Rachel kaye

Salvage One Wedding Chicago | Brittany + Drew

Salvage One Wedding Chicago

So excited to FINALLY share this winter chicago Salvage One wedding! It was a most wonderful winter day for Brittany and Drew and I am so so thankful for them both and their families and friends. After doing Brittanys sisters wedding I was so so pumped when she asked me to come on for hers. I had such a good time with her at her sisters’ wedding, I was so excited to hang again! This day did not disappoint! Brittany and Drew planned an epic party at the coolest venue, Salvage One! It’s like a dream of rad decor and cool spaces. I loved it!

The Beginning: 

We were two college kids running around the big city!  We met while working at the same college dive bar on campus.  We were friends for over a year before we started dating and that friendship has continued to be the biggest foundation of our relationship.  Ever since that first kiss, our lives have been filled with love, friendship, and the best adventures!

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Drew’s Suit

Drew rocked a black Ted Baker suit, a black Calvin Klein skinny tie, and black Wolf & Shepherd Chelsea boots.  Drew’s cuff links represented his favorite team, Liverpool FC! YNWA!!!

The groomsmen wore Indochino suits.

Brittany’s Dress

It’s very possible that I tried on five thousand dresses before purchasing this beauty.  I ended up with a gown from Spring Sweet, the most charming bridal boutique in my hometown of Holland, MI.  Finding my dress in my hometown made it that much more special and sentimental to me.

For my bridal look, I wanted something romantic with a vintage touch.  My overall look ended up having an Old Hollywood Glam vibe and I definitely didn’t hate it. The dress is  Willowby by Watters.


Salvage One was the perfect place for our Chicago Winter Wedding. The assortment of beautiful antiques made being stuck inside not so bad.  Salvage One was unique, romantic, cozy, moody, and everything else we could have wanted in a venue.  The Bride’s favorites: vintage church pews for our guest seating during the ceremony, countless vintage chandeliers, and the stunning stained glass. The Groom’s favorites: massive stone elephants that frame the wedding aisle, the trendy yet extremely cozy suites for the groomsmen and bridesmaids, and the gorgeous vintage bars.

The Ceremony: 

The ceremony was our favorite part of the day. We highly recommend writing your own vows for anyone that is questioning it!

We had International Strings play our ceremony and cocktail hour!

Wedding Party Processional:  What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong

Bridal Processional:  Over the Rainbow – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole Version

Recessional Song:  Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles

The Decor: 

The venue already had a lot going on, so our decor was pretty simple.  We had vintage rugs down the aisle, moody floral and greenery around the venue, and many many candles!  Our Florist, Persephone Floral Atelier, made the most romantic floral arrangements for our ceremony and reception.

Any Advice for couples planning their wedding?

Don’t forget what the day is all about!

Your Photographer: Tell us all about them 😉 What you liked or didn’t like. All the deets from the day of:

We fell in love with Rachel’s work a year before our wedding during Amanda (Brittany‘s older sister) & Jeff Brush’s wedding at Cranes Apple Orchard in Michigan.  Rachel felt like family by the time she did our wedding.  We absolutely loved the time we spent with her during our engagement shoot and on the wedding day!  She’s also a badass when it comes to calming stressful situations.



Venue: Salvage One

Planner: Grace Freeman, Lionhearted Events

Floral: Persephone Floral Atelier

Second Photographer: Sydney Marie Photography


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