Having known Andy for a long time and having been the DJ for his sister’s wedding several years earlier (which was off the hook!) I knew Andy and Fatima’s Newberry Library wedding would be a blast. It did not disappoint.

Chicago Newberry Library Wedding

Having a Chicago Wedding

Being a true Chicago couple Andy and Fatima both knew they had to have a city wedding!

“We knew we wanted to celebrate our wedding in the city we were both born in and love: Chicago. The wedding was absolutely perfect and amazing. It was more beautiful than either of us ever imagined it could be. With the help of our planner and amazing vendors, we hosted a glamorous affair in the heart of the city with our closest friends and family.”

“Andy and I both love Chicago. We wanted a unique venue that would represent our style and love of our city. We visited numerous venues and fell in love with The Newberry Library the minute we walked in and saw the gorgeous marble staircase and beautiful architecture. Andy & I first met at Le Passage just blocks away from The Newberry Library, so it felt right that we get married here (not to mention, I am a teacher after all)! Our ceremony was in Washington Square Park, directly across from the Newberry Library. The park provided a beautiful backdrop and the overhanging tree branches over the aisle added a romantic, enchanting ambiance to the ceremony.”

The Wedding Ceremony

The wedding ceremony took place across the street from the Newberry Library at Washington Square Park. The weather was perfect and it was an absolutely gorgeous day for this gorgeous couple to tie the knot. MDM provided the sound reinforcement and music for the ceremony officiated by Judge James Shapiro.

Newberry Library and Washington Square Park Wedding Ceremony

Newberry Library wedding with Ceremony at Washington Square Park
Fatima looked gorgeous in her beautiful wedding dress from A’Lamour in Barrington and Jimmy Choos.

“I LOVED my dress! I felt so glamorous in it. I didn’t want to take it off at the end of the night! I thought I would end up going with a simple satin gown, but when I tried on my dress…I knew it was the one. The Venetian lace and Swarovski crystals made me swoon!”

“I felt fabulous in my dazzling peep toe pumps from Jimmy Choo. The glittery champagne fabric went perfectly with my gown. My best friend, a fashionista by heart, helped pick them out for me.”

“I knew from day one that I wanted a cathedral length veil. There is something so romantic and stunning about a bride wearing a long veil over her face. Since there were so many intricate details on my gown, I decided to go with a simple cathedral length veil with a long blusher to cover my face. The moment when Andy lifted the blusher over my face to kiss me after we read our vows was magical. It was one of my favorite memories of the day.”

Her bridesmaids were stunning in their J Crew dresses.

“Two words came to mind when I saw my girls wearing their bridesmaid dress: Simply Stunning. Picking out the dresses was one of the most difficult aspects of the wedding planning process. I fell in love with this strapless dress from JCrew. The long, floaty and lightweight silk chiffon was dreamy and the Grecian-inspired draped bodice flattered them all!”

Andy and his groomsmen looked dashing in their Vera Wang tuxedos.

“The groom and groomsmen wore Vera Wang tuxedos in charcoal. When I first saw Andy in the lobby of the Waldorf Astoria, I couldn’t take my eyes off of him! Andy rocked his Vera Wang tuxedo all day and looked handsome as ever! The boys all looked so sophisticated and elegant in their tuxedos!”

The Wedding Reception

As soon as the ceremony was over guests went across the street to the Newberry Library wedding for appetizers and cocktails in the lobby.

In addition to being the couple’s contact at MDM our very own Wedding Specialist Patti came out of wedding planning retirement to help the couple put together their dream wedding.

“Patti was amazing. Andy’s sisters and mother gifted her services to us. She helped reduce the entire wedding planning stress by managing and organizing all the details from start to finish.On the wedding day, I didn’t spend a second worrying about vendors or how every little detail is going to come together at this time or that. Patti ensured that I was able to relax, celebrate every moment, and enjoy the day!”

The beautiful flowers were from incredible wedding florist Beata from Dahlia Blooms.

