Diane and Melinda's Kid-Friendly Wedding

On a cold, snowy Chicago day, nothing cheers us up more than looking back at photos from one of our favorite weddings hosted at Greenhouse Loft this past summer. There are so many little details that made Diane and Melinda's wedding so special, but one of our favorite things about this couple was how thoughtful they were about including their two children and and friend's kids in the festivities. It was truly a family-centric celebration and we couldn't have been more delighted to capture all the special moments throughout the day!

The brides began their day getting ready in separate rooms at the Trump Hotel, followed by a memorable first look on the terrace of the hotel overlooking the Chicago River. Then Diane and Melinda headed to the Nature Boardwalk in Lincoln Park to get some photos near the picturesque honeycomb structure with their two children, Jackson and Ella, and their Matrons of Honor. 

The whole family was involved in the ceremony at Greenhouse Loft. Their son, the ring bearer; their daughter, the flower girl. Diane and Melinda wed on the glasshouse side of our loft space, with a lush garden backdrop behind them.

After the ceremony, guests enjoyed delicious appetizers and drinks prepared by Food For Thought. The brides even supplied some fun games to entrain the children during cocktail hour in the garden. From bags, to hula hoops, to giant jenga, the kids (and adults) had a blast playing together and building tall structures with the blocks! 

Meanwhile, the loft was transitioning over for dinner and dancing. Bright florals by Exquisite Design made lovely focal points at each table. We loved the "Mrs." & "Mrs." signs on the back of the Bride's chairs, as well as the "Stop by" and "Say hi" message on the back of two other seats at their head table.

Each adult place-setting had a glass of sparkling rose greeting them as they entered the room. And each children's place-setting came equipped with their own activity book and crayons to draw pictures. 


Among other drinks, the bartenders crafted two signature cocktails throughout the evening - the Berry Brunette and the Smashing Blonde! And we were swooning over their lovely cake from Alliance Bakery, adorned with ribbon, roses, succulents, and a romantic script cake topper. 

Diane and Melinda kicked off the reception by cutting into the cake. Then close friends and family members took turns toasting the lovely ladies of honor. 

Guests enjoyed their choice of delicious chicken or fish entrees, made by Food For Thought.

The brides took to their first dance after dinner, but it wasn't long before their daughter Ella joined in. Diane and Melinda whisked her up and twirled her around with them!


In addition to the wedding cake, Alliance Bakery made an impressive spread of macaroons, tarts, and other delicious treats - enough options to delight any sweet tooth! 

Even after dancing had begun, some of the children could often be found hula hooping in the garden.

Throughout the remainder of the evening, guests also visited Greenhouse Loft's Ultimate Photo Booth to get their portraits taken by Steve Ewert. It was such a spirited crowd and we love how playful they were!

What a special day. Thanks to an amazing team of vendors who executed everything flawlessly.

Catering: Food For Thought
Cake, Macaroons, and Desserts: Alliance Bakery
DJ: Toast & Jam
Florals: Exquisite Designs
Photography: Jamie Davis and Eric Davis (documentary) and Steve Ewert (Ultimate Photo Booth), all for Greenhouse Loft Photography 
Officiant: Rev Bruce Otto
Alcohol: Binny's

Special thanks to Diane and Melinda for allowing us to film their wedding. Mark Winters captured behind the scenes footage, as well as all of their special moments, so we could have a video that represents how our loft space can transition throughout a wedding day. Check it out!