Shelby and Tom | Artifact Events Chicago Wedding Photography

Tom had always hoped to visit Italy, where his family came from. But as a guy who pours his heart and soul into everything he does,  he knew a trip this special was one he would only take when he'd met the lady he wanted to spend his life with.

A proposal in Tuscany, Italy

So when Shelby, the kindest and most beautiful woman came into his life, he began planning for this trip. He carved a ring box (yes, carved!!), bought tickets and while on a sunset hot air balloon ride over Tuscan wine country, Tom proposed to Shelby, filled with the care and romance that's a hallmark of everything Tom does.

An architectural, garden-inspired wedding

Tom and Shelby planned for a distinctly elegant and organic wedding in the heart of their first home together, Chicago. They are an incredibly romantic pair and wanted to reflect that in their event design. The end result was like Restoration Hardware meets the gardens and if you know me, you know just how much I loved the design!

Just as he carved a ring box for his beloved fiance, Tom hand carved leather tie clips for each of his groomsmen and had his wedding date embroidered into the collar of his Enzo Custom suit. And Shelby's Lian Carlo gown is still one of my favorites from the entire year!

A wedding designed with the setting in mind

They wanted to create a garden feel in an urban environment and, after finding Artifact Events, drew inspiration from the curation of architectural and museum artifacts in their venue. Then they worked with their florist to create fern focused floral installations in front of dramatic Corinthian columns for the ceremony-when I saw the ceremony setting, I lost it-so beautiful!

 Along Shelby’s walk down the aisle to Tom, she passed her loved ones in historic church pews lined with tree stumps, lanterns, and ferns giving just the sense of intimacy and romance they envisioned.

As guests found their seats for the reception, they tucked away under cafe lights to place settings adorned with fragrant rosemary, soft florals, and lantern light (so romantic, right??) I love how they created an inviting environment for all the senses-smell, sight, sound. This is the hallmark of great design and we loved that Shelby and Tom cared about that. 

Tom and Shelby, I still look back and get misty eyed at the photos from your day. We’re honored you asked us to join you for such a beautiful day and wish you all the best in your life together.

Many thanks to the following talents:

Florist - Stems | Caterer - Jewell Events | Hair - Debra Petrielli  | Make-Up - Joanna B Artistry  | Cinematography - Old North Film  | Ceremony/Cocktail Band - Sunnyside Up  | Reception Band - Chicago Catz  | Lighting - Event Brilliance  | Late Night Food - Big Star  | Invitations/Programs/Table Numbers/Placecards - Anna Kate Design  | Signature Cocktail Signs/Other paper goods - Lauren Monaco  | Groom’s Suit - Enzo Custom  | Bride’s Gown - Lian Carlo via Ultimate Bride  | Planning and event design: Shannon Gail Weddings and Events