From the moment we first spoke, I bonded with Diana and Jon about our shared love of food. They wanted to make sure that their guests had an amazing meal to remember as part of their day, and their bellyQ wedding day would ensure that everyone would be stuffed full of Chef Bill Kim’s modern Asian food. I’ve long been a fan of Chef Kim since I found out about his amazing food at UrbanBelly, which was once located in an unsuspecting stretch of Avondale. Anyways, Diana and Jon’s love for good food was surpassed only by their love of each other, their friends, and their families. I’m excited to share a few favorites from the story of their day below.
I started my day at the Renaissance Hotel in Chicago with Diana, her friends, and her family as they got ready in their suite.
The wedding ceremony was in the beautiful outdoor courtyard at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, a favorite spot of mine.
After the ceremony, we headed south for the bellyQ wedding reception, stopping for a few portraits along the way:
I loved the champagne bridesmaid dresses that the girls wore:
After too-much good food, Diana and Jon kicked off the party with their first dance.
We stepped out for a quick portrait at the end of the night:
Congratulations again Diana and Jon! I had such an amazing time working with you and documenting the story of your bellyQ wedding day. I wish you all the best!
A few shout outs to the team of vendors who helped to make this bellyQ wedding day possible:
Planner: Cecil Hynds-Riddle from Prickly Pear Events
Hair and Makeup: Jean Ramos
DJ: Style Matters
Florist: Details in Bloom
Cake: Verzenay Patisserie
Bride’s Dress: Monique Lhullier
Catering and Reception Venue: bellyQ Chicago
Ceremony Venue: Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Host Hotel: Renaissance Hotel Chicago