Jamie and Ashley’s florescent and fun wedding took place during May at Greenhouse Lofts in Chicago. The couple shared their dating story that led to their sweet engagement below. We’re loving one of the bride’s florescent shoes, and the attendants’ dark orange dresses, which complement the wedding attendants wearing cream suits to match the other bride’s ivory wedding suit paired with a white button-up shirt and camel-colored dress shoes.
HOW THEY MET
Ashley and Jamie met at work in winter of 2016. They crossed paths in busy hallways and didn’t have an actual conversation until June 2018, when Ashley came over to Jamie’s work unit and said, “We’re all going out after work. Do you want to come?” And Jamie said yes without hesitation! After work they all headed downtown to Lalo’s for margarita pitchers and dancing. Ashley and Jamie spent the entire night dancing and only with each other. Weeks passed and because of vacation, training and schedules, Ashley and Jamie just kept missing each other at work. Ashley once made small talk about grilled cheese and Jamie argued that she could make it the best. Their friend James told Ashley “She likes you—girls just don’t talk about grilled cheese at 10 p.m.!” They never got to talk about that night at Lalo’s, but each of them told friends “There’s just something about her…”
Eventually, Ashley arrived on Jamie’s work unit again and asked if she was free to come over after work, and that her neighbors and a coworker or two were going to this “Freak Easy” event in the city. Jamie—obviously intrigued, confused, but dying to know more—happily agreed. They arrived at the Freak Easy, a house/warehouse hidden party in the middle of a quiet street with rules written on a wooden board: Consent is Key, Be respectful to your neighbors. It was a colorful and friendly space with live music, live artists painting right in front of you, professionals breathing fire just outside, and they must’ve had a strong belief in not turning on the AC as it was the hottest night of their lives. After the night ended around 6 a.m., their friend and coworker Edith drove them home, but for some odd reason, both in a silly stupor, Jamie and Ashley looked at each other in the backseat, and jumped out of the car at a red light (safely) and ran into the lawn sprinklers (in jeans) laughing and screaming!!
Jamie kissed Ashley that morning, and when they arrived at work a few hours later, their supervisor announced their new work assignments. Ashley and Jamie looked at each other, each holding back a smile—when he announced they were “Mobile Security No. 1 and Mobile Security No. 2.” They’d be working side by side together at least for the next three months, which eventually turned into six months, which turned into a year. A beautiful metaphor of what their future would come to be. Ashley and Jamie fell into a relationship unlike any they’ve ever known, and it all started with “No Rules,” their self-made foundation of trust, communication and disregard for stereotypical norms of dating, the social “rules” and how-tos of navigating a new relationship. Their love continued to flourish by saying and acting how they felt in the moment, and trusting it would all fall into place.
HOW SHE ASKED
At Lollapalooza in 2018, after several hours of intense, long eye contact, and waiting for the right moment, she couldn’t keep it in any longer, Jamie told Ashley she loved her, and Ashley said she loved her too while The Weeknd was performing on Hutchinson Field. Two years later on October 16, 2020, in that spot on Hutchinson Field, it was also the place where Ashley got down on one knee and asked Jamie to marry her. And Jamie replied, “Are you f***ing serious?” Moments later she found the right words: “HELL YEAH.”
THE WEDDING STYLE
The wedding featured vintage, tropical and bright elements including bright pink flowers, orange linens, shades of orange and copper gowns for the wedding attendants, all captured by vivid photography.
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Cinema and Video: CR Media
Event Venue: Greenhouse Lofts
Accomodations: Chicago Marriott at Medical District/UIC
Other: Hotel Allegro
Other: JW Marriott Chicago
Transportation: M&M Limousine Services
Linens and Coverings: BBJ Linen Chicago
Second Shooter: Juancho SC Photography
Museum: Alfred Caldwell Lily pool
Design and Decor: Atmosphere Events Group
Lighting: Atmosphere Events Group
Floral Designer: Atmosphere Events Group
DJ: Style Matters DJs
Caterer: Butter and Vine
Makeup Artist: Alyssa Diana Makeup
Hair Stylist: Blush and Braids Beauty Bar
Event Venue: Garfield Conservatory
Event Planner: The Simply Elegant Group
Photographer: Juancho SC Photography
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