Elegant + Modern City Wedding

From the ceremony at Sts. Volodymyr and Olha Ukrainian Catholic Church to the reception at The Drake in Chicago, Stefanie and Matt’s weekend was filled with family, love, and lots of tradition the bride holds dear. “One of the many things that I love about Matt is that he has always embraced my Ukrainian heritage, which is a really significant part of my identity,” says Stefanie. The elaborate church ceremony included lush florals by Stems, with pale, mostly white bouquets that popped against taupe and black bridesmaids dresses from the Jenny Yoo Collection. Stefanie dazzled in an Oscar de la Renta gown that was topped off by a big, modern bow on the shoulder. Ukrainian custom called for an overflowing sweets table with desserts from family friends and Shokolad Pastry & Cafe, but the couple still offered a traditional tri-flavored cake made by Sarah’s Pastries & Candies. The lively end of the night included special dancing–the kolomeyka–by Stefanie’s family. We’re swept off our feet by this fun wedding documented to perfection by Melissa Hayes Photography!

Pale Rose Bridal BouquetBridal Portrait From Melissa Hayes Photography

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Taupe Bridesmaids Dress With Black SashCouple Portrait From Melissa Hayes Photography

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Chicago Wedding Party Photo

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Taupe and Gold Reception Menu CardHydrangea Arrangement in Tall Silver Vase

Four Tier Round Wedding Cake With FlowersFlower and Greenery Arrangement in Tall Clear Vase

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Photography – Melissa Hayes Photography \ Ceremony Venue – Sts. Volodymyr and Olha Ukrainian Catholic Church \ Reception Venue, Catering, and Linens – The Drake \ Floral and Event Design – Stems \ Event Coordination – John Moses of The Drake \ Day-of Coordination – Mandy Jezewski and Gabi Dorsch \ Stationery – Wiregrass Weddings \ Invitations – William Arthur for Papyrus \ Calligraphy – Letter Perfect Designs \ Videography – Oak Street Films \ Ceremonial Bread – Lisa McDonald of Nazdarovya \ Bakery – Sarah’s Pastries & Candies \ Desserts – Shokolad Pastry & Cafe \ Wedding Card Holder – Clegg Farm Creations \ Custom Wine Labels – Sugar Vine Art \ Bridal Bouquet Charms – Klidonas Photo Jewelry \ Band – TVK Orchestra and Rendezvous \ Transportation – Flying Lady Livery \ Guest Transportation – Executive Coach \ Hair Stylist – Livia Caporale \ Makeup Artist – Andie Cumber \ Bridesmaids Dresses – Jenny Yoo Collection \ Gown – Oscar de la Renta \ Bridal Salon and Veil/Headpiece – Ultimate Bride \ Jewelry – The Left Bank \ Shoes – Angela Nuran \ Suit – Brooks Brothers