Lake Michigan

Becky and Fuad's Lakeside Wedding

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Becky and Fuad have many shared interests including music, travel and yoga (we featured their yoga engagement session a while ago), so it is no wonder they found marital bliss together.

They combined American and Indian traditions for their eclectic wedding weekend along the eastern shores of Lake Michigan.  The evening before the wedding the families gathered for a dinner that incorporated some Indian traditions, such as delicate henna paining of the hands and feet.

On the wedding day the bride had her parents help with hair and makeup. The bridesmaids dresses were vibrant orange and with accented with bouquets of purple and green by Bloomies.  Matching jewelry worn by the bride and bridesmaids was made by the bride!  In their beige summer suits, the groomsmen escorted family members while friends played a guitar and kalimba duet for a world music flavored processional.  The pavilion-covered beach ceremony provided views of the bride's favorite St. Joseph lighthouse and a majestic metal sculpture.

Coordinator Jessica Smith organized a lovely reception held at Veranda at the Witcomb.  An amazing summer sunset gave the semi-outdoor venue a golden glow and the perfect ambiance for dinner by CK Catering.  Becky is an amazing singer and Fuad a wonderful musician, and they treated their guests to a beautiful performance of classic ballads.  Fuad also took over the turntables a couple times from friend DJ Warp, keeping everyone on the dance floor with a mix of international grooves and old-school funk and soul (I remember being really happy when one of my favorites "Flashlight" came over the speakers!).   Later in the evening other talented friends from the Chicago performance group, Pyrotechniq, performed a fire dance.   All in all it was a celebration that reflected many of the bride and groom's shared passions.

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Inspired Finds:

Kalimba                                    Henna Painting Kit                  Jewel T-Strap Sandal


Weddings that sail in Chicago

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If you are having trouble determining just the right location near the lakeshore for your wedding, perhaps charting a different course is in order.  With beautiful Lake Michigan at our doorstep, and the Chicago River running through the city, marina life is quite active and attractive for events in Chicago. 
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Along with the main ships at Navy Pier, there are several boats available for private events.  Here are several worth checking out that are available for weddings:

Entertainment Cruises
Odyssey – up to 200 guests
Spirit of Chicago – up to 200 guests
Mystic Blue – up to 145 guests
Located at Navy Pier

Kanan Cruise Ship
Up to 400 guests
Located at Navy Pier

Windy Tall Ship
Up to 150 guests
Located at Navy Pier

Red Witch Schooner
Up to 49 guests
Located at Navy Pier

Anita Dee I & II Yacht Charters
up to 149 and 400 guests respectively
Located at Navy Pier

Free Spirit Yacht
up to 120 guests
Located at Burnham Harbor

Valara VI Yacht
Up to 149 guests
Located at Burnham Harbor

Chicago Line Cruises
Ft. Dearborn – up to 200 guests
Innisfree – up to 90 guests
Located at North Pier Docs on Ogden Slip
behind River East Arts Center

Shoreline Charters
Celebration – up to 100 guests
Evening Star – up to 200 guests
Located on Ogden Slip in front of Navy Pier

Chicago’s First Lady
Up to 150 guests
Located at Riverside Gardens Dock
Michigan Avenue bridge at Wacker Drive

Then, there are private yacht clubs that are available for their members’ weddings:
Columbia Yacht Club
Belmont Yacht Club

Finally, if you are looking for an intimate locale to pop the question, many private charter companies also have smaller boats available that are perfect for that special romantic occasion. All aboard!