Erin & Ryan 07.19.19

The Meeting 

Ryan&Erin-Portraits-85.jpgErin and Ryan first met in 2016 while Erin was working. She is an ER nurse and he is a fireman/paramedic.

The First Date

Our first date was a Bulls game. We both love sports, so it was fun and casual and took any “first date awkwardness” away.

We knew pretty early on in our relationship that we were going to get married. I remember asking him only a few months after dating if he thought we would get married, and he said yes.

The Quirkiest things

We have two dogs who we love so much, so I think the quirkiest thing we both do is make up nicknames for them and songs about them.

The Proposal 

Ryan&Erin-GettingReady-142.jpgOur proposal was amazing and perfect! Ryan booked a helicopter tour over Chicago and proposed as we were flying over Comiskey Park. We are both Sox fans, and one of our dog’s name is Comiskey. It was very special.

The Big DayRyan&Erin-Ceremony-68

Our favorite part was getting to spend an entire day with our family and friends who love us so much and have supported us from day one. It was everything we could have dreamed of.

The Song

Ryan&Erin-Reception-137.jpgWe never really had “a song” before we got married. We both love Dave Matthews Band and chose “You and Me” as our first dance. So now that is our song!

The Venue 

We chose The Haight because of its rustic look. We love the wood floors, exposed brick, and open layout. We also loved that we could have our ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception all in one place! It was great for us and our guests.

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The Dress 

My wedding dress was purchased from The Crystal Bride in Geneva. The designer is Stella York. The bridesmaid dresses are from David’s Bridal Vera Wang collection. The groom and groomsmen suits are from Men’s Warehouse. The designer is Joseph Abbound.

The Marriage

Ryan&Erin-Portraits-13.jpgMarriage hasn’t changed our relationship…only made it stronger. You feel more connected and stronger as husband and wife. It’s nice!

The Advice

Have fun with it! It can get very overwhelming, especially towards the end. Try and include your significant other as much as possible and ask for opinions. Take the help when family and friends offer. 

The Shoutouts 

First and foremost, our parents. Our wedding day would not have been possible Ryan&Erin-Reception-253without them and we are forever grateful for their love and support. Our best man, Steven McKevett, our Maid of Honor, Maggie Frodin, and our entire bridal party. The Haight, Leanne and all of the staff was amazing. They were always there to help with planning and answering any questions we had from day one. Our photographers, Jordan and Meg Imhoff, were amazing and our photos turned out better than we could have ever imagined. Town and Country Gardens did an amazing job with our flowers and décor! Tone Productions did a great job with our ceremony and reception!

The Vendors

05.04.19 Genaveve & Daniel

The Meeting 


Genaveve and Dan first met at a party in the basement of his frat.MJS_8940

I know, super glamorous and romantic. It was a Wednesday night and I almost didn’t go out, but it was my friend’s 21st birthday so I went out to support her.

Dan and Gena ended up talking a bit at the party and a little more at the bar later. He walked her home at the end of the night but they didn’t exchange numbers, only names. Luck was on their side, they ended up seeing each other the following night where Dan got her number through a mutual friend.

JBB_0795This all happened within the last few weeks of our junior year of college so I was not sure if he was interested in seeing each other over the summer or just letting this fade out. Lucky for me, he asked me out on an official date within the first weekend of our summer break and the rest is history.


The First Date

JBB_0569It was May 22, 2014. Even though it was summer we went ice-skating at the rink in my hometown. We had decided on this activity because I told him that as a child I did figure skating and he told me that he was so bad at ice-skating that he once fell and cut his own hand from his own skate… I told him that if we went together, I would show him the ropes. By the end of our time on the ice together, he was skating on his own—even if he was not very stable. After ice skating we went to lunch and then continued our date with a walk in a park near my house. It lasted several hours!

The Quirkiest Things 

Dan has to put his right shoe on first. One time I tried to hand him his left shoe first and he refused to put his left shoe on since he always starts with the right.


