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Erin Quinn & Alex Murray

June 18, 2016 | The Rookery
 

Erin and Alex said “I do” with a gorgeous gilded celebration at the landmark Rookery building.

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Erin’s bridesmaids glittered in sequin gowns by Amsale.

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Giant trumpet vases of tropical greenery comprised the couple’s wow-worthy centerpiece.

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 Low vases of magenta blooms looked stunning next to the couple’s gold and marbled table numbers.

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Elysia Root translated the couple’s vision into a stunning modern creation featuring a bottom-tier of marbled fondant inspired by the venue’s Carrara marble interior.

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THE COUPLE
Alex Murray, a personal trainer, had caught Erin Quinn’s eye on several occasions at the gym. After she saw a picture of him on the gym’s Facebook page, she did some careful “internet research” (Facebook stalking!) and eventually worked up the courage to introduce herself—after a 10-mile treadmill run. “I was too exhausted to feel nervous,” remembers Erin. A romantic Valentine’s Day proposal in 2015 sealed the deal.

THE DETAILS
The historic Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Rookery building set the scene for the couple’s superpersonal nuptials. Erin wrote the entire wedding ceremony, and the couple wrote their own heartfelt vows—a detail they say received more compliments than anything else on their wedding day.

THE PARTY
Erin slipped into a pair of Betsey Johnson flats embellished with quirky cat faces for the reception—a cute nod to the couple’s beloved cats, Ada and Lola. Planner Melissa Samek enlisted Hello Darling florals to transform the art deco venue into a colorful modern setting, with towering gold vases of philodendron and monastera leaves, and bold floral and marble accents throughout. Though the pair celebrated with a mini-getaway in the Low Country, they plan to escape this year’s Chicago winter with an adventurous international trip abroad.

WEDDING RESOURCES 
Venue
The Rookery
Planner Melissa Samek, Clementine Custom Events
Flowers Hello Darling
Bride’s Gown Rosa Clara, Mira Couture
Bride’s Shoes Ceremony: Cole Haan, Nordstrom; reception: Betsey Johnson 
Bridesmaids’ Dresses Amsale, Bella Bridesmaids
Groom’s Tux Calvin Klein, Men’s Wearhouse
Calligraphy Laurenish Design
Catering Jewell Events Catering 
Cake Elysia Root Cakes
Linens Windy City Linens
Draping Art of Imagination 
Music DJ Intel, StyleMatters 
Hair & Makeup Bev Esquivel, Kate Johnson Hair & Makeup Artistry