Newberry Library Wedding Flowers

“Beata did an amazing job for our wedding flowers. Our flowers were beyond what I imagined and even more beautiful, colorful and elegant. When we met with Beata, she listened and really helped us articulate what we were looking for and gave the creative direction that we really needed. She even took the time to meet with us at our venue to consider what the room will look like and make suggestions with the overall effect in mind. When I saw my flowers for the first time, I was speechless. Actually….I cried and almost ruined my eye makeup! They were gorgeous, lush and romantic.”

Cocktail hour was held in the library lobby then guests were escorted into Ruggles Hall for dinner and dancing.

Newberry Library Wedding Cake Cutting

Bride and Groom First Dance at Newberry Library Wedding

After the formalities were out of the way and the delicious dinner from D’Absolute Catering was finished the uplighting around the room slowly faded from a romantic amber to a more festive peach and the guests were ready to party. We were expecting an awesome party and Andy and Fatima’s friends and family did not disappoint!

The Party

Bride and Groom dancing at Newberry Library Wedding

“Mike from MDM was awesome! I was a bit worried about how he would include Bosnian music into the wedding, but he did an amazing job! He was able to successfully incorporate Bosnian music into the playlist. The dance floor was packed the entire time. The Newberry Library wedding coordinator, Adam, told us at the end of the night that he’s never seen a dance floor at a wedding so packed all night long. The photo booth was a complete hit as well! The uplighting was so beautiful and worth every penny!”

Groom dancing at Newberry Library Wedding

Special thanks to our favorite Chicago wedding photographer Hilda Burke from Angel Eyes Photography for providing us with the beautiful images. We adore working with Hilda because not only is she an amazing photographer but a genuinely great person. We love Hilda and so do her clients! Here is what Fatima and Andy had to say about Hilda and her work:

“Amazing. Unbelievable. Breathtaking. Wow. Our wedding was an amazing whirlwind of a dream, having Hilda capture it in images allows us to relive our beautiful day whenever we want. I get so teary-eyed looking at our pictures, Hilda was able to capture the beauty of every detail. Both Hilda and Carol were amazing and their creativity outstanding. They are very professional, fun to work with and all around cool people.”

See more images of Fatima and Andy’s Newberry Library Wedding and of Hilda’s amazing work on her wedding photographer’s blog.

In closing, here is some sage wedding advice from Fatima:

“Keep your humor! If something goes wrong, find the humor in it and laugh! During the ceremony, my vows were misplaced and the Judge did an amazing job at keeping that temporary moment of panic under control through humor. Remember, kinks are what make it memorable. Your guests, family and yourself will never forget your wedding, and it will become a fond memory for all of you. Also, take a moment to see the reception room before the guests arrive. Seeing how beautiful everything came together was a special memory I will never forget. All that time I spent agonizing over the colors, the linens, centerpieces, etc. was worth it. It looked more beautiful than I had ever envisioned and I thank the stars for all the amazing and talented vendors we worked with that made our dream wedding come true!”

Congratulations to Andy and Fatima and a big shout out to the Newberry Library and the entire wedding vendor team for putting together such a fantastic wedding!

Wedding Vendor Team

Ceremony Venue: Washington Park

Celebrant: Judge James Shapiro

Wedding Reception Venue: Newberry Library

Bridal Suite: The Waldorf Astoria

Planner: With Love

Dress: A’Lamour

Shoes: Jimmy Choo & Badgley Mischka

Veil: Etsy terihuang etsy.com/shop/terihuang

Tuxedos: Men’s Wearhouse

Bridesmaids Dresses: JCrew

Invitations: Etsy By Invitation Only etsy.com/shop/lvandy27

Hair: Livia Caporale

Make-Up: Fabulous Faces by Diana Azrika

Catering: D’Absolute Catering Chris Constantine

Florist: Dahlia Blooms

Wedding Cake: The Baking Institute Heather and Igor

Photographer: Angel Eyes Photography Hilda Burke

Videography: Vanilla Video

DJ/Lighting/Photo Booth: MDM Entertainment

Transportation: Trolley Car and Bus Co.

For more information on DJ or lighting services for your Newberry Library wedding contact MDM Entertainment today at 773.253.4986.

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