I can dance almost anywhere, anytime, with, or without music. Sometimes I break into dance in public spaces just to embarrass Dan.


The I Love You 

Dan actually said, “I love you” first. We had actually gotten into a small argument and it just came out during it. Obviously once he said it, our small argument didn’t even matter anymore since I told him I felt the same way right after.


The Moment 

JBB_0738.jpgWe knew we were going to get married before we moved in together. We both wanted to make sure that we saw a future together and so that was probably the first time we thought about marriage. That was probably in August of 2016, which was after we were dating for about two years.

The Proposal

Dan and Gena booked a trip to Vegas with another couple, Molly & Ibby. They packed in the same suitcase so in no way was Gena thinking Dan would be proposing on this trip. Little did she know, Dan had a plan all along.


We arrived in Vegas on a Wednesday and planned to hike at Red Rock Canyon onMJS_8913.jpg Thursday. Dan mentioned that he had read online that two trails in particular were the best to hike. We hiked the first one and after finishing that, we took a quick lunch break before starting the second despite feeling a bit tired. Dan had mentioned his plan to propose to my friends Molly and Ibby, so they were aware of what was about to go down, while I was blissfully ignorant to Dan trying to distance our group from all the other groups of tourists around us. Since I was tired, I fell to the back and silently questioned why we were going so fast and taking seldom breaks.


After some rock scrambling, we finally came to a waterfall basin. After resting for a bit, we decided to take some pictures. I grabbed my friend’s phone and began snapping some photos of Molly and Ibby in the basin. Then it was our turn! Just as we were about to have our photo taken, Dan turned to me and said, “Before we take this picture…” and I blankly stared back at him and asked, “What are you doing?


To say I was surprised is an understatement! I do not think my brain really comprehended what he was saying until hours later. As soon as I saw him get down on one knee, I immediately started shaking my head yes! The ring was beautiful and everything that I had ever wanted plus it was now official that I was going to get to spend the rest of my life with my best friend!


The Wedding

JBB_1231.jpgOne of my favorite parts was when Dan and I did our vows. We shared our own written vows privately before the ceremony and then during our ceremony we read the more traditional vows aloud to each other. In our private vow exchange, I went first and ended up crying through mine even though I had just finished writing them only a few hours prior. When it was Dan’s turn, he really surprised me. He took out a book and showed me that he had written a letter every week (sometimes more) for the year before our wedding. It detailed how our wedding planning was going at the time, different things he loved about me, some of our favorite memories together, and much more. It was the most beautiful gift I have ever received and it made me that much more excited to be marrying the man of my dreams.

The Dress & Tux


JBB_0443I got my dress from David’s Bridal and the designer was Oleg Cassini. I had actually walked into that David’s Bridal with just my sister and mom to see what type of wedding dress style I would be interested in pursuing down the line but the second dress I tried on ended up being my wedding dress. I loved it because I felt like an actual princess in it.


The bridesmaids wore dresses they selected themselves, mostly from Azazie. I just assigned them what color to wear and let them run wild with picking an actual dress. We didn’t see them next to each other until the day of the wedding, but I loved how the color palette turned out.


Dan’s suit and the groomsman suits were rented from The Black Tux. We gifted the guys socks and ties from Tie Bar on the day of the wedding.


The Venue

When Dan and I started looking into wedding venues, we quickly realized that we JBB_0626.jpgdid not want to get married in a ballroom. We wanted a venue that would be unique and really standout from the other weddings our guests would have attended. We found The Haight on The Knot and loved all the pictures! We were not sure how the setup would be just from the pictures so we promptly set up a tour. We fell in love with The Haight the moment we walked in, it had so much character on its own and it checked off so many boxes of we were looking for in a venue. The Haight was the first official venue we had toured so even though we left LOVING it, we decided to play it safe and toured other venues anyway. We never saw a venue we loved as much at The Haight so after touring our fifth one, we decided to trust our gut and go with The Haight.


