedding Planner
Louis For Men
Groom's Suit Designer
Misha Newgren
Wedding Planner
Platinum Events
Wedding Bands & DJs
Smiling Toad Productions
Wedding Videographer
Wedding Vibe