Nestled in North Chicago in Andersonville is the cute, little, historic firehouse for Engine Company #70.
Firehouse Chicago is now an alarmingly delightful little events venue. Firehouse Chicago was the meridian, but was hardly where the story started. This is a story of faith and, fate? If you believe in such things. See, Marisa and Todd almost didn't meet a second time after briefly exchanging phone numbers on a jog. Because of dead phone batteries, no missed call was recorded and, for many, that's where the story would end. For Marisa and Todd and a dear friend of theirs... we'll I'll just let Marisa tell it:
We met on the neighborhood streets of Chicago. I was on a run, he was walking his dog. I passed him along my run, but he caught up to me as I waited to be let inside the complex. We exchanged conversations, and I boldly asked, "Would you like to go out sometime?" I thought, if I'm not his type, there isn't much I can do about that anyway, right? He said "Sure, but I don't have my cell on me." I called his cell, allowing my number to be saved as a missed call. And then we went our separate ways. I met up with my friend (who had watched our exchange from the window at her house) and he walked on. Two weeks went by without contact. I wasn't loosing sleep about it though. I mean, sometimes you just gotta swing, ya know? Two weeks later, my friend, who saw Todd from the window, was out for a walk, and ironically enough, bumped into him. She said, "I think you know my friend. You met her in front of my house a few weeks ago." He said, "Marisa?" She said, "Yes." He said, "I don't get good reception in my apt, and her number never showed up as a missed call. She said, "Well, I'm her friend, so I can give you her number. " He took down my number, called, and we have been together since
Marisa - my first thought, squirrel, the quiz said deer. Combo of both seems about right for a spirit animal though.
Todd - according to the spirit animal quiz questionaire : turtle
Her smile that lights up the room and her big blue eyes! Her warming and inviting personality that allows you to feel welcome and at ease.
Its meant to be perfectly-imperfect. Special. Unique. Comfortable. Cool. Boho. Whimsical. Flowers should be super cool. Furniture should be awesome for pictures. Vintage for sure. My dad made the arch we'll be married under out of 1920's barnwood. My sisters flowers will be natural & blush colors, the colors of the rest of the event are more bold/vibrant. The flowers on the table are described as shades of sunset by the florist (purple, orange, salmon etc) There will lots of natural wood on our wedding too, Barnwood tables, wooden arch, and the invites were engraved in walnut. Its not going to be all matchy matchy, just a nice mix of feel good. :) Also, the feathers in the boutonniere and on the table are from pheasant hunting trips with our boys (dogs) and Todd.
Speaking of the flowers, WOW! They are done by Asrai Gardens locally in Chicago.
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Marisa’s dress is called the Aurora Gown, designed by Etoile and sold on BHLDN.
Todd pulled out all the stops and went for an Ermenegildo Zegna suit, and the quality really shows (one of the best dressed grooms all year).
We were blessed to have the oh-so talented Asrai Garden as the florist. (Scroll back up and look at those flowers and arrangements!)
The guests were sated by Hearty Boys and 10/10 would recommend.
This was my first introduction to Hoosier Mama Pies, but apparently they’re a big deal and they were the featured desert. Yum!
DJ Jess at Toast & Jam not only wins for having the most creative DJ comany name, her sweet beats took the house down.