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The MarriageJBB_1246.jpg

In some ways, our marriage has not changed anything in our relationship, which I think is a good thing. We loved each other unconditionally before we got married and our marriage is just the legal proof of our love. I think we were already each other’s best friends, strongest advocates, rocks, etc… so now we just continue to be there for each other in every way that we can.


The Advice

As hard as it is to do…remain calm during the wedding planning process! Enjoy the process as much as you can because once it is over… it really is over! I definitely had some post-wedding blues because I thought planning was so fun!


The Shout Outs

The Haight. The amount of feedback we got on just our wedding venue alone was enormous. Just as Dan and I had loved The Haight from the moment we got there, our guests felt the same way and complimented us throughout the night. Along with the actual space being great, the staff was even better. We had the pleasure of working with Briana and Lauren for our wedding andJBB_1444.jpg highly intelligent, responsive, and when our wedding transitioned from one to the other it was a seamless. On our wedding day, Lauren set up items without even having to ask me where to put them—she read my mind and did everything perfectly! During the wedding she helped keep the timeline moving and when it was time to clean up, The Haight’s staff had already done it all!


Cuisine America. Mary Catherine really helped us with more than just food for our JBB_1577.jpgwedding. She gave us so much insight into the wedding planning process, helped us with our meal selections, provided AMAZING food, and even helped with most of our decorations (including set up and take down on the day of). Our wedding would not have been the same without Mary Catherine’s guidance and her family’s amazing business that catered our wedding.


Fox & Ivory Photography. They captured the best moments throughout the day/night. Also our photographers were so amazing to work with—I was sad when they left at the end of the night. We wanted them to stay and hang out with us!


Backthird Entertainment. They helped us keep the dance floor alive ALL NIGHT.


05.10.19 Morgan & Oscar


The Meeting

Morgan and Oscar first met when they were sophomores in high school during a cooking class. They became friends but didn’t start dating until Morgan’s senior year of college.

When I came home for spring break, Oscar told me that he liked me and whenIMG_4525.jpg I was home for summer, he would be taking me out on a date. I told him, “We’ll see.” And he still doesn’t let me live it down! Four years later… we got married!

The First Date

Morgan and Oscar shared a mutual interest in each other, but because they had been friends for so long, Morgan was hesitant to date him.


I was afraid it wouldn’t work out and I’d lose a good friend. Eventually, Oscar made the first move, and now I’m so glad he did.



Our first date was to Casa Margarita for dinner. We love Mexican food. We even had a taco bar at our wedding from our caterer, Cuisine America. I highly recommend them!


The Moment

I actually wasn’t interested in getting married before we really started to date.MO-309.jpg Oscar changed my mind somehow… he’s been a huge part of my life for many years and with him, it felt right to get married. Oscar says he knew he wanted to marry me right when we first started dating.


The Song

One day, Oscar sent me a song called “Someday” by The Growlers. A line in the chorus goes “someday you’re going to be my wife.” Admittedly, I got a little freaked out at first! We ended up using the song as our introduction song when walking into the reception.


The Proposal

We like to play video games together, so Oscar told me he wanted to go down into the basement and play Mario Kart. When I plugged, in the game, there were string lights on the wall that lit up and said, “Marry Me?” He got down on one knee and proposed. I was so excited and wanted to go to my parent’s house to tell them, but he said he wanted to go to Beer Market to get a skillet cookie. I was confused why he didn’t want to go to my parent’s but went along with him. To my surprise, he had invited both of our families and all of our friends—we even had our favorite waiter, Justin!


The Wedding 

Our favorite part was seeing all of our family and friends who came out to celebrateMO-575.jpg with us. Oscar had a lot of family come in from Mexico for our big day, which was very special. All of the anticipation and waiting to see Oscar was finally over and it almost felt like a relief to be able to be with him again. Plus, he cried when he saw me and I thought it was so sweet!


The Dress & Tux 

I got my wedding dress and topper from BHLDN. The bridesmaids dresses were from Kennedy Blue, and the tuxes were rented from Men’s Warehouse.


The Venue

 My brother and sister-in-law were married at The Haight and it was so gorgeous. I knew I wanted a loft venue, but all the venues in Chicago either weren’t in our budget, had no parking, or were too small for the number of guests we wanted. The Haight was perfect for us! It was everything I wanted and none of the downtown Chicago headache. They also knew exactly how to help us bring to life our vision for our wedding—it was easy to personalize the day. I also love that the ceremony and reception are in the same building. Plus, every part of The Haight makes for a great photo opportunity!


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The Marriage

MO-681Our relationship really hasn’t changed much since getting married. We are still the same people we were before getting married, now we just introduce each other as our “husband” or “wife.” Some days, Oscar will suddenly remember we are married and when it hits him, he says,” Morgan. We’re MARRIED” and he will get excited all over again.

The Advice

I would say, start the planning early so you won’t be stressed and cramming to get it all done in time. That way you have time to also enjoy being engaged to your fiancé! Using the preferred list of vendors was a huge help as well. We used all preferred vendors and they were all familiar with The Haight and what they had to do/where everything had to go. Some even gave discounts!IMG_3551

The Shoutouts 

Every vendor we used was perfect—no complaints about any of them! We used Oh So Lovely Photography for our engagement and wedding photos. Esther is so talented! We love our photos and so does everyone who sees them. She really captures the moment by taking candid shots. Cuisine America makes amazing food. We had a taco bar that I still crave to this day. Our guests loved it too! We used Kyle from Sounds Abound for our DJ and the dance floor was packed the entire night. Herb’s Bakery made our cake for a great price. It looked great and tasted so good—we got tons of compliments! My flowers were from Town and Country Gardens. I used King Protea as my focal flower and each bridesmaid carried one king protea with blue thistles.



08.10.18 Kaylen & Jacob

The Meeting_LJL8228 (1)

Kaylen first met Jacob in high school—she was a sophomore and he was a senior. They went to the movies for their first date and saw a horrible comedy, but were able to laugh about it afterwards.

The Moment

We knew we wanted to get married when I went to college at UIC. We just knew we were going to stay together.

The ‘I Love You’

Jacob said it the first month we were dating and then I said it without even thinking when we were talking on the phone the following month.


The Proposal

Jacob proposed when we were camping in a lightning storm on the beach of IL Beach State Park. It didn’t go exactly how he planned, but it was a very magical moment being on the beach with the wind and the lightning in the distance. I couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful moment.

The Wedding Day

My favorite part of the wedding day was the ceremony and our first dance… which we danced to OUR SONG—“First Date” by Blink 182.


The Venue

We chose The Haight because it is so beautiful and the people who work there are awesome!

The Dress

_LJL8410.jpgI actually got my dress on a second-hand website called Still White. It cost me less than half the price of a brand new one. I was able to get exactly what I wanted at an awesome price. The designer was Maggie Sottero and it was an Ivory A-line sheath style dress.

The Marriage

Our relationship hasn’t changed that much. We had been living together and we’ve been together for so long that it really feels the same. Changing my last name was the biggest change. That… I am still getting used to.

The Advice

My advice to newly engaged couples? Focus on what’s important. The things that matter are the small things during the day. But do get a really good photographer to capture the special moments.

The Shoutouts

Uncle Bub’s had amazing food and all of our guests told us how much they enjoyed the food. Platinum Occasions DJ, Jim, did an awesome job playing the songs we requested and we ended up dancing the night away.


The Haight’s Autumn Affair

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Last month we celebrated The Haight’s Autumn Affair open house. On Tuesday, September 24th, along with our current clients, we invited brides, grooms, and their friends/and or family members to check out the venue and meet a variety of wedding professionals and vendors for their big day.



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Guests also had the chance to check out the big reveal of our gorgeous new space—our ROOFTOP DECK!


Just over 300 guests joined us and had the opportunity to explore our venue, try a variety of foods, and meet with 28 featured wedding vendors!


Couples and their family members were able to try different foods and desserts like Graham’s Chocolate & Two Wild Seeds!


David Paige Music played some wonderful LIVE music while Schambach Piano tickled the ivories on the first floor.


Shout out to Sounds Abound for the photo booth so that our guests can remember the evening!



“I had a good time on The Haight’s big deck #deckpics !”

Be sure to keep your eyes open for our next open house event! A lot of our vendors offer a discount if you book them at the event, so you don’t want to miss out!


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The following were the featured vendors:

Rustique Swan | Town & Country Gardens
The Local Petaler | Anita Weds
Sounds Abound DJ & Social Photo Booth | Joseph Schambach Piano
Courtyard Marriot | Men’s Wearhouse
Wedding Rolls Royce & Bentley | Jessica Draper Calligraphy
Crystal Bride | My Chef Catering | True Cuisine
You Name It Events | SLT Makeup Artistry
David Paige Music | Guru Travel | American Man Barber Shop
Cling & Peck | Two Wild Seeds | Elgin CVB
Fork it Foods | Lullabelle Design | Beyond Catering
Stella & Dot | Graham’s | Windy City Linen | Herb’s Bakery

Vendor Spotlight: Cling & Peck Photography


We are so excited to feature the husband-wife team of Cling & Peck Photography for this week’s Vendor Spotlight! Daniel and Erin have been in the business for seven years now!



It’s crazy that it’s been that long. We’ve had the privilege of being a part of well over 250 weddings now… and still love every second of it!

How Did You Get Started?

We bought cameras as what we thought would be a hobby. Turns out we were wrong. In college, some friends were getting married on a shoestring budget and thought that since we had just purchased “nice cameras” we should take the photos!

What Makes Your Work Distinct?

clingpeck3.jpgWe love making natural looking portraits that aren’t overly posed along with capturing moments as the happen and not interfering with them. Our work really strives to capture the real human interactions and not fake ones.

What’s Your Favorite Part of a Wedding Day?

We definitely love first looks the most. It’s such a special intimate time between the couple. Being able to capture the emotions that come out as a realization that they’re going to get married is such an honor.



The Haight Wedding First Look

Why The First Look?

clingpeck6.jpgIt’s literally our most favorite thing. We do understand not doing it; and we’ll totally photograph couples that don’t do them. But if you look into the tradition of not seeing the bride before the wedding, it stems from way back when most marriages were arranged; people didn’t want either party to run away before getting married!

What’s Your Favorite Time of Year to Shoot?

Depends on where in the country we’re shooting! But in Illinois, it’s hard to beat September. The colors are great and the light from the sun is starting to become slightly less harsh.


Do You Follow a Shot List?

We definitely use a shortlist for formal portraits and groups of friends/family. However we don’t use a list for the rest of the day. After you’ve shot so many weddings, using a list actually slows you down in the day. You spend more time looking at a list instead of looking for candid moments that are happening.



Why Do You Like Working With The Haight?


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It has so much neat history and character! All of the old wooden features are wonderful. The whole team is fantastic as well; always so professional and a joy to work with. It’s also five minutes from our house so the commute is nice.



What Advice Do You Have for Newly Engaged Couples?

clingpeck4.jpgDon’t put off getting married. Do pre-marriage counseling. Set a budget for your wedding and do your best to stick to it. Compromise; nothing is worth getting into a huge fight with your family or fiancé regarding wedding planning. Prioritize your wants for your wedding and then allocate money accordingly; whatever is your most important item is what you should spend the most on. Pick vendors that you gel with as well as enjoy their work.clingpeck14.